I just wrote this up for Ages of Sail. These really are nice looking kits at a good price. I know many people who go into ship modeling have square riggers in mind. But, this is a good way to get introduced to wooden ship model building without getting overwhelmed. Plus, it’s a relatively quick build. A successful first build is key to the making of a ship modeler and this seems like a good way to get there. Instructions are in Italian, but a booklet containing all the English language instruction is included.
“What’s a good kit for a beginning ship modeler?”
That’s a question that gets asked a lot here. The answer can depend on a number of things, such as the builder’s experience with other model kits, plastic or wood. Some people come to ship modeling with a woodworking background, some are youngsters who want to try it out or have a parent/grandparent wanting to start them off. Others are recently retired and have always wanted to build a ship model.
Whatever your situation, here is one recommendation that will probably work for many. Amati Model makes a series of 1/80-scale America’s Cup boat kits. These are the J-boats, the classic racers from the early 20th century that were fast but also elegant.
Amati makes several different types of America’s Cup kits, but their 1/80-scale kits in particular are ideal for the beginning ship modeler…
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