Online seller Ages of Sail, which is located just down the Bay from us, recently announced some changes to their Amati kit pricing, with some very welcome price cuts. Many of the Amati kit prices seem to be cut 13-15%, but a lot kits are cut 30-40%, with some, like the cutter Lady Nelson from Amati’s Victory Models line, being cut by more than 48% – nearly half off the old pricing.
Amati is well known for some classic ship model kits, like HMS Bounty, the Robert E. Lee, and Columbus’s ships of exploration, as well as it’s Victory Models line of kits, like HMS Pegasus, HMS Vanguard, and the bomb vessel Granado.
The price cuts make Ages of Sail more competitive with other popular online seller of ship model products, and makes it much easier for those of us interested in building one these beautiful kits. Ω
Member Paul Reck has officially declared his model of the American Revolutionary War gunboat Philadelphia complete. Paul has been working on this scratch built model for about 2 years. The model is built at 1/2″ scale (1:24) and is based on a very detailed 16-sheet set of plans he purchased from the Smithsonian.
The cannon and swivel gun barrels were turned from wood.
Furled sails and awning were make from silkspan.
Philadelphia was one of the boats built by Benedict Arnold on Lake Chaplain, New York. In October of 1776, the Philadelphia and a collection of other newly built boats faced an advancing line of British ships. While the Philadelphia was sunk and the Americans were forced to retreat, the British advance was stopped.
A photo of the early stages of construction taken at the September 2017 club meeting. Paul’s is a plank-on-frame model, but all his framing work is hidden by the hull planking.
Paul points out some of the fine details given in the Smithsonian plans.
For more information about the gunboat Philadelphia, visit the following link to the Smithsonian’s web site: https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/gunboat-philadelphia Ω