An Australian ship modeler that goes by the screen name of Amfibius built an incredibly well done Drakkar Viking Ship that he built from a kit by Amati Model. The model photos were posted on the ModelShipWorld forum was back in 2013, but that doesn’t take away from the great presentation he made of his model.
We reached out to him and asked him if we could share his photos and news about his build on our blog. So, here’s his beautiful Drakkar build, presented here with his permission.
Recently, some photos were posted in the builder’s gallery of the Nautical Research Guild’s Model Ship World forum. The model caught our attention as it was a perfectly done model built from Billing Boats’ Roar Ege Viking Ship kit.
Roar Ege model by Jens Kronvold Frederiksen
The model was built by Jens Kronvold Frederiksen, who goes by his screen name kronvold on Model Ship World. If you look closely at the photos, this is a perfect example of how it’s done, though Jens may humbly disagree.
Of course, each person adds his or her own style to a build, but this is a very clean build, and it shows off the details of the model really well.
We hope this provides some inspiration to our readers. We couldn’t help but post a lot of photos of this model, but there are more in Jens’s album on MSW. They are also higher resolution than we typically post here, so you might want to check them out: https://modelshipworld.com/gallery/album/2288-roar-ege-billing-boats/
If you have any interest in building this model yourself, it is in stock at Ages of Sail and selling for $132. Check it out here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/roar-ege-viking-ship—billing-boats-bb703.html
At a recent meeting, member of the South Bay Model Shipwrights club brought out their model of the Drakkar Viking Ship. The model was a kind of group build by several club members who teamed up to complete this model kit from Amati.
The model is approximately 1/50 scale, features laser-cut lap-strake planking, and measures a little over 17″ long.
Amati Viking Ship
Amati Viking Ship
Amati Viking Ship
The model was going through a few finishing touches, so it was displayed here without oars. A case is being prepared, after which the group will display the model at various events, like the upcoming IPMS event in San Jose. The plan with then be to display this beautiful model at the retail shop of Ages of Sail in San Lorenzo, which provided the kit.
If you’re interested in building this kit yourself, you can find it here: https://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/amati-viking-ship-am1406-01.html
Dusek is a relatively new ship model kit manufacturer from the Czech Republic. Ages of Sail has been carrying Dusek kits back when they had only 3 different kits to offer. Now, they have about 20 and we’ve just updated our listings to reflect the most recent shipment of kits we’ve received.
Dusek kits feature all major wood parts laser cut. Plastic detail parts make for ease of construction and for realistic details. Other fittings are wood and metal, and the pages of illustrated instructions take the guesswork out of wooden ship model building.
Dusek also produces a handful of small architectural models including a medieval Swedish church, a Norse stave church and a even a church built in Bodega, CA by Spanish and Portugese immigrants in 1859. That last one even made an appearance in Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “The Birds”.
“Gol” Norwegian stave church wooden model kit from Dusek
And if you’re looking for a nice variety of Viking ship model kits in 1/35 and 1/72 scales, make sure to check out the Dusek offerings, which include 6 different Viking ship kits.
As part of our updated listings, we’ve even included links so you can download the kit instructions in case you lose yours or want them in order to help you decide which one you want to buy.
CLICK HERE to visit our Dusek model kits listings on Ages of Sail.