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.
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.
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!
Experienced (Successfully Built a Few Vessels, Relatively Confident)
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.
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”
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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