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All children like stories and they love to glue and paint. Introducing your children to the exciting art of ship model building is a fun and rewarding experience. Cast Your Anchor has carefully designed options suitable for different age groups. Please note that age ranges are flexible. You know your child’s interests and abilities best (go up or down dependent on their skill level).

Ages 4 to 8:

At this age, children are fascinated by being able to float what they built, so start with rowboats, sailboats or canoes using the bread and butter technique. This building technique allows for a water-resistant finished boat in about 2 hours for a cost of $4.95.

o Snap – glue – paint – float o

A second great option for this age group is the snap-together ship models. They can be built and rebuilt! They can also be glued for permanent display. We carry submarines, dragon boats, and cruise liners using this technique. Just remember that this type of model will not float.

o Snap – display – Re-snap o

Ages 6 to 12:

This is where the story of a ship really catches your child’s interest. They can imagine themselves on the finished boat, sailing for far-off adventures. Start with a Titanic, a Pirate Ship, or a Mayflower in a Bottle. Introduced at this level is measurement and cutting of wood, as well simple rigging. In about 5 hours, your child can be exploring the new world with the Pilgrims or sailing the Caribbean with Captain Jack Sparrow

o Solid Hulls – Famous Ships – Excellent stories o

Another option at this level is the solid hull kit with deck superstructure. You can build them together or skilled children can build them alone with the occasional piece of advice from you. At this point, the model builder begins to fashion pieces of wood into recognizable parts of a ship. Our kits come complete with glue, sandpaper & paint. Build a Constitution, Viking Boat, Endeavour, Bounty or the Santa Maria.

o Tall Ships – Solid Hulls – Deck Superstructure o

Ages 12 to 17:

At this age teens are ready for something that challenges their abilities! There’s no need for you to sit and supervise so you and your children can work on your individual projects at the same time. Suitable for the older first-time builder or the child ready to expand their skill set. Cast Your Anchor carries the Bluenose, the Union and the Bounty – the kits come with glue, sandpaper, paints AND basic tools. Plan to spend about 30 hours completing one of these kits.

o Tall Ships – Solid Hulls – Rigging – Fittings – Painting o

The next level of ships takes the younger or first-time modeler into the world of Plank-on-Frame. Build a false keel, bulkheads, and do the hull planking. These kits come with more authentic fittings and are designed to be a truer likeness of the real ship. If you want something smaller try a Doris or a Neelte Jacoba – it will take about 50-70 hours.

o Whalers – Schooners – Cloth Sails – Rigging – Fittings o

This is where the options of the Model Ship Building are blown wide open. Choose a tall ship, a schooner, a tugboat or canoe. Whatever your favorite boat or ship is – we are likely to have a kit. The kits at this level include the Bluenose II, a Peterboro canoe or the Santa Maria. You’ll be making many parts of the deck superstructure, sometimes sewing your own sails or double-planking your hull. Pick up a mitre box and a hobby knife and use water-soluble glue to avoid worry over any mistakes. Prices start at $120 and build time varies by kit (up to 250 hours).

o ALL ships – Plank-on-Frame – Rigging – Fittings – Sails – Paint or Stain o

Remember that in ship model building there are no deadlines to meet. You can read about and try out different building techniques. It’s always fun to examine the history of the ship you are building. Many things about the items on the deck are wonderful stories too, and we can often see in them the forerunners to many products still in use today.

Let Cast Your Anchor help you introduce your child to the joys of model ship building!

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