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

Artesania Latina’s All New Santa Maria Kitd

This latest shipment we received from Artesania Latina is particularly significant. As you might have read in our recent post, the new Vasa kit they came out with is in stock at our shop and it looks incredible. They’re clearly vying for best Vasa (or Wasa) kit in the industry. But, that’s not all that’s new from them. Take a look at this beautifully designed Santa Maria kit.

Artesania Latina’s kit is newly redesigned to make your ship model building experience better than ever.  This 1/65-scale wooden kit measures roughly 19.5″ long and 19.4″ tall. It is a carefully engineered kit featuring laser-cut wooden framing, and includes cast metal, turned brass, photo-etched brass, and wooden fittings. Pre-sewn sails are included, as are the colorfully printed flags, and templates for painting the sails.

To add some extra realism to your model and to help bring it to life, they’ve created an optional set of 10 figures especially designed for this kit. This set includes figures of Christopher Columbus, Juan de la Cosa, Martín Alonso Pinzón, Vicente Yáñez Pinzón, Rodrigo de Triana, plus five sailor figures. And, of course, these figures should work well on any 1/65-scale galleon or caravel, which includes the full range of Artesania Latina’s models of Columbus’s ships, as well as that of Amati’s, which is also in 1/65 scale.

One of the best things about these new Artesania Latina kits is how much work they’ve put into the kit instructions. These instructions are now in digital format, so you’ll need a computer to read the included DVD, or you can simply download them from Artesania Latina’s website and view the helpful tutorial videos (also included on the DVD) on their Youtube channel.

You may not be able to see it fully on our post image here, but the full-sized image clearly shows the run of one of the rigging lines, actually showing you where the line begins, how it runs through two blocks, and where it ties off. This is an area where many less experienced ship modelers have difficulties with interpreting printed plans. Such plans often show a line, but it can be hard to follow where the line runs and where it is belayed.

Artesania Latina solves the issue by provide a 164-page visual guide with hundreds of photos, showing you every step of construction and rigging.

If this kit is an example of the direction Artesania Latina is taking their products, ship modeling appears to have a very bright future.

Check out their unboxing video here:

If you’re interesting in building this kit, you can find it in our online shop at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/new-items/artesania-latina-santa-maria-al22411.html

In addition, check out the optional figure set we described above here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/set-of-10-metal-figurines-for-caravels-and-galleons-(artesania-latina).html

 

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Artesania Latina’s New 1/65-Scale Vasa Kit

We just received a big shipment of products from the “new and improved” Artesania Latina, so we’re finally recovering after the holidays depleted our stocks of this long-time popular brand. In addition, we’ve receive some new kits you might want to check out, as well as the return of an old favorite, the San Juan Nepomuceno. But, the biggest news by far is the release of their brand new kit of the 17th century Swedish warship Vasa.

This spectacular kit is made for the Expert Level modeler and is produced in 1/65-scale, making it one of the largest Vasa kits available at 42″ long and 34″ high. The kit makes heavy use of die-cast and photo-etched decorations, and there are a LOT of them!

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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

Summer Shipments In

At Ages of Sail, we’ve been getting a lot of shipments coming in over the past week. Today, we just stocked up on Caldercraft kits.  Over the last couple weeks, we received a large shipment of kits from Occre and we’ve restocked our assortment of Amati fittings and tools. And, of course, we get regular shipments of Artesania Latina and Dumas products.

So, if you’ve been looking for something that’s been out of stock, or just want to see our huge assortment of products, check us out at Ages of Sail!

AL’s Independence – Headrails and Rigging

Shipmodeler Clare Hess posts an update on his colonial schooner build, which is based on the Independence kit from Artesania Latina, but has been heavily modified using fine woods, such as castello boxwood, pear and beech, and aftermarket fittings, such as blocks, cannons, carriages, gratings, and rigging line.

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Yes, I’m finally getting around to wrapping up the Colonial Schooner Independence. I’ve worked on it here and there, but hadn’t made any blog posts about in quite some time.

The last task that I was concerned about was to construct some headrails from scratch. Mostly, this is one of those tasks which is painful, because the brain says it’s painful. In actuality, it wasn’t that bad, but did take some mental work to wrap my head around where to even begin.

I found some examples that were more complex and finally found some that were simpler. I made sure that the images of those simpler ones became embedded in my brain. So, here’s what I came up with…

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I used castello boxwood for these, starting out by cutting them from thick sheet stock. Then, I cleaned them up and carved away the excess in such a way that it kind…

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