Two New Fishing Boat Kits from Vanguard Models – In Stock Now

Lately, it seems that Vanguard Models has been releasing new kits faster than we can stock them. The two newest kits to be released are a pair of 19th century fishing boats, the Nisha, a Brixham “Mumble Bee”, and the Erycina, a Plymouth Trawler.

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The Nisha, 1907 – The ‘Mumble Bee’ was cutter rigged, full bowed and broad beamed. They were strongly built and many survived to a good old age. Because of their fine lines, a few of these vessels were converted to yachts in their later life. Those fishing off the Welsh coast out of Tenby, working the fishing grounds in Mumbles Bay, acquired the collective term ‘Mumble-Bees’. In part, this was coined because of the large numbers of them ‘buzzing’ around the Mumbles like bees around a hive, and also arose by them adopting some of the features of the established Mumbles boats. Nisha had an overall length of 59 feet 3 inches, moulded beam of of 14 feet. She had a deep drag aft with a draft of 7 foot 10 inches but only 4 feet forward. Her fine lines translate into a very pleasing hull shape, making a very attractive display model.

The Erycina, 1882 – Originally built as a cutter designed by H.V. Prigg and built by W.H. Shilston, Coxside, Sutton Harbour in 1882. She was converted to a ketch rig in 1894. Due to her pedigree, Erycina has unusually beautiful lines, described as a ‘Crack Ketch’, and handled more like a racing yacht than a fishing vessel. Erycina fished along the South West UK coast for over 50 years, an incredibly long career for such a vessel. Her overall length was 71 feet, with a length between perpendiculars of 63 feet. The moulded bredth of 17 foot 2 inches was rather more fine than that of the average trawler, but she was built for speed, and of- ten raced at regattas with with the crack Brixham Smack, Ibex. In 22 races at Plymouth regattas, Erycina won 15 first, 4 second and 2 third prizes.

Both kits are in 1/64 scale that incorporate the latest design techniques, but are both suitable for the total beginner, as well as the seasoned modeler who may want to take a very scale accurate and detailed kit and add their own additional detailing.

Both feature laser cut and engraved parts in MDF and pear wood, laser cut pear wood ladders and companionway, laser etched and cut maple decks with treenail detail, photo etched brass detailing, and more.

Check out the specifics of each kit or order yours on our Ages of Sail shop here:

Nisha – Brixham ‘Mumble Bee’

Erycina – Portsmouth Trawler

Available Now at Ages of Sail

New Kit from OcCre Models – Polaris – Now in Stock

Those of you looking for a new ship model project, maybe even a good first project, may want to take a look at the Polaris, the newest kit from OcCre Models of Spain.

This model kit represents an American pilot boat type schooner from around 1800. Also referred to as “Virginia pilot boats” or simply called “Virginia built,” these were very fast vessels that served not only as pilot boats, but were used as smugglers, and were often armed and put into service in wartime as privateers and blockade runners.

The model features the simple schooner rig, easy hull shape, and all the basic features common to wooden sailing ships, making an ideal entry-level wooden ship model kit. It is a 1:50 scale model that measures just under 23″ long and roughly 17.5″ high.

A pictorial parts identification guide helps you sort through the kits supply of wooden strips and dowels.

And the kit includes everything you see here, from wooden stock to fittings of brass, cast metal, and wood; major wooden parts are finely laser cut; and the kit even includes a full set of pre-sewn sails, all for one low price.

Also included is a set of easy to follow, step-by-step, photo instructions to guide you throughout the build. Text instructions are minimal, but you’ll find that the pictures give you far more information than a confusing array of written instruction ever could.

What’s more, OcCre has again gone above and beyond by providing a series of 84 short Youtube videos, showing you how it’s all done.

Get yours at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/polaris-(occre-1:50).html

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Two More New Easy Build Kits from Amati

Amati just released two more kits of their 1st Step series of easy to build ship model kits, bringing the series to a total of 6 kits.

Up to this point, we’ve had the Pirate Ship, the Elizabethan Galleon, the HMS Bounty and the Santa Maria. Amati has just added the Niña and the Mayflower, two famous ships that brought Europeans to the “New World”.

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Amati’s 1st Step Niña

The new products are both about 1:135 scale like most of the 1st Step kits, and include pre-shaped hulls with a unique, self-aligning design that sandwiches a laser-cut board that includes the keel, stem and stern post, between two halves of the hull, making for a perfectly shaped hull.

The kit includes laser-cut parts, a variety of dowels and strip woods, wood and metal fittings, sail cloth, rigging line, a wooden stand and pedestals to display your completed model, and a printed sheet of flags, and in some cases, colorful hull decorations. Includes an easy to follow, fold-out sheet of step-by-step directions written in English and Italian.

Here are some photos of what you’ll get in a typical 1st Step kit, showing the 1st Step Elizabethan Galleon kit.

 

 

 

 

These are ideal starter kits and require only basic tools, glue, and paints. They also make great projects for more experienced modelers who just want something fun and quick to build.

Check out these and the other newest kits from Amati Model at Ages of Sail:

http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-kits/new-items.html

New “1st Step” Kits from Amati Now Available

Last year, Amati created a new line of easy to build wooden ship model kits called 1st Step. Ages of Sail recently received a new shipment from Amati, which includes the two newest kits in the line, bringing it to a total of 4.

The newest kits are the very popular subjects Santa Maria and HMS Bounty.

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HMS Bounty

 

 

 

 

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Santa Maria

 

 

 

 

These are solid hull kits that come with the hull nicely pre-shaped in two halves, which sandwich the keel piece that includes the stem and the sternpost, so everything is perfectly in place. No planking skills are necessary.

There’s a nice little review on plasticmodelsworld that shows how easily the hull goes together and works to create a model that they claim is easier to build than a plastic kit, but gives you the satisfaction of having an attractive wooden model. This is a great for beginners, kids, or just someone who wants a fun little project that can be finished up in a matter of days.

Check out the full line at Ages of Sail.