New Kit from Amati -1/32 scale Fifie

While Amati has been busy with development work on their fantastic new Orient Express Sleeping Car kit, we haven’t seen a new ship model kit from them for a little while, until now.

Amati’s latest kit represents a type of traditional fishing boat developed on the east coast of Scotland, and mainly engaged in the herring fishery. These boats characteristically featured a plumb stem, a long, straight keel, and wide beam – a configuration that made them very stable sailers.

Amati’s Fifie motor fishing boat is the latest release and, like the rail-bound previous release, this kit is a nice big 1/32 scale. At this large scale, the plank-on-bulkhead wooden model kit measures over 27″ long and just over 17″ high. As part of Amati’s Victory Models Line, it has been extensively researched and carefully designed. The kit features Amati’s highest quality materials and includes color illustrated step-by-step building instructions and detailed plans in English.

Amati’s newest addition to the Victory Model Line has been designed specifically for any type of model maker, and as such it is a perfect kit for those who want and expect a little more. All fittings, masts and rigging have been researched using contemporary sources and the most up to date reference material avaliable to make the kit as accurate and as detailed as possible. The kit contains laser cut keel and frames, Amati wood and metal fittings, step by step color building instructions and detailed plans in English.

This is a beautiful kit that lists for under $300, and you can find it on our online store here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-kits/victory-models/scottish-fife-(amati-1:32).html

 

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale!

Shop at Ages of Sail starting Friday, November 23, and take advantage of special Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale pricing.

Add one or more items to your shopping cart, then enter discount code BF18 and you’ll receive 10% off your order. Plus, all orders over $200 will automatically receive free standard shipping (up to a $40 value).

Visit our all new online shop now: http://www.agesofsail.com

ALL NEW Ages of Sail Site

Ages of Sail has finally sailed into the modern age with a newly designed website. The site’s new modern look is all part of a push to make it more accessible to customers who are increasingly using tablets and phones to do their online shopping.

With the new site, you get a cleaner look, but retain access all of the great products we carry, including wooden ship model kits, multimedia kits, RC models, tools, fittings, books, plans, paints and more!

To celebrate the grand opening of our new site, we are offering free standard shipping (* up to $40 credit) on any order of $200 or more. The discount credit will appear automatically during checkout.

Things get busy as we get closer to the holidays, so make sure to buy early to avoid the rush and to make sure what you want will be in stock!

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NRG Conference, Oct 25-27 in Las Vegas

The Nautical Research Guild’s annual conference is coming up fast and Ages of Sail will be there this year!

Model display and vendor room, San Diego conference, 2016

This year, the conference is at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you haven’t yet registered, there’s still time to make the late registration date. But, even if you miss the late registration, you can still pay at the door, it’ll just cost you a bit more.

Details on registration and hotel can be found on the NRG website: https://www.thenrg.org/nrg-2018-conference.php

The last conference we attended was in San Diego in 2016, so we’re really looking forward to the event. Please stop by our vendor table and say ‘hi!’ Hope to see you there. Ω

Amati’s HMS Vanguard – An Out of the Box Review

One of the finest ship model kits is the 1/72-scale kit of the British first rate ship of the line, the 74-gun HMS Vanguard, from Amati’s Victory Models line. This kit measure 46″ long when built, and 35″ high. This is a very advanced, very detailed kit with lots of photo-etched parts and castings.

There’s nicely done review of the kit on the NRG’s Model Ship World. Read it here: https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/18418-172-hms-vanguard-1787/&tab=comments#comment-586165

You can find this kit on our ecommerce site here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-hms-vanguard-am1300-04.html

Check out the other kits of Amati’s Victory Models line: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-kits/victory-models.html

Model Boats on Parade – September 16 in San Francisco

Check out the variety of RC model boats at Spreckles Lake in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park tomorrow. If you feel left out, we’ve got plenty of kits suitable for RC operation!

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/rc-capable-kits.html

The Ship Modeler

Sorry, I know this is a very last minute posting, but I was just reminded that the San Francisco Model Yacht Club is holding its annual model boat event tomorrow, Sunday, September 16, 2018, at Spreckles Lake in Golden Gate Park.

The event setup begins at 9:30am. It’s open to the public and should go on most of the day. The club will have its clubhouse open, so you can view various boats on display that aren’t out in the water. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to see all kinds of powered RC models, some small, some VERY BIG, plus RC sailboats. There’s even a group that does free sail racing, where the boats, powered only by the wind, are pre-set to guide themselves across the lake.

Here’s the informational flyer from the SFMYC’s website:

Get set for a fun and interesting day in the park! Ω

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Nautical Research Journal – New Digital Subscriptions!

This is a good source of information for those of you who are working on ship models, but need to pick up more information and inspiration. In particular, for those who were subscribers to Seaways’ Ships in Scale, you’ll be happy to know that the NRG has acquired the rights to continue the articles that were only partway published when the magazine closed shop.

The NRG has expanded the Journal to make room for more ship modeling articles, including continuations of the Ships in Scale articles, and has just announced that they are now producing a digital edition.

Ages of Sail has been a long time advertiser in the Journal and is a proud sponsor of the NRG’s Model Ship World.

The Ship Modeler

At least one person I know wouldn’t join the NRG because he didn’t want any more paper subscriptions piling up in his house. Well, those with similar feelings will be happy to know that they can now avoid the slow mailing system and piles of journals stacking up or getting lost by signing up for a digital subscription.

Digital editions are available as either a separate, lower priced, subscription at $40/yr, as opposed to the regular print subscription included with NRG membership of $50/yr, or as an add-on to regular membership and print subscription for an additional $15/yr.

The benefits to the digital edition are many. The subscription appears to be stored on-line, and you access the editions via the web. There is a large array of tools for searching, zooming, and scrolling through your magazine. There is a drop-down table of contents, if you want to jump straight to…

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Guillows Wooden Airplane Kits Now Available

No, these aren’t ship models. But, sometimes you want to take a break from your ship model project to build something different. So, we’re now stocking balsa airplane kits from the classic Guillows brand. We’ve got 19 different kits to choose from, from the simple to build, rubber band powered Cadet kit, to the big 1:28-scale Flying Fortress bomber with it’s 45″ wing span!

Most of the kits we carry are designed for free flight or U-Control using small engines or can be built rubber band powered. We also have a couple kits designed for display only, such as the Catalina PBY or the B-24D Liberator bomber.

But, of course, any of these kits can be built for display only. Also, they can be built as the completed aircraft or with their internal structure displayed. Build yours now!

Check them out at Ages of Sail