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.

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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.

 

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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.

Taking Another Look: Greek Galliot from Amati Model

One small gem of a kit that often gets overlooked is Amati’s Greek Galliot. It’s probably because the average person looks at it, but doesn’t really know what to make of it. It looks mediterranean, a bit exotic, but what is it? What is a galliot?

The term was applied to a few different types of ship, but the Mediterranean galliot was a small lateen rigged shipped that also regularly used oars for propulsion. These ships were used by, among others, the Barbary pirates that operated out of North Africa. But, these ships were also used by the Greeks in their fight for independence against the Ottoman Turks between 1821 and 1829.

Amati’s Greek Galliot kit depicts a ship operating as a Greek privateer during the time of the War of Greek Independence. The ship is equipped with three lateen-rigged masts and a single bank of 12 oars on each side. Armament consists of a pair of bow mounted carriage guns, and swivel guns lining the quarterdeck.

At a scale of 1:65, this kit builds into a model 21.7″ long, about 55cm. The rig of this kind of ship is relatively simple, but the kit offers plenty of details, plus a couple cannons and an unusual ship design to make the build interesting.

Provided planking includes beech wood, walnut, and beautifully exotic red padauk wood for planking the inner bulwarks.

If you notice the fancy decorative inlaid wood pattern in the photos above and below. Amati includes a strip of this pre-made wood. The inlay pattern actually varies between kits, so your own model will likely be different from these. The kit also includes sailcloth pre-printed in color.

Even the instructions tell you that the oars would be in place only when the sails are clewed up. So, they didn’t follow their own instructions for the model in these photos, but the model sure looks nice displayed this way. And, to finish up your model display, this kit even includes the walnut stanchions and a beautiful wooden base, though the one in the currents kits are oval and not rectangular as shown in these photos.

The Greek Galliot is currently listing on our online store, Ages of Sail. for $124.95. This is a really interesting subject and as you can see here, it’s a gem of a model. You can order your’s today right here. Remember, as an Amati distributor, we offer free parts replacement on any Amati kit you buy from us. So, break or lose a part? Don’t worry. We have you covered.

Check out our huge inventory of ship model kits, fittings, tools, and accessories at Agesofsail.com

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Taking Another Look: Arrow Gunboat from Amati Model

A very interesting kit that has been available on the market for quite some time is a wooden model kit that is not really a ship, but an American gunboat from the early 1800s. It is Jeffersonian-era gunboat.

During this time, the United States had limited resources to protect it’s vast coastline, and there was a lot of debate over the necessity and usefulness of a sea-going navy. As war loomed, the country invested in large numbers of gunboats – small war boats that were lightly armed, and could be powered by sail or oar. The boats made for small targets and were extremely maneuverable and could operate in waters too shallow for larger sailing ships.

There were many gunboats built and many designs appeared. Generally, they were shallow draught, had a simple rig, and carried one or two medium-sized carriage guns or carronades. Unique innovations appeared, with some mounting two guns facing opposite directions on a single circular turntable, so that after one cannon fired, the whole turntable was rotated to bring the second cannon to bear on the target while the other was reloaded.

One design featured a long and narrow hull with a gun at each end, each on its own pivot mount. The vessel showed a mediterranean influence with the use of a pair of lateen sails, each on separate masts. This particular design became the subject of Amati’s “Arrow” Gunboat kit. Here we take another look at this popular Amait kit.

Amati’s “Arrow” is a 1:55-scale wooden model kit of one of these gunboat designs. The specific design can be find in the book The History of the American Sailing Navy, by Howard I Chapelle. By the way, though long out of print, this is an interesting book and a good reference, and used copies in good condition can easily be had for about $10.

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Amati’s kit measures kit measures about 18.5″ long and features a double-planked hull on a framework of laser-cut bulkheads. Bronzed metal barrels are included for one long gun and one carronade. Printed sailcloth is included for the two lateen sails. Three sheets of plans are included, as is a step-by-step instruction guide. The instruction guide is printed in Italian, but an insert includes all the text in english.

This kit makes for an interesting build of a unique type of craft that formed an important part of American history. The completed model’s graceful lines are certain to draw attention. The model is ideal for those who want to build something attractive that doesn’t require as much time as it takes to build a square rigger or any of the larger warships with their rows of gunports and cannons. But, with the large, detailed long gun and carronade in their swivel mounts,  it carries just enough armament to make it stand out.

There is enough challenge here, and a surprising amount of rigging for a small vessel with only two lateen sails. This model kit sells for $108.99 and includes a launch ways style base.

Order yours today at Ages of Sail here.

For some interesting info on one of the Jeffersonian gunboats, check out this Wikipedia entry on HMS Ambush here. HMS Ambush was formerly American Gunboat No. 5, captured by the British in 1814 during the Battle of Lake Burgoyne.

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Big Amati and Mantua Shipments Just In

As if the holiday rush isn’t keeping us busy enough right now, we just got in a big shipment from Amati today of 8 pallets. Then, only a few hours later, we got another big shipment from Mantua!

Today’s Amati shipment.

Today’s Mantua shipment, only a few hours later.

It’s going to time for our staff to sort through and get everything input into our inventory system. So, if you’re waiting for an out-of-stock product from Amati or Mantua to show up on our website, you’ll have to be patient a little while longer, as our priority is to fulfill customer orders during the holiday rush.

But, don’t worry, our elves are working very hard to get everything done!

 

Amati’s Big Bismark Kit – Coming Soon!

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Launched in 1939, the battleship Bismark was Germany’s latest weapon in its war against the Allies. The ship was armed with a main battery of eith 15-inch guns mounted in pairs in four turrets. Her secondary armament consisted of twelve 5.9-inch guns, sixteen 4.1-inch guns, sixteen 1.5-inch guns, and twelve 20mm anti-aircraft guns. The ship carried a crew of 2000 men, displaced over 50,000 tons fully loaded, and measured over 800 feet long, overall. Now, Amati is about to release the most ambitious model kit of this famous World War II fighting ship.

 

Specific details of this kit aren’t available at this time, but we do know that this is a BIG KIT. We expect its release VERY SOON and we should have them in stock in time for Christmas.

Amati Bismark

This kit is, by all appearances, the definitive model kit of the German battleship Bismark and it can soon be yours. Keep checking back here for further announcements. We will post updates as soon as we get more information, so stay tuned!

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Taking Another Look: HMS Bounty from Amati Model

Probably the most beautiful wooden model kit of the famed HMS Bounty is the classic 1/60-scale kit from Amati Model. This kit has been around a long time, but it’s popularity has not waned. Here’s a look at the kit, showing why we think so highly of it.

Technically, this small three masted square-rigger is an armed transport, and was purchased by the Royal Navy to acquire breadfruit plants in the Pacific, to be transported to the West Indies. It was during the long uneventful stay in the tropical South Pacific that discipline problems developed, eventually resulting in the famous mutiny against her captain Lieutenant William Bligh.

Probably the most amazing part of the mutiny, however, was the arduous 3,500 nautical mile journey that Bligh and 18 loyal members of the crew made in the ship’s open launch to reach safety.

The ship was originally built as a collier, or coal transport, in 1784, and name the Bethia. The Royal Navy purchase her in 1787, and renamed her Bounty. She was a small ship, but was full-rigged with three square-rigged masts. For the South Pacific voyage, she was equipped with four 4-pdr cannons and ten swivel guns.

You can read more about the background of the ship, its mission, and the events of the mutiny in this Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Bounty

Amati’s kit features a framework of laser-cut parts, which is then double-planked, allowing the builder to create as smooth a hull shape as possible. The first layer is a softer, more flexible wood, which is then smoothed out before the layer of beautiful finishing planks are added.

Beautiful hardwoods are provided for the masts, yards, deck planking and various hull and deck details. Many parts are laser-cut, to aid in simplifying construction. Various other parts included are wood, cast metal, brass, and photo-etched brass. Multiple sizes of rigging cord, and blocks provide good scale accuracy, and the model’s appearance is rounded out by the cast metal figurehead and metal stern gallery details.

Of course, as with any full-rigged ship model kit, the rigging will be a challenge, but the kits plans and instruction will help you make a successful model that you will be proud of.

 

Not a kit for a beginner, as you can see from the fine details of the masts and rigging. But, when you’re ready for the challenge, this a kit that you’ll want to test your mettle on.

Note that the display stand and pedestals show here are not included. However, we carry a variety of ship model display options that will help you show off your model in the perfect fashion.

If we’ve interested you in this lovely museum quality wooden ship model kit, you can get your’s at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-hmsbounty-am1432.html

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BIG Price Reductions on Amati Kits!

Ages of Sail and Amati have just worked out a new pricing agreement, which results in big savings for you the customer. Prices have been cut as much as 30-50% on all Amati kits. This is not a sale price, this is all new pricing.

NEW LOWER PRICING ON AMATI KITS!

The new prices include beginner kits, classic ship model kits, ships in bottles, non-ship kits, America’s Cup kits… even their Victory Models line of kits!

Check out this sample of some of the new, lower prices:

AM1711/01 Wells Fargo Stage Coach – was $299.00 now $230.99

AM1410 Pinta – was $179.00 now $105.99

 

AM1413 Mayflower – was $299.00 now $187.95

 

AM1300/08 Revenge, 1577 – was $549.00 now $429.95

 

AM1300/02 Bomb Vessel Granado – was $499.00 now $279.00

AM1606 RMS Titanic – was $799.00 now $411.95

 

AM1300/04 HMS Vanguard – was $1149 now $731.95

But of course there are many more Amati kits than what’s listed here. And the new prices come just in time for you to start your holiday shopping, especially if you’re shopping for yourself! Look for that favorite Amati kit that you’ve been eying and check out the new lower prices at Ages of Sail. Ω

Amati’s Big 1/35-scale America’s Cup Challenger Endeavour

The America’s Cup sailboats have always been beautiful examples of speed and the sailing technology of the times, but nothing stands out as much as the famous J-boats of the early 1900s.

Amati model is a great source of models kits of these graceful boats, with more than a dozen America’s Cup kits to choose from. The grandest of these kits is the 1/35-scale model of the 1934 UK Challenger Endeavour.

 

We recently ran across this build log on The NRG’s Model Ship World by a modeler that goes by the screen name “cdrusn89”. He started posting his log at the end of August. Take a look at his progress only a few weeks into the build: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/21703-endeavour-j-class-by-cdrusn89-amati-135-scale/

This is a BIG model that measures nearly 4′ long and 5′ high. At a scale of 1:35, it gives you a lot of opportunities to add all the detailing you want, but includes plenty of its own. This kit makes a great personal project that will make for a beautiful display piece in any room. It also makes a great gift for the seafarer or sailing buff in your life.

Note: Due to a recently negotiated deal with Amati Model, we have just reduced prices on all Amati kits. In this case, that means a reduction in price for this kit from $399 to $282.95. That’s a $116 savings – a 29% price drop! So hurry and get yours while we have them in stock!

We have several in stock right now. Get yours before the holidays! Here’s a direct link to this kit: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-kits/america-s-cup/amati-endeavour-j-class-wooden-hull-am1700-82.html

Looking for something a little smaller? Check out the full range of Amati’s America’s Cup collection: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-kits/america-s-cup.html

 

 

Special Savings on Amati’s Hunter Q-Ship

Ages of Sail is offering big discount pricing on Amati’s Hunter Q-Ship. Now $40 off the already low price of $139.99, making this high quality kit only $99.99. Order while supplies last!

Order the Q-Ship “Hunter” Kit

Q-Ship “Hunter”

This is a wooden model of a typical Q-Ship used in WWI and WWII in an effort to lure German submarines to attack them. Ships like this were equipped with deck guns that were disguised or hidden, making the vessel look like a helpless merchantman. When a U-boat closed in, hungry for the kill, the Q-Ship would quickly reveal it’s armament and attack.

Amati’s kit is well detailed with lots of photo-etched brass parts, as well as other wood and cast metal fittings. The hull is of plank-on-bulkhead construction with

This kit features a lot of etched brass parts and hidden armament under removable covers. A very unique model. You can buy the kit separately or as part of a combo set that includes tools, glue, and a book on ship modeling.

Order Combo Set #5

(Note that we’re waiting for a shipment of tool sets for the combo set)

Check out these photos of a model built by a shipmodeler for Amati.

Up to the challenge? Order yours and make sure to send us photos of your completed model!

Order the Q-Ship “Hunter” Kit

 

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