Monthly Archives: April 2022

A Kolderstok Statenjacht Build

Here’s one of those kits that I’ve been eyeing as a possible future build. Price is around $260 and the final model isn’t overly large. This build log shows some of the features of the kit, though it’s still very early in the build.

I had no idea that the kit featured any interior at all. While it’s not a detailed interior, it would be easy enough to do it. I imagine there are a lot of modelers would love to use a candlelight LED for a flickering fire in the fireplace. Heck, while I’m not big on LED lighting in my models, this is one that would definitely tempt me.

In any case, 1/50-scale is a nice scale to work at. Rigging is easier than at some of the smaller scales. Also, it’s a relatively easy scale for adding details.

Ages of Sail

Many kits produced by classic ship model kit manufacturers are well known, so it’s relatively easy to find examples of them under construction on the Internet, or to know of someone else who has built or is building the kit. But, for kits produced by relatively new manufacturers with a limited distribution network, it’s pretty hard to know what construction is like. So, it was nice to find a build of the Statenjacht kit, produced by the Dutch wooden ship model kit manufacturer Kolderstok.

Image from Kolderstok’s website.

The Statenyacht was a Dutch transport that was used in the 17th through 19th centuries, designed to carry and entertain VIPs. This from the manufacturer:

“Evolved from the war yachts as used in the 80-year war, it had developed into a convenient, fast and above all comfortable means of transport. The Statenjacht was the ideal way to travel at a time when…

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Two New Fishing Boat Kits from Vanguard Models – In Stock Now

Ages of Sail recently added these two very nice looking fishing boat kits from Chris Watton’s Vanguard Models company. While these are only just now available from Ages of Sail, the kits were released a few months back.

Like the other kits from Vanguard Models, these two fishing boat kits are in 1/64 scale, and include laser-cut parts in pear wood and MDF, with the deck laser cut from fine grained maple, with all planking and treenails laser engraved.

These are apparently made for the beginning modeler, but experienced modelers will probably be able to do a lot of detailing with these exceptional looking kits.

Ages of Sail

Lately, it seems that Vanguard Models has been releasing new kits faster than we can stock them. The two newest kits to be released are a pair of 19th century fishing boats, the Nisha, a Brixham “Mumble Bee”, and the Erycina, a Plymouth Trawler.



The Nisha, 1907 – The ‘Mumble Bee’ was cutter rigged, full bowed and broad beamed. They were strongly built and many survived to a good old age. Because of their fine lines, a few of these vessels were converted to yachts in their later life. Those fishing off the Welsh coast out of Tenby, working the fishing grounds in Mumbles Bay, acquired the collective term ‘Mumble-Bees’. In part, this was coined because of the large numbers of them ‘buzzing’ around the Mumbles like bees around a hive, and also arose by them adopting some of the features of the established Mumbles boats. Nisha had an…

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