Update – International Shipments
Please note that we operate and ship from the United States. Since the COVID outbreak, international shipments are taking much longer than normal to process through customs in both the US as well as the parcels final destination.
We are currently offering Curbside Pickup for orders Monday through Friday. If you wish to visit the store you MUST make an appointment first. We require 24 hours advanced notice by phone or email, and we limit visits to one customer at a time. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone number (510) 889-6000.
While it takes longer for us to receive our shipments from Europe, we're still keeping well stocked. Big shipments are coming in all the time, and we're even managing to add new kits and new product lines all the time. So, please make sure to check back regularly to see what's new.
NEW PRODUCT LINE: KOLDERSTOK
Ages of Sail is proud to carry the Kolderstok line of 16th century Dutch wooden ship model kits.
This line of kit ranges from the small Statenjacht to the flagship of admiral Michiel De Ryuter, De Zeven Provinciën.
This unique line of wooden ship kits are designed for the experienced ship modeler.
NEW PRODUCT LINE:
Master Korabel brings to us, from Russia, a series of newly designed and beautifully engineered kits.
This line brings us unique subjects with kits that are historically accurate and amazingly well designed.
FREE AMATI PARTS REPLACEMENT
As the North American distributor for Amati Model, we are able to provide our customers with replacement parts should you break or lose a part from your Amati model kit purchased from us or one of the retailers we supply. When contacting us, be sure to indicate the specific model kit, description of the missing or broken part (a photo or scan from the plans or instructions is helpful), and the purchase date and retailer name.
Amati • Artesania Latina • Billing Boats • BlueJacket • Caldercraft • Constructo • Cottage Industries • Corel • Dean's Marine • Domus (Architectural Kits) • Disar • Dumas • Dusek • Euromodel • Flagship Models • Kolderstok • Krick • Master Korabel • Model Slipways • Mantua • Mount Fleet • Nordic Class Boats • OcCre • Panart • Saito (Live Steam) • Shipyard (Paper Ships & Lighthouses) • Soclaine • Turk Model • Victory Models (Amati)
ENGLISH GALLEON GOLDEN HIND
Sir Francis Drakes ship of exploration was a small English galleon called the Golden Hind. Drake circumnavigated the world in this ship between 1577 and 1580 (wikipedia entry). This sailing ship is a popular subject of wooden ship modelers, and Ages of Sail carries several different kits.
OcCre's wooden model ship kit is probably the most popular at the time. This plank-on-bulkhead kit is easy enough for new builders, but includes beautiful quality wood, and carries an affordable price.
Constructo makes a much bigger ship model kit, which features more cast metal fittings, which have a better, more realistic appearance, but it probably for more advanced ship modelers.
ARMED TRANSPORT HMS BOUNTY
HMS Bounty was an armed merchant ship in service with the British Royal Navy, and it was on a mission to collect breadfruit plants in the South Pacific, but the ship is most well known for the infamous mutiny against Captain Bligh by a crew led by Fletcher Christian (wikipedia entry). This 3-masted square-riggers is another popular subject among ship model builders.
Amati's kit may be the most beautiful of the available wooden model kits of Bounty. It is one recommended for advanced ship modelers, though a careful intermediate modeler might build a successful model
Amati's First Step kit is a small, solid hull, wooden model ship kit designed for the first time ship modeler, young or old.
Artesania Latina's kit as well as OcCre's kit actually have one side of the ship open, showing the framing and life aboard. This is a more expensive kit, and far more challenging, but it's fun and interesting to look at when it's done.
HMS VICTORY - NELSON'S FLAGSHIP
What ship modeler doesn't dream of building a model of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar? (wikipedia entry) The Victory was a 100-gun first-rate ship of the line that is one of the most complicated ship model builds available. Kits of the Victory are available from many manufacturers, and some of them are simplified versions of the ship, so you to choose the complexity of your build. Any version will still be a serious challenge.
Caldercraft makes what is currently the largest and most detail wooden kit of HMS Victory on the market. This 1/72-scale plank-on-bulkhead wooden model ship kit is highly prized among model ship builders.
Mantua makes a few different HMS Victory kits including this smaller 1/200-scale kit that's small in size, but big on detail. This kit will provide to be a challenge that won't take up a lot of shelf space.
Corel's HMS Victory kit is a classic wooden model ship kit that has been one of the more popular kits of Nelson's famed ship of the line.
PIRATE SHIPS and BUCCANEERS
Pirates are all the rage in popular culture these days, though the real ones were murderous cutthroats and seagoing robbers. Still, who wouldn't love to build a wooden ship model of a pirate ship under sail, flying the Jolly Roger? At Ages of Sail, we have more pirate ship model kits than you can shake a hook at. Check out these popular wooden model ship kits:
OcCre's Buccaneer kit is a designed for beginning ship modelers, but offers the look of the classic pirate ship. The kit features a double-planked hull using a beautiful looking finish wood, and even includes a set of pre-sewn sails and, of course, a Jolly Roger flag.
Amati's First Step series Pirate Ship is ideal for the first time model builder, young or old. This easy to build series of wooden model ship kits feature a simple solid-hull designed for ease of construction.
Other pirate ship model kits include Amati's Adventure, Mini-Mamoli's Black Queen, Amati's Pirate Junk, OcCre's Corsair, Mantua's Black Falcon, Mamoli's Blackbeard Pirate Ship, and BlueJacket's Pirate Brig.
The ships of the great explorers of the golden age of sail are a popular subject among those looking for a wooden ship model kit, and one of these is the ship of Captain Cook's famous voyages into the Pacific.
OcCre's HMS Endeavour kit is one of the largest and most complete at 1/54-scale. This plank-on-bulkhead wooden model ship kit includes a good set of instructions that should make this challenging subject a bit easier.
Caldercraft's wooden model ship kit is among the smallest of the available Endeavour kits, but it's scale accuracy is excellent, making it a popular kit.
Constructo's HMS Endeavour kit is designed to build into a classic and beautiful wooden ship model that is bound to make you proud when complete.
ARCTIC and ANTARCTIC EXPLORERS
Many expeditions have search the frigid waters of both the Arctic and the Arctic. The search for new territories and new trade routes have caused many to risk life and limb in their quests, and here are a few available to wooden model ship kit builders.
Astrolabe was a French warship which discovered many new territories for France in the 1800s, and Mantua makes a beautiful kit of this famous ship.
HMS Terror was one of two ships of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition sent into Arctic waters in search of the allusive Northwest Passage. OcCre's kit is a faithful reproduction of this bomb vessel turned explorer.
Gjoa was the first ship to find and successfully navigate the Northwest Passage. Roal Amundsen's ship is well represented by this beatiful wood ship model kit from Constructo of Spain.
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