Terror Returns to Ages of Sail!

No, it’s not a Halloween headline – Our latest OcCre shipment just came in, and one of more popular kits, HMS Terror, is now back in stock.

We sell this kit in two forms, the basic kit, which sells for only $149, and the Deluxe Combo Set, which sells for $299.

The Deluxe Combo Set includes the kit, but also a plank bender, the classic ship modeling book “Ship Modeling Simplified”, the ModelCraft 15-piece Craft and Model Tool Set, Plank Bender, Razor Saw, Nailing Tool, glues and more…

OcCre’s HMS Terror is a 1/65-scale wooden model ship kit that measures just over 26″ long and just under 20″ tall, and is based on the plans by ship modeler Matthew Betts.

HMS Terror is the same ship of the Franklin expedition featured in the A&E television series THE TERROR.

This combo set, or even just the kit by itself, makes a wonderful gift. Buy your’s here at the all new Ages of Sail online shop: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/occre-hms-terror,-deluxe-combo-set–oc12004dcs.html

 

ALL NEW Ages of Sail Site

Ages of Sail has finally sailed into the modern age with a newly designed website. The site’s new modern look is all part of a push to make it more accessible to customers who are increasingly using tablets and phones to do their online shopping.

With the new site, you get a cleaner look, but retain access all of the great products we carry, including wooden ship model kits, multimedia kits, RC models, tools, fittings, books, plans, paints and more!

To celebrate the grand opening of our new site, we are offering free standard shipping (* up to $40 credit) on any order of $200 or more. The discount credit will appear automatically during checkout.

Things get busy as we get closer to the holidays, so make sure to buy early to avoid the rush and to make sure what you want will be in stock!

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NRG Conference, Oct 25-27 in Las Vegas

The Nautical Research Guild’s annual conference is coming up fast and Ages of Sail will be there this year!

Model display and vendor room, San Diego conference, 2016

This year, the conference is at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time to make the late registration date. But, even if you miss the late registration, you can still pay at the door, it’ll just cost you a bit more.

Details on registration and hotel can be found on the NRG website: https://www.thenrg.org/nrg-2018-conference.php

The last conference we attended was in San Diego in 2016, so we’re really looking forward to the event. Please stop by our vendor table and say ‘hi!’ Hope to see you there. Ω

OcCre’s Istanbul Tram – An Out of the Box Review

Chalk up another great kit review from The NRG’s Model Ship World site. This time, it’s not a ship model kit, but one of the many beautifully crafted Tram/Train kits produced by the Spanish company Ocio Creativo, otherwise known as OcCre.

OcCre has produced several very nice steam engine and tram kits for years. One of their more recent releases is the Istanbul tram.

This beautiful 1:24-scale (1/2″=1′) kit is available at Ages of Sail for only $149, and measures just under 15″ long and just under 9″ high. It’s a very detailed model a tram of the Tramway Company of Istanbul. Get your’s here at Ages of Sail: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/istanbul-tram—occre-53010.html

For a complete look at the kit’s components, check out the full review here on Model Ship World: https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/19105-124-istanbul-tram-occre/&tab=comments#comment-586120

If you want to add some life to your Istanbul Tram model, consider adding the Istanbul Tram Diorama, which makes a perfect display base for your tram model. This diorama kit is also available at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/istanbul-tram-diorama—occre-53010d.html

 

OcCre has many different tram kits available. See them all here at Ages of Sail: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/occre/trams.html

 

Amati’s HMS Vanguard – An Out of the Box Review

One of the finest ship model kits is the 1/72-scale kit of the British first rate ship of the line, the 74-gun HMS Vanguard, from Amati’s Victory Models line. This kit measure 46″ long when built, and 35″ high. This is a very advanced, very detailed kit with lots of photo-etched parts and castings.

There’s nicely done review of the kit on the NRG’s Model Ship World. Read it here: https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/18418-172-hms-vanguard-1787/&tab=comments#comment-586165

You can find this kit on our ecommerce site here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-hms-vanguard-am1300-04.html

Check out the other kits of Amati’s Victory Models line: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-kits/victory-models.html

Billing Boats Shipment Just In

For all you fans of kits from Denmark, we just got a big shipment of kits and fittings from Billing Boats. Back in stock are the Dragen and the St. Roch, as well as some fittings we were out of.

St. Roch, Billing Boats kit BB605

St. Roch was building for Arctic service and was the first ship to traverse the Arctic Passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic. She later became the first ship to traverse the Passage in both directions.

This Billing Boats kit is from their 600-series, which is designed to be easy to build, with a hull that is made in two halves. Each half is easily constructed and the two halves are merged together form the completed hull.

You can read more about the kit on our website: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/bb605-billing-boats-st-roch.html

 

Dragen Sailboat – Billing Boats kit BB582

The Dragen is a Swedish sailing boat and Billing Boats makes this lovely kit in 1/12 scale. The 29″ long model is just over 39″ high, making for a beautifully big display model. This plank-on-bulkhead kit is designed for Experience ship modelers only. You should not attempt the build unless you’ve built a few wooden model kits.

You can find the kit on our website at: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/billing-boats-dragen-racing-sailboat-bb582.html

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Model Boats on Parade – September 16 in San Francisco

Check out the variety of RC model boats at Spreckles Lake in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park tomorrow. If you feel left out, we’ve got plenty of kits suitable for RC operation!

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/rc-capable-kits.html

The Ship Modeler

Sorry, I know this is a very last minute posting, but I was just reminded that the San Francisco Model Yacht Club is holding its annual model boat event tomorrow, Sunday, September 16, 2018, at Spreckles Lake in Golden Gate Park.

The event setup begins at 9:30am. It’s open to the public and should go on most of the day. The club will have its clubhouse open, so you can view various boats on display that aren’t out in the water. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to see all kinds of powered RC models, some small, some VERY BIG, plus RC sailboats. There’s even a group that does free sail racing, where the boats, powered only by the wind, are pre-set to guide themselves across the lake.

Here’s the informational flyer from the SFMYC’s website:

Get set for a fun and interesting day in the park! Ω

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NEW! ROBOTICS KITS (STEM)

Looking for something a bit more high tech for yourself or the model builder in your family? Check out these neat hi-tech projects that are fun, easy, and educational to construct and fun to play with!

We now stock four different kits from the complex robotic arm to the entertaining “Moody Useless Machine”. There’s even a remote-controled 4-legged robot

These are as entertaining as they are educational to build AND operate!

Check them out now: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/robots.html

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Nautical Research Journal – New Digital Subscriptions!

This is a good source of information for those of you who are working on ship models, but need to pick up more information and inspiration. In particular, for those who were subscribers to Seaways’ Ships in Scale, you’ll be happy to know that the NRG has acquired the rights to continue the articles that were only partway published when the magazine closed shop.

The NRG has expanded the Journal to make room for more ship modeling articles, including continuations of the Ships in Scale articles, and has just announced that they are now producing a digital edition.

Ages of Sail has been a long time advertiser in the Journal and is a proud sponsor of the NRG’s Model Ship World.

The Ship Modeler

At least one person I know wouldn’t join the NRG because he didn’t want any more paper subscriptions piling up in his house. Well, those with similar feelings will be happy to know that they can now avoid the slow mailing system and piles of journals stacking up or getting lost by signing up for a digital subscription.

Digital editions are available as either a separate, lower priced, subscription at $40/yr, as opposed to the regular print subscription included with NRG membership of $50/yr, or as an add-on to regular membership and print subscription for an additional $15/yr.

The benefits to the digital edition are many. The subscription appears to be stored on-line, and you access the editions via the web. There is a large array of tools for searching, zooming, and scrolling through your magazine. There is a drop-down table of contents, if you want to jump straight to…

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IT’S HERE: SLEEPING CAR of the 1929 ORIENT EXPRESS

We announced this “soon to be released” kit a few weeks ago, but it has arrived and it is BIG and HEAVY. Our staff  has looked into one of the kits and has reported that it is chocked full of lots of great stuff – in particular, lots of very good looking metal castings and lots and lots of photo-etched brass!

AVAILABLE NOW!

This is a 1/32-scale model kit of the Sleeping Car of the famed Orient Express, known for luxurious accomodations and international travel across Europe, connecting locations as far as Calais, Istanbul, and Athens. The completed kit measures over 28″ in length and features multimedia construction, using high quality wood, parts of photo-etched brass and nickel-silver, highly detail metal casting, and more.

The model features a super detailed interior and a removable roof top, so you can access it all.

The kit, IN STOCK NOW, is a very high-end kit and lists for $1199, but we are offering it with a special introductory sale price of $999.

AVAILABLE NOW!

Here’s a nice unboxing video we found:

Order yours at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/orient-express-sleeping-car—amati—new!!!.html