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:

http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits/30th-anniversary.html

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

http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/paper-kits/sails-and-accessories.html

Photos from the Golden Hind Repair

Ship modeler Clare Hess does some repair work on this beautiful cut-away display model of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind at the visitor center at Pt. Reyes National Seashore, a short drive north of San Francisco.

The Ship Modeler

I was just sent some photos taken last Friday during the final stages of my repair work on Raymond Akers’ Golden Hind model. The model is on display at the Bear Valley Visitor Center of the Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

The repair work is done – yes, I finally finished a ship model related project – and the model is back in its display, with a new, more colorful backdrop.

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Shipyard Sail and Masting Accessories – Now at Ages of Sail

If you’re familiar with Shipyard products, you probably recognize the fact that their line of Paper Model ship kits only contain the paper parts necessary to build the model. They kits give you drawings for proper dimensions of the masts and spars and patterns for the sails, but don’t include material needed to build them.

These materials are easily obtainable at fabric stores and hardware stores. But shipyard also produces separate accessory sets so that you don’t have to make the sails or hunt down the proper size dowels and such.

Now, Ages of Sail has made these accessory sets available, and you can find them on our online store: Shipyard Sail and Masting Accessories

These sets are available only for the 1/96-scale Paper Model ship kits. They are the equivalent of what Shipyard already includes in their boxed 1/72-scale Laser Cardboard series kits, but of course, at a different scale.

Sail Sets

The sail sets include all the necessary sails for your paper model. The sails are laser cut, with details laser etched onto the fabric. All you need to do is add the bolt ropes, which are included in the sets, and mount them onto your model. For some models, an optional studding sail set is also available.

Masting Sets

The masting sets not only include all the dowels you will need to complete your ship model project, but also include laser-cut card stock parts for the cross-trees, mast tops, and yardarm details to replace or supplement the printed parts in your paper model kit. These will save you lots of time, as the parts are all pre-cut and ready to use.

See our growing selection of Shipyard products at Ages of Sail!

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Spring Special on Amati Victory Models!

Ages of Sail is offering a special, very rare, limited time discount on them kits from Amati/Victory Models. From now through June 1st, 2017, you can save $50 to $150 on one of these amazing kits. There’s no special coupon code to mess with, just visit our website and see the savings.

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74-Gun Ship of the Line HMS Vanguard – $150 off!

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Shop Notes I is Back in Print

The popular Ship Modeler’s Shop Notes (book 1) was first published by the Nautical Research Guild in 1979 and has been out of print for many year, but it is now back in print and copies are In Stock at Ages of Sail!

From the NRG website:

The Nautical Research Guild’s Ship Modeler’s Shop Notes book, first published in 1979 and out of print for several years, is now back in print. This popular and insightful volume discusses the construction of ship models in numerous articles written by marine historians and ship model builders. Edited by Merritt Edson and assisted by Ben Lankford, Edward Mueller and Norman Rubin, the book is a compilation of shop notes and longer articles from out-of-print material contained in Volumes 1 through 25 of the Nautical Research Journal. This book has been a standard for ship model building, and highly acclaimed by professionals and beginners alike. The material has not gone out of date.

The articles are by notables such as Howard I Chapelle, Harold M. Hahn, Michael Costagliola, Ben Lankford, Merritt Edson, Dana McCalip, and many others. There are nearly 170 articles, 9 plans of hull lines and many drawings contained in 216 pages.

The content of this book is different from that of Shop Notes II, which is also available.

But them both now at Ages of Sail.

Royal Carriage Build of Amati Kit

Mr. Don Robinson built Amati’s 1/24-scale Royal Carriage kit as a gift for his granddaughter and shared pictures of his completed model with us.

Don did an incredible job building this 9-1/2″ long model and we can only imagine how his granddaughter must have felt getting this as a gift. Don gave his model a custom paint job and it turned out beautifully.

The Amati Royal Carriage is based on the Egyptian carriage for Maria Cristina of Bourbon, for the Carnival Gala in Turin, Italy in 1819. This kit is one of many non-ship model kits that are available from Amati and from Ages of Sail.

 

Amati Swedish Gunboat Build – Part 4

Ship modeler Clare Hess posts his progress on his group build of the Swedish Gunboat kit by Amati (Cannoniera Svedese). This is an inexpensive kit that offers some challenges as described his blog posts.

The Ship Modeler

Well, I did not end up finish this model for the IPMS show in San Jose in March. I decided to set it aside to let others in our build group catch-up, though I know that two of the members are at least as far along as I am. Anyway, I had work to do to for my display of Japanese boats, which ran from March 1st through the 31st.

Then, last weekend, we had a ship modelers’ get-together again at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. It’s been the usual 3 months since our last gathering and it was good to see the fellow ship modelers and their projects again.

Only one other member of the Swedish Gunboat Project group brought his model, but he’s new to ship modeling and pressing ahead. I originally thought I would just wait for the other two members, who have been too tied…

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New RC Kits from Amati Now in Stock

We are excited to have received two brand new, beautiful RC kits from Amati: the Bellezza and the Sexy Lady.

The Bellezza

The Bellezza

The Sexy Lady

The Sexy Lady

These are BIG models, designed for RC operation. They’re also very easy to assemble and will look nice on the water or on display. The kits don’t include any RC equipment, nor do they include running hardware. So you’ll need to add  your own components, though word has it that we’ll be getting some running hardware sets that will work for these models.

The kits feature fiberglass hull with beautiful mahogany decking already in place. The vinyl seats are already made, you simply need to glue them into place, along with the detail accessories. Note that the display stand shown in the photos is not included.

Perfectly detailed fiberglass hull ready for you to add your own running hardware.

These 1/10-scale Italian Runabouts measure 33.5″ long, 11.8″ wide, and about 4.7″ high. They will look great running on the water this Summer!

Some of the accessories of the Bellezza.

The chrome parts of the Sexy Lady.

Vinyl seats and pads from the Sexy Lady kit.

 

These are a very good buy at $169 each. Check out the Bellezza and the Sexy Lady, along with our full line of Amati products at Ages of Sail.

 

New Deans Marine Shipment

If you’ve been looking for Deans Marine kits on our website, you probably noticed that we’ve been out of stock on a number of the more popular products. But, we recently received a new shipment from Deans Marine. So, if you’ve been waiting for your ship to come in, check out the new stock!

Christiaan Bruning – RC Ready kit from Deans Marine

For those of you not familiar with this line of kits from the UK, the company makes a line of very fine kits designed for RC operation. They featured fiberglass hulls and details in plastic, wood, cast alloy, resin, and photo etched brass.

There’s a wide range of subjects including harbor tugs, trawlers, warships and such. But, one of the more interesting offerings are their large, modern merchant ships.

Merchant Ship Muirneag

They offer several, mostly in 1/96 or 1/100 scales. The models are large and ready for RC operation, but they also make really interesting static displays. Their Fairwind kit, is 1/76-scale, very close to railroad modelers’ HO scale, which would make for a really interesting addition to a port side railroad layout.

1/76-scale M.V. Fairwind

The Deans Marine also produces a line of Compact kits, which is made up of smaller vessels, mostly at the same scale as the big ships. These kits are also design for RC operation, but their smaller sizes make them a bit handier to take to the water, with most models being under 20″ long.

Here’s just a small selection of the Deans Marine kits we carry. Get ready for Summer and check out the full line at Ages of Sail.