Monthly Archives: September 2020

Revisiting an Awe Inspiring Shipyard HMS Mercury Build

I think it was about three years ago when I wrote a post about a gentleman in Germany who was building the 1/96-scale card model of the frigate HMS Mercury produced by Shipyard of Poland – this is the same kit I started way back, but didn’t finish (it’s on my shelf still, waiting for me to do more work on it).

Turns out that around the same time, I posted something about someone who was building a 1/72-scale version of the same ship, building it from what Shipyard called their Laser Cardboard kit. I’d forgotten about this build for a long time, but today, I spotted it online again, and this model has really come a long ways. This model has turned into quite an awesome build in the rigging stages. This builder has been posting on Facebook, so I took a look at what he’s been doing.

As you can see, this is an incredible model and it’s a card model. The kit itself has something to do with all the detail you see in the build, but obviously this builder is extremely talented!

But, speaking of the Shipyard kit, I’ve seen it and it’s a pretty amazing feat of engineering. It’s on the pricey side. But, when you consider how much work is already done for the builder, it actually looks like it’s a very good deal, even at close to $500.

Some people will balk at the price tag, thinking card stock is inferior to wood. But, wooden ship model kits require a lot of effort to plank a hull, cut out gun ports so they’re perfectly even, deal with simplified headrails and stern and quarter galleries. These card models even detail the great cabin, which you can see through the finely detailed gallery windows.

But, in any case, you can’t argue with the beautiful results that this modeler is achieving. See the progress details yourself on his Facebook page at: Ω


Sailing into the Past – A Book of Replica Ships

For those of you who might be interested, I just noticed that US Naval Institute has a nice sale price on the book Sailing into the Past. This book includes an article on bezaisen by Douglas Brooks, and features a photo of the replica bezaisen (also known as a sengokubune, or more specifically a kitamaebune) Michinoku-Maru.

The book is a compilation of articles about various replica ships around the world today, and it probably a very good general read. Of course, given my work with Douglas Brooks, I would love for everyone who might be interested to buy a copy.

I don’t know what the regular price is for this 200+ page hardcover book, but it’s only $11.49 at To me, Douglas Brooks’ article is worth the price of the book. Check it out here:

I think it was originally $45.95. So this is a very good deal. Ω


Taking Another Look: HMS Bounty from Amati Model

Just spotted this article on Ages of Sail that takes a look at one of the long-time ship model kits on the market, Amati’s HMS Bounty kit.

The Bounty has been a subject that’s been turned into wooden kits by a number of manufactures over the years. Some of them include Constructo, Caldercraft, Billing Boats, Mamoli, Mantua, Artesania Latina, and OcCre. But, to me, the Amati kit has always had the most charm. Seeing the photos of the kit again just makes me feel that all the stronger.

With last year’s Amati product price drop at Ages of Sail (at least, I THINK it was last year), the kit is more affordable than ever.

Ages of Sail

Probably the most beautiful wooden model kit of the famed HMS Bounty is the classic 1/60-scale kit from Amati Model. This kit has been around a long time, but it’s popularity has not waned. Here’s a look at the kit, showing why we think so highly of it.

Technically, this small three masted square-rigger is an armed transport, and was purchased by the Royal Navy to acquire breadfruit plants in the Pacific, to be transported to the West Indies. It was during the long uneventful stay in the tropical South Pacific that discipline problems developed, eventually resulting in the famous mutiny against her captain Lieutenant William Bligh.

Probably the most amazing part of the mutiny, however, was the arduous 3,500 nautical mile journey that Bligh and 18 loyal members of the crew made in the ship’s open launch to reach safety.

The ship was originally built as a collier, or…

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More Krick Kits in Stock

I’ve never gone the route of RC models myself. But, there are some pretty nice kits out that there would be fun to run on the boat pond. Ages of Sail just announced some new kits in stock, though I think the Fireboat may simply be new to Ages of Sail.

It’s always nice to see more kits liste – anything to get more builders into the hobby!

Ages of Sail

Ages of Sail has expanded its lineup of ship and boat model kits from German manufacturer Krick. Many of these are designed for RC operation, so if you’re looking for something to build now, and something to operate on the water later, take a look at these great kits.

Comtesse is a beautiful, modern sailing yacht. The completed model is just under 1 meter in length and 1.5 meters tall.

Check this kit out at Ages of Sail here:

Duesseldorf Firefighting Boat is a 1:25 scale model that measures nearly 46″ long. This model kit has so many features that you may choose to make operable that it will no doubt be a big attraction on the water.

The optional working systems include fire monitors, crane, anchor winch, radar, searchlights, blue light, horn and siren, and also the sound of the diesel engines. However, this is the basic kit…

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