Vanguard’s Lady Eleanor – A First Time Build

It’s always a pleasure when customers send us photos of their completed models, so we were particularly happy to start off the new year when customer tomsimon of Chino Hills, CA, shared with us the final photos of the wooden ship model he just completed, the Lady Eleanor from Vanguard Models. He gave us permission to share these photos on our social media sites, so we’re happy to post them here for you.

Tomsimon tells us that this Lady Eleanor is his first ever wooden ship model, and we think he’s done a wonderful job!

Lady Eleanor is a 1/64 scale wooden model kit of a Scottish fishing boat type called a Fifie. It’s described as a type that was commonly seen off the east coast of Scotland from the 1850s through the 1950s, and was known as a workhorse in the fishing community. Continue reading

An Amati Drakkar Viking Ship Build

An Australian ship modeler that goes by the screen name of Amfibius built an incredibly well done Drakkar Viking Ship that he built from a kit by Amati Model. The model photos were posted on the ModelShipWorld forum was back in 2013, but that doesn’t take away from the great presentation he made of his model.

We reached out to him and asked him if we could share his photos and news about his build on our blog. So, here’s his beautiful Drakkar build, presented here with his permission.

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Ship’s Boats kits from Vanguard Models – Now in Stock

While Vanguard Models is known for some very beautifully designed kits of British fishing boats and 18th century warships, they also now produce a full line of ship’s boats kits, and Ages of Sail has them for you.

All kits are 1/64-scale models. They are fully detailed to finish out your large ship model or waterfront scene, and they make great short term projects on their own.

All kits come with a disposable building frame, with all wooden parts provided in high grade pear wood. Planks are laser-cut, and accessories are provided in the form of photo-etched brass.

There’s a wide assortment to choose from – everything from an 18-foot cutter on up to  34-foot launch. There are currently 8 different kits available, so you’ll be able to find the exact boat you need, and we have them all at Ages of Sail here. Ω

 

Tablesaw Virtual Workshop, Saturday, December 11, 2021

Here’s your chance to attend a very useful online workshop on the safe use of the hobby table saw, taking place this Saturday.

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This coming Saturday, the Nautical Research Guild is hosting an online workshop, covering the use of small hobby table saws, such as that from Byrnes Model Machines and others. The title of the workshop is “Using the Table Saw Safely”, and it will be given by NRG Director Kurt Van Dahm on Saturday, 12/11, at 10am CST.

According to an announcement by the NRG, the presenter will show how to perform rip cuts, cross cuts, lap joints, miters and other common operations in a safe and efficient manner.

Pre-registration is required in order to attending this hour-long virtual workshop, but it is free to Nautical Research Guild members. Non-members may still attend, but there is a $5 fee. For more information or to register, click here. Ω

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HMS Sphinx from Vanguard Models Now in Stock

In case you haven’t noticed yet, the newest release from Vanguard Models, HMS Sphinx, has made it to our shores and is now available at Ages of Sail!

HMS Sphinx was a 20-gun sixth-rate warship of the British Royal Navy, launched in 1775 at Portsmouth Dockyard. Technically, she is not a frigate, but a sloop-of-war. However, she was “frigate built” with connected quarterdeck and forecastle.

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New Model Gallery at the San Diego Maritime Museum

This looks like a great place to visit if you are looking for some good ship modeling inspiration. Check it out if you’re anywhere close to the San Diego area.

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There have been lots of wooden model sailing ships at the San Diego Maritime Museum for as long as I can remember. But, I just saw this news item on the maritime museum’s website about   a model gallery exhibit in their newly created visitor annex, which is aboard the ferryboat Berkeley.

This is a very nice looking gallery of models. I wish we had one like this on the ferryboat Eureka (Berkeley’s sister ship). I will have to make a point of heading down to San Diego again one day soon to check it out.

Read the details here: https://sdmaritime.org/visit/exhibits/model-gallery/ Ω

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New Titanic Kit from OcCre

Coming Soon to Ages of Sail…

The latest release from our friends at OcCre is a new 1/300 scale model of RMS Titanic. From their website:

On April 10, 1912, the world’s largest and most luxurious ocean liner, Titanic, set sail on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.

She took the lives of 1,495 people and gave rise to the greatest legend in the history of maritime navigation. The Titanic did not have enough lifeboats for all the passengers, about 1,200 people, but there were about 2,223 on board.

In the early morning of April 15, 1912, the Titanic collided with an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. The sinking of the Titanic was the largest shipwreck in the history of maritime navigation in peacetime. 1,518 people died. Only 711 people out of 2,223 survived.

Myths and legends have been created around the fatal shipwreck, making the Titanic probably the most famous ship in history.

For many years historians, treasure hunters, oceanographers and businessmen have searched for the wreck. Finally, the wreckage of the ship was discovered on September 1, 1985 by Robert Ballard during a secret mission in charge of the United States Navy. The wreck of the Titanic was located 3,784 meters deep, about 800 km off the coast of Canada.

The lights of the Titanic went out minutes before she disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean along with the dream of reaching New York.

The kit is on its way to our store, so please watch the store, Ages of Sail, or keep an eye on our blog here for an announcement of its availability. Price TBD. In the meantime, here are some photos of the new kit…

The completed 1/300 scale model measures just over 35″ long with a height of about 9-1/2″.

Check out OcCre’s YouTube preview here…

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Paul Reck’s Gunboat Philadelphia Model at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Shipping completed models can be very expensive. Check out this solution in a story of a ship model that flew from California to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in a seat aboard a United Airlines flight!

This model, by the way, was built by a member the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, of one of the local ship model clubs here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Special congratulations are in order to our very own Commodore Paul Reck with the induction of his model of the Revolutionary War era gunboat Philadelphia into the collection of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum!

Check out the story of how the model ended up traveling across the county in a seat on a United Airlines flight.

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Paul’s model is a 1/24-scale scratch build, based on a set of plans obtained from the Smithsonian, where the original gunboat is preserved and on display. Ω

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