America 17 Inches Long – BlueJacket

(BJ-KLW143) Length 17″ / Height 14 1/2″ / Scale 1/8″=1′



America 17 Inches Long (BJ-KLW143) Length 17″ / Height 14 1/2″ / Scale 1/8″=1′

In 1851, this “low black schooner” was the only foreign entry to challenge the cream of British yachts and seamanship in a 53 mile race around the Isle of Wight. Studying her before the race, one English yachtsman remarked, “If she is right, all of us are wrong.” They were.

AMERICA romped in 18 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor and brought home the cup that still bears her name.

The Laughing Whale kit is plank-on-frame construction, designed as an Admiralty-style model with its mahogany ribs exposed, but they have provided enough wood to complete the planking if you wish.

Also included are brass and Britannia metal fittings, rigging line, plus cloth to make sails.Full size plans, an instruction booklet and a mahogany display stand are also included.

This is a good kit for the modeler with some experience to learn planking skills.

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Additional information

Weight 10 lbs



BlueJacket is one of the leading manufacturers of quality wooden ship model kits. This Maine-based company is perhaps the oldest ship model kit manufacturer, having been in continuous operation since 1905! The company focuses on American subjects. Most kits feature pre-carved solid wood hull, but many kits are laser-cut plank-on-bulkhead and some are even true plank-on-frame kits.

BlueJacket also maintains the Laughing Whale line of kits, which are predominantly small American watercraft. With the demise of Midwest boat kits, these are about the only source for these small subjects. However, you will find them to be excellent quality kits of classic subjects.

Note that BlueJacket kit instructions are provided in english only.
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Laughing Whale/Bluejacket Inc (trade name Laughing Whale) is in the Boat and Ship Models, Toy and Hobby business.
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