Best Wooden Ship Model Kits

In this post, I list some of the best wooden ship model kits that have been released through the years, and narrow them down by experience level.

Contents:

  1. Some Experience: Some experience with 1 vessel, or a similar model in another discipline (i.e. wooden airplanes, etc.)
  2. Experienced: Successfully built a few vessels.
  3. Highly Experienced: Completely comfortable with wooden ship building. Difficulty is not a factor, and you have the confidence and skill level to take on anything (based on extensive experience).

Some Experience

Before getting to my top picks, I wanted to preface it with 2 things:

1. If you don’t have a ton of experience, then I highly recommend that you get a copy of Frank Mastini’s book called “Ship Modeling Simplified”. It covers everything from choosing the right kit, setting up a workshop, understanding complex instructions, painting, and much more. It will make it a lot easier for you to build a high quality ship model and reduce mistakes throughout the process.

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2. Also, if you’re just getting into wooden model ship building, then you should check out Model Ship World, which is the go to forum/resource for model ship builders to exchange tips and advice with each other, share build logs, and more.

With that in mind, let’s get to it! 

Caldercraft HM Schooner Ballahoo

Top Pick
Caldercraft HM Schooner Ballahoo Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Artesania Swift Wooden Model Ship Kit

Runner-up Pick
Artesania Swift Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Corel S.R.L Leida: 1775 Dutch Pleasure Boat

Budget Pick


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Mamoli USS Constitution – Cross Section 1797

Also Great
Mamoli USS Constitution Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Caldercraft HM Brig Supply

Also Great
Caldercraft HM Brig Supply Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Experienced (Successfully Built a Few Vessels, Relatively Confident)

Mantua Royal Caroline 1749

Top Pick
Mantua Royal Caroline 1749 Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Amati HMS Pegasus

Runner-up Pick
Amati HMS Pegasus Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Caldercraft HMS Mars

Also Great
Caldercraft HMS Mars Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Caldercraft HM Yacht Chatham

Caldercraft HM Yacht Chatham Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Amati Mercury Russian Brig 1820

Amati Mercury Russian Brig 1820 Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Caldercraft HM Mortar Vessel

Caldercraft HM Mortar Vessel Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Mantua HMS Jamaica

Mantua HMS Jamaica Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Highly Experienced (Difficulty Is Not a Factor)

As I mentioned earlier, the kits below are meant for those who are completely comfortable with wooden ship building, and are looking for a challenge. Modelers at this level should have the confidence to take on anything (based on extensive experience), and difficulty is not a factor.

Amati HMS Vanguard

Top Pick


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Mamoli 1:150 HMS Victory Model Kit

Runner-up Pick
Mamoli HMS Victory Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Mantua San Felipe

Also Great
Mantua San Felipe Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Caldercraft HMS Diana

Also Great
Caldercraft HMS Diana Wooden Model Ship Kit


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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Build a Wooden Model Ship?

As I’ve already mentioned, for all the info you need on how to make a wooden model ship, I recommend that you read Frank Mastini’s book named “Ship Modeling Simplified

Ship Modeling Simplified Book

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How Do You Plank a Wooden Ship Model?

The following video does a great job of explaining wooden model ship planking:

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