Shipyard Paper Models in Japan

For those of you out there who aren’t sure just how good a paper ship model kit can turn out. Check out these builds from a ship modeler in Japan. All of these are Shipyard paper model kits. Clearly, they’ve been built with great skill and care!

At the prices for these kits from Shipyard, we think this is something many people should consider trying out!

Ship Modeler

In a recent newsletter put out by the Japanese ship model club The Rope Toko, I spotted a little blurb about some paper models in a display of models by another small ship model club. I may have this completely wrong, but it appears that there is a club called simply My Ship Club, also in Tokyo. They had a display of their works very recently, and there were some photos I spotted and a description of paper models, which I’d never seen before in the Japanese ship model clubs. So, I did some digging around and I found the club’s website. Of course, it’s all in Japanese, but Google Translate comes in very handy here.

1/96 and 1/72 scale build’s of Shipyard’s HMS Wolf kit by Mr. Kaoru Miura.

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New Amerigo Vespucci kit from OcCre, Now in Stock!

OcCre has been very productive with their new kit development. It wasn’t long ago that they released their new 1/200 scale kit of the German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. And just this past weekend, they announced their latest new kit, a 1/100 scale kit of the internationally famous Italian Navy training ship, Amerigo Vespucci.

New and In Stock Now!

This iron-hulled, three-masted sailing ship was built for the Italian Navy in 1931. It’s design is reminiscent of the ships of the line of the 18th and 19th centuries. The model at 1/100 scale, measures over 38″ long and 22″ high. This is a high skill level kit, designed for experienced ship modelers.

This is a wooden model ship kit featuring precision laser-cut parts for the hull framing. High quality wood is provided for the hull and deck planking, masts, and spars. Includes a complete set of wood and cast metal fittings and photo-etched metal parts. All rigging line and pre-sewn sails are included in this kit.

The new kit is in stock now and ready to ship at Ages of Sail!

Not sure about it yet? Check out OcCre’s Youtube video presentation here:

No need to pre-order the kit, it’s here now, and ready to ship. For details, pricing, and ordering info, please visit the Amerigo Vespucci product page on Ages of Sail, just click here.

Find all your OcCre products at Ages of Sail

 

Wooden Kits from Shipyard

Shipyard is a Polish manufactures known for producing some extraordinary paper model kits and laser-cut card model kits. But, did you know that they also produce three amazingly detailed laser-cut wooden kits? The three kits are all medieval cogs, and they are very similar in design to the laser-cut card kits they produce. But, these are cut in actual wood veneer.

For wooden ship model builders, these will provide a fun and interesting challenge. They are very detail kits, with all the parts laser cut. That means you can build one of these kits with very few tools.

In Shipyard fashion, the closely spaced bulkheads are one major feature that makes these kits more closely resemble their card model cousins than traditional wooden ships with their limited number of bulkheads that easily create flat spots and possibly unsightly twisting to the hull. The large number of thinner bulkheads also means that you don’t have to worry about beveling the edges of the bulkheads the way you do with traditional wooden kits.

Another rarity among wooden ship model kits, though this is changing with the development of new kits, are pre-cut planks. So, you don’t have to struggle with learning how to properly shape and cut planks. In fact, just like with Shipyard’s laser-cut card models, there is almost nothing that you have to fashion from scratch. Everything is pre-cut for you.

You’ll be amazed at how detailed these kits are, and how well they are engineered. Laser engraving adds details down to the individual nail heads in the hull and deck planking.

Hanse Kogge von Bremen

Hanse Kogge von Bremen

Kogge von Kampen

Kogge von Kampen

Wütender Hund

And, just to show that you too can build a beautiful model from one of these kits, here are some photos of the Wütender Hund kit built by ship modeler Chris Coyle…

Shipyard’s wooden Wütender Hund by Chris Coyle

Shipyard’s wooden Wütender Hund by Chris Coyle

Shipyard’s wooden Wütender Hund by Chris Coyle

All the cog kits, are made in 1:72 scale, so if you like, it should be easy to populate your model with commercially available medieval figures. To check out these wooden medieval cog kits at Ages of Sail – Click Here.

For a full listing of all the Shipyard kits we carry, including paper and laser-cut ships, light houses, dockyard accessories, etc., you can find them at Ages of Sail here. Ω

Saucy Jack – New from Vanguard Models

It was barely over 2 months ago that we announced having two new fishing boat kits in stock from Vanguard Models, and here we are announcing that we now have yet another new release in stock, the well-smack Saucy Jack.

A well-smack is a type of fishing boat that keep it’s catch fresh by use of a large internal tank of seawater. The method was a good way to keep the catch fresh, but the extra weight of the water she carried, made her slow. Boats of this type were used in the 1800s and up into the 1950s.

Saucy Jack is a typical example of this type of fishing boat. She was built in 1836 and operated until 1880. Vanguard Models kit is a 1/64 scale reproduction of the 51 ton well-smack, and measures just under 17″ long and 14″ tall.

The kit features laser cut and engraved parts in MDF (medium density fiberboard) and pear wood, laser-etched and cut maple deck with planking and treenail detail, photo-etched brass parts, 3D printed parts, a double-planked hull with a lime wood first layer and a high quality pear wood outer planking layer.

Included is a comprehensive, full-color instruction manual and 12 plan sheets. This kit is quite a treat for any ship modeler.

For more details and ordering information, check it out at Ages of Sail here. Ω

German Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen Arrives – Special Pricing through May 31st, 2022

OcCre’s newly released 1/200 scale model kit of the German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen has just arrived at Ages of Sail! Regularly priced at $450, we’re celebrating the new kit with a special sale price of just $399. That’s a $50 savings from our regular price.

 

Prinz Eugen was a heavy cruiser built for the German Kriegsmarine. Launched in 1938, the ship entered service shortly after the outbreak of World War II. The Prinz Eugen was one of five Admiral-Hipper class heavy cruisers, armed with a main battery of eight 8″ guns, mounted in four twin turrets. The ship’s secondary battery consisted of twelve 105mm guns, twelve 37mm guns, eight 20mm guns, and a pair of triple torpedo tubes.

Soon after she entered service, the ship was sent to join the newly completed battleship Bismarck in the Baltic as part of Operation Bheinübung, to break out into the Atlantic to destroy Allied shipping. During the operation the two ships encountered British battlecruisers at what became known as the Battle of the Denmark Strait. It was during this battle that the ships sank the battlecruiser Hood. After the engagement, the Prinz Eugen managed to break away to conduct attacks on Allied shipping.

Eventually, the ship was assigned to Operation Cerberus to support german operations in Norway, and later to operations in the Baltic, where she served until the end of the war.

OcCre’s new Prinz Eugen kit is massive. At 1/200 scale, the completed model measures  just over 42″ long.

 

This is a wooden hulled ship model kit that is built up with a framework of bulkheads and wooden strips. It is an advanced-level kit. Components include laser-cut wooden parts, highly detailed cast parts, and lots of photo etched brass.

We received a good supply of these kits, but the special pricing of $399 is only good through the end of May, so act quickly if you want to take advantage of this offer.

Get more details about this incredible kit or buy it now at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/prinz-eugen-(occre,-1:200).html

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A Kolderstok Statenjacht Build

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.

Image from Kolderstok’s website.

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 framework going together nicely. Note the laser-etched alignment marks on the faces of the bulkheads.

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

 

On the Horizon: The Fluytship from Kolderstok

Kolderstok has been working on a new kit to add to their lineup of wooden kits of Dutch ships and ship types, the Fluytship or Flute Ship. We have a couple shipments in the pipeline from Kolderstok, to include the new kit. So, watch for it!

From Kolderstok’s kit description:

“The flute ship can be seen as the means of transport of the 17th century.While the origin of the name flute cannot be established with any certainty, its characteristic shape – a convex, pear-shaped hull with a strongly concave top and narrow decks – can plausibly be assumed to be the result of a succession of small developments that started at the end of the 16th century.

At this model the method of construction is different from other models. An oak frame is placed on an MDF base, after which the customised basswood planking is attached to the oak frame. The planking is applied from the keel upwards. After removing the MDF base, a completely hollow hull remains.

The model is in scale 1 to 72 and consists of laser-cut frames, fully cut basswood planking and various laser-cut accessories. The ornaments are fully 3D designed and printed with a very high accuracy. The building instructions are based on photos, and the rigging is based on drawings. The model includes two small boats and a set of sails (self-build, stitching required). The model comes with a basic oak stand.”

The scale of this new kit, 1/72, gives it a length of about 24″ and a height of about 21.5″, and scale compatible with both Kolderstok’s Batavia and the Zeven Provencien kits. It is considered an advanced kit with a difficult rating of 4 on a scale of 1 to 4.

We don’t have a final price on this kit yet, but we will have it when the new kit arrives. Watch for it at Ages of Sail or check out our full selection of Kolderstok kits here. Ω

Two New Fishing Boat Kits from Vanguard Models – In Stock Now

Lately, it seems that Vanguard Models has been releasing new kits faster than we can stock them. The two newest kits to be released are a pair of 19th century fishing boats, the Nisha, a Brixham “Mumble Bee”, and the Erycina, a Plymouth Trawler.

Erycina

Nisha

The Nisha, 1907 – The ‘Mumble Bee’ was cutter rigged, full bowed and broad beamed. They were strongly built and many survived to a good old age. Because of their fine lines, a few of these vessels were converted to yachts in their later life. Those fishing off the Welsh coast out of Tenby, working the fishing grounds in Mumbles Bay, acquired the collective term ‘Mumble-Bees’. In part, this was coined because of the large numbers of them ‘buzzing’ around the Mumbles like bees around a hive, and also arose by them adopting some of the features of the established Mumbles boats. Nisha had an overall length of 59 feet 3 inches, moulded beam of of 14 feet. She had a deep drag aft with a draft of 7 foot 10 inches but only 4 feet forward. Her fine lines translate into a very pleasing hull shape, making a very attractive display model.

The Erycina, 1882 – Originally built as a cutter designed by H.V. Prigg and built by W.H. Shilston, Coxside, Sutton Harbour in 1882. She was converted to a ketch rig in 1894. Due to her pedigree, Erycina has unusually beautiful lines, described as a ‘Crack Ketch’, and handled more like a racing yacht than a fishing vessel. Erycina fished along the South West UK coast for over 50 years, an incredibly long career for such a vessel. Her overall length was 71 feet, with a length between perpendiculars of 63 feet. The moulded bredth of 17 foot 2 inches was rather more fine than that of the average trawler, but she was built for speed, and of- ten raced at regattas with with the crack Brixham Smack, Ibex. In 22 races at Plymouth regattas, Erycina won 15 first, 4 second and 2 third prizes.

Both kits are in 1/64 scale that incorporate the latest design techniques, but are both suitable for the total beginner, as well as the seasoned modeler who may want to take a very scale accurate and detailed kit and add their own additional detailing.

Both feature laser cut and engraved parts in MDF and pear wood, laser cut pear wood ladders and companionway, laser etched and cut maple decks with treenail detail, photo etched brass detailing, and more.

Check out the specifics of each kit or order yours on our Ages of Sail shop here:

Nisha – Brixham ‘Mumble Bee’

Erycina – Portsmouth Trawler

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OcCre’s HMS Terror Build in High Speed

The latest video work from TOM’S Modelling in Motion brings us a 4-1/2 minute build of the Arctic expedition ship HMS Terror, one of two ships that disappeared while searching for the Northwest Passage in 1845, the other being HMS Erebus. The video takes us rapidly through the model, seemingly building itself, while educating us about the story of the ship and crew.

 

OcCre's HMS Terror

One thing that’s interesting about Tom’s build is his use of some specially designed 3D printed figures which are prominently displayed at the start of the video. Apparently, these figures are available as a file download for your 3D printer for a very reasonable price. Of course, you’ll need your own 3D printer or service to create them.

Tom’s figures are available as 3D printer files, which you can purchase, download, and print to your own 3D printer or using a service of your choice.

We don’t sell these ourselves, and we are not responsible for the quality or use of the file or figures. But, you might be interested in using them yourselves. Again, we have no knowledge about how to use the downloaded files, so please don’t ask us! Here’s the link that Tom shared on his Youtube description: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/various/admiral-captain-and-sailors-for-hms-terror

But, the model is of course the HMS Terror kit from OcCre of Spain. And, if you’re inspired to build your own model of this fascinating ship, we do carry this very popular kit.

OcCre's HMS Terror

OcCre's HMS Terror

OcCre's HMS Terror

Start by checking out the kit on the Ages of Sail online shop here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/occre/occre-ship-model-kits/hms-terror-occre-oc12004.html

Find this, and more, at Ages of Sail

HSPMS In-Person Meetings Restart

It’s great to see that the ship model groups in the greater San Francisco Bay Area are opening up again to in-person meetings.

This coming Saturday, March 26, the San Francisco based group, the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, are having their return meeting at the Maritime Museum building.

We’ve shared their post here – read for more details…

Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights

There’s good news for the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights. With things opening up again in San Francisco, we’re going to start our in-person meetings again!

The bad news is that the gangway on the Eureka has been pulled due to tidal conditions, plus it will be relocated for repair later this year, so we won’t be meeting aboard the Eureka any time soon. Instead we will be meeting at the Bathhouse building, otherwise known as the Maritime Museum building, with our first meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 26th.

Meeting from 2018

The building doesn’t officially open until 10am, but there will be someone to let us in early. Our Commodore, Paul Reck, says we’ll meet up in front of the building between 9am and 9:30am, and we’ll call someone to let us in.

This will be the first in-person meeting we’ve had in over a year. Hopefully, people…

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