Amati’s HMS Vanguard – An Out of the Box Review

One of the finest ship model kits is the 1/72-scale kit of the British first rate ship of the line, the 74-gun HMS Vanguard, from Amati’s Victory Models line. This kit measure 46″ long when built, and 35″ high. This is a very advanced, very detailed kit with lots of photo-etched parts and castings.

There’s nicely done review of the kit on the NRG’s Model Ship World. Read it here: https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/18418-172-hms-vanguard-1787/&tab=comments#comment-586165

You can find this kit on our ecommerce site here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-hms-vanguard-am1300-04.html

Check out the other kits of Amati’s Victory Models line: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-kits/victory-models.html

Billing Boats Shipment Just In

For all you fans of kits from Denmark, we just got a big shipment of kits and fittings from Billing Boats. Back in stock are the Dragen and the St. Roch, as well as some fittings we were out of.

St. Roch, Billing Boats kit BB605

St. Roch was building for Arctic service and was the first ship to traverse the Arctic Passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic. She later became the first ship to traverse the Passage in both directions.

This Billing Boats kit is from their 600-series, which is designed to be easy to build, with a hull that is made in two halves. Each half is easily constructed and the two halves are merged together form the completed hull.

You can read more about the kit on our website: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/bb605-billing-boats-st-roch.html

 

Dragen Sailboat – Billing Boats kit BB582

The Dragen is a Swedish sailing boat and Billing Boats makes this lovely kit in 1/12 scale. The 29″ long model is just over 39″ high, making for a beautifully big display model. This plank-on-bulkhead kit is designed for Experience ship modelers only. You should not attempt the build unless you’ve built a few wooden model kits.

You can find the kit on our website at: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/billing-boats-dragen-racing-sailboat-bb582.html

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Model Boats on Parade – September 16 in San Francisco

Check out the variety of RC model boats at Spreckles Lake in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park tomorrow. If you feel left out, we’ve got plenty of kits suitable for RC operation!

https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/rc-capable-kits.html

The Ship Modeler

Sorry, I know this is a very last minute posting, but I was just reminded that the San Francisco Model Yacht Club is holding its annual model boat event tomorrow, Sunday, September 16, 2018, at Spreckles Lake in Golden Gate Park.

The event setup begins at 9:30am. It’s open to the public and should go on most of the day. The club will have its clubhouse open, so you can view various boats on display that aren’t out in the water. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to see all kinds of powered RC models, some small, some VERY BIG, plus RC sailboats. There’s even a group that does free sail racing, where the boats, powered only by the wind, are pre-set to guide themselves across the lake.

Here’s the informational flyer from the SFMYC’s website:

Get set for a fun and interesting day in the park! Ω

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NEW! ROBOTICS KITS (STEM)

Looking for something a bit more high tech for yourself or the model builder in your family? Check out these neat hi-tech projects that are fun, easy, and educational to construct and fun to play with!

We now stock four different kits from the complex robotic arm to the entertaining “Moody Useless Machine”. There’s even a remote-controled 4-legged robot

These are as entertaining as they are educational to build AND operate!

Check them out now: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/robots.html

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Nautical Research Journal – New Digital Subscriptions!

This is a good source of information for those of you who are working on ship models, but need to pick up more information and inspiration. In particular, for those who were subscribers to Seaways’ Ships in Scale, you’ll be happy to know that the NRG has acquired the rights to continue the articles that were only partway published when the magazine closed shop.

The NRG has expanded the Journal to make room for more ship modeling articles, including continuations of the Ships in Scale articles, and has just announced that they are now producing a digital edition.

Ages of Sail has been a long time advertiser in the Journal and is a proud sponsor of the NRG’s Model Ship World.

The Ship Modeler

At least one person I know wouldn’t join the NRG because he didn’t want any more paper subscriptions piling up in his house. Well, those with similar feelings will be happy to know that they can now avoid the slow mailing system and piles of journals stacking up or getting lost by signing up for a digital subscription.

Digital editions are available as either a separate, lower priced, subscription at $40/yr, as opposed to the regular print subscription included with NRG membership of $50/yr, or as an add-on to regular membership and print subscription for an additional $15/yr.

The benefits to the digital edition are many. The subscription appears to be stored on-line, and you access the editions via the web. There is a large array of tools for searching, zooming, and scrolling through your magazine. There is a drop-down table of contents, if you want to jump straight to…

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IT’S HERE: SLEEPING CAR of the 1929 ORIENT EXPRESS

We announced this “soon to be released” kit a few weeks ago, but it has arrived and it is BIG and HEAVY. Our staff  has looked into one of the kits and has reported that it is chocked full of lots of great stuff – in particular, lots of very good looking metal castings and lots and lots of photo-etched brass!

AVAILABLE NOW!

This is a 1/32-scale model kit of the Sleeping Car of the famed Orient Express, known for luxurious accomodations and international travel across Europe, connecting locations as far as Calais, Istanbul, and Athens. The completed kit measures over 28″ in length and features multimedia construction, using high quality wood, parts of photo-etched brass and nickel-silver, highly detail metal casting, and more.

The model features a super detailed interior and a removable roof top, so you can access it all.

The kit, IN STOCK NOW, is a very high-end kit and lists for $1199, but we are offering it with a special introductory sale price of $999.

AVAILABLE NOW!

Here’s a nice unboxing video we found:

Order yours at Ages of Sail here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/orient-express-sleeping-car—amati—new!!!.html 

 

SLEEPING CAR of the 1929 ORIENT EXPRESS – Super Detailed Kit

Amati Model has outdone themselves with the release of this new kit. It is a 1/32-scale model kit of the Sleeping Car of the famed Orient Express, known for luxurious accomodations and international travel across Europe, connecting locations as far as Calais, Istanbul, and Athens.

The new Amati kit measures over 28″ in length and features multimedia construction, using high quality wood, parts of photo-etched brass and nickel-silver, highly detail metal casting, and more.

The model features a super detailed interior and a removable roof top, so you can access it all.

The kit, which will be in stock very soon, is a very high-end kit and lists for $1199, but we will have a special introductory sale price of $999.

While your waiting to purchase yours, check out this teaser video posted by Amati

 

As soon as our shipment of the new kit comes in, which should be in the next week or so, you’ll be able to order one here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/orient-express-sleeping-car—amati—new!!!.html 

 

Guillows Wooden Airplane Kits Now Available

No, these aren’t ship models. But, sometimes you want to take a break from your ship model project to build something different. So, we’re now stocking balsa airplane kits from the classic Guillows brand. We’ve got 19 different kits to choose from, from the simple to build, rubber band powered Cadet kit, to the big 1:28-scale Flying Fortress bomber with it’s 45″ wing span!

Most of the kits we carry are designed for free flight or U-Control using small engines or can be built rubber band powered. We also have a couple kits designed for display only, such as the Catalina PBY or the B-24D Liberator bomber.

But, of course, any of these kits can be built for display only. Also, they can be built as the completed aircraft or with their internal structure displayed. Build yours now!

Check them out at Ages of Sail

HMS Terror – New Kit from OcCre of Spain

We just received our first shipment of the newest kit coming out of the Spanish ship model kit maker OcCre, HMS Terror.

HMS Terror was a Royal Navy Arctic exploration ship which, together with HMS Erebus, set out in 1845 under the command of Sir John Franklin to find the Northwest Passage. This ships never returned, and for 168 years, nothing was known about the fate of the expedition. Then in 2016 the wreck of HMS Terror was finally discovered.

The Terror was the subject of a novel of the same name by author Dan Simmons and a currently running television series on AMC, with the first episode having aired in March 2018.

This authentically scaled model from OcCre is based on the work of the talented ship modeler Matthew Betts, who’s scratch built model of HMS Terror can be seen in detail on his blog site http://buildingterror.blogspot.ca.

But, you don’t have to delve into scratch building to make your own model of the Terror, as OcCre’s kit has all the parts and fittings to make a beautifully detailed replica of this famous ship.

OcCre’s HMS Terror is a 1/65-scale plank-on-bulkhead, wooden ship model kit that measures 26.6″ long and 19.8″ high when complete. Every detail has been accounted for, from the large number of shrouds used to support the masts, the protective reinforcement plating on the bow, the unique diagonal deck planking, and more. And, of course, there are the quality woods and fittings that go into every OcCre kit, plus their illustrated, step-by-step instruction booklet. All for only $149.

http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-terror-occre-oc12004.html

Our initial supply of this kit is limited, so hurry and get yours now! But, if you miss out, there’s no need to worry, we have more coming soon.

Still not sure? Check out these photos showing some of the details of this kit

 

Amati Swedish Gunboat Build – Final

Ship modeler Clare Hess posts his final build log entry on the Amati Swedish Gunboat kit. If you’re interested in building one of your own, check out the entry on our website here: http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/am1550-amati-swedish-gunboat.html

The Ship Modeler

Yes, I CAN finish a non-Japanese boat model!

Today, I just put the finishing touches on the Swedish Gunboat that I built from an Amati kit. For those interested it’s also called Cannoniera Svedese, and is listed as AM1550. To recap, this is a very inexpensive small model kit that measures about 13.5″ long when complete. It lists for $109 at Ages of Sail, where this one came from. There have been some challenges, but they’ve all been small ones.

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