Monthly Archives: December 2021

Ship’s Boats kits from Vanguard Models – Now in Stock

These are some really nice looking ships boats. I haven’t built one yet, but I’m tempted. Looks like they’d make interesting stand-alone projects too.

Ages of Sail now has the full range in stock.

Ages of Sail

While Vanguard Models is known for some very beautifully designed kits of British fishing boats and 18th century warships, they also now produce a full line of ship’s boats kits, and Ages of Sail has them for you.

All kits are 1/64-scale models. They are fully detailed to finish out your large ship model or waterfront scene, and they make great short term projects on their own.

All kits come with a disposable building frame, with all wooden parts provided in high grade pear wood. Planks are laser-cut, and accessories are provided in the form of photo-etched brass.

There’s a wide assortment to choose from – everything from an 18-foot cutter on up to  34-foot launch. There are currently 8 different kits available, so you’ll be able to find the exact boat you need, and we have them all at Ages of Sail here. Ω

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Tablesaw Virtual Workshop, Saturday, December 11, 2021

This coming Saturday, the Nautical Research Guild is hosting an online workshop, covering the use of small hobby table saws, such as that from Byrnes Model Machines and others. The title of the workshop is “Using the Table Saw Safely”, and it will be given by NRG Director Kurt Van Dahm on Saturday, 12/11, at 10am CST.

According to an announcement by the NRG, the presenter will show how to perform rip cuts, cross cuts, lap joints, miters and other common operations in a safe and efficient manner.

Pre-registration is required in order to attending this hour-long virtual workshop, but it is free to Nautical Research Guild members. Non-members may still attend, but there is a $5 fee. For more information or to register, click here. Ω


Holiday Shipping Timetable

Ages of Sail just posted their holiday shipping cut-offs. This year, shipping delays have generally been longer than ever, so don’t forget to do your shopping and shipping early. Especially if you’re going to send ME something in time for Christmas! But, it’s really for me, it’s okay if it arrives late – I’ll still be very happy…

Ages of Sail

Every year at the holidays, it’s important for us to post this timetable, so shoppers know whether or not to expect their order in time for holiday gift giving. These are the dates posted by each of the major carriers we use, but they are not guarantees.

We are working hard to get packages out on time, but all carriers are reporting delivery delays.

We recommend making your purchases early, to help assure you get them on time.

ServiceDeadlineTime Frame
USPS AK/ HI Priority12/17/2021by 10am
USPS AK/ HI Express12/21/2021by 10am
USPS International Priority12/06/2021by 10am
USPS International Express12/10/2021by 10am
USPS First Class12/16/2021by 10am
USPS Priority12/17/2021by 10am
USPS Express12/22/2021by 10am
FedEx Ground/Home Delivery12/14/2021by 10am
FedEx Express Saver12/20/2021by 10am
FedEx 2-day12/21/2021by 10am
FedEx Overnight12/23/2021by 10am
All FedEx International

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Building Woody Joe’s Atakebune Kit – Part 4

Moving forward on this build of Woody Joe’s 1/100 scale Sengoku period warship, the Atakebune.

Wasen Mokei 和船模型

As you may recall from my previous post on this build, I was mentioning the planking of the  deck of the “steering well,” for lack of better term, that’s at the rear of the large top deck of the Atakebune. After expanding the slot in the deck for the rudder, I extended the slot into the back wall. I then commenced planking the deck using some 1mm thick wood I have on hand.

Now, you may notice that the upper part of that back wall is missing too. That’s because I want to create an extended wall that rises up through the deck and separates the main deck from the little section aft. This is a feature that appears commonly on larger Japanese watercraft I’ve studied, namely the bezaisen like the Kitamaebune and Higaki Kaisen. The reason for the separation is mostly because is wall is really the “main” wall…

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