Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 13: Blocks and Sails

A bit of progress since the last time we took a look at this build of the Billing Boats beginning kit, the fishing boat Dana. The builder attempts to keep to the basic instructions, but there are some simple modifications described.

The Dana is basic kit that features an ABS plastic hull. If you are interested in building your own, you can purchase a kit here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/billing-boats-ship-kits/beginner/dana-fishing-boat—billing-boats-bb200.html

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The simplest way to mount the block is to first tie the stropping line around the metal horse, then wrap it around the block and tie it off around the block. Remember that the sheave hole should be closest to the horse.

I took a slightly more complicated route, which is to take a line and loop it around the horse. Then, I made a simplified seizing, by using thread and tying a simple overhand double-knot. The knot is then slid down close to the horse to tighten the loup. A tiny dab of glue is applied to the knot to hold it in place. When dry, I can take the loose ends and make a loop, insert the block, and tie a simple overhand knot around the block. Below shows an example using a piece of wire to attach the block to.

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Coronavirus and Ages of Sail

Ages of Sail is open and shipping out orders on a daily basis.

Here are some things you may want to know about us and the coronavirus issues.

Due to Coronavirus outbreak, there are some major shipping delays from Europe. Many of the out of stock items you see from European suppliers will probably not be available any time soon.

Not all product lines are affected, and we do have an enormous inventory and selection of kits. We invite you to explore our shop and see the many other kits that we have in stock.

As for the dealing with the virus itself, you should know that our our staff sanitizes their work areas, wear gloves while handling product, and wash their hands often throughout the day. And, while we continue to ship out orders from our warehouse, our physical showroom will be closed to the public for the time being.

We wish you all the best in this difficult time. Please stay safe and healthy.

Master Korabel Kits Now at Ages of Sail

We’ve recently added a relatively new line of wooden ship model kits from Russia called Master Korabel. This company produces some amazingly well designed kits that make ship modeling easier than ever, using state of the art design and manufacturing.

Most builders are accustomed to seeing laser-cut bulkheads in their kits, but Master Korabel kits go well beyond that, using some clever engineering to give your model very sturdy construction, while making it easier to build a properly shaped hull. These kits even go so far as to provide laser-cut decks and hull planks, so that you model not only looks beautiful, but with authentically shaped hull planks as well.

Double Boat.

Some of their kits come with various options, but for now, we’ve opted to carry just the high-end options. One of their most recent kits, the cutter-rigged tender Avos that we carry is the “Special Edition” version (PSX). In addition to all the features of the basic version, this kit includes pre-sewn sails, the ship’s boat kit, and pearwood for the hull planking and the deck structure trim.

The tender Avos. Standard version shown in photos.

The Tender Avos in particular includes laser-etched details in the hull planking such as the butt of the planks, scarf joints, and all the treenails perfectly marked. The kit is a beauty to behold and your resulting model will amaze you.

The newest kit from Master Korabel is the “Secret Vessel” Morel, a wooden submarine designed by a Russian carpenter who offered to build it for Peter the Great in 1718. You can read more about the vessel here.

“Secret Vessel” Morel

Other ship model kits include the Cannon Jolle, a gunboat designed for use in coastal defense, the Schooner Polotsk, the Brig Phoenix, and the Deck Boat St. Gabriel. Pre-sewn sail sets are available for each of these, as well as the Double Boat. The Tender Avos kit version we sell includes the pre-sewn sails.

Deck Boat St. Gabriel

Schooner Polotsk

The Brig Phoenix

The Cannon Jolle

Check out the full line of kits from Master Korabel at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/new-master-korbel/ship-and-boat-kits.html

Kolderstok 17th Century Dutch Ship Kits, Now Available

For fans of the Dutch sailing vessels of the 1600s, we’ve got some great news for you. Ages of Sail is now carrying the line of wooden ship model kits from Kolderstock. There are currently 5 kits available, all designed for the experienced ship modeler.

(All artwork provided by Kolderstok)

The aim of Kolderstok is to offer a high quality range of wooden model boat kits for ships not available elsewhere. Models of famous ships of the Dutch Golden Age, such as those belonging to the VOC (Dutch East India Company), but also ships famous for the great battles in which they served. Ships under the command of well-known names: Michiel de Ruyter, Marten Harpenszoon Tromp, Jan and Cornelis Evertsen and Adriaen Banckert. Kolderstok models are created using old images and existing models as guidelines, thus ensuring the best possible accuracy.

 

 

 

 

 

All kits feature laser-cut frames, single-planked hull construction using walnut planking (our De Zeven Provinciën kit is the oak-planked version), all rigging material, wooden blocks, deadeyes, and belaying pins, highly detailed cast resin decoration, and instructions in Dutch and English.

The smaller kits include sail material, instructions, and blocks, while these are a separate option with the larger kits. There are also separate cannon options for some of the kits.

VOC Retourship Batavia, 1628

 

Exploration Ship, the Pinace Duyfken, 1595

 

The Statenyacht of 1678

 

Norther Passage Exploration Ship of Willem Barentsz

 

De Zeven Provinciën, Flagship of Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, 1665

Note that there are optional cannon sets that are soon to be available. These are on order and should be arriving from Europe soon.

Check out the line of Kolderstok kits, now at Ages of Sail: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/kolderstok.html

 

H.M. Yacht Chatham by Shaun Au

I don’t know how this slipped past us. But, while cleaning up old emails, we discovered these photos sent to us by customer Shaun Au. The model is an incredibly well done model of H.M. Yacht Chatham built from the Caldercraft kit.

Caldercraft Yacht Chatham by Shaun Au

Clearly, the model was built by a ship modeler of great talent. But, it shows how beautifully one can build a relatively inexpensive wooden ship model kit.

The Yacht Chatham kit is part of Caldercraft’s Nelson’s Navy series, and all but one of the series (HMS Victory) is at a scale of 1:64. That makes this model just under 21″ long and about 18.5″ high.

Caldercraft Yacht Chatham by Shaun Au

The kit does not include sail material, nor does it provide any patterns or rigging materials. This ship modeler had worked out that part himself. Clearly, he’s done a marvelous job too.

Caldercraft Yacht Chatham by Shaun Au

Recreating the sails should not be a difficult process, but if you want to add them yourself, you’ll have to consult additional references, as patterns are not provided with the kit.

For rigging the sails, you might consider the book Rigging Period Fore-And-Aft Craft, by Lennarth Petersson, which includes a section on the cutter rig, which this is. But, again, you’ll need to create your own sail patterns if you want sails.

To build your own HM Yacht Chatham model, find the kit here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/caldercraft-ship-kit/nelson-s-navy/caldercraft-chatham.html

The model photos now appear on our Customer Gallery page.

Spanish Galleon Kit – Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is a 1/72-scale wooden model kit of a 16th century Spanish galleon. It’s a new kit from Disar Model of Spain. It’s a plank-on-bulkhead kit that features laser-cut structural parts and high quality woods for planking.

The ship is a beautiful four-masted galleon, which is rigged with square sails on the first two masts and lateen sails on the last two.

This new kit from Disar Model of Spain is now in stock in limited supply. As with all Disar Model kits, this kit includes step-by-step photographic instructions, so you can see how to build it. A full set of fittings of metal and wood are included. Colorful flags and a set of pre-sewn sails are included.

The Santiago de Compostela model measures about 29.5″ long and 20.4″ tall when complete and will make for a beautiful display in your home or office.

Order yours here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/santiago-de-compostela-(disar,-1-72).html

Or check out the full line of Disar Model kits here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/disar-model.html

 

New Shipment of Card Model Kits from Shipyard

Over the holidays, we got in a new shipment of kits from the Polish manufacturer of paper ship model and structures kits, Shipyard.

The shipment replenishes most of our stocks of kits, including the big 1/72 scale laser-cut HMS Mercury and HMS Wolf kits.

The best news, though, is that we are now carrying two new ship model kits from Shipyard. These are two 1/72 scale laser-cut kits of Cogs of medieval Europe. These ships were clinker-built vessels with a single mast and a single square sail.

We will have these kits listed as soon as get caught up from the holidays. Stay tuned for more announcements about these two exciting new kits. Ω

 

Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 11: Standing Rigging

Rigging has started on this build of Billing Boats 1/60-scale beginner-level kit, the fishing boat Dana. This kit is popular due to it’s pricing (only $69!), simplified construction using a vaccu-formed plastic hull, and the interesting and attractive subject.

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Waxing the Line

Before getting started, I should point out that rigging line gets fuzzy because of the short threads used. To minimize fuzziness, it helps to run the line through a piece of beeswax before using it. Now, this is where paying for this more expensive rigging line from Syren Ship Model Company comes in handy, it’s pre-waxed and fuzz free, so this was a task I didn’t need to deal with.

Bowsprit Guys

The lines that run from the end of the bowsprit back to the sides of the hull are the bowsprit guys. These are probably the easiest to install of all the standing rigging. I used the smaller sized rigging line for these. Attaching these required eyebolts near the tip of the bowsprit, as well as as below the rail, about an inch back from the bow. I simply knotted the line at the eyebolts and…

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Expedited Holiday Shipping on Kit Orders Now through Friday, 12/20

Get it by Christmas!

Here’s a special offer for the holidays – If place your domestic order for any kit with us by Friday, December 20, and pay for standard shipping, we’ll automatically upgrade your shipping for free, so that your order will arrive by Christmas.

To qualify for the free upgraded shipping, you just need to order any kit. Need some fittings, glue, tools? No problem, as long as there is a kit in your order, the whole order will go out with the upgraded shipping.

New Kit From OcCre Models – Whale Ship Essex – Now in Stock!

We just received a new shipment from OcCre Models of Spain, and it includes the brand new wooden ship model kit the Essex.

The Essex was an American whale ship launch from Nantucket in 1799. During a whaling voyage in the Pacific Ocean in 1820, the ship was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale. The story of the Esssex became the basis for Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick.

But, as much of a classic the story of Moby Dick was, the true story of the Essex was a more harrowing tale, as 20 of the ship’s crew managed to take to the ship’s boats. After 3 months at sea, only 8 people survived, resorting to cannibalism to stay alive. They even resorted to drawing lots to determine who was to die to save the others.

The true story of the Essex was the subject of the novel In The Heart of the Sea, which in 2015 was made into a major motion picture. The story was also the subject of the 2010 PBS documentary Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World.

For some inspiration, check out this trailer from the 2015 film In the Heart of the Sea:

And this introduction to the Essex and whaling from the 2010 PBS documentary Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World:

The Essex kit itself is a 1/60-scale wooden model ship kit that features a double plank-on-bulkhead construction. The kit we sell includes a full set of pre-sewn sails.

What could make this kit even better? How about a series of 59 videos showing you each step of construction! View them here:

Best part of this kit may be the special introductory pricing offer we have here at Ages of Sail. Buy the kit, regularly $209, for only $129!

CLICK HERE to buy yours now at Ages of Sail