Note: We add clear protective coat to all paint sets. This will help protect your finished kit, and enough is included to cover all exposed surfaces, masts, fittings, etc. We still recommend displaying your kit in an enclosed display case.



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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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model ship USS 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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