Wooden Kits from Shipyard

Shipyard is a Polish manufactures known for producing some extraordinary paper model kits and laser-cut card model kits. But, did you know that they also produce three amazingly detailed laser-cut wooden kits? The three kits are all medieval cogs, and they are very similar in design to the laser-cut card kits they produce. But, these are cut in actual wood veneer.

For wooden ship model builders, these will provide a fun and interesting challenge. They are very detail kits, with all the parts laser cut. That means you can build one of these kits with very few tools.

In Shipyard fashion, the closely spaced bulkheads are one major feature that makes these kits more closely resemble their card model cousins than traditional wooden ships with their limited number of bulkheads that easily create flat spots and possibly unsightly twisting to the hull. The large number of thinner bulkheads also means that you don’t have to worry about beveling the edges of the bulkheads the way you do with traditional wooden kits.

Another rarity among wooden ship model kits, though this is changing with the development of new kits, are pre-cut planks. So, you don’t have to struggle with learning how to properly shape and cut planks. In fact, just like with Shipyard’s laser-cut card models, there is almost nothing that you have to fashion from scratch. Everything is pre-cut for you.

You’ll be amazed at how detailed these kits are, and how well they are engineered. Laser engraving adds details down to the individual nail heads in the hull and deck planking.

Hanse Kogge von Bremen

Hanse Kogge von Bremen

Kogge von Kampen

Kogge von Kampen

Wütender Hund

And, just to show that you too can build a beautiful model from one of these kits, here are some photos of the Wütender Hund kit built by ship modeler Chris Coyle…

Shipyard’s wooden Wütender Hund by Chris Coyle

Shipyard’s wooden Wütender Hund by Chris Coyle

Shipyard’s wooden Wütender Hund by Chris Coyle

All the cog kits, are made in 1:72 scale, so if you like, it should be easy to populate your model with commercially available medieval figures. To check out these wooden medieval cog kits at Ages of Sail – Click Here.

For a full listing of all the Shipyard kits we carry, including paper and laser-cut ships, light houses, dockyard accessories, etc., you can find them at Ages of Sail here. Ω

Hanse Kogge, Bremen 1390 – Shipyard Laser Cut Model Kit

Over the holidays, Ages of Sail received a new shipment of kits from the Polish manufacturer of paper ship model and structures kits, Shipyard. Among these were two kits released in 2019. Both are cogs,  sea-going cargo ships that were widely used in medieval Europe from the 12th through the 14th centuries.

Modern cog reconstruction.

Cogs were of lapstraked construction, with a broad and flat-bottomed hull, and commonly built of oak. The carried a single mast mounting a square sail, and were up to about 80 feet in length, with the largest carrying up to 200 tons.

We’ll be looking specifically at Shipyard’s Hanse Kogge kit, which is apparently based on a late 14th century Bremen cog of the Hanseatic League. The league formed as a confedration of trade guilds to promote commerce and mutual protection. It was formed in the late 12th century and grew to dominate Baltic trade for hundreds of years, with the cog beiung the mainstay of trade transportation.

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