The Return of Model Shipways’ Yacht America Kit

For those ship modelers who enjoy the history of where the America’s Cup got its start…

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Being a fan of the early Model Shipways kits, I was happy to see that they just re-released their 1/64-scale Yacht America kit. I think it’s actually been a few years since they produced their America kit last. The kits that I was familiar with were solid hull kits, and this one has been “upgraded” to a full plank-on-bulkhead kit.

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The original kit dates back to the old “Yellow Box” kits. I’m not sure how far back these old kits go, but they all had beautifully done plans by naval architect George Campbell. I assume, and really hope, that they continue to include these plans in their newly revised kit, though obviously there would be additional plans and instructions for constructing the hull from bulkheads.

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War of 1812 Gunboats

Some club member musings on individual projects here regarding models of Jeffersonian gunboats. One subject is an Amati kit that’s been around for a while called the Arrow Gunboat. While the name is most certainly fictional, and it was a proposed design, but that’s all that’s really known about it. Was there an actual gunboat based on the drawings? Possibly, given that there were some 170 gunboats in service at the start of the War of 1812.

Looks like we’ll see the Amati gunboat model again soon, and maybe some kind of scratch-built gunboat model as well.

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So, this past week, I’ve been having a few conversations with Mr. Paul Reck, who’s an accomplished ship modeler that runs the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights club in San Francisco. I’ve been a member of that group for at least 10 or 11 years. Paul has been talking for some time about gunboats of the Jeffersonian navy. So, 1801 through the War of 1812. And, yes, that’s technically into the Madison presidency, but we’re talking about the gunboat navy that took shape under Jefferson.

Paul has built a model of the War of Independence gunboat Philadelphia and small galley cutter Lee. Lately, his attention turned to these Jeffersonian gunboats. This is something I’ve always had an interest in, though my knowledge doesn’t really go past a couple historical books on the War of 1812 and the Barbary Wars, and Howard Chapelle’s book History of the American Sailing Navy.

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