Taking Another Look: Arrow Gunboat from Amati Model

A very interesting kit that has been available on the market for quite some time is a wooden model kit that is not really a ship, but an American gunboat from the early 1800s. It is Jeffersonian-era gunboat.

During this time, the United States had limited resources to protect it’s vast coastline, and there was a lot of debate over the necessity and usefulness of a sea-going navy. As war loomed, the country invested in large numbers of gunboats – small war boats that were lightly armed, and could be powered by sail or oar. The boats made for small targets and were extremely maneuverable and could operate in waters too shallow for larger sailing ships.

There were many gunboats built and many designs appeared. Generally, they were shallow draught, had a simple rig, and carried one or two medium-sized carriage guns or carronades. Unique innovations appeared, with some mounting two guns facing opposite directions on a single circular turntable, so that after one cannon fired, the whole turntable was rotated to bring the second cannon to bear on the target while the other was reloaded.

One design featured a long and narrow hull with a gun at each end, each on its own pivot mount. The vessel showed a mediterranean influence with the use of a pair of lateen sails, each on separate masts. This particular design became the subject of Amati’s “Arrow” Gunboat kit. Here we take another look at this popular Amait kit.

Amati’s “Arrow” is a 1:55-scale wooden model kit of one of these gunboat designs. The specific design can be find in the book The History of the American Sailing Navy, by Howard I Chapelle. By the way, though long out of print, this is an interesting book and a good reference, and used copies in good condition can easily be had for about $10.

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Amati’s kit measures kit measures about 18.5″ long and features a double-planked hull on a framework of laser-cut bulkheads. Bronzed metal barrels are included for one long gun and one carronade. Printed sailcloth is included for the two lateen sails. Three sheets of plans are included, as is a step-by-step instruction guide. The instruction guide is printed in Italian, but an insert includes all the text in english.

This kit makes for an interesting build of a unique type of craft that formed an important part of American history. The completed model’s graceful lines are certain to draw attention. The model is ideal for those who want to build something attractive that doesn’t require as much time as it takes to build a square rigger or any of the larger warships with their rows of gunports and cannons. But, with the large, detailed long gun and carronade in their swivel mounts,  it carries just enough armament to make it stand out.

There is enough challenge here, and a surprising amount of rigging for a small vessel with only two lateen sails. This model kit sells for $108.99 and includes a launch ways style base.

Order yours today at Ages of Sail here.

For some interesting info on one of the Jeffersonian gunboats, check out this Wikipedia entry on HMS Ambush here. HMS Ambush was formerly American Gunboat No. 5, captured by the British in 1814 during the Battle of Lake Burgoyne.

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Artesania Latina’s New 1/65-Scale Vasa Kit

We just received a big shipment of products from the “new and improved” Artesania Latina, so we’re finally recovering after the holidays depleted our stocks of this long-time popular brand. In addition, we’ve receive some new kits you might want to check out, as well as the return of an old favorite, the San Juan Nepomuceno. But, the biggest news by far is the release of their brand new kit of the 17th century Swedish warship Vasa.

This spectacular kit is made for the Expert Level modeler and is produced in 1/65-scale, making it one of the largest Vasa kits available at 42″ long and 34″ high. The kit makes heavy use of die-cast and photo-etched decorations, and there are a LOT of them!

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Sail Sets for Vanguard Models Kits

Ages of Sail now carries Vanguard Models’ pre-made sail sets for their Fifie ‘Lady Eleanor’ kit and for their Zulu ‘Lady Isabella’ kit. Each sail set is beautifully detailed and complete with bolt ropes sewn into place.

Zulu sail set for the Lady Isabella kit.

Fifie sail set for the Lady Eleanor kit.

These are beautifully done sails, so if you want to add sails to your model, but don’t feel like trying the difficult task of sewing the seams so nice and straight, hemming the edges, and sewing on the bolt ropes, you can save yourself time and effort with these sets.

Check out the detail…

Click HERE to visit our updated Vanguard Models page on Ages of Sail.

New Wooden Kits from Shipyard – In Stock Now!

Shipyard is a Polish manufactures known for producing some extraordinary paper model kits and laser-cut card model kits. Just recently, they even had their HMS Wolf model grace the cover of the Nautical Research Journal.

Last year, they released two new laser-cut card model kits of medieval cogs. And this year, they have entered the realm of wooden ship modeling, by making two new laser-cut kits. This time, they aren’t made from card stock, but of wood. Ages of Sail is proud to be able to bring these kits to the US market, having recently received its first shipment of these amazing new kits.

The two kits are both medieval cogs – the Wütender Hund and the Kogge von Kampen.

 

These wooden kits are actually closely related to their card model cousins, in that their method of construction is nearly identical to the card models, but of course, using wood as the construction material instead of card.

The characteristically closely spaced bulkheads are one major feature that makes these kits more closely resemble their card model cousins than traditional wooden ships with their limited number of bulkheads that easily create flat spots and possibly unsightly twisting to the hull.

Another rarity among wooden ship model kits, though this is changing with the development of new kits, are pre-cut planks. So, you don’t have to struggle with learning how to properly shape and cut planks. In fact, just like with Shipyard’s laser-cut card models, there is almost nothing that you have to fashion from scratch. Everything is pre-cut for you.

Check out these new kits, or try your hand at building laser-cut card ship or lighthouse models, or even try out one of their excellent paper model kits.

Check out the new wooden kits here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits.html?cat=337

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Spanish Galleon Kit – Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is a 1/72-scale wooden model kit of a 16th century Spanish galleon. It’s a new kit from Disar Model of Spain. It’s a plank-on-bulkhead kit that features laser-cut structural parts and high quality woods for planking.

The ship is a beautiful four-masted galleon, which is rigged with square sails on the first two masts and lateen sails on the last two.

This new kit from Disar Model of Spain is now in stock in limited supply. As with all Disar Model kits, this kit includes step-by-step photographic instructions, so you can see how to build it. A full set of fittings of metal and wood are included. Colorful flags and a set of pre-sewn sails are included.

The Santiago de Compostela model measures about 29.5″ long and 20.4″ tall when complete and will make for a beautiful display in your home or office.

Order yours here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/santiago-de-compostela-(disar,-1-72).html

Or check out the full line of Disar Model kits here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/disar-model.html

 

IT’S HERE: SLEEPING CAR of the 1929 ORIENT EXPRESS

We announced this “soon to be released” kit a few weeks ago, but it has arrived and it is BIG and HEAVY. Our staff  has looked into one of the kits and has reported that it is chocked full of lots of great stuff – in particular, lots of very good looking metal castings and lots and lots of photo-etched brass!

AVAILABLE NOW!

This is a 1/32-scale model kit of the Sleeping Car of the famed Orient Express, known for luxurious accomodations and international travel across Europe, connecting locations as far as Calais, Istanbul, and Athens. The completed kit measures over 28″ in length and features multimedia construction, using high quality wood, parts of photo-etched brass and nickel-silver, highly detail metal casting, and more.

The model features a super detailed interior and a removable roof top, so you can access it all.

The kit, IN STOCK NOW, is a very high-end kit and lists for $1199, but we are offering it with a special introductory sale price of $999.

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Here’s a nice unboxing video we found:

Order yours at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/orient-express-sleeping-car—amati—new!!!.html 

 

SLEEPING CAR of the 1929 ORIENT EXPRESS – Super Detailed Kit

Amati Model has outdone themselves with the release of this new kit. It is a 1/32-scale model kit of the Sleeping Car of the famed Orient Express, known for luxurious accomodations and international travel across Europe, connecting locations as far as Calais, Istanbul, and Athens.

The new Amati kit measures over 28″ in length and features multimedia construction, using high quality wood, parts of photo-etched brass and nickel-silver, highly detail metal casting, and more.

The model features a super detailed interior and a removable roof top, so you can access it all.

The kit, which will be in stock very soon, is a very high-end kit and lists for $1199, but we will have a special introductory sale price of $999.

While your waiting to purchase yours, check out this teaser video posted by Amati

 

As soon as our shipment of the new kit comes in, which should be in the next week or so, you’ll be able to order one here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/orient-express-sleeping-car—amati—new!!!.html 

 

More Supplies and Paints

Ages of Sail has carried a range of instant glues from BSI, we decided to carry wood these classic wood glues. As most ship modelers already know, these glues offer strong bonds and fast drying time, they clean-up with water, and they are non-toxic. They are the preferred glue by many ship modelers.

 

 

 

By adding these, it gives us the opportunity to make beginner combo sets that are safer for younger first-time builders. Watch for those soon.

Ages of Sail is also proud to announce that it will soon be carrying the full line of Historic Ship Paints. These water-based acrylic paints are color matched specifically for ship modelers. They come in 2 ounce jars in a line that includes water-based stains and finishes. Look for them soon on our website.

Finally, while the Historic Ships Paints includes metallics, we find that the best metallic finish comes from oil based paints. We experiment with some options and decided to carry Testors brand paint markers. We’re only stocking Gold markers at this time, as that’s the primary need for wooden ship model builders.

These markers produce an excellent gold finish that’s difficult to get from acrylic paints. Markers also remove the need for brush cleanup and reduce the chance of messy paint spills. You still need to take precautions to make sure you’re working in a well ventilated area, but the cap keeps the marker sealed, and without the need for paint thinner and brush cleaner, vapors are kept to a minimum.

The gold paint markers and Titebond glue are available now at Ages of Sail.

Two More New Easy Build Kits from Amati

Amati just released two more kits of their 1st Step series of easy to build ship model kits, bringing the series to a total of 6 kits.

Up to this point, we’ve had the Pirate Ship, the Elizabethan Galleon, the HMS Bounty and the Santa Maria. Amati has just added the Niña and the Mayflower, two famous ships that brought Europeans to the “New World”.

Amati’s 1st Step Mayflower

 

Amati’s 1st Step Niña

The new products are both about 1:135 scale like most of the 1st Step kits, and include pre-shaped hulls with a unique, self-aligning design that sandwiches a laser-cut board that includes the keel, stem and stern post, between two halves of the hull, making for a perfectly shaped hull.

The kit includes laser-cut parts, a variety of dowels and strip woods, wood and metal fittings, sail cloth, rigging line, a wooden stand and pedestals to display your completed model, and a printed sheet of flags, and in some cases, colorful hull decorations. Includes an easy to follow, fold-out sheet of step-by-step directions written in English and Italian.

Here are some photos of what you’ll get in a typical 1st Step kit, showing the 1st Step Elizabethan Galleon kit.

 

 

 

 

These are ideal starter kits and require only basic tools, glue, and paints. They also make great projects for more experienced modelers who just want something fun and quick to build.

Check out these and the other newest kits from Amati Model at Ages of Sail:

http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-kits/new-items.html

Two Billing Boats kits just added, Frigate Jylland and HMS Warrior

We’ve carried Billing Boats kits for quite a while, but we’re working now to expand our retail selection of these kits. There will be more Billing Boats kits forthcoming, including a couple fairly recent releases. But, for now, here are two classic warships from the transitionary period between sail and steam, the Danish frigate Jylland and the British iron-hulled warship HMS Warrior.

Both of the original ships are still in existence  and represent the last ships of their kind. They are available for public access, so you can still walk the decks of these beautiful vessels. And, if you can’t get to them, there should be plenty of photos on the Internet to help you make the most accurate build possible.

In fact, here are a couple photos we found on the web…

HMS Warrior

Frigate Jylland

Both Billing Boats kits are “Expert” level models, so we don’t recommend you attempt them without a fair amount of experience. The kits feature plank-on-bulkhead construction and include laser-cut frames. Many major parts are also laser cut. Fittings provided included wooden blocks, and fittings in brass, wood or plastic fittings.

 

The Frigate Jylland, BB5003

The frigate ‘Jylland’ was the last warship of the Danish Royal Navy built of oak. It was launched on 20 January 1860. ‘Jylland’ was also the first steam-powered, screwdriven ship and at an engine out-put of 400 hp was able to reach the then impressive speed of 12 knots. A noteworthy feature that should be mentioned is that the screw could be raised up into a ‘screw- well’ so that it did not slow the ship down under sail. On 9th May 1864 ‘Jylland’ fought in the Battle of Heligoland against a fleet of Austrian and Prussian ships. King Christian IX used the ship on various visits to Iceland and Russia. The 2450-ton ‘Jylland’ had a hull lenght of 71m (96m overall) and a beam of 13,5m. The ship had a crew of between 405 and 437 men, depending on the ship´s duties, and carried 44 muzzle-loaded cannons. In 1960 ‘Jylland’ was towed by tugs from the naval base in Copenhagen to Ebeltoft. On 11 August 1984 it made its last voyage – into a new exhibition dock. After several years of restoration work, Frigate ‘Jylland’ was opened to the public. For those with an interest in ships and life at sea, this 130-year-old ship is certainly worth visiting.

The completed model measures 39.8″ in length and 24.8″ in height and sells regularly for $599. To celebrate the addition of this model, we’re taking 10% off, now through September 1st. We only have 5 of these kits available at the time of this writing, so act fast if you want to get one, especially at this price.

 

HMS Warrior, BB512

The Warrior was designed and built in response to an aggressive French shipbuilding program which saw the introduction of the first iron-clad warship La Gloire. The Royal Navy was determined to meet this challenge of supremacy and build a ship so superior in terms of quality, speed, size, armament and armour that it would be inconceivable to France that she could take Britain on in a sea battle. August 1, 1861, The Warrior was the largest warship in the world, at 9,210 tons displacement, she was fully 60% larger than the La Gloire. June 1862 she started active service in the Channel Squadron. In 1871 she was no longer the crack ship she had once been, and was downgraded to Coast Guard and reserve services. The Warrior was eventually converted to a floating school for the Navy and re-named Vernon III in 1904. By 1978, she was the only surviving example of the ‘Black Battlefleet’, the 45 iron hulls built for the Royal Navy between 1861 and 1877.

This is a BIG model! The completed model measures 57.9″ in length and 26.5″ in height and sells regularly for $755.95. Again, to celebrate the addition of this model, we’re offering the kit at 10% off, now through September 1st. We only have 13 of these kits in our warehouse, so we don’t expect to run out anytime soon. But, if you want to take advantage of the special pricing, make sure to act by September 1st!

Click the links below to check out the kits now at Ages of Sail: