Many kits produced by classic ship model kit manufacturers are well known, so it’s relatively easy to find examples of them under construction on the Internet, or to know of someone else who has built or is building the kit. But, for kits produced by relatively new manufacturers with a limited distribution network, it’s pretty hard to know what construction is like. So, it was nice to find a build of the Statenjacht kit, produced by the Dutch wooden ship model kit manufacturer Kolderstok.
The Statenyacht was a Dutch transport that was used in the 17th through 19th centuries, designed to carry and entertain VIPs. This from the manufacturer:
“Evolved from the war yachts as used in the 80-year war, it had developed into a convenient, fast and above all comfortable means of transport. The Statenjacht was the ideal way to travel at a time when country roads were bad and there was plenty of water. It was frequently used by high-ranking people and royalty, or official bodies such as the Amsterdam, Zuid-Holland and Zeeland Admiralties, but also by city councils and members of the VOC and WIC chambers.”
This particular build is by ship modeler Melissa T., of Saratoga Springs, New York. This is only Melissa’s second build, but it is progressing well, and illustrates some of the interesting features of this unique wooden ship model kit.
The kit is not recommended for the first time builder. Kolderstok gives it a difficulty rating of 2 on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the most difficult.
One of the features of this kit that make it unique, is the furnishing of some interior details, including upholstered bench seating for the VIP passengers, and even a fireplace!
It’s not clear how much of this interior will actually be visible once the model is complete. But, just the fact that it’s there makes any observer want to look closely to see what he or she can see.
Melissa began her build log on March 13th, 2022, and presumably started the build on that date as well. So, it’s only been less than 2 months along, But, she’s planked the deck and is now planking the hull with the walnut strips provided in the kit.
We’re pretty sure this is going to be a beautiful model when it’s done! For those who would like to follow her build, it’s is posted on the NRG’s ModelShipWorld forum here: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/31535-statenjacht-by-melissa-t-kolderstok-scale-150/#comment-905439.
For those who are interested in building this model themselves, the kit, which is built to a scale of 1:50, and measures 19.7″ long and 20.5″ high when done, is available here at Ages of Sail: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/kolderstok/statenjacht-(kolderstok,-1:50).html.
Those who are interested in addition additional interior detailing might want to consider purchasing a copy of the book “The Statenjacht Utrecht 1746” by Ab Hoving and Cor Emke. We don’t carry this book ourselves, but it should provide some wondering insight on the design, as it follows the reconstruction of an 18th century Statenjacht. The book is available from the publisher at https://www.seawatchbooks.com.
In any case, we’re looking forward to reading further updates on Melissa T’s Statenjacht build. If anyone else out there is building this kit and would like to share your photos with us, please feel free to reach out to us! Ω
2 thoughts on “A Kolderstok Statenjacht Build”
Reblogged this on Ship Modeler and commented:
Here’s one of those kits that I’ve been eyeing as a possible future build. Price is around $260 and the final model isn’t overly large. This build log shows some of the features of the kit, though it’s still very early in the build.
I had no idea that the kit featured any interior at all. While it’s not a detailed interior, it would be easy enough to do it. I imagine there are a lot of modelers would love to use a candlelight LED for a flickering fire in the fireplace. Heck, while I’m not big on LED lighting in my models, this is one that would definitely tempt me.
In any case, 1/50-scale is a nice scale to work at. Rigging is easier than at some of the smaller scales. Also, it’s a relatively easy scale for adding details.
Reblogged this on Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights and commented:
Ages of Sail just published a post about a build log of an interesting kit on the NRG forum. The kit is Kolderstok’s Statenjacht. It’ll be interesting to follow the build. But, would be really nice to see someone in our club or the South Bay Model Shipwrights club take up a build of this kit.