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 http://shipsofscale.com/gallery/hskogstjarna/dana/index.html

 

OcCre’s HMS Beagle Kit Now in Stock (HMS Terror too)

It’s been a bit of a wait with a lot of hold-ups along the way, but the new HMS Beagle kits have finally arrived!

Available Now!

HMS Beagle

We’ve been fulfilling the pre-orders, and if you’re one of these buyers, your kit is already on it’s way to you.

HMS Beagle

HMS Beagle

HMS Beagle

For the rest of you who are interesting in this kit, there are plenty in stock! We made sure to order enough that we shouldn’t be running out of them any time soon.

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-beagle-(occre-1:60).html

And speaking of running out, the OcCre HMS Terror kits, which we had run out of, are now back in stock too!

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-terror-occre-oc12004.html

HMS Terror

HMS Terror

HMS Terror

Both were early 19th century British warships, later modified for exploration. Which will YOU build?  Terror or Beagle?

 

 

Occre Beagle (and Terror) Shipment Update

[Update: 5/2/19 The Kits are HERE!]

While I’m sorry to say that the new HMS Beagle kits have not yet arrived, they are definitely coming soon. We just found out there was some kind of overload on FedEx’s end with a shortage of warehousing space, which delayed transit. But, they should be back on route to us shortly.

On the positive side, if you haven’t had a chance to pre-order your OcCre HMS Beagle kit with the pre-order discount yet, there is still time. You can get your kit for only $188.10. This kit looks very good and we expect it to be very popular. But, don’t worry, we ordered plenty, so we don’t expect to run out any time soon.

And, if you’re interested in the very popular HMS Terror kit, sadly, we just sold the last of our stock today. Fear not, there are more coming in the OcCre shipment along with the new HMS Beagle kits.

We’ll post an announcement as soon as the shipment is in. So, stay tuned…

 

Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 9: And More Details

Ship modeler Clare Hess nears the rigging stage on the Billing Boats Dana kit and shows how to determine the proper angle of the chainplates, among other things.

The Ship Modeler

Before going on, let me make sure to define the boat’s rig for those not familiar with some of the terms. As I mentioned before, the Dana is a ketch-rigged fishing boat. This means that it has two masts: a mainmast and a shorter mizzenmast. There are five sails shown with this kit. I’ve labeled them in the image below for those not familiar with the configuration or terms.

Making the Horses

On the Dana, the horses are  metal bars on which slide sheet blocks. There are two of these on the Dana, one for the main sheet and one for the staysail sheet. You can find these illustration in diagrams E and H in the instructions. I’ve marked them with red arrows.

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Ship Modelers Meet-Up, Vallejo

The ship model gathering in Vallejo is back. Vallejo is about an hour north of our shop. This group did a group build of Amati’s Swedish Gunboat, buying their kits from our shop a few years ago during our grand opening event. They haven’t met for a while, so it’s good to see them back together again.

The Ship Modeler

After about a year long hiatus, local ship modelers in the greater SF Bay and Sacramento areas will once again be getting together at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. The date for the gathering is Saturday, May 11th, at 10am.

This group was meeting fairly regularly, about 4 times a year, but with other life issues getting in the way, not much in the way of ship modeling was being accomplished by the bulk of attendees. But, it’s been long enough now that there’s been some interest in getting together again. People have had some time away and, hopefully, have had a chance to either work on a project or they’re ready to get back to one and need some inspiration.

I really like the idea of ship modeling clubs myself, but not as a form of simple entertainment. I really want them to be times to share and…

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IPMS Show Follow-Up

The Ship Modeler

The SVSM 2019 Classic was the name of the IPMS show held March 19th, 2019, at San Jose’s Napredak Hall. The South Bay Model Shipwrights and Ages of Sail had adjacent tables at the event and I was manning the Ages of Sail table for the whole day.

SBMS members James Lunt and Jacob Cohn demonstrating ship modeling skills and talking with visitors to the table.

SBMS member Jacob Cohn demonstrating his rigging skills as he adds ratlines to his 3/16″ scale HMS Sultana model.

It was definitely a long day for me, but I sold a lot of tools, a couple kits, and got to talk with a lot of existing and potential customers.

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HMS Beagle Pre-Orders Now Being Accepted with Discount

They’re on their way!

OcCre just informed us that the HMS Beagle kits have officially been released. We have a large shipment now on its way and they should be here within the next two weeks. To minimize your wait time for this exciting new kit release, we’re now accepting pre-orders.

Pre-Order Now, and we’ll send your order as soon as the kits arrive. What’s more, we’re discounting the kit by 10% off its retail price of $209, making it an even greater value than it already is, at $188.10.

CLICK HERE to PRE-ORDER NOW!

HMS Beagle became famous for her survey voyages when a passenger on her second expedition, a young naturalist named Charles Darwin, wrote his famous work On the Origin of Species.

The ship was built as one of the Cherokee-class of 10-gun brig sloops, and was launched in the Thames River on May 11, 1820, at the Wollwich shipyards. In July of that same year, as part of the celebrations for the coronation of King George IV, it was the first man-of-war to sail under the new London Bridge.

In 1825, her armament was reduced and a mizzen mast was added, changing her to a barque rig, at which time she was fitted out for service as a survey ship.

CLICK HERE to PRE-ORDER NOW!

OcCre’s is a 1/60-scale kit is based on the ship’s 1825 specifications, and features laser-cut parts for the framework, and double plank-on-bulkhead hull construction for ease of build.

High quality wood strips are provided for hull and deck planking, wooden dowels for masts and yards, and a full set of fittings in wood, brass, and cast metal, as well as a sheet of photo-etched brass detail parts. The kit also includes colorful flags, rigging cord, display cradle, and a full set of pre-sewn sails. A pictoral instruction book and plans sheets make for an easy to understand build.

What’s more, if you want a little extra guidance on building this kit, OcCre has prepared a series of 30 short Youtube videos, each between 30 seconds to 2-1/2 minutes long, illustrating the steps of the build.

To see the whole series of videos, go to: https://youtu.be/JIKFtMwKj0Q

We’re really excited about this kit and expect it to sell very well. We have a good supply of them coming in, but if you want to make sure and want to get it at the discounted price of $188.10, order now:

CLICK HERE to PRE-ORDER NOW!

HMS Terror Kits – Back in Stock, Price Increase, Special Discount

OcCre’s wooden model kit of the arctic exploration ship HMS Terror is back in stock at Ages of Sail!

Click Here to Buy Your HMS Terror Kit

The bad news is that the manufacturer increased the price of the kit, so our full retail price is now $209. However, the good news is that this is still an incredible value for a kit of this quality and detail. Also, to help out, we’re offering a special limited time pricing of only $188.10.

Click Here to Buy Your HMS Terror Kit

 

The real ship and the Franklin Expedition of which Terror was a part is the subject of the AMC series The Terror. Need some inspiration? Check out these Youtube clips:

The 1/65-scale kit is based on the research and drawings developed by ship modeler Mathew Betts. You can read about his work, as well as his involvement in the TV series, on his blog at: https://buildingterror.blogspot.com

Still not sure if you want to buy this kit? Check out the excellent kit review on Model Ship World: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/18774-165-hms-terror-occre/

So, we just put the kits back in stock on our website and they’ve already started selling! Get yours at this special pricing while it lasts.

Click Here to Buy Your HMS Terror Kit

Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 8: More Details

Another update by ship modeler Clare Hess on building the Dana fishing boat from Billing Boats.

The Ship Modeler

Stern Platform

The stern platform is a plywood piece that fits against the bulwarks behind the tiller. Being that this is a fishing boat and that this platform is to be covered with thin wooden slats, I presume that this was used for the process of bringing aboard fishing nets. The wooden slats would allow the fisherman to stand on the platform as water drains into the channels between the slats.

The platform is a pre-cut piece of plywood, but attaching the platform is a bit problematic, as there are no grooves or anything that supports the platform. It’s supposed to be attached to the bulwarks by a simple glue joint.

Since the platform is supposed to be painted white and the wooden slats or battens are to be left a natural wood color, based on the model photos on the box and in the instruction booklet, it seemed to…

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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