New Bedford Whale Boat (BJ-KLW122) Length 10″ / Scale 1/3″
New Bedford boat builders were responsible for developing a nearly perfect design for a light, seaworthy, spacious boat to be used in the open ocean for the dangerous business of whaling.
After the sinking of the whaleship Essex, some of her crew survived for 3 months, traveling several thousand miles, in whaleboats. Melville’s “Moby Dick” provides us with one of the best descriptions of these famous vessels.
This kit has been newly revised, utilizing many laser cut wood parts. The resulting model is one of the most delicate, historically accurate representations of a whale boat.
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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.
Laughing Whale/Bluejacket Inc (trade name Laughing Whale) is in the Boat and Ship Models, Toy and Hobby business.