Model Shipways #MS2018 Flying Fish Ship Kit, 1/96 Scale
Flying Fish Kit: 1/96 Scale, Plank-on-Bulkhead Construction
Donald McKay, one of the greatest designers of his time, built the Flying Fish in 1851 in East Boston Massachusetts. The Flying Fish was registered at the Boston Custom House as a ship of 1,505 tons, with a hull length of 207 feet, and a beam of 22 feet. She sailed from New York to San Francisco in 92 days which was only three days short of the record set by her sister ship, the Flying Cloud.
This kit is plank-on-bulkhead construction and features laser cut basswood keel and 21-piece bulkhead set. Stem, sternest, rudder, stern pieces and planksheer, the outer most planks, are also laser cut. The hull is planked with individual basswood strips, and the kit includes a self-adhesive copper coil to sheath it below the waterline. Masts, yards and spars are high quality beech. Rigging plan is faithful to the original, with three diameters each of black standing and white running rigging, plus 200 wooden deadeyes and 225 blocks in various sizes. Eyebolts, backing links and ship's bell are solid brass. This kit includes virtually every detail of the real clipper ship, and expertly cast Britannia metal fittings ensure scale accuracy. Included are the figurehead, anchors, five ship's boats, capstans, binnacle, mast caps, windows and ladders, chocks, davits and stanchions.
Six sheets of drawn plans and 56-page step-by-step instruction manual by noted naval architect, Ben Lankford, assure trouble-free completion of a magnificent replica. (Display base and brass pedestals shown in photo not included.)
Previous modeling experience helpful.
Model Shipways no. MS2018
Dimensions: 36 inches long x 22-1/2 inches high
- Easy solid hull construction
- Accurately machine carved hull reduces building time
- Eight swivel guns
- True-to-scale Britannia metal, brass and wood fittings
- Revised plans and instructions by Ben Lankford