Traditional assembly plank on frame wood model ship kit.

Step by step illustrated instructions booklet in english language.


* Length: 580 mm

* Heigth: 490 mm

* Width: 110 mm

* Scale: 1:50


Difficulty level : Mid level modellers.

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99,90 €

82,56 € tax excl.


Availability: Available




The kit :

* Naval model ship kit ready to assembly.

* Traditional plank on frame construction.

* Factory laser precut keel and all main frame parts.

* Highest quality planking sapele, mahogany , african walnut , iroko , and exotic woods.

* Fittings in diecast metal old style burnished or in real turned brass.

* Step by step photobooklet with instructions in english language.


For beginner modellers.



The word pilot probably came from Middle French pilot, pillot, from Italian piloto, from Late Latin pillottus; perhaps ultimately from Ancient Greek πηδόν (pēdón, "blade of an oar, oar").
However, the work functions of the maritime pilot go back to Ancient Greece and Roman times, when incoming ships' captains employed locally experienced harbour captains, mainly local fishermen, to bring their vessels safely into port. Eventually, in light of the need to regulate the act of pilotage and ensure pilots had adequate insurance, the harbours themselves licensed pilots for each harbour.
Although licensed by the harbour to operate within their jurisdiction, pilots were generally self-employed, meaning that they had to have quick transport to get them from the port to the incoming ships.  
As pilots were often still dual-employed, they used their own fishing boats to reach the incoming vessels. But fishing boats were heavy working boats, and filled with fishing equipment, and so a new type of boat was required.
Early boats were developed from single masted cutters and twin masted yawls, and latterly into the specialist pilot cutter. These were effectively light-weight and over-powered single-masted boats with large, steeply angled keels, making them deep draft under power and shallow draft in lighter sail.
If legend is to be believed, the first official Bristol Channel pilot was barge master George James Ray, appointed by the Corporation of Bristol in May 1497 to pilot John Cabot's Matthew from Bristol harbour to the open sea beyond the Bristol channel. In 1837 Pilot George Ray guided Brunel's SS Great Western, and in 1844 William Ray piloted the larger SS Great Britain on her maiden voyage.
New York harbor Sandy Hook pilot boats were the Elwood Walter, No. 7, Pet, No. 9, the '"America, No. 21" , and the William Bell, No. 2.


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