Shipyard’s 30th Anniversary Collections

2015 marked the 30th anniversary for the paper model manufacturer Shipyard. To celebrate, Shipyard created some new model collections. Each collection includes two or more ship model kits from their Paper Model series.

We got these in earlier this year, and finally got them posted on the Ages of Sail website. These sets offer a savings of up to about 25% off the cost of buying the kits individually. So, if you like building models, this is a way to really get started on some models for less than $100.

Want to know more? Check out the pricing and details of these and other Shipyard kits at Ages of Sail:

We now have sail and masting sets for each of the models. These are sold separately, but can be found at Ages of Sail:

A Completed Paper Model

If you’ve never built a paper model before, here’s an example of one that was recently completed by one of our customers. This is the 1/96-scale model of the British Navy cutter HMS Alert, built from a kit by Shipyard of Poland.









This model began as any other paper model kit. Everything is paper except the cannon barrels and the sails and spars. The sails are cloth, the cannon barrels are aftermarket brass cannons painted black, the masts and spars are wood. There are also some small improvised details, like wire handles for the windlass handles and a piece of window screen mesh used for the skylight frame.

The photos below show the laser-cut framework and the similarities between this company’s kits and wooden ship model kits.




One of the biggest advantages of the Shipyard paper kits is that the line of Paper Model kits is very inexpensive in comparison to wooden ship model kits. These kits require a lot of cutting and gluing, but the visible parts are pre-printed in color. You just have to supply your own dowels for the masts and yards. And, if you choose to add sails, you will have to provide your own cloth, etc.

Meanwhile, the line of Laser Cardboard kits are boxed edition kits that contain everything you need to build them including pre-cut, pre-printed sails, dowels for masts and spars, turned brass cannons, and cast resin figurehead. The parts are all laser cut from plain white card stock. Paints and paint brush are also included.


Try one out today! For younger builders, check out the lighthouse kits. They’re a lot simpler to build than a sailing ship, and make nice, fun projects.

Swords – Now at Ages of Sail

Here’s something new and different! We found an opportunity to carry these high quality swords made by Marto of Toledo, and couldn’t pass it up.

MARTO was founded to regain the testimony and the techniques of this sword master-craftsman tradition, being very proud to maintain today this “SECRET OF THE TEMPER”, that is the essential thing of the SWORDS MADE IN TOLEDO, giving prestige and continuity to the famous TOLEDO STEEL.





Check out these and more at our shop in San Leandro, California, or online at Ages of Sail.

Amati’s New Spanish Coca – A Closer Look

Amati’s latest release is the Coca or Spanish Carrack, a type of round hulled ship with large cargo capacity that was widely used to transport cargo in the 15th Century. The kit appears to be based on the famous Mataró ship model, a votive believe to have been presented to the Chapel of San Simón in Mataro, Spain. The model is now on display at the Maritime Museum Rotterdam.


An image of the Mataró Ship appears on a 1996 issued Spanish 5 ECU silver coin

The new kit from Amati featured a double-planked hull on a new style of laser-cut MDF frames that includes slotted longitudinal frames to give the hull more rigidity and improved alignment. Together with its simple rig and planking, this appears to live up to Amati’s labeling of it as an “Easy to Build” model. While that may be true, it still appears to make a lovely model. At 1/60-scale, the completed model is just over 16″ long and 16.5″ tall.

In addition, the kit includes a nice 16-page fully color-illustrated instruction book. While the instructions are written in Italian, a separate pamphlet includes all the text in English.

Here’s a peek into the kit, which is a real value…


Get your’s today at Ages of Sail.


Coming Soon! The New Ages of Sail Showroom & Model Craft Tool Shop

Ages of Sail is expanding yet again!


With an increase in the number of product lines we’re carrying, out storage needs got absolutely ridiculous and products had to be warehoused in two separate locations. Luckily, a neighboring space became available earlier this year and Ages of Sail has been busily re-arranging, remodeling and preparing a new physical store right next door to our old location, which is now our warehousing and shipping department.

Things are a bit of a mess as we are still in the process of setting up the new store. But, here are some images of isle after isle ship model kits, tools, fittings, books, accessories,  oh and MORE ship model kits.

Our new space isn’t official open for business yet. But stay tuned for our grand opening announcement. Once we’re all set up, we hope you’ll be able to visit us. But, even if you can’t, we’re still here to serve you online and over the phone with all these great new products we’re adding. So, check us out!


UPDATE: We’re now carrying high end tools from PROXXON, new kits, steam engines and accessories from Saito Manufacturing, the full line of multimedia (resin) kits from Cottage Industries, Billing Boats fittings, more books, more products, more, more, and MORE! Look for them online soon!

Two RC Steam Kits from Saito Manufacturing Added at Ages of Sail

Two more items have been added to the lineup of RC steam kits from Japan’s Saito Manufacturing, the Neptune Tug Boat and the Samson II Deep Salvage Tug. These are big models, with the Neptune each measuring nealy 4′ long and the Samson II measure close to 5′ long.

Both model kits are 1/40-scale and feature fiberglass hull, wooden structural parts, brass, plastic and cast metal fittings. Boiler/Burner combinations and engines are sold separately.


The tug boat Neptune in operation.



The Deep Salvage Tug Sampson II kit.


Saito’s powerful T2GR Engine is recommended for powering the Samson II.

Check out all the Saito products at Ages of Sail!

New Kits from Amati Model

Ages of Sail just received its most recent shipment of fittings and kits from Amati Model of Italy. In this shipment, we received 3 new kits, just released. Two kits are part of a new line of beginner kits called “1st Step”.

1st Step kits are designed for the first time ship modeler, whether young or old. The kits require no special tools to build and work out to be just about 11″ long. There are two kits in this series, the Elizabethan Galleon and the Pirate Ship. Start someone off on the road to ship modeling with one of these kits, or build it as a quick weekend project.


The Elizabethan Galleon from Amati’s new 1st Step line.



The Pirate Ship from Amati’s new 1st Step line.

The third new kits from Amati is not specifically designed for beginners, but is one that is relatively simple in design, a Spanish Carrack or Coca. This is an exciting addition to the Amati product line as it represents one of the few model kits of a 15th century ship.


Amati’s new Coca, Spanish Carrack ship model kit.

The Coca kit features laser cut frames and keel, double planking, sail cloth, fittings, and 16-page full-color building instructions. The completed 1:60-scale model measures just about 16″ long and high.

Check out these new Amati kits at Ages of Sail.

New at Ages of Sail – Krick Model Kits

Krick is a German manufacturer of model boat kits with a line of static kits and R/C kits, including a U-Boat kit that actually dives. Ages of Sail just received a large shipment of assorted kits and accessories that are now posted on our website.

We’re currently in the process of updating our Krick listings, but check out these new kits from Germany:


  • Alert, U.S. Revenue cutter in large, 1/24 scale!





  • Gulnara, English built paddlewheel steamer used by Sardinian Navy

Each of the above display model kits has an optional set of pre-sewn sails available. Check them out along with the many other Krick products as they are added to our listings at Ages of Sail!


Dusek Ship Model Kit Listings Updated

Dusek is a relatively new ship model kit manufacturer from the Czech Republic. Ages of Sail has been carrying Dusek kits back when they had only 3 different kits to offer. Now, they have about 20 and we’ve just updated our listings to reflect the most recent shipment of kits we’ve received.



Dusek kits feature all major wood parts laser cut. Plastic detail parts make for ease of construction and for realistic details. Other fittings are wood and metal, and the pages of illustrated instructions take the guesswork out of wooden ship model building.


Dusek also produces a handful of small architectural models including a medieval Swedish church, a Norse stave church and a even a church built in Bodega, CA by Spanish and Portugese immigrants in 1859. That last one even made an appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “The Birds”.


“Gol” Norwegian stave church wooden model kit from Dusek

And if you’re looking for a nice variety of Viking ship model kits in 1/35 and 1/72 scales, make sure to check out the Dusek offerings, which include 6 different Viking ship kits.

As part of our updated listings, we’ve even included links so you can download the kit instructions in case you lose yours or want them in order to help you decide which one you want to buy.

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CLICK HERE to visit our Dusek model kits listings on Ages of Sail.

Expanding Book Selection

One thing that can be said about ship modeling is that it’s hard. It takes patience and perseverance and a bit of skill.

But, what’s especially difficult, particularly for beginners, is that most ship model kits available today, with few exceptions, have very limited instructions. This is partly due to the fact that ship modeling is an international hobby and often kits are from Europe, where any written instructions have to be translated into several languages. Also, it’s very difficult to put into words all of the myriad steps involved in building an accurate model of a wooden ship. So, many manufacturers rely on a set of drawings and the brain power and skill of the ship modeler to understand how a ship model is built. But, sometimes we need a little help… or a LOT of help.

What is one to do? How does one learn the knowledge that may be necessary or helpful in building a ship model? BOOKS!


Most ship modelers have developed his or her own library of instructional books and reference titles. Beginners can find a great deal of guidance from titles like Ship Modeling Simplified by Frank Mastini, while more experienced modelers may want to keep reference books on hand that contain handy information that is difficult to remember, but useful to have on hand when needed. Ship Modeling Shop Notes II, published by the Nautical Research Guild, is an example of a book that is chock full of information that you can read up on when you have the need to know. Another classic title is The Ship Model Builder’s Assistant, by Charles Davis. This handy reference has sections describing things like copper sheathing, tapering proportions of yard arms, etc.

An excellent reference for anyone building a square-rigger is the book Rigging Period Model Ships, by Lennarth Peterssen. This visual guide shows you each line of the ship and how it is attached and where the line leads. This is an excellent book that you’ll refer to, project after project.


Building a cutter or schooner rig? Peterssen also wrote the book Rigging Period Fore-and-Aft Craft, which covers these rigs as well as the lugger rig. The book is just as heavily illustrated, but covers a range of smaller vessels.

Ages of Sail has added these and a number of other titles over the past year and has recently added even more. Check them out at