The popularity of the OPTI dinghy is due to its renown as the “best children’s sail training boat ever designed”. Our model is based upon the official plans of the United States Optimist Dinghy Association, scaled down to 1’=1”. The kit is designed for the first time wooden boat modeler with detailed step-by-step instructions. This planked model comes complete with everything necessary to build the model: laser-cut basswood and mahogany parts, tools, rigging, fittings, sailcloth, paint, brushes, two kinds of glue, sandpaper…even a needle for attaching the sail ties!
Overall Length: 8.5″
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.