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

 

Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 7: Painting and Preparation

The Dana Build by Clare Hess continues. Now shaping the mast and preparing some of the details.

The Ship Modeler

Preparing the Blocks

At some point, we’re going to need to deal with one of the small details, namely the blocks. Billing Boats commonly includes pre-molded plastic block in many of their kits. I think they may use small wooden blocks for some things, but the blocks on this 1:60-scale kit come in plastic.

Now, you may not like plastic blocks and may want to substitute some 3rd party fittings instead.  The blocks in the kit are 3/16″ or 5mm single-sheave blocks. Amati makes 5mm single blocks in Walnut and you can find them at Ages of Sail here, at $2 for a pack of 20. Unfortunately, shipping far outweighs the cost of the blocks themselves. Not a problem if you’re already planning to order other things. But, personally, even though I have many choices of blocks on-hand, I just decided to try out the ones in the kit.

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Shipyard Paper Block Sets Now Available

We’ve actually had these for a while, but just realized they weren’t on our web shop. So, here they are now!

These are the block sets for each of the 1/96-scale paper model ship kits produced by Model-Vessel for their Shipyard model kits and include both blocks and deadeyes.

These are the same style of blocks included in their 1/72-scale Laser Cardboard kits, but made for 1/96-scale. As such, they need to be assembled. Each block is made up of 3 or more layers that need to be glued together. Blocks come in groups on laser-cut sheets – one layer per sheet. This makes alignment easy. After the sheets are glued together, the completed blocks can be cut free. The blocks are then easily cleaned up and painted.

Each set includes more than enough blocks to complete your kit. Find there here:

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits/sails-and-accessories/paper-block-sets.html

Note that we only sell the blocks in sets made specifically for each of the ship kits, we do not sell the blocks separately.

Remember that we also sell accessory sets for each of the Shipyard 1/96-scale paper model kits, including masting sets and sail sets. You can find the relevant sets in the sidebar of the specific kit, or look at the whole listing of accessories here:

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits/sails-and-accessories.html

Paper model building is a fun hobby that is relatively inexpensive, requires very little work space, and creates very little mess. Looking for an easy starter project? Maybe try a lighthouse kit?

See the whole selection of Shipyard kits and accessories we carry at:

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits.html

 

Coming Soon!

I’m sure you can figure out what ship this is.

 

We don’t have an exact date of delivery, nor do we have pricing. But, this kit from OcCre of Spain is a 1:60-scale wooden ship model kit that will measure a bit over 28″ long and just under 19″ tall. We’re hoping to have them in March sometime.

Figured it out yet? Think ships of exploration…

 

Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 6: Deck Details

More on the Billing Boats Dana build.

The Ship Modeler

Portholes

Among the deck details are the portholes in the forward cabin. These are essentially black plastic flanges and are the same fittings used for the hawsepipe. There is one to mount on the port and starboard sides of the cabin. Mounting these requires cutting holes in the plastic cabin.

Since the flanges have no “glass”, I used some clear plastic I bought a long time ago from the manufacturer Plastruct, which makes all sorts of plastic shapes for architectural and craft projects. Hobby shops used to carry this stuff all the time, but those stores are becoming few in number. You can order direct from Plastruct if you need to, or in this case, you can cut a small piece from a clear acetate sheet protector, which you can get easily at Staples office supply.

The plastic just needs to be big enough to glue over the inside…

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Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 5: Hull Details

The build of the Billing Boats Dana continues. At $69, this is one of the least expensive of the Billing Boats (or any manufacturer’s) kits. It’s something of a bridge between plastic model building and wooden model ship building as it features at ABS plastic hull and deck, with wooden parts added and fittings in brass, wood, and plastic.

You can find the kit at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/billing-boats-ship-kits/beginner/dana-fishing-boat—billing-boats-bb200.html

The Ship Modeler

The Prop

After painting the hull and adding the prop, I went ahead and decided that I didn’t like the position of the prop. Now, you may not care enough about it to want to change anything, but it was bugging me. Now, I may be wrong, but I’m glad I made the changes.

The prop points downward. On a real boat, this would drive the bow downwards, which may be the whole point. The boat may be more stable, operating with the bow not riding up above the water. But, the images of the completed model don’t seem to have the prop pointing down quite so much.

The main issue here is really that the shape of the rudder assembly prevents you from mounting the prop in a “nicer” fashion – the top of the prop hits the wooden frame. Really, all you need to do here is shave…

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Ages of Sail at IPMS Silicon Valley Scale Modelers 2019 Classic

The Silicon Valley Scale Modelers will be holding their model show again, the SVSM 2019 Classic on Saturday, March 17th, March 16th, 2019, and Ages of Sail will again be there.

Ages of Sail table at the Silicon Valley 2017 Classic.

The South Bay Model Shipwrights club is also expected to have a table there, and will likely be located right next door again, making for a whole ship modeling section at the event.

South Bay Model Shipwrights members manning their table next to ours at the SV 2017 Classic.

This is officially an IPMS event, which is the International Plastic Modelers Society. However, they include models of all types, including ones of resin, paper, and wood. Expect to see an increasing number of ship models and this and future events, as the South Bay Model Shipwrights takes a more active role of getting out in front of the public to support the hobby of ship modeling.

http://www.svsm.org/contest/svsm-2019-classic/

We’ll be sure to bring lots of stuff for all to look at and purchase. Hope to see you there! Ω