Coming Soon!

I’m sure you can figure out what ship this is.

 

We don’t have an exact date of delivery, nor do we have pricing. But, this kit from OcCre of Spain is a 1:60-scale wooden ship model kit that will measure a bit over 28″ long and just under 19″ tall. We’re hoping to have them in March sometime.

Figured it out yet? Think ships of exploration…

 

Amati’s Drakkar Viking Ship, by the South Bay Model Shipwrights

At a recent meeting, member of the South Bay Model Shipwrights club brought out their model of the Drakkar Viking Ship. The model was a kind of group build by several club members who teamed up to complete this model kit from Amati.

The model is approximately 1/50 scale, features laser-cut lap-strake planking, and measures a little over 17″ long.

Amati Viking Ship

Amati Viking Ship

Amati Viking Ship

The model was going through a few finishing touches, so it was displayed here without oars. A case is being prepared, after which the group will display the model at various events, like the upcoming IPMS event in San Jose.  The plan with then be to display this beautiful model at the retail shop of Ages of Sail in San Lorenzo, which provided the kit.

If you’re interested in building this kit yourself, you can find it here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-viking-ship-am1406-01.html

Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 6: Deck Details

More on the Billing Boats Dana build.

The Ship Modeler

Portholes

Among the deck details are the portholes in the forward cabin. These are essentially black plastic flanges and are the same fittings used for the hawsepipe. There is one to mount on the port and starboard sides of the cabin. Mounting these requires cutting holes in the plastic cabin.

Since the flanges have no “glass”, I used some clear plastic I bought a long time ago from the manufacturer Plastruct, which makes all sorts of plastic shapes for architectural and craft projects. Hobby shops used to carry this stuff all the time, but those stores are becoming few in number. You can order direct from Plastruct if you need to, or in this case, you can cut a small piece from a clear acetate sheet protector, which you can get easily at Staples office supply.

The plastic just needs to be big enough to glue over the inside…

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Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 5: Hull Details

The build of the Billing Boats Dana continues. At $69, this is one of the least expensive of the Billing Boats (or any manufacturer’s) kits. It’s something of a bridge between plastic model building and wooden model ship building as it features at ABS plastic hull and deck, with wooden parts added and fittings in brass, wood, and plastic.

You can find the kit at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/billing-boats-ship-kits/beginner/dana-fishing-boat—billing-boats-bb200.html

The Ship Modeler

The Prop

After painting the hull and adding the prop, I went ahead and decided that I didn’t like the position of the prop. Now, you may not care enough about it to want to change anything, but it was bugging me. Now, I may be wrong, but I’m glad I made the changes.

The prop points downward. On a real boat, this would drive the bow downwards, which may be the whole point. The boat may be more stable, operating with the bow not riding up above the water. But, the images of the completed model don’t seem to have the prop pointing down quite so much.

The main issue here is really that the shape of the rudder assembly prevents you from mounting the prop in a “nicer” fashion – the top of the prop hits the wooden frame. Really, all you need to do here is shave…

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Ages of Sail at IPMS Silicon Valley Scale Modelers 2019 Classic

The Silicon Valley Scale Modelers will be holding their model show again, the SVSM 2019 Classic on Saturday, March 17th, March 16th, 2019, and Ages of Sail will again be there.

Ages of Sail table at the Silicon Valley 2017 Classic.

The South Bay Model Shipwrights club is also expected to have a table there, and will likely be located right next door again, making for a whole ship modeling section at the event.

South Bay Model Shipwrights members manning their table next to ours at the SV 2017 Classic.

This is officially an IPMS event, which is the International Plastic Modelers Society. However, they include models of all types, including ones of resin, paper, and wood. Expect to see an increasing number of ship models and this and future events, as the South Bay Model Shipwrights takes a more active role of getting out in front of the public to support the hobby of ship modeling.

http://www.svsm.org/contest/svsm-2019-classic/

We’ll be sure to bring lots of stuff for all to look at and purchase. Hope to see you there! Ω

Amati / Victory Models HMS Vanguard on MSW

Recently, a customer had some questions regarding rigging of the HMS Vanguard, one of the best, most detailed wooden ship model kits available today. In the process of helping him out, we ran across a build log of the kit by an Australian ship modeler that goes by the screen name RMC.

The model was apparently completed just over a year ago, and the pictures posted show us an absolutely gorgeous build of this extremely complex model.

This is a 1:72nd-scale kit of the 74-gun ship of the line that served as Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of the Nile in August of 1798. The completed model measures about 46″ long and 35″ high.

The build log on Model Ship World is about 32 pages long and shows and discusses many construction issues that were dealt with in building the model. This is very difficult model, and the builder shows tremendous skill and care in its construction.

We highly recommend checking out this build log! The build log can be found here:

https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/610-hms-vanguard-by-rmc-finished-amativictory-models-scale-172/&

If you are interested in building this expert-level kit, you can get yours at: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-hms-vanguard-am1300-04.html

 

Amati/Victory Models HMS Vanguard

This kit can be built as HMS Vanguard, but also includes figureheads and decorations to build it as one of the sister ships HMS Elephant or HMS Beleraphon.

Artesania Latina’s Pen Duick on MSW

Just saw this beautifully done build of Artesania Latina’s Pen Duick kit built by Model Shipworld Member “Reci”.

Photo from The Nautical Research Guild’s MSW.

The Pen Duick is a cutter-rigged racing sailboat built in 1898 and still participates in races today. There’s a nice photo of the deck on the Wikipedia entry

You can follow along on the build of this model on Model Shipworld here: https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/19179-pen-duick-by-reci-finished-artesania-latina-128/&

The build log is not long, but it’s full of photos showing some nice step-by-step detail of construction.

The kit is manufactured by Artesania Latina, which is a classic and relatively inexpensive brand, and generally easy to find. The kit is a 1/28-scale plank-on-bulkhead wooden model and measures just over 29″ long and about 24″ high.

Artesania Latina produces quality kits and many, like this, feature laser-cut wooden structural parts, quality woods, brass, and cast metal fittings, rigging line, sail cloth, plus nice step-by-step, color illustrated instructions.

If you’re interested in building this Artesania Latina kit, we’ve got it listed on Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/artesania-latina-pen-duick-22418.html

Stock is limited, so hurry if you want one! Ω

New Kit from Amati -1/32 scale Fifie

While Amati has been busy with development work on their fantastic new Orient Express Sleeping Car kit, we haven’t seen a new ship model kit from them for a little while, until now.

Amati’s latest kit represents a type of traditional fishing boat developed on the east coast of Scotland, and mainly engaged in the herring fishery. These boats characteristically featured a plumb stem, a long, straight keel, and wide beam – a configuration that made them very stable sailers.

Amati’s Fifie motor fishing boat is the latest release and, like the rail-bound previous release, this kit is a nice big 1/32 scale. At this large scale, the plank-on-bulkhead wooden model kit measures over 27″ long and just over 17″ high. As part of Amati’s Victory Models Line, it has been extensively researched and carefully designed. The kit features Amati’s highest quality materials and includes color illustrated step-by-step building instructions and detailed plans in English.

Amati’s newest addition to the Victory Model Line has been designed specifically for any type of model maker, and as such it is a perfect kit for those who want and expect a little more. All fittings, masts and rigging have been researched using contemporary sources and the most up to date reference material avaliable to make the kit as accurate and as detailed as possible. The kit contains laser cut keel and frames, Amati wood and metal fittings, step by step color building instructions and detailed plans in English.

This is a beautiful kit that lists for under $300, and you can find it on our online store here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-kits/victory-models/scottish-fife-(amati-1:32).html