Nicely Executed Model of Caldercraft’s HMS Sherbourne

We recently found a beautiful model of HMS Sherbourne built by ship modeler Jon Gordon. The 1/64-scale model of the late 18th-century, 10-gun cutter was built from a Caldercraft kit, with modifications made.

HMS Sherbourne was designed by Sir Thomas Slade, who also designed HMS Victory, and was launched in December of 1763 for use against smugglers in the English Channel.

Photo copyright Jon Gordon, used with permission.

The kit is part of Caldercraft’s “Nelson’s Navy” series, which are almost all 1/64-scale kits.

Photo copyright Jon Gordon, used with permission.

There are a lot more photos of Mr. Gordon’s model on The NRG’s Model Ship World, and you can see them here: https://modelshipworld.com/gallery/album/1981-hm-cutter-sherbourne-by-edwardkenway/

For those interested in building their own model of the Sherbourne, we have the kit available at Ages of Sail for only $129. Ω

 

Amati Planking Clamp Set

Here’s a look at the Amati Planking Clamps Set. We have these in stock!

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Those who have been following my mosts here may recall my post a few years back on a very simple planking clamp that anyone can make from common spring-steel binder clips that you can buy at any office supply store.

One of my homemade planking clamps

Well, a while back, Amati came up with their own version of this idea that you might be interested in trying out. Their Clamp Set gives you a dozen binder clips and specially designed brass plates together to a set of very nice planking clamps.

The instructions on how to assemble them is printed right on the back of the cardboard cover, so don’t throw it out until you’ve made your set! The package includes a dozen binder clips, the same as you would get at the office supply store, plus a photo-etched sheet with 14 brass plates – I guess they figure you’re…

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HMS Terror’s Wreckage Explored

By now, you’re probably aware of the discovery of the wrecks of the ships of the ill-fated Franklin expedition over the past several years. A few days ago, Parks Canada published a video exploring the wreck of HMS Terror one of two ships of the expedition, the other being HMS Erebus. The video gives us a murky look at some of the interior spaces of the ship.

If this inspires your interest in the ship, make sure to check out the wooden ship model kit from OcCre. This 1/75-scale model is based on the work of Matthew Betts, who was a technical advisor for the AMC mini-series “The Terror”, which features the ship and crew.

OcCre HMS Terror

For information on this kit, the AMC mini-series, and the work of Matthew Betts, visit us using the link below.

HMS Terror at Ages of Sail

 

 

 

4th of July special on selected OcCre kits!

At Ages of Sail, we’re celebrating the 4th of July with a sale on a few of our most popular OcCre wooden model kits.

OcCre’s HMS Beagle

OcCre’s HMS Terror

OcCre’s San Francisco Cable Car

Each of these three items has been marked down 10%. Now is a great time to try out one these wonderful kits. But, hurry, this sale ends Monday, July 8th!

 

Click on the links to the kit of your choice to find out more:

HMS Beagle

HMS Terror

San Francisco Cable Car

Or browse through out whole selection of products at AgesofSail.com!

OcCre’s HMS Beagle Kit Review on MSW

James H, one of the admins on Model Ship World, has done another wonderful kit review. This time, he takes a look at OcCre’s latest ship model kit, the survey vessel HMS Beagle.

The review takes a close look at each of the components of the kit, so you can see exactly what you’re getting with this new kit. Read the full review at: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/21084-160-hms-beagle-occre/?tab=comments#comment-639803

The kit is a top-seller at Ages of Sail. Get your’s at: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/occre/hms-beagle-(occre-1:60).html

 

 

Another Billing Boats Dana Build

While we’ve been following a blog on the building of the Billing Boats Dana model kit, we found some photos of a very nicely completed build on the Ships of Scale forum. Take a look at how this ship modeler built and detailed his kit.

He even added belaying pin racks at the main mast shrouds, made his own boom and gaff jaws and parrals, and even added what looks like some fishing gear tied to the port side rail. It also looks like he used some third party blocks on his rigging.

See more photos at http://shipsofscale.com/gallery/hskogstjarna/dana/index.html

 

OcCre’s HMS Beagle Kit Now in Stock (HMS Terror too)

It’s been a bit of a wait with a lot of hold-ups along the way, but the new HMS Beagle kits have finally arrived!

Available Now!

HMS Beagle

We’ve been fulfilling the pre-orders, and if you’re one of these buyers, your kit is already on it’s way to you.

HMS Beagle

HMS Beagle

HMS Beagle

For the rest of you who are interesting in this kit, there are plenty in stock! We made sure to order enough that we shouldn’t be running out of them any time soon.

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-beagle-(occre-1:60).html

And speaking of running out, the OcCre HMS Terror kits, which we had run out of, are now back in stock too!

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-terror-occre-oc12004.html

HMS Terror

HMS Terror

HMS Terror

Both were early 19th century British warships, later modified for exploration. Which will YOU build?  Terror or Beagle?

 

 

Occre Beagle (and Terror) Shipment Update

[Update: 5/2/19 The Kits are HERE!]

While I’m sorry to say that the new HMS Beagle kits have not yet arrived, they are definitely coming soon. We just found out there was some kind of overload on FedEx’s end with a shortage of warehousing space, which delayed transit. But, they should be back on route to us shortly.

On the positive side, if you haven’t had a chance to pre-order your OcCre HMS Beagle kit with the pre-order discount yet, there is still time. You can get your kit for only $188.10. This kit looks very good and we expect it to be very popular. But, don’t worry, we ordered plenty, so we don’t expect to run out any time soon.

And, if you’re interested in the very popular HMS Terror kit, sadly, we just sold the last of our stock today. Fear not, there are more coming in the OcCre shipment along with the new HMS Beagle kits.

We’ll post an announcement as soon as the shipment is in. So, stay tuned…

 

Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 9: And More Details

Ship modeler Clare Hess nears the rigging stage on the Billing Boats Dana kit and shows how to determine the proper angle of the chainplates, among other things.

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Before going on, let me make sure to define the boat’s rig for those not familiar with some of the terms. As I mentioned before, the Dana is a ketch-rigged fishing boat. This means that it has two masts: a mainmast and a shorter mizzenmast. There are five sails shown with this kit. I’ve labeled them in the image below for those not familiar with the configuration or terms.

Making the Horses

On the Dana, the horses are  metal bars on which slide sheet blocks. There are two of these on the Dana, one for the main sheet and one for the staysail sheet. You can find these illustration in diagrams E and H in the instructions. I’ve marked them with red arrows.

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Ship Modelers Meet-Up, Vallejo

The ship model gathering in Vallejo is back. Vallejo is about an hour north of our shop. This group did a group build of Amati’s Swedish Gunboat, buying their kits from our shop a few years ago during our grand opening event. They haven’t met for a while, so it’s good to see them back together again.

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After about a year long hiatus, local ship modelers in the greater SF Bay and Sacramento areas will once again be getting together at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. The date for the gathering is Saturday, May 11th, at 10am.

This group was meeting fairly regularly, about 4 times a year, but with other life issues getting in the way, not much in the way of ship modeling was being accomplished by the bulk of attendees. But, it’s been long enough now that there’s been some interest in getting together again. People have had some time away and, hopefully, have had a chance to either work on a project or they’re ready to get back to one and need some inspiration.

I really like the idea of ship modeling clubs myself, but not as a form of simple entertainment. I really want them to be times to share and…

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