OcCre Flying Dutchman Kit Now In Stock – Introductory Special

OcCre’s newest kit has arrived and now available for immediate delivery! We’re offering this kit two ways: As a stand alone kit; and as part of an Introductory Special Combo set that includes the Flying Dutchman kit, the unique, custom display stand, and OcCre’s LED lighting set.

The new kit sells for $429, or you can get the Introductory Special combo set for only $479. That’s a savings of $70 off the individual components.

Check out OcCre’s Youtube video introduction to their latest kit…

Click Here to check it out at Ages of Sail!

Amati Gunboat “Arrow” Build – The Sails Again

It’s good to see this build of Amati’s American Gunboat “Arrow” back again after a long hiatus. This post shows the adding of the reef points to the sails.

This War of 1812 era gunboat is an interesting and unique subject, and Amati’s intermediate level model makes for an interesting display.

If you’re interested in building this kit, you can find it on our online shop here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/am1422-amati-arrow.html

Ship Modeler

It’s been a while since I posted about the Amati American gunboat “Arrow”. As you can see in the photo below, I have the model mounted on a cherry wood base that I cut and routed the edge.This photo is from a ship model meeting back in March of this year, and shows the sails installed with the final rigging lines going in.

Unfortunately, I am not one to leave well enough alone. The kit plans show two reef bands on each sail. Also, the sails turned out a bit small for the lateen yards. Finally, I didn’t like the run of the brails, the ropes used to haul the edge of the sail in and up into the lateen yard.

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New OcCre Flying Dutchman Kit, Pre-Order Special

For centuries, sailors on the high seas have told tales of a strange ghost ship, veiled in a ghostly light, never able to make port and doomed to sail the seas forever. 

And while legend says the appearance of the phantom ship portends doom, the sighting of the new Flying Dutchman kit from OcCre is a sign of many hours of enjoyment in store for you.

Check out OcCre’s Youtube video introduction to their latest kit…

The kit is available right now as a Pre-Order Special, that includes the kit, the customized stand, and OcCre’s new lighting kit, all for the special pre-order price of $379.

The kits are expected to arrive the first week of October, and pre-orders will be shipped out ASAP.

Get your’s at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/flying-dutchman-combo-set-(occre,-1-50).html


Ages of Sail Now Taking Store Appointments

People have been asking for months and months about when we’re going to be open for walk-in customers again. Well, wonder no more, the time is now. Ages of Sail is now open for appointments!

To make an appointment to visit the shop, please email us at agesofsail@gmail.com or call us at 510-889-6000. Appointments are available Monday through Friday during normal business hours and must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Building HMS Wolf – Shipyard’s 1/72 Scale Laser-Cut Card Kit – Part 6

Another installment of the building of Shipyard’s laser-cut card model of HMS Wolf in 1/72 scale. This is the sixth such installment and the model is looking truly amazing. It is surprising that we have not seen many other builds of this or other Shipyard laser-cut card models. We hope that others will be inspired to build them and post their progress on the various ship modeling forums.

We can’t wait to see how this model looks with some rigging. But, it seems like it will happen pretty soon.

Ship Modeler

Shipyard’s HMS Wolf laser-cut card kit is moving along, but progress seems slower. The details take time to add and they’re not as obvious from photo to photo. However, I’ve completed the rudder and just need to add it to the model. Also, if you look closely at the photo here, you can see the most obvious addition are all the timberheads at the forecastle rail as well as the posts for the swivel guns. Lastly, did you spot the channels at the sides of the hulls?

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An HMS Enterprise Paper Model Build in 1/64 Scale

We recently found this very interesting build of the English frigate HMS Enterprise. While this is a paper model and it’s based on Shipyard’s paper model kit, Shipyard’s kit is made at a scale of 1/96. This particular builder, who lives in Vietnam, after building a 1/96 scale paper model, decided he wanted to build something larger, so he bought the Shipard kit and made an enlarged copy, to create a model that’s 50% larger.

The model is complete, but you can follow his full build log on ModelShipWorld here: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/27494-hms-enterprize-by-dominichsteven-finished-shipyard-164-card/?_fromLogout=1

There’s some really interesting and useful information for those who are curious about what it’s like to build a model in paper. They’re a lot more detailed and realistic looking that you might think.

Again the model is based on Shipyard’s 1/96-scale paper model kit, which is very inexpensive.

And, if you’re happy to build the kit in 1/96 scale, in addition to the optional sail set, the blocks set, and the mast and spars set, there’s a new set of laser-cut detail parts designed specifically for this kit.

The set includes gun carriage parts, gratings, ship’s wheel, binnacle, railings, capstans, deck pumps, bitts, and timberheads. This will save hours of work, though I believe the parts will need to be painted. Now, we don’t have this detail set in stock yet, but we are in the process of getting them. Hopefully, we’ll have these in just a few weeks, along with similar detail sets for HMS Mercury and Santa Leocadia.

The Santa Leocadia, by the way, was temporarily out of production, but is back again with the release of the new detail sets. So, we should have the Santa Leocadia back in stock soon as well.

Of course, we’ll post announcements when these products are in stock, so keep watching our blog if you are interested.

In the meantime, if you haven’t done it yet, make sure to check out the big, 1/64-scale HMS Enterprise build and get some great inspiration, whether or not you are a paper model builder: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/27494-hms-enterprize-by-dominichsteven-finished-shipyard-164-card/?_fromLogout=1


Building HMS Wolf – Shipyard’s 1/72 Scale Laser-Cut Card Kit – Part 5

The latest installment in this build of Shipyard’s 1/72 laser-cut kit HMS Wolf. The build and the kit continue to impress. It’s also amazing how quickly the model has progressed. How long ago was this started? About six weeks ago?

The detail is amazing, and it looks like it won’t be long before the deck furnishings start to go on.

You can find the kit in our online shop here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-wolf,-1754-1:72—shipyard-zl029-laser-cardboard-kit.html

But, if you’re interested in trying out a different subject, you can find the full line of laser-cut card model kits, including light house kits, all in 1/72 scale.

Ship Modeler

The Shipyard 1/72-scale laser-cut card HMS Wolf build continues with details and lots and lots of little parts and a couple issues trying to follow instructions. Apparent progress has slowed somewhat, since hull construction is complete and I entered a phase of hull detailing. Still things are really flying along in comparison to wooden model ship building, and I managed to add the stern gallery with it’s decorative columns and windows.

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Ages of Sail at IPMS Show – Saturday, September 10, 2022

Those of you who are within reach of a drive to San Jose, CA, make room in your schedules to visit our table at the IPMS event, Silicon Valley 2022 Classic, which takes place on Saturday, September 10th, 2022. That’s only about a week from the time of this post.

The event, which was canceled last year and the year before, is back! And, Ages of Sail, is proud to be participating. This is billed as Norther California’s largest plastic model show, but models at the show are not limited to plastic, and they welcome entries of all kinds of materials.

As in the past, the event takes place at Napredak Hall, in San Jose, with doors opening at 9am and awards being given out at 3:30pm. We’ll have a table at the event, which will be next to our usual neighbor, the South Bay Model Shipwrights club.

The South Bay Model Shipwrights’ table at a previous show.

What: Silicon Valley 2022 Classic

Where: Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expressway, San Jose, CA 95131

When: Saturday, September 10, 2022; 9:00am – 5pm

Cost: Free to the Public, only cost is for those entering models for competition

For more information about the event, the IPMS, or the Silicon Valley Scale Modelers, visit their website here: https://www.svsm.org/contest/svsm-2022-classic/

For more information about the South Bay Model Shipwrights club, visit their website here: https://sbmodelships.com


Building HMS Wolf – Shipyard’s 1/72 Scale Laser-Cut Card Kit – Part 4

As we continue following this build of Shipyard’s 1/72 laser-cut kit HMS Wolf, we see the kit go from some laser-cut pieces to develop into a serious ship model.

Find the kit here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-wolf,-1754-1:72—shipyard-zl029-laser-cardboard-kit.html

Ship Modeler

This HMS Wolf kit is moving along so quickly that I’ve hardly had a chance to stop and get caught up with the build log. I’m so far beyond what you’re seeing here, so I’m going to minimize my writing and try to close the gap between build log and current model a bit.

The third layer of the hull is pretty much actual, individual hull planks. There are two sheets of thin, laser-cut card stock, one for each side of the hull.

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Disar Galleon Santiago de Compostela Build

Customer Glenn Stanfield chose Disar Model’s Santiago de Compostela Spanish galleon kit to be his first wooden sailing ship model, and he began his build with a kit he purchased from us back in August of 2021. Here it is, August 2022, and we just discovered that he’s been keeping a very nice build log on the ship model forum Ships of Scale.

Photos of Glenn Stanfield’s Santiago de Compostella build, posted here with his permission.

Glenn began his model back in September of 2021. It is his first wooden model ship build, and we think he’s doing an awesome job with it.

As a first time wooden ship modeler he’s faced some new challenges, but he’s done a great job overcoming them. Particularly impressive is how well he made the unusually shaped upper gun ports. That must have taken a lot of careful filing.

The finish of the deck is quite nice, and the planking shows some nice planning while using slightly different colored deck planks. Not sure if this is a feature of the kit – you’ll have to read his build log to find out more.


Read the full content of his build log and following along with his progress here: https://shipsofscale.com/sosforums/threads/santiago-de-compostela-disar-model-1-72.8166/

If you’re inspired to build your own Santiago de Compostella model, we have them in stock and ready to ship at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/santiago-de-compostela-(disar,-1-72).html