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

 

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 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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Big Plastic Warship Kits Now in Stock – Trumpeter, Fujimi, Tamiya, ICM

Ages of Sail is more than just wooden model sailing ships. Because many of our customers like to build modern ships too, and those are mostly plastic kits, we’ve expanded our inventory, and just added over 100 high-end plastic model kits from Fujimi, Tamiya, ICM, and Trumpeter.

Trumpeter 1:350 scale USS New York LPD-21

Tamiya Japanese Submarine I400

Fujimi 1/350 scale Japanese aircraft carrier Hiryu

Use the Links below or view all plastic kits here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/plastic-kits.html

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Tamiya

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St. Gabriel Model by Alexander Bulimov

Just yesterday, we posted an article, taking a closer look at the Master Korabel kit of the ship St. Gabriel. Well, we found this wonderful build on the NRG’s Model Ship World forum, and got permission from the builder to share some photos here with you. For background on the ship and the explorer Vitus Bering, please see our earlier posting here.

This particular model of Master Korabel’s 1/72-scale kit was built by Mr. Alexander Bulimov, who is an IT engineer, living and working in Dublin, Ireland. He built this model in 2019, and it took him only 4 months to complete. What’s really amazing is that this is only the second wooden ship kit that Alexander has built, the first being a ship’s launch kit from the same manufacturer.

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The Endurance – New Model Kit from OcCre

We just received our first shipment of the newest kit from the Spanish wooden ship model kit manufacturer, OcCre. The ship is the 1/70-scale model of Endurance, the Antarctic exploration ship of Sir Ernest Shackleton. A 3-masted barquentine (or barkentine) built in Sandefjord, Norway, the carried Shackleton and his crew of 27 for the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914.

The Endurance was a sturdy ship, 144 feet long, and built with a reinforced hull. The ship was equipped with a coal-fired steam engine that could propel the ship at over 10 knots. Though she was considered to be perhaps the strongest wooden ship ever built, she could not overcome the power of nature. In January of 1915, strong winds had piled up thick packs of ice around the ship, and became locked in the Antarctic ice. Ultimately, by October, she was crushed by pressure waves in the ice around her, and her crew was forced to abandon her.

After months on the ice, Shackleton and his crew took to the lifeboats and made it to the uninhabited Elephant Island. Shackleton and five of his men then continued to sail 800 miles in an open boat to get help and mount a rescue expedition for the rest of his men. The crew of the Endurance survived the ordeal without a single loss of life.

OcCre’s kit features an MDF (medium density fiberboard) keel piece with laser-cut plywood bulkheads. Major structural parts are also laser-cut for ease of construction. A healthy supply of strip woods are provided for the planking of the hull, which is accomplished in two layers. Two sheets of photo-etched brass and a supply of wooden, cast metal, and brass fittings are provided to detail your model. To finish up the model, several spools of rigging line, pre-sewn sails, and printed flag sheet is provided.

The included instructions are in a step-by-step, pictorial format, and you can download and preview a copy of them here: Endurance Instructions

Want more help with your build? OcCre has you covered, with a 30-part series of instructional videos on Youtube, designed to guide you through the construction of the hull. Here’s a link to the video series: Endurance Build Videos

Or watch this preview…

We received a limited initial supply of this kit, so hurry if you want one. We have more coming in soon, though. So, if you don’t manage to get one right away, you shouldn’t have to wait long.

As an introductory special, we’re listing this kit for only $199.95, which should be good through the end of April. Get your’s here: Endurance on Ages of Sail

In the meantime, here are some more photos of the completed kit…

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Taking Another Look: Greek Galliot from Amati Model

One small gem of a kit that often gets overlooked is Amati’s Greek Galliot. It’s probably because the average person looks at it, but doesn’t really know what to make of it. It looks mediterranean, a bit exotic, but what is it? What is a galliot?

The term was applied to a few different types of ship, but the Mediterranean galliot was a small lateen rigged shipped that also regularly used oars for propulsion. These ships were used by, among others, the Barbary pirates that operated out of North Africa. But, these ships were also used by the Greeks in their fight for independence against the Ottoman Turks between 1821 and 1829.

Amati’s Greek Galliot kit depicts a ship operating as a Greek privateer during the time of the War of Greek Independence. The ship is equipped with three lateen-rigged masts and a single bank of 12 oars on each side. Armament consists of a pair of bow mounted carriage guns, and swivel guns lining the quarterdeck.

At a scale of 1:65, this kit builds into a model 21.7″ long, about 55cm. The rig of this kind of ship is relatively simple, but the kit offers plenty of details, plus a couple cannons and an unusual ship design to make the build interesting.

Provided planking includes beech wood, walnut, and beautifully exotic red padauk wood for planking the inner bulwarks.

If you notice the fancy decorative inlaid wood pattern in the photos above and below. Amati includes a strip of this pre-made wood. The inlay pattern actually varies between kits, so your own model will likely be different from these. The kit also includes sailcloth pre-printed in color.

Even the instructions tell you that the oars would be in place only when the sails are clewed up. So, they didn’t follow their own instructions for the model in these photos, but the model sure looks nice displayed this way. And, to finish up your model display, this kit even includes the walnut stanchions and a beautiful wooden base, though the one in the currents kits are oval and not rectangular as shown in these photos.

The Greek Galliot is currently listing on our online store, Ages of Sail. for $124.95. This is a really interesting subject and as you can see here, it’s a gem of a model. You can order your’s today right here. Remember, as an Amati distributor, we offer free parts replacement on any Amati kit you buy from us. So, break or lose a part? Don’t worry. We have you covered.

Check out our huge inventory of ship model kits, fittings, tools, and accessories at Agesofsail.com

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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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