Beautiful Nordlands Boat – Completed Build by Paul Le Wol

A little over a month ago, we posted this story about an amazing build of the Billing Boats Nordlandsbaaden kit by ship modeler Paul De Wol. As you may recall from that post,  the Nordlandsbaaden, or Nordlands Boat, is a type of boat from northern Norway, whose design and use as a fishing boat dates back to the 1600s, but has the traditional appearance of early Viking longships. If you haven’t read it, you can find the post here.

The model was “in progress” at the time we wrote that last post about the model, but it is now officially complete. In addition to these awesome photos we included here, Paul posted a lot more photos of the completed model in the gallery of the online forum Model Ship World. For a direct link to the photo album of his Nordland Boat, click here.

As a reminder, Paul made a lot of special modifications to really beautify this kit. If you read through his build log, he shows just how someone takes a nice kit and turns it into an incredible model. Paul gave us permission to use the photos of his model, so that we can share them with you, but as before, we recommend that you check out his full build log, as it’s not only interesting to see all the work he’s been putting into the model, but it also provides some great ideas and inspiration for anyone who’s intrested in building this kit or one like it.

This model is too beautiful to not post more photos of and we couldn’t help ourselves. Here are just a few more. Keep in mind that Paul made a lot of modifications, including using his own wood supply, in order to get his build to look this nice.

For those of you who might be interested in building this model, just visit the listing on our online shop here. Note that this is an “Experienced” level kit, which Billing Boats says should be attempted only by those with a couple models under their belts.

Special thanks again to Mr. Paul Le Wol for sharing his photos with us! Ω

Re-Introducing Billing Boats Nordlandsbaaden – Now 10% Off through July 31, 2022

We just posted an article on a Nordlandsbaaden build (click here), and in doing so, we realized that this is an interesting and unusual type of sailboat, and we have quite a few of these kits in stock. So, we thought we’d reintroduce this big, 1/20-scale BillingBoats kit, with 10% off the kit from now through the end of the month (July 2022).

Again, this is a big kit. At 1/20 scale, the completed model measures about 28″ long and 28″ high. The beautiful lines of this wooden model kit will make this a perfect display piece for an office or den.

Special re-introduction sale pricing ends July 31, 2022!

View additional information, photos, and specifications at Ages of Sail here.

Beautiful Nordlandsbaaden Build

The Nordlandsbaaden is a type of boat that comes from northern Norway, and its design and use as a fishing boat dates back to the 1600s. But, the boat’s lines gives the traditional appearance of the early Viking longships. The Nordlandsbaaden boats saw their heyday in the 18th century, but are still built today as sailing yachts.

Billing Boats released a kit of the Nordlands Baaden some years ago, but a beautifully done build of this 1/20 scale kit brought this kit to our attention again. The model is one being constructed by Paul Le Wol, which he describes in his build log on the online forum Paul gave us permission to use the photos of his model, so that we can share them with you, but we recommend that you check out his full build log, as it’s not only interesting to see all the work he’s been putting into the model, but it also provides some great ideas and inspiration for anyone who’s also building this kit.

A couple things you’ll notice about Paul’s model is how he upgraded parts from his own supply of wood, such as basswood and pear wood. Also, you may notice in the photos that there are some glimpses of his very well equipped, home-made building slip. We don’t expect too many of our customers to have such a sophisticated set up. But, we also see he’s using an Amati Keel Klamper, which many of our customers certainly use.

For those of you who might be interested in building this model, we’re offering the kit at 10% off now through the end of July, 2022. Just visit the listing on our online shop for the Nordlandsbaaden here. Note that this is an “Experienced” level kit, which Billing Boats says should be attempted only by those with a couple models under their belts.

Special thanks again to Mr. Paul Le Wol for sharing his photos with us! Ω

A Billing Boats Roar Ege Viking Ship Model

Recently, some photos were posted in the builder’s gallery of the Nautical Research Guild’s Model Ship World forum. The model caught our attention as it was a perfectly done model built from Billing Boats’ Roar Ege Viking Ship kit.

Roar Ege model by Jens Kronvold Frederiksen

The model was built by Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, who goes by his screen name kronvold on Model Ship World. If you look closely at the photos, this is a perfect example of how it’s done, though Jens may humbly disagree.

Of course, each person adds his or her own style to a build, but this is a very clean build, and it shows off the details of the model really well.

We hope this provides some inspiration to our readers. We couldn’t help but post a lot of photos of this model, but there are more in Jens’s album on MSW. They are also higher resolution than we typically post here, so you might want to check them out:

If you have any interest in building this model yourself, it is in stock at Ages of Sail and selling for $132. Check it out here:—billing-boats-bb703.html

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New version of the big Andrea Gail Kit now in stock!

The Big 1/30-scale Andrea Gail kit from Billing Boats is back in stock at Ages of Sail, but it’s changed. This is a whole new version!

The Andrea Gail is the American fishing boat made famous by the film “The Perfect Storm”. This kit now features a wooden hull, using wooden planking and laser-cut framing, and measures about 28″ long. It is designed for either static display or RC operation and lists for $329.99. Check it out now at Ages of Sail:,-billing-boats).html

Make sure to take advantage of our Black Friday sale this weekend to get this kit for 10% off!

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


Billing Boats Shipment Just In

For all you fans of kits from Denmark, we just got a big shipment of kits and fittings from Billing Boats. Back in stock are the Dragen and the St. Roch, as well as some fittings we were out of.

St. Roch, Billing Boats kit BB605

St. Roch was building for Arctic service and was the first ship to traverse the Arctic Passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic. She later became the first ship to traverse the Passage in both directions.

This Billing Boats kit is from their 600-series, which is designed to be easy to build, with a hull that is made in two halves. Each half is easily constructed and the two halves are merged together form the completed hull.

You can read more about the kit on our website:


Dragen Sailboat – Billing Boats kit BB582

The Dragen is a Swedish sailing boat and Billing Boats makes this lovely kit in 1/12 scale. The 29″ long model is just over 39″ high, making for a beautifully big display model. This plank-on-bulkhead kit is designed for Experience ship modelers only. You should not attempt the build unless you’ve built a few wooden model kits.

You can find the kit on our website at:


New Colin Archer Kit from Billing Boats Available Now

Several years ago, Billing Boats’ popular 1:15-scale kit of the salvage ship Colin Archer was discontinued. The kit was very big, at about 50″ long, and featured an ABS plastic hull and was suitable for RC operation.

New, BB728 Colin Archer wooden hulled, expert level ship model kit.

Billing Boats has just released a new version of the Colin Archer kit at the same 1:15 scale. But, now, the kit features a wooden plank-on-bulkhead construction hull. The size, construction, and detail have earned this kit an EXPERT level rating. So, make sure you’re ready to take on a kit of this difficulty level before starting your build.

Ages of Sail and our sister site Billing Boats USA now have this kit available. It is one of Billing Boats largest, and lists for $789.95. But, if you’ve been following this blog or our Facebook posts, you’ll know that we currently have a Black Friday Sale that will continue up through midnight tonight. So, you can get this kit now from Ages of Sail, and save $79 by phoning in your order. Your order will also qualify for free shipping as part of our Black Friday special.

Now’s the time to get your big Colin Archer kit!

Call 510-889-6000

If you are only able to reach our operators, just leave your name and number and tell them you want to place an order. We’ll call you back and will honor the special sale pricing.

Thanksgiving Special at Ages of Sail

Thanksgiving is Just Around the Corner

Save $50 on these two Classic Mayflower Kits

To celebrate our early settlers, we’re offering special limited time pricing on selected Mayflower kits. Save $50 on either the large Amati Mayflower kit or the Billing Boats Mayflower kit (both above). That’s more than 15% off these beautiful American heritage kits.

Both kits are the same 1/60 scale and are about 25.5″ long. Both feature plank-on-bulkhead construction with major parts laser-cut. The Billing boats kit features single-planking with obechi wood, with fittings in wood, metal and plastic. Amati’s kit is double-planked, with an outer layer of  fine hardwoods, and includes fittings of metal and wood.

A closer look at the Amati kit 

Choose the kit that suits you best. But hurry. Prices are only good from now through November 30th, 2017. To get your’s, simply visit us at or click one of the links below. No special codes needed to qualify for these prices.

Amati Mayflower – regular $299, now $249 through 11/30/17

Billing Boats Mayflower – regular $286, now $236 through 11/30/17

If one of those kits don’t quite suit your need for the ship of the pilgrims, there are four other Mayflower kits you might look into, including the new 1st Step Mayflower kit from Amati.

Check them out at Ages of Sail.

*Note: Mamoli kits are in limited supply after a factory fire shut them down. Missing or broken parts can not be replaced at this time.

Two Billing Boats kits just added, Frigate Jylland and HMS Warrior

We’ve carried Billing Boats kits for quite a while, but we’re working now to expand our retail selection of these kits. There will be more Billing Boats kits forthcoming, including a couple fairly recent releases. But, for now, here are two classic warships from the transitionary period between sail and steam, the Danish frigate Jylland and the British iron-hulled warship HMS Warrior.

Both of the original ships are still in existence  and represent the last ships of their kind. They are available for public access, so you can still walk the decks of these beautiful vessels. And, if you can’t get to them, there should be plenty of photos on the Internet to help you make the most accurate build possible.

In fact, here are a couple photos we found on the web…

HMS Warrior

Frigate Jylland

Both Billing Boats kits are “Expert” level models, so we don’t recommend you attempt them without a fair amount of experience. The kits feature plank-on-bulkhead construction and include laser-cut frames. Many major parts are also laser cut. Fittings provided included wooden blocks, and fittings in brass, wood or plastic fittings.


The Frigate Jylland, BB5003

The frigate ‘Jylland’ was the last warship of the Danish Royal Navy built of oak. It was launched on 20 January 1860. ‘Jylland’ was also the first steam-powered, screwdriven ship and at an engine out-put of 400 hp was able to reach the then impressive speed of 12 knots. A noteworthy feature that should be mentioned is that the screw could be raised up into a ‘screw- well’ so that it did not slow the ship down under sail. On 9th May 1864 ‘Jylland’ fought in the Battle of Heligoland against a fleet of Austrian and Prussian ships. King Christian IX used the ship on various visits to Iceland and Russia. The 2450-ton ‘Jylland’ had a hull lenght of 71m (96m overall) and a beam of 13,5m. The ship had a crew of between 405 and 437 men, depending on the ship´s duties, and carried 44 muzzle-loaded cannons. In 1960 ‘Jylland’ was towed by tugs from the naval base in Copenhagen to Ebeltoft. On 11 August 1984 it made its last voyage – into a new exhibition dock. After several years of restoration work, Frigate ‘Jylland’ was opened to the public. For those with an interest in ships and life at sea, this 130-year-old ship is certainly worth visiting.

The completed model measures 39.8″ in length and 24.8″ in height and sells regularly for $599. To celebrate the addition of this model, we’re taking 10% off, now through September 1st. We only have 5 of these kits available at the time of this writing, so act fast if you want to get one, especially at this price.


HMS Warrior, BB512

The Warrior was designed and built in response to an aggressive French shipbuilding program which saw the introduction of the first iron-clad warship La Gloire. The Royal Navy was determined to meet this challenge of supremacy and build a ship so superior in terms of quality, speed, size, armament and armour that it would be inconceivable to France that she could take Britain on in a sea battle. August 1, 1861, The Warrior was the largest warship in the world, at 9,210 tons displacement, she was fully 60% larger than the La Gloire. June 1862 she started active service in the Channel Squadron. In 1871 she was no longer the crack ship she had once been, and was downgraded to Coast Guard and reserve services. The Warrior was eventually converted to a floating school for the Navy and re-named Vernon III in 1904. By 1978, she was the only surviving example of the ‘Black Battlefleet’, the 45 iron hulls built for the Royal Navy between 1861 and 1877.

This is a BIG model! The completed model measures 57.9″ in length and 26.5″ in height and sells regularly for $755.95. Again, to celebrate the addition of this model, we’re offering the kit at 10% off, now through September 1st. We only have 13 of these kits in our warehouse, so we don’t expect to run out anytime soon. But, if you want to take advantage of the special pricing, make sure to act by September 1st!

Click the links below to check out the kits now at Ages of Sail: