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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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.

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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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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

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