Shaping Trim Moldings with Artesania Latina’s Micro Shapers

Those of you who want to add some nice details to your model without going out and buying specialty shaped strips of wood or brass should take a look at these two tool sets from Artesania Latina.

Artesania Latina Micro Shapers

Micro Shapers Set A

Micro Shapers are scrapers, each with 15 to 16 pre-cut specialty bead molding shapes. There are two sets available, and each set contains 3 different shapers, you just have to cut them loose from the sheet.

Artesania Latina Micro Shapers

Micro Shapers Set B

To use them, you simply scrape lightly against the appropriate sized strip wood. This is how to add fine detailed elegance to your ship model.

Artesania Latina has even created a nice little Youtube video, illustrating how to use them.

We carry each of these sets for $12.99, plus tax and shipping. Check them out, along with the whole range of Artesania Latina’s specialty ship modeling tools here at Ages of Sail . Ω

Kolderstok’s Batavia Build on Model Ship World

Batavia was a ship of the Dutch East India Company, built in Amsterdam in 1628. She was a type of ship known as a “Retourship” . These were well armed and heavily manned ships design for round-trip voyages from the Netherlands to the East Indies. Ship modeler drobinson02199 on the, completed his build of the Batavia last Fall, based on a kit from the Dutch ship model kit company Kolderstok.

David’s beautifully built Batavia is a 1/72-scale model just under 35″ in length. Kolderstok calls the difficulty level a 3+ on a scale of 1 to 4, so anyone taking on this model kit should make sure they have plenty of experience in other wooden ship model builds. David had some very nice things to say about the quality of the kit and the instructions, which a photo based, with all text written in both Dutch and English.

Here are some photos of David’s model, which he gave us permission to use here.

If you are interested in reading more about David’s build, you can read his build log on Model Ship World here: Batavia Build

And, if you think you might be interested in building this kit yourself, you can check it out, along with the whole range of Kolderstok products we carry, at Ages of Sail here: Kolderstok at Ages of Sail


Improving Basic Details – Getting the Gratings Right

Here are some tips geared towards beginning ship modelers about making the most of the hatch cover gratings in your kit builds.

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Gratings are common a feature seen on old ships, as they can be used in place of hatch covers to allow ventilation below decks. They’re also be useful for standing on to keep out of pooling water and to maintain one’s footing on a wet deck. On a model, they are a feature can stand out as an indicator of the builder’s attention to detail, or the quality of a kit, for good or bad. Now, there are a few ways to make your own from scratch, which is what I do, but you don’t have to go that far to simply improve the look of the gratings on your model. Here are a couple simple things you can do to improve their appearance on your kit-built model.

Grating on my model of the Colonial Schooner Independence

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A Wooden Wütender Hund Cog Model Build

While it might be in a different language, it’s still nice to find a beautifully executed model built from a kit from the Polish card manufacturer, Shipyard. In this case, this is one of the recent wooden kits produced of a medieval cog they call the Wütender Hund.

Shipyard’s wooden kits are almost identical to their laser-cut card model kits, just in thin wood. Being wood, they require no painting. But, an application of a nice finish makes for a beautiful looking model.

At Ages of Sail, we carry two wooden Shipyard kits, the Wütender Hund and the Kogge von Kampen, as well as the two laser-cut card model kits Wütender Hund and Hanse Kogge von Bremen.

Find all the Shipyard cog kits here:

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As I work to finish up my Shipyard laser-cut card model of the Bremen Cog, I’ve been following a couple other builds of similar models. One that I just ran across today is on a German model building forum.

The build is well photo documented and the builder is doing a beautiful job. His model is not the same subject as mine – He’s building the wooden Shipyard kit called the Wütender Hund, or the “Angry Dog”. The hull is very similar to mine, which is officially called the Hanse Kogge von Bremen, 1380, but the stern castle and forecastle are based on historical images of other cogs.

Wütender Hund model by “Pietpieterszoon”

Anyway, you might want to check this out. It’s not complete – the builder was working on the model in November and December and is just about to get to the rigging stage. But, it’s very nicely…

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Big Plastic Warship Kits Now in Stock – Trumpeter, Fujimi, Tamiya, ICM

Ages of Sail is more than just wooden model sailing ships. Because many of our customers like to build modern ships too, and those are mostly plastic kits, we’ve expanded our inventory, and just added over 100 high-end plastic model kits from Fujimi, Tamiya, ICM, and Trumpeter.

Trumpeter 1:350 scale USS New York LPD-21

Tamiya Japanese Submarine I400

Fujimi 1/350 scale Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu

Use the Links below or view all plastic kits here:







Improving Basic Details – Wayward Blocks

Here’s a little building tip aimed at the beginning ship modeler. It’s all about getting your rigging blocks mounted the right way. Seems like it should be obvious, but maybe not for everyone.

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This is really more for beginning ship modelers. Experienced ship modelers, and probably most beginners too already understand the way a standard rigging block works. It’s basically just a wooden block with a pulley, or sheave, inside a slot. There are different sizes and types, and there are single, double, and triple blocks, and just about ever wooden ship model needs at least some number of blocks.

Standard Amati single-sheave walnut blocks

There is one mistake I occasionally see regarding blocks. But, the thing is, after a modeler completes so much work on the hull, deck details, masts, and all, I really don’t want to point out the error. But, it’s such an obvious error that it detracts from the entire build. So, I figured I’d mention it here.

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Hanse Kogge Bremen – Continuing a Shipyard Laser-Cut Model Build

This model built from Shipyard’s Hanse Kogge von Bremen, 1380 kit is getting very close to completion. This is one of three Shipyard cog model builds that we’ve found on the Internet. The others are build’s of one of Shipyard’s wooden kits, which are as detailed and as thoroughly designed as this card model kit.

If you’re interested in building your own kit from Shipyard, you can find them all here: at Ages of Sail.

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I published a post about building this Shipyard card model kit a couple weeks ago, and I’m working pretty steadily to get it done. I’m not done yet, but I’m getting close, and I thought I should post an update this weekend.

After my last post, I finished making the mast and yard and finished detailing the sail. I have to say that I really enjoyed working on the sail. It was kind of a lengthy process lacing the bonnet to the main sail, but it was also something I could just do without having to think about too much.

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Photographing Your Model on a Black Background

We recently found this great, simple video with tips for getting the best results when taking photos of your models using a black background. This video was put together by the very talented photographer and ship modeler Olha Batchvarov.

With these new tips on photographing your models, we hope you’ll try them out, then send us photos of your completed models, so we can share them here! Ω


Amati Victory Models’ Fifie Build Video

We recently noticed that there’s been a long running build log of the construction of the Fifie from Amati’s Victory Models line. Amati’s kit is a big 1/32-scale model kit of the classic Scottish fishing boat.


Amati Victory Models Scottish Fifie Fishing Boat


The series of Youtube videos consists of 13 parts, plus an intro and a kit unboxing. The final video was posted just last month. This particular build included an RC conversion of the kit, which is clearly possible given the large size of the hull (27.6″), but it wasn’t specifically designed for it, so some modifications are required, which the builder incorporated.


Amati’s Fifie is actually one of three Fifie kits we carrie at Ages of Sail. In addition to this one, we also carry Caldercraft’s 1:40-scale Motor Fifie kit, which actually IS designed for RC operation, and a newer 1/64-scale Sailing Fifie kit from Vanguard Models.



Amati Victory Models Fifie Kit


Check them all out along with our large selection of ship model kits, book, plans, fittings, and more at Ages of Sail.

No NRG Conference for 2021

Well, this is sad news. We were looking forward to having a presence at this year’s NRG Conference, and the Channel Islands Maritime Museum has such a beautiful collection of ship models that it’s an inspiration to us all.

This is the second conference in a row that’s been cancelled. They say that third time is a charm, but the Fall of 2022 is just so far away.

Well, hopefully, we’ll come up with some good news to share in upcoming posts!

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Sad news for fans of the Nautical Research Guild’s annual conferences. The NRG secretary just announced that there will again be no annual NRG conference this year due to continued Covid concerns.


The conference was to take place in the Fall at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, the same place as originally planned for the 2020 conference, which was also cancelled.  The next conference will now be in 2022, and the intent is to hold it at the same venue location.

It’s unfortunate that the conference had to be again cancelled, but as the NRG secretary explained, many NRG members are at high risk for Covid exposure, so the board of directors made the difficult call to cancel the event.

It looks as though the annual meeting that usually takes place at the conference will be held virtually via Zoom or some similar videoconferencing service. Further details on this meeting…

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