Model Kits

The history of model ship kits dates back centuries, with wooden models being the earliest form of ship representation. The ancient Egyptians were known to create intricate wooden ship models that were used for religious ceremonies and burial rituals. These models were considered to be highly accurate and detailed, showcasing the advanced shipbuilding techniques of the time.

During the Middle Ages, model shipbuilding became a popular hobby among the wealthy, with models being used as decorative pieces in homes. These models were often made from precious materials such as ivory and gold, and were a symbol of wealth and status. However, it wasn’t until the 18th and 19th centuries that model shipbuilding truly flourished.

In the 18th century, shipbuilding became a vital industry, with the demand for accurate ship models increasing. Shipbuilders began creating models for the purpose of design and experimentation, to test out different hull shapes and rigging configurations. These models were also used to showcase the capabilities of a shipyard and attract potential clients.

During this time, the materials used to create model ships shifted from precious materials to more affordable and accessible materials such as wood and metal. Wooden model ships were particularly popular, as they could be easily carved and shaped to create accurate and detailed representations of actual ships.

As the industrial revolution took hold in the 19th century, model shipbuilding became more widespread and accessible to the general public. With advancements in manufacturing, model ship kits were mass-produced and sold at affordable prices. This led to a surge in popularity and the hobby became a pastime for people of all ages and backgrounds.

However, the introduction of plastic in the mid-20th century revolutionized the world of model shipbuilding. Plastic model ship kits were cheaper, easier to assemble, and allowed for greater detail and accuracy. This led to a decline in wooden model ship kits, as plastic models became the preferred choice for hobbyists and enthusiasts.

Today, model ship kits are available in a wide range of materials, including wood, plastic, and metal. Wooden model ship kits are still popular among traditionalists, while plastic kits offer a more affordable and convenient option. The level of detail and accuracy in modern model ship kits is also unparalleled, with many kits replicating famous historical ships with astonishing precision.

Our specialty is Historic Wood Ship Model kits, books, model tools and supplies. Lines available include model ship kits by Amati, Artesania Latina, BlueJacket, Constructo, Corel, Mantua, Mantua/Panart, Mantua/Sergal, OCCRE, Seaworthy Small Ships, and others.