These are pretty nice kits.
At $79 each, they might seem a bit pricey for kid’s kits, unless you want to get your budding ship modeler a kit that they can actually finish that looks good, has comprehensible instructions, and will be something they’ll really be proud of and will give them a positive introduction to wooden ship modeling.
Amati just released two more kits of their 1st Step series of easy to build ship model kits, bringing the series to a total of 6 kits.
Up to this point, we’ve had the Pirate Ship, the Elizabethan Galleon, the HMS Bounty and the Santa Maria. Amati has just added the Niña and the Mayflower, two famous ships that brought Europeans to the “New World”.
Amati’s 1st Step Mayflower
Amati’s 1st Step Niña
The new products are both about 1:135 scale like most of the 1st Step kits, and include pre-shaped hulls with a unique, self-aligning design that sandwiches a laser-cut board that includes the keel, stem and stern post, between two halves of the hull, making for a perfectly shaped hull.
The kit includes laser-cut parts, a variety of dowels and strip woods, wood and metal fittings, sail cloth, rigging line, a wooden stand and pedestals to display your…
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