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 

 

SLEEPING CAR of the 1929 ORIENT EXPRESS – Super Detailed Kit

Amati Model has outdone themselves with the release of this new kit. It 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 new Amati 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, which will be in stock very soon, is a very high-end kit and lists for $1199, but we will have a special introductory sale price of $999.

While your waiting to purchase yours, check out this teaser video posted by Amati

 

As soon as our shipment of the new kit comes in, which should be in the next week or so, you’ll be able to order one here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/orient-express-sleeping-car—amati—new!!!.html 

 

Amati Swedish Gunboat Build – Final

Ship modeler Clare Hess posts his final build log entry on the Amati Swedish Gunboat kit. If you’re interested in building one of your own, check out the entry on our website here: http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/am1550-amati-swedish-gunboat.html

The Ship Modeler

Yes, I CAN finish a non-Japanese boat model!

Today, I just put the finishing touches on the Swedish Gunboat that I built from an Amati kit. For those interested it’s also called Cannoniera Svedese, and is listed as AM1550. To recap, this is a very inexpensive small model kit that measures about 13.5″ long when complete. It lists for $109 at Ages of Sail, where this one came from. There have been some challenges, but they’ve all been small ones.

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Big Savings on New Golden Hind Deluxe Combo

We created a fully-equipped deluxe combo set based on the new Gold Hind kit from OcCre of Spain.

This is a very complete set that includes a wide selection of tools, paints, glues, and ship modeling book. This is a more than $370 value, specially prices to move at only $299 – Save over $70!

This pre-packaged set makes a perfect gift and includes all of the following:

  • OC12003 Golden Hind wooden ship model kit from OcCre
  • AM7205 Amati Electric Plank Bender
  • Ship Modeling Simplified book – The classic guide by Frank Mastini
  • PTK1015 15-piece Model Craft Tool Set
  • PFL6020 20mm sanding block
  • PPU8174G Pen Grip Pin Pusher w/pins
  • PSA35/050 Superfine Razor Saw
  • PKN4302/S Soft Grip Craft Knife no.1 size with blades
  • BSI101 1/2 oz. Thin Insta-Cure Super Glue
  • BSI106 1/2 oz. Gap Filling Insta-Cure Super Glue
  • 6 Jars of Historic Ships Acrylic Paints

Click Here to see the full listings and to purchase yours!

If you already have all the tools and the book, you can purchase the kit by itself, of course, for only $149 here at Ages of Sail.

Amati Swedish Gunboat Build – Part 7

Ship modeler Clare Hess shows progress on the Amati Swedish Gunboat kit as his model nears completion. This is one of the lowest cost kits in the Amati lineup. If you’re interested in the kit, you can find it in our online shop here: http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-kits/historic/am1550-amati-swedish-gunboat.html

Check out Clare’s full build log for more first-hand information about it here: https://shipmodeler.wordpress.com/category/ship-model-build-logs/swedish-gunboat-group-build/

The Ship Modeler

The Swedish Gunboat project is the closest I have to completion now, and it’s very nearly done, so I decided to put most of my effort there now. My ideas about using it to practice new sail making techniques or other grand thoughts have been set aside. As I mentioned before, the model is mostly being built straight out of the box, but there are a few minor modifications.

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Fantastic Work of Japanese Ship Modelers – THE ROPE, Tokyo

THE ROPE, Toyko, is Japan’s largest ship model society, and they have some extremely talented ship modelers. Every Spring, they have a ship model exhibition, and photos of the exhibited models are posted on the group’s well-organized website.

With their next exhibition coming up in April, it seems a good time to take a look at works from their prior events.

Mr. Toshio Takahashi’s Viking Ship built from an Amati kit

The Rope has an excellent website with an english language section. They even have downloadable copies of their newsletter in english. The site is really worth checking out, but the best part is the gallery of models from past exhibitions.

Royal Caroline by Mr. Makoto Kato, built from a Panart kit (Mantua).

Most of the text in their photo gallery section is in Japanese, but much of the essential information is also given in english. Check out the models from last year’s event – Click Here.

The Japanese website for The Rope is here. The English language site is here. Ω

 

February Meeting and a Recommended Model Kit

The Flattie is a small kit from the classic ship model manufacturer Corel of Italy. It’s an often overlooked kit, as ship modelers tend to eye square-rigged warships, or other popular subjects. But, one local ship model club has recommended this kit as a decent beginner’s kit, and will be using it as an introductory kit for their new ship modeler members.

They will be building an example kit and posting photos and notes as they go. We’ll be sure to share them here, so stay tuned!

Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights

After dealing with some scheduling issues due to looming government shutdowns, the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights managed a nice, normal meeting on February 17, the first meeting of the year. We had 8 members attending, which is pretty good for this group. We agreed that we need to bring in more ship modelers, as only about 3 attending members have been actively ship modeling in recent months.

Still, it was one of the most productive meetings we’ve had in some time. We also managed to replace the dehumidifier tubs in the big square-rigger model’s case. Being on the bay, we need to do this periodically to help keep these display models in good condition.

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