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Benjamin W. LATHAM

model shipTheBenjamin W. Latham is an outstanding example of a turn-of-the-century Grand Banks fisherman. Built in the Tarr & James yard at Essex, MA in 1902 she sailed out of Noank, CT as a mackerel seiner. From 1906 to the end of her career, she operated as a dory trawler out of New York's Fulton Fish Market. She was lost off the coast of San Juan in 1943.

This model for many years was a staple of the old Model Shipways solid hull fleet. Now she's back in a true plank-on-bulkhead form. Six sheets of plans and a 48 page instruction book by Ben Lankford, whose credits include work in the Smithsonian Institution make building a breeze.

The model is a joy to build and the large 1/4" scale allows for lots of detail. All wooden parts, including the false keel and 14 piece bulkhead set are laser cut. The kit contains basswood planking for the hull and deck, and plenty of strip stock for timberheads, monkey boards, riding bits and deck pads. Basswood is also supplied for deck cabins, hatches, wheel and chain boxes. Wooden blocks and deadeyes number more than 100, and rigging comes in 3 diameters. The cast metal fittings set is one of the most comprehensive ever compiled. It includes windlass parts, anchors, bilge pumps, props, exhaust pipes, fife rails and smoke heads. One of the most remarkable features of this model is an authentic plank-on-frame seine boat. You'll build it upside down on a set of formers, just like the real thing. Sail cloth, display pedestals and brass rods for mounting the seine boat complete the kit. The model is displayed on a 30" oak base (available separately below)

Intermediate level #MS2109
Length 33" /Height 27" / Scale 1/4" = 1'

model ships ............$269.9923 BUYNOW

Paint Set........$31.99 23 BUYNOW

Includes.......12 1oz. bottles including 2ea. MS4839 Primer, MS4830 Hull/Spar Black, MS4814 Hull Bottom Copper Red, 1ea. MS4831 White, MS4825 Deck Light Gray, MS4821 Deck House Light Buff, MS4828 Iron Cannon Black and 2ea. MS4972 Clear (Polycrylic Protective Finish)

30" Oak Display Base........$27.0023 BUYNOW

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ship modelThe steam packet Chaperon was built for trade traffic at Chambersburg, Ohio in 1884. At that time river shipping was inexpensive. A bushel of coal was carried from Pittsburgh to New Orleans for the price of a first class postage stamp. But, the Ohio River was shallow during the summer and often choked by ice in the winter. This made steamboat travel seasonal and delays frequent.

In 1906, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Green River Lock and Dam 6, just downstream from Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave. Chaperon was the first boat of its kind to pass through the new locks. In addition to hauling cargo, she ran sightseeing excursions between Bowling Green and Mammoth Cave during the summer months. Sold just before WWI, Chaperon sailed the Tallahatchie River until fire destroyed her in 1922.

The model you’ll build from Model Shipways’ kit will be a historically accurate and perfectly scaled replica almost three feet long. An amazing number of laser-cut basswood and limewood parts make up the hull, superstructure, paddlewheel, gangplank and railings. A photo-etched brass sheet provides incredible ornamental detail. Other brass parts include bell, eyebolts, cleats and nails. Ready-to-use Britannia metal lifeboat, lanterns, capstan and whistle, hardwood blocks and three diameters of rigging line add life-like authenticity. Six sheets of plans and clear assembly instructions pave the way to a magnificent model.

Intermediate Level.....#MS2190
Length 34-1/2"/ Beam 7-1/2"/ Height: 12" Scale 1/4"=1’ (1:48)

model ships .............$399.9923 BUYNOW

Paint Set........$35.49 23 BUYNOW

Includes.....9 1oz. bottles. 4ea. MS4839 Primer, 1ea. MS4830 Black, 3ea. MS4831 White, 1ea. MS4802 Bulwarks Red.

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On September 16, 1620, The Mayflower set out from Plymouth, England. Bound for Virginia to establish a permanent colony in North America, she carried 102 men, women and children. Many of the passengers were Separatists fleeing religious persecution in Europe. After two months at sea, the ship dropped anchor at what is now Provincetown, MA. It was almost 200 miles farther north than planned, but winter was approaching, so the Pilgrims decided to stay. Half of the colony did not survive that first winter, but the rest lived on and prospered.

Historians have tried to identify the Mayflower, but all that’s certain is that she was a wine-ship of 180 tons of the type commonly used during the early 17th century. In 1957 a British group sponsored the voyage of a replica from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, MA. The vessel was given to the United States as an expression of international goodwill and remains on exhibit at Plymouth, MA.

Model Shipways’ kit is a re-make of the very popular Mayflower manufactured by Model Shipways in the late 1950s with a very notable improvement in that the hull is now plank-on-bulkhead. All wooden components have been laser cut. A generous fittings package contains ready-to-use hardwood blocks and deadeyes, precision cast Britannia metal and brass detail parts and five diameters of rigging line. Detailed plans and illustrated assembly instructions make building easy. Hardwood display base and pedestals are also included.

Entry Level • Model Shipways Ship Model Kit No. MS2020
Length 22” / Height 17” / Scale 5/32” = 1 ft
model ships ..............$269.9923 BUYNOW

Paint Set..........$27.49 23 BUYNOW

Includes.....7 1oz. bottles . 1ea. MS4839 Primer, MS4830 Hull/Spar Black, MS4831 White, MS4805 Yellow, MS4802 Red MS4801 Bulwarks Dark Green and 1ea Clear (Polycrylic Protective Finish)

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New Bedford Whale Boat Model Ship KitFrom 1720 to 1920 nearly 60,000 whaleboats were consumed by the American whaling industry. With a useful life of no more than three years, whaleboats were discarded on the spot throughout the coastal U.S. and around the world. Remarkably, only a dozen or two have survived to become part of today's museum collections.

You'll follow the original plank-on-frame method of construction in building your model. Hull planks, oar and paddle blades, tubs, casks, and rudder are accurately pre-cut basswood. Authentic scale whaling gear gives this kit remarkable detail. Photo-etched brass and copper fittings include harpoon, lance and cutting spade heads, knife blades, oarlocks and mast hinge hardware.

This kit is supported by a superb set (6 sheets) of plans and a 150 page instruction book by Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. The book, To Build a Whaleboat, gives you step-by-step building instructions, design and technical data, and a history of development and design.

Advanced Level #MS2033
Length 24" / Height 4-5/8" / Scale 3/4" = 1'
model ships ..............$169.9923 BUYNOW

Paint Set..........$27.49 23 BUYNOW

Includes.....7 1oz. bottles . 1ea. MS4839 Primer, MS4830 Hull/Spar Black, MS4831 White, MS4825 Deck Light Gray, MS4821 Deck House Light Buff, MS4801 Bulwarks Dark Green and 1ea Clear (Polycrylic Protective Finish)

We highly recommended............To Build a Whaleboat by Erik A. R. Ronnberg Jr.............$19.99 (Included in kit, but can be purchased separately also.)

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MODEL SHIP The Niagara is a new model of a U.S. Brig of 1813. The Battle of Lake Erie took place on September 10, 1813, with commodore Oliver Hazard Perry commanding the American fleet. After three hours, Perry was forced to abandon his flagship, the Lawrence. In a daring move, he was rowed a half mile through heavy gunfire to the Niagara, from which he continued the attack. His decisive victory over the British ensured American control of the Great Lakes during the War of 1812.

Model Shipways kit is a faithful representation of the reconstructed Niagara, now the centerpiece of a new maritime museum in Erie, PA. Model design is based on research and plans for the 1990 reconstruction, provided by Melbourne Smith of the International Historical Watercraft Society in Annapolis, MD. Laser cut basswood parts facilitate plank-on-bulkhead construction. Individual basswood strips cover the hull, and we provide six filler blocks to make the job easier. True-to-scale Britannia metal, brass and hardwood fittings assure scale accuracy. Eighteen cast metal carronades and two long guns duplicate the armament of the original vessel. Rigging materials include over 600 blocks and deadeyes and four diameters of rigging line. Six sheets of detailed plans and 40 page illustrated instruction manual by Ben Lankford clarify every phase of construction.

Intermediate level #MS2240
Length 36-1/2" / Height 24-1/2" / Scale 3/16" = 1" (1:64)

model ships ............$399.9923 BUYNOW

Paint Set........$51.47 23 BUYNOW

Includes 13 1oz. bottles of paint. 2ea. MS4839 Primer, MS4830 Hull/Spar Black, MS4801 Bulwarks Dark Green, 1ea. MS4831 White, MS4821 Deck House LIght Buff, MS4802 Bulwarks Red, MS4829 Hull Yellow Ochre, MS4828 Iron Cannon Black and 2ea. Clear (Polycrylic Protective Finish)

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model shipDuring her 80 years and 37 voyages, the Charles W. Morgan caught and processed more whales than any other whaling ship in history. built in 1841 at the Hillman brothers Shipyard on the Acushnet River in New Bedford, MA. she was registered at 351 tons. The Morgan was originally built fully ship-rigged, but shortly after the Civil War she was modified to become a double topsail bark. Her whaling days came to an end in 1921 with the decline of whale oil prices. Purchased for Mystic Seaport in 1941, she's now a beautifully restored monument to the men who built and sailed her.

Designed by naval architect Ben Lankford, Model Shipway's it replicates the Charles W. Morgan as a double topsail bark of 1892-1908. Lankford's precise drawings (a set of six) are based on plans for the 1983 restoration provide by Mystic Seaport. A 40 page step-by-step instruction book includes many of the author's own photographs of the reconstructed ship.

Plank-on-bulkhead construction uses laser cut basswood for the hull components. Wooden bow and stern filler blocks help you shape the hull, and individual basswood strips allow you to plank it just like the real ship. They supply 75 feet of copper sheathing to cover the hull below the waterline. Wooden yards and masts, 140 deadeyes in three sizes, nearly 200 single and double blocks, four diameters of black running rigging and two of white standing rigging duplicate the rig plan of the original whaler. An assortment of fine metal fittings includes brass ship's bell, belaying pins, eyebolts, split rings, strips, wire and chain. Britannia metal anchors, bilge pump, chocks, cleats, fire door, chimney, and galley stack. Seven whaleboats, to be assembled from laser cut wooden parts, come complete with authentic scale whaling gear.

Advanced level #MS2140
Length 30-3/4" / Height 25" / Scale 3/16"=1'

model ships ............$399.9923 BUYNOW

Paint Set........$39.49 23 BUYNOW

Includes 10 1oz. bottles. 2ea. MS4839 Primer, MS4830 Hull/Spar Black, 1ea. MS4821 Hull Yellow Ochre, MS4831 White, MS4825 Deck Light Gray, MS4802 Bulwarks Red, MS4828 Iron Cannon Black and 1ea. Clear (Polycrylic Protective Finish)

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ship modelThe Virginia-built schooners of the late 1700's and the early 1800's helped win the war for independence, and established the city of Baltimore as a major shipbuilding center. Known as Baltimore Clippers, many were used as privateers during the War of 1812. Sleek, light, and exceptionally fast, they could overtake and seize the enemy with ease, obstructing British shipping and earning huge profits for their owners.

In 1974 Baltimore city officials decided to build a replica of a 19th century clipper to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the city. The ship, named Pride of Baltimore was launched at Baltimore's Inner Harbor on February 27, 1977. She was lost at sea during a hurricane on May 14, 1986. The city commissioned a larger sister-ship, and the Pride of Baltimore II was launched on April 30, 1989.

Model Shipways' kit is an accurate representation, designed by naval architect Ben Lankford from original plans. Ease of assembly and quality of components are two of the most important attributes of the model. Structural parts such as keel and bulkheads are fine basswood. All wooden parts, from keel to sternpost, are laser cut for a perfect fit. Many of the Britannia metal castings have been designed specifically for this model, and include windlass, life rings, vents, propellers, anchors, wheel, bilge pumps and swivel guns. Ship's bell, port lights, eyebolts, belaying pins and cannon barrels are brass. 150 wooden blocks and deadeyes, and four sizes of cotton line duplicate the rig plan. No detail has been overlooked. Even 21 crystal deck prism are included to allow light below deck. Six sheets of plans and a 48 page illustrated instruction manual guarantee smooth sailing. You'll display your finished model on wooden launching ways, also included with the kit. (Display base is not included)

Intermediate level #MS2120
Length 32" /Height 22 1/2" Scale 3/16" = 1 foot.

model ships ............$269.9923 BUYNOW

Paint Set........$55.49 23 BUYNOW

Includes.....14 1oz. bottles of paint. 2ea. MS4839 Primer, MS4830 Hull/Spar Black, MS4801 Bulwarks Dark Green, 1ea. MS4831 White, MS4809 Bright Yellow Trim, MS4806 Antique Gold Trim, MS4820 Deck House Cream, MS4802 Bulwarks, Red, MS4828 Iron Cannon Black and 2ea Clear (Polycrylic Protective Finish)

We highly recommended
The Pride of Baltimore by Thomas C. Gillmer......$14.9923 BUYNOW

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model ship US Frigate Confederacy, a 36-gun frigate of the Continental Navy was launched at Norwich, Connecticut on November 8, 1778. A beautiful ship with profusely carved ornamentation, she was plagued with bad luck throughout her career.
In October of 1779, under the command of Captain Seth Harding, she was on a diplomatic mission to carry the French Minister back to France. John Jay (the first American Minister to Spain) and his family were also aboard.
During the passage Confederacy ran into a hurricane near Newfoundland and was completely dismasted. Captain Harding managed to work the ship southward. She reached Martinique in mid-December with 6 feet of water in the hold. She remained there for several months for repairs. She returned to Philadelphia on April 20, 1780 only to find the need for more extensive repairs. In October, she was damaged once again in a collision with another ship in Philadelphia harbor.
The year 1781 did not bring better luck. While homeward bound from the West Indies with military stores and other supplies, Confederacy was forced to strike her flag to two British ships- the 44-gun HMS Roebuck and the 32-gun Orpheus. She was subsequently taken into the British service as HMS Confederate.

During 17th and 18th centuries, the Admiralty Board of the Royal Navy required builders to submit a model of a ship proposed for construction. Only then, upon consideration, would the Board approve funding for it. Called admiralty models, these were some of the finest ever made. They were unrigged with exposed hull and deck framing to allow inspection of the vessel’s architecture, deck furnishings and decorative work in a three-dimensional format.

The've designed their kit as an admiralty model as well to show off the incredibly rich detail of its decks, furnishings and fittings. Additionally, the quarterdeck is left un-planked on the port side, leaving the great cabin and gun deck visible.
Plank-on-bulkhead construction features laser cut basswood and walnut components, including port sills, lintels and uprights. They supply nearly 400 basswood and walnut strips for two layers of planking, over 250 boxwood blocks (for cannon), deadeyes, and 300 eyebolts. Other fittings include brass strips, tubes, nails and split rings; cast metal ship’s wheel and anchors; blackened wire and four diameters of rigging line.
Twenty-eight cast Britannia 12-pounder cannon and 4 six-pounders on wooden carriages replicate Confederacy’s armament. Figurehead, stern decorations and other ornamental pieces are also cast metal. Two realistically detailed ship’s boats are plank-on-bulkhead mini-kits with the center bulkheads removed, leaving fully framed shells lashed to skid beams. Kit includes laser cut display cradle.
Designed by master modeler Chuck Passaro, Model Shipways’ Confederacy is a monumental achievement. Five sheets of plans leave no detail unrecorded, and the 150-page illustrated step-by-step instruction manual is the most complete ever done.

Advanced Level
Model Shipways Kit # MS2262
Hull Length 35”/Height 8-1/2”/Scale 3/16” = 1 ft.
Kit design, plans and prototype model by Chuck Passaro

model ships ............$569.9523 BUYNOW

Paint Set........$51.49 23 BUYNOW

Includes.....15 bottles of Model Shipways Acrylic Paints. 1ea. MS4839 Primer, MS4830 Hull/Spar Black, 1ea. MS4802 Bulwarks Red, MS4828 Iron Cannon Black, MS4834 Hull Humber, MS4975 Oak Stain, MS4811 Medium Blue Trim, MS4825 Dark Gray, MS4971 Light Earth, MS4803 Hull Tallow, MS4975 Oak Stain, MS4810 Dark Blue Trim, MS4961 Brass Metalic 2ea. Clear (Polycrylic Protective Coat).

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American privateer 1768

model ship Privateers were privately owned vessels whose owners were commissioned by the government to carry on naval warfare. During the 18th century, many small single masted ships were armed and used for privateering. These Chesapeake-built vessels were fast and easily maneuverable with a graceful sheer and a low freeboard.

This new kit from Model Shipways has all the accuracy and detail seasoned modelers crave, yet it's easy enough for a novice to build.
Double plank-on-bulkhead construction uses laser cut basswood and walnut parts and planking strips. Britannia metal castings and a host of brass, copper and wooden parts duplicate deck hardware and accessories. Six cannon and eight swivel guns serve as armament. Beech mast, yards and boom, over 200 yards of rigging line in four diameters, plus a variety of walnut deadeyes and blocks assure scale accuracy. Hardwood stock for launching ways is also included.
Seven sheets of meticulously drawn plans and a 40 page step-by-step instruction manual help you create a true museum quality replica.

Entry Level #MS2160
Length 31"/Height 22"/Width (across lower yard) 8-1/4" Scale 1/4" = 1 ft. (1:48)

model ships .............$249.9923 BUYNOW

Paint Set.........$35.49 23 BUYNOW

Includes 9 bottles of Model Shipways paint: 2 ea.MS 4839 Primer; 1 each/MS4830 Black, MS4806 Antique Gold Trim, MS4829 Yellow Ochre, MS4803 Hull Tallow, MS4802 Bulwarks Red, MS4828 Iron/Cannon Black and 1ea. MS4972 Clear protective coat.


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