New Shipment of Card Model Kits from Shipyard

Over the holidays, we got in a new shipment of kits from the Polish manufacturer of paper ship model and structures kits, Shipyard.

The shipment replenishes most of our stocks of kits, including the big 1/72 scale laser-cut HMS Mercury and HMS Wolf kits.

The best news, though, is that we are now carrying two new ship model kits from Shipyard. These are two 1/72 scale laser-cut kits of Cogs of medieval Europe. These ships were clinker-built vessels with a single mast and a single square sail.

We will have these kits listed as soon as get caught up from the holidays. Stay tuned for more announcements about these two exciting new kits. Ω

 

Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 11: Standing Rigging

Rigging has started on this build of Billing Boats 1/60-scale beginner-level kit, the fishing boat Dana. This kit is popular due to it’s pricing (only $69!), simplified construction using a vaccu-formed plastic hull, and the interesting and attractive subject.

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Waxing the Line

Before getting started, I should point out that rigging line gets fuzzy because of the short threads used. To minimize fuzziness, it helps to run the line through a piece of beeswax before using it. Now, this is where paying for this more expensive rigging line from Syren Ship Model Company comes in handy, it’s pre-waxed and fuzz free, so this was a task I didn’t need to deal with.

Bowsprit Guys

The lines that run from the end of the bowsprit back to the sides of the hull are the bowsprit guys. These are probably the easiest to install of all the standing rigging. I used the smaller sized rigging line for these. Attaching these required eyebolts near the tip of the bowsprit, as well as as below the rail, about an inch back from the bow. I simply knotted the line at the eyebolts and…

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Expedited Holiday Shipping on Kit Orders Now through Friday, 12/20

Get it by Christmas!

Here’s a special offer for the holidays – If place your domestic order for any kit with us by Friday, December 20, and pay for standard shipping, we’ll automatically upgrade your shipping for free, so that your order will arrive by Christmas.

To qualify for the free upgraded shipping, you just need to order any kit. Need some fittings, glue, tools? No problem, as long as there is a kit in your order, the whole order will go out with the upgraded shipping.

New Kit From OcCre Models – Whale Ship Essex – Now in Stock!

We just received a new shipment from OcCre Models of Spain, and it includes the brand new wooden ship model kit the Essex.

The Essex was an American whale ship launch from Nantucket in 1799. During a whaling voyage in the Pacific Ocean in 1820, the ship was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale. The story of the Esssex became the basis for Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick.

But, as much of a classic the story of Moby Dick was, the true story of the Essex was a more harrowing tale, as 20 of the ship’s crew managed to take to the ship’s boats. After 3 months at sea, only 8 people survived, resorting to cannibalism to stay alive. They even resorted to drawing lots to determine who was to die to save the others.

The true story of the Essex was the subject of the novel In The Heart of the Sea, which in 2015 was made into a major motion picture. The story was also the subject of the 2010 PBS documentary Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World.

For some inspiration, check out this trailer from the 2015 film In the Heart of the Sea:

And this introduction to the Essex and whaling from the 2010 PBS documentary Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World:

The Essex kit itself is a 1/60-scale wooden model ship kit that features a double plank-on-bulkhead construction. The kit we sell includes a full set of pre-sewn sails.

What could make this kit even better? How about a series of 59 videos showing you each step of construction! View them here:

Best part of this kit may be the special introductory pricing offer we have here at Ages of Sail. Buy the kit, regularly $209, for only $129!

CLICK HERE to buy yours now at Ages of Sail

 

 

 

 

 

12 Days of Sail – Holiday Sale

 

“12 Days of Sails” Sale

at Ages of Sail

Every day, we have different model kits on sale. Find what you want to buy on the list below and visit us on that day to get the discount on the listed items. You can click on the image below to enlarge it.

Sale items and prices are limited to quantity on hand.

 

Black Friday Sale

 

2019 BLACK FRIDAY SALE

at Ages of Sail

 

10% off all products, including our recently reduced Amati line of kits. Save on all kits, tools, collectibles, plans, books, supplies… No coupon needed.

In addition, we’ve got special Black Friday discounted prices on all kits from Disar and CCV.

 

Sale is limited to stock on hand, so grab what you can while supplies last! Sale prices good from Friday, 11/28. through midnight, Sunday, 11/30.

 

 

Amati Planking Clamp Set

Here’s a look at the Amati Planking Clamps Set. We have these in stock!

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Those who have been following my mosts here may recall my post a few years back on a very simple planking clamp that anyone can make from common spring-steel binder clips that you can buy at any office supply store.

One of my homemade planking clamps

Well, a while back, Amati came up with their own version of this idea that you might be interested in trying out. Their Clamp Set gives you a dozen binder clips and specially designed brass plates together to a set of very nice planking clamps.

The instructions on how to assemble them is printed right on the back of the cardboard cover, so don’t throw it out until you’ve made your set! The package includes a dozen binder clips, the same as you would get at the office supply store, plus a photo-etched sheet with 14 brass plates – I guess they figure you’re…

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HMS Terror’s Wreckage Explored

By now, you’re probably aware of the discovery of the wrecks of the ships of the ill-fated Franklin expedition over the past several years. A few days ago, Parks Canada published a video exploring the wreck of HMS Terror one of two ships of the expedition, the other being HMS Erebus. The video gives us a murky look at some of the interior spaces of the ship.

If this inspires your interest in the ship, make sure to check out the wooden ship model kit from OcCre. This 1/75-scale model is based on the work of Matthew Betts, who was a technical advisor for the AMC mini-series “The Terror”, which features the ship and crew.

OcCre HMS Terror

For information on this kit, the AMC mini-series, and the work of Matthew Betts, visit us using the link below.

HMS Terror at Ages of Sail

 

 

 

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?