New Shipyard Kit – HMS Wolf Laser Cardboard Series

I haven’t seen this kit in person yet, but I’ve been interested enough in this ship to have acquired Shipyard’s Modellar Plans for this ship, so I’m familiar with it. Shipyard already produces a 1:96-scale Paper Model series kit of HMS Wolf. The existing Paper Model kit (MK:018) includes laser cut frame parts, but as with all the models of this series doesn’t include sails or masting and rigging materials. The new Laser Cardboard Series kit (ZL:029), like all in the series, has it all.


Now, one of the things which is potentially a real winner is the decorations. But, I can’t really say much about those in the HMS Wolf kit as I haven’t seen the decorations myself. On some models, I believe Shipyard has included resin castings. Without actually seeing them, I can’t say for sure. Certainly Shipyards biggest weakness is that the photos they use to illustrate their kits are NOT necessarily models built from the kit. I’m pretty sure that many of the 1:96-scale kits are illustrated with photos of the 1:72-scale models. In particular if you look at the decorations on the illustrations, you’ll see that they ALL show full 3D figureheads and such, but those in the kits are very much 2-dimensional and really look it. The same with the stern gallery windows, which look great in photos, because they are clearly laser cut window frames with clear windows and the kit is the very basic printed widows.

But this kit looks very promising and I’m excited to see its release. I’m really a wood ship modeler, but these Shipyard kits are truly awesome. I’m really very taken by them. I’d set aside my own 1:96-scale HMS Alert project for a while, but now that I’ve put a little more work into it recently, I’m really loving it again.

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HMS Wolf was a 10-gun sloop launch in 1754. I don’t know all that much about the ship, but the kit shows her as a brig, or more accurately a snow-rigged brig, which means she carried a trysail mast just behind the mainmast. This model itself is about 21″ long, so still small model, but she was a small ship. For 18th century ship enthusiasts, this seems to fill a nice gap between the smaller models of HMS Alert, Le Coureur, Berbice with the very high end, large, and somewhat pricer HMS Mercury.

As with all kits of the Laser Cardboard Series, this one comes with all small parts pre-cut, a BIG time saver, particularly for those who have a hard time cutting those very small parts. It includes all the masting and rigging materials as well as sails. It also includes laser-cut blocks that you just have to assemble and paint. And, speaking of paint, it includes all that, plus brushes. One of the best features of these kits is that they include turned brass cannons and swivel guns. These are things that are very hard to find for the smaller kits.

The new HMS Wolf kit sells for about $160 at the current exchange rates and close to $200 shipped. It’s nice to have a strong dollar for those of us who are hooked on buying from foreign dealers. As far as value, when you compare it to the smaller Paper Model series kit, to come close to this kit, you need to add the sails kit, the masting kit, paints, blocks and deadeyes. I’ve priced these out, and it would cost you just under $120 for everything including shipping. But, what you won’t get are the brass cannons, swivel guns, brushes and decorations. Also, you end up with the smaller scale, less detailing and having to cut all the parts. So, the extra $80 seems like it’s probably a pretty good deal for all that and it makes the new kit seem like a pretty good value.


3 thoughts on “New Shipyard Kit – HMS Wolf Laser Cardboard Series

  1. Bob Hunt

    Can you tell me how much the 1:72 scale kit of the Alert is if I purchase it directly from Shipyard Models? Ages of sail doesn’t have it in stock right now.

    1. catopower Post author

      Hello Bob,

      Thanks for checking into my blog. It’s quite an honor given how much you’ve done for the ship modeling community.

      Ages of Sail put in an order many weeks ago and is I know the owner has been trying to find out what it hasn’t been received yet.

      But, to answer your question, to convert from Polish zloty to US dollars, you can take any price on the Shipyard site and multiply by 0.27 to get the cost in dollars. I just looked at the Shipyard site and they list the ZL001 HMS Alert (1/72) for 367zl. That then comes to about $99 plus shipping, which is pretty expensive for a kit of this size. Looks like 209zl or $56.43. So, you’re looking at about $155 total.

      Now, this is just about how much you’d pay from Ages of Sail after shipping. But, apparently Shipyard has been suggesting people buy from Ages of Sail because some orders have reportedly been lost in the mail. Never happened to me, but I’ve only ordered smaller packages.

      Hope that helps!

      1. Bob Hunt

        Hi Clare,

        Thanks for the info. I later found out that Shipyard Models has 2 websites, one with just info on their kits and another that’s an eCommerce store. I was using the info site which has no price info on it.

        I’m really impressed with the results that can be achieved with these kits, given the fact that they’re not made of wood but paper (cardboard). And the level of detail is amazing. I really want to try my hand at building one of these kits and perhaps writing a practicum on my build even if there may be just limited interest in these type of kits.

        I also want to compliment you on the quality of your blog and the information provided. I’d like to add a link to it on my website as well. Your review of these kits and association with Ages of Sail is great to know. I applied for a wholesale account with them a few days ago but haven’t heard back. I’d like to carry some of their kits on my website as I’m trying to find ways to expand my business.

        If I can be of any service to yourself or your readers, please let me know, and if you don’t mind, I’d like to share the fact that I’m now back to developing and producing true plank on frame kits. The first new kit has been available for about 6 months now, an Armed Virginia Sloop of 1768 that I call the Patrick Henry in 3/8″ scale. I’m now working on a 1/4″ scale POF kit of the Hannah.

        Thanks again for your quick response and great information about these kits.


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