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.

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Artesania Latina’s All New Santa Maria Kitd

This latest shipment we received from Artesania Latina is particularly significant. As you might have read in our recent post, the new Vasa kit they came out with is in stock at our shop and it looks incredible. They’re clearly vying for best Vasa (or Wasa) kit in the industry. But, that’s not all that’s new from them. Take a look at this beautifully designed Santa Maria kit.

Artesania Latina’s kit is newly redesigned to make your ship model building experience better than ever.  This 1/65-scale wooden kit measures roughly 19.5″ long and 19.4″ tall. It is a carefully engineered kit featuring laser-cut wooden framing, and includes cast metal, turned brass, photo-etched brass, and wooden fittings. Pre-sewn sails are included, as are the colorfully printed flags, and templates for painting the sails.

To add some extra realism to your model and to help bring it to life, they’ve created an optional set of 10 figures especially designed for this kit. This set includes figures of Christopher Columbus, Juan de la Cosa, Martín Alonso Pinzón, Vicente Yáñez Pinzón, Rodrigo de Triana, plus five sailor figures. And, of course, these figures should work well on any 1/65-scale galleon or caravel, which includes the full range of Artesania Latina’s models of Columbus’s ships, as well as that of Amati’s, which is also in 1/65 scale.

One of the best things about these new Artesania Latina kits is how much work they’ve put into the kit instructions. These instructions are now in digital format, so you’ll need a computer to read the included DVD, or you can simply download them from Artesania Latina’s website and view the helpful tutorial videos (also included on the DVD) on their Youtube channel.

You may not be able to see it fully on our post image here, but the full-sized image clearly shows the run of one of the rigging lines, actually showing you where the line begins, how it runs through two blocks, and where it ties off. This is an area where many less experienced ship modelers have difficulties with interpreting printed plans. Such plans often show a line, but it can be hard to follow where the line runs and where it is belayed.

Artesania Latina solves the issue by provide a 164-page visual guide with hundreds of photos, showing you every step of construction and rigging.

If this kit is an example of the direction Artesania Latina is taking their products, ship modeling appears to have a very bright future.

Check out their unboxing video here:

If you’re interesting in building this kit, you can find it in our online shop at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/new-items/artesania-latina-santa-maria-al22411.html

In addition, check out the optional figure set we described above here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/set-of-10-metal-figurines-for-caravels-and-galleons-(artesania-latina).html

 

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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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Taking Another Look: Navio Rayo Gun Section Kit

It was about 3-1/2 years ago that Ages of Sail first introduced this new line of Spanish wooden model kits to North America. Among the first batch of kits was an often overlooked wood model kit of a section of the 18th-century Spanish warship Rayo. The Rayo was an 80-gun ship-of-the-line built in 1746.  The ship was rebuilt in Cartagena in 1803, transforming her into a three-decked ship of 100 guns.


If you’re interested in getting the kit, you’ll find it on our website here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/navio-rayo-s.xviii-puesto-de-combate,-wooden-kit-by-disar,-20148.html


Soon after, the Rayo joined the coalition of French and Spanish ships sailing out of Cadiz on 18 October, 1805. Three days later the combine French and Spanish fleet encountered the British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson off Cape Trafalgar on the southwest coast of Spain.

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Taking Another Look: HMS Bounty from Amati Model

Probably the most beautiful wooden model kit of the famed HMS Bounty is the classic 1/60-scale kit from Amati Model. This kit has been around a long time, but it’s popularity has not waned. Here’s a look at the kit, showing why we think so highly of it.

Technically, this small three masted square-rigger is an armed transport, and was purchased by the Royal Navy to acquire breadfruit plants in the Pacific, to be transported to the West Indies. It was during the long uneventful stay in the tropical South Pacific that discipline problems developed, eventually resulting in the famous mutiny against her captain Lieutenant William Bligh.

Probably the most amazing part of the mutiny, however, was the arduous 3,500 nautical mile journey that Bligh and 18 loyal members of the crew made in the ship’s open launch to reach safety.

The ship was originally built as a collier, or coal transport, in 1784, and name the Bethia. The Royal Navy purchase her in 1787, and renamed her Bounty. She was a small ship, but was full-rigged with three square-rigged masts. For the South Pacific voyage, she was equipped with four 4-pdr cannons and ten swivel guns.

You can read more about the background of the ship, its mission, and the events of the mutiny in this Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Bounty

Amati’s kit features a framework of laser-cut parts, which is then double-planked, allowing the builder to create as smooth a hull shape as possible. The first layer is a softer, more flexible wood, which is then smoothed out before the layer of beautiful finishing planks are added.

Beautiful hardwoods are provided for the masts, yards, deck planking and various hull and deck details. Many parts are laser-cut, to aid in simplifying construction. Various other parts included are wood, cast metal, brass, and photo-etched brass. Multiple sizes of rigging cord, and blocks provide good scale accuracy, and the model’s appearance is rounded out by the cast metal figurehead and metal stern gallery details.

Of course, as with any full-rigged ship model kit, the rigging will be a challenge, but the kits plans and instruction will help you make a successful model that you will be proud of.

 

Not a kit for a beginner, as you can see from the fine details of the masts and rigging. But, when you’re ready for the challenge, this a kit that you’ll want to test your mettle on.

Note that the display stand and pedestals show here are not included. However, we carry a variety of ship model display options that will help you show off your model in the perfect fashion.

If we’ve interested you in this lovely museum quality wooden ship model kit, you can get your’s at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-hmsbounty-am1432.html

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New HMS Flirt from Vanguard Models

The two-masted brig HMS Flirt is a brand new release from Vanguard Models of the UK, and Ages of Sail has it in stock. Designer Chris Watton has outdone himself again with yet another fantastic 1/64-scale wooden ship model kit.

HMS Flirt was a 14-gun ship that was one of the new flush decked brig-sloops built in the latter part of the 18th century. She and HMS Speedy (another Vanguard Models kit) are of the same class. In terms of kits, the most obvious difference is the hull of the HMS Flirt kit is not copper sheathed.

This new kit from Vanguard models features internal structural parts laser-cut from sturdy MDF sheets and birch plywood. All the visible parts are laser-cut from beautiful pear wood sheets, including details such as ladders and gratings. Meanwhile, making construction perfect and simplified, the deck comes as a laser-scribed lime wood, complete with all planking and treenail detail.

Note that photo is from a limited Special Edition version of the kit. The only difference in materials that the Standard Edition kit that Ages of Sail sells is the wood type.

The hull of this kit is double-planked, using high quality lime wood for the first layer, and pear wood for the outer finish layer. For masts and yards, the kit includes walnut dowels. The 14 4-pdr cannon barrels and 1/2-pdr swivel guns are cast in black resin for maximum detail, and the kit includes black acrylic cannon balls. For the metalwork, 3 sheets of photo-etched brass parts are included.

If you are interest in seeing the instructions, you are free to download them from the Vanguard Models website here: Instruction Manual PDF

Click HERE to check out HMS FLIRT at Ages of Sail!

 

New Kit from OcCre Models – Polaris – Now in Stock

Those of you looking for a new ship model project, maybe even a good first project, may want to take a look at the Polaris, the newest kit from OcCre Models of Spain.

This model kit represents an American pilot boat type schooner from around 1800. Also referred to as “Virginia pilot boats” or simply called “Virginia built,” these were very fast vessels that served not only as pilot boats, but were used as smugglers, and were often armed and put into service in wartime as privateers and blockade runners.

The model features the simple schooner rig, easy hull shape, and all the basic features common to wooden sailing ships, making an ideal entry-level wooden ship model kit. It is a 1:50 scale model that measures just under 23″ long and roughly 17.5″ high.

A pictorial parts identification guide helps you sort through the kits supply of wooden strips and dowels.

And the kit includes everything you see here, from wooden stock to fittings of brass, cast metal, and wood; major wooden parts are finely laser cut; and the kit even includes a full set of pre-sewn sails, all for one low price.

Also included is a set of easy to follow, step-by-step, photo instructions to guide you throughout the build. Text instructions are minimal, but you’ll find that the pictures give you far more information than a confusing array of written instruction ever could.

What’s more, OcCre has again gone above and beyond by providing a series of 84 short Youtube videos, showing you how it’s all done.

Get yours at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/polaris-(occre-1:50).html

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Master Korabel Kits Now at Ages of Sail

We’ve recently added a relatively new line of wooden ship model kits from Russia called Master Korabel. This company produces some amazingly well designed kits that make ship modeling easier than ever, using state of the art design and manufacturing.

Most builders are accustomed to seeing laser-cut bulkheads in their kits, but Master Korabel kits go well beyond that, using some clever engineering to give your model very sturdy construction, while making it easier to build a properly shaped hull. These kits even go so far as to provide laser-cut decks and hull planks, so that you model not only looks beautiful, but with authentically shaped hull planks as well.

Double Boat.

Some of their kits come with various options, but for now, we’ve opted to carry just the high-end options. One of their most recent kits, the cutter-rigged tender Avos that we carry is the “Special Edition” version (PSX). In addition to all the features of the basic version, this kit includes pre-sewn sails, the ship’s boat kit, and pearwood for the hull planking and the deck structure trim.

The tender Avos. Standard version shown in photos.

The Tender Avos in particular includes laser-etched details in the hull planking such as the butt of the planks, scarf joints, and all the treenails perfectly marked. The kit is a beauty to behold and your resulting model will amaze you.

The newest kit from Master Korabel is the “Secret Vessel” Morel, a wooden submarine designed by a Russian carpenter who offered to build it for Peter the Great in 1718. You can read more about the vessel here.

“Secret Vessel” Morel

Other ship model kits include the Cannon Jolle, a gunboat designed for use in coastal defense, the Schooner Polotsk, the Brig Phoenix, and the Deck Boat St. Gabriel. Pre-sewn sail sets are available for each of these, as well as the Double Boat. The Tender Avos kit version we sell includes the pre-sewn sails.

Deck Boat St. Gabriel

Schooner Polotsk

The Brig Phoenix

The Cannon Jolle

Check out the full line of kits from Master Korabel at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/new-master-korbel/ship-and-boat-kits.html

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

 

OcCre’s HMS Beagle Kit Review on MSW

James H, one of the admins on Model Ship World, has done another wonderful kit review. This time, he takes a look at OcCre’s latest ship model kit, the survey vessel HMS Beagle.

The review takes a close look at each of the components of the kit, so you can see exactly what you’re getting with this new kit. Read the full review at: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/21084-160-hms-beagle-occre/?tab=comments#comment-639803

The kit is a top-seller at Ages of Sail. Get your’s at: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/occre/hms-beagle-(occre-1:60).html