Box Kit Manufacturer Uses
(links show BAY models finished with kit parts)
Average Price
Cutty Sark
1/500
Heller Shortish, thickish masts useful for corvettes, sloops, gunboats. Useful but not detailed ships boats, anchors and other small pieces. Sails may be used for smaller merchant vessels. Common
$6, eBay Often bound with other Heller kits
Atlantic Star
1/440
Heller Shortish, thickish masts useful for corvettes, sloops, gunboats. Useful but not detailed ships boats, anchors and other small pieces. Includes a few useful yards with furled sails and booms. Built out of the box, this could be a very very large paddle steamer in 1/600. Hull without paddle boxes could be a large merchantman, or perhaps converted to a frigate. Hull scales out to roughly 275' in 1/600. Uncommon
$10 eBay
French 1750ish
ship of the line
Superbe 1/500
Heller Useful masts and sails, good for steam liners or frigates. Useful but not detailed ships boats, anchors and other small pieces. With some work, can be converted into a large 1850's two decker such as Kaiser. Most work involves adding rounded bow. Common
$6 ebay, Shops
Often bound with Phoenix and Couronne.
French late 17th Century
ship of the line
Phoenix 1/600
Heller Good, useful masts. Sails out-of-period. Some useful small bits. $6 eBay, Shops
Often bound with Superbe and Couronne
French early 17th Century
galleon Couronnne
1/600
Heller Good, useful masts,
some useful small bits
$6 eBay, Shops
Often bound with Superbe and Phoenix
HMS Victory, Late 18th
century ship of the line
1/600
Airfix Thick but usable masts though fighting tops need considerable reducing. Sails OK for some ships. No useful small parts. Boats molded directly to inaccurate deck. Hull can be cut down into a small steam two-decker such as the Danish 64. $2, ModelExpo
$5 eBay
Early 18th
century brig-of-war
1/300
Pyro (brig of war)
Heller (L'Orguiilleuse)
Lindberg (brig-of-war)
Fat, tubby brig in 1/300. Sails and masts incorrect for model, being too small, but very good for mid-sized or larger ironclad. Only two masts-worth, however. No jib-sails included. Deck cannon can be modified for
generic large ironclad cannon. Usable anchors. No boats.
Pyro, Heller, rare.
Lindberg, $8-$10 ebay.
Clipper ship
Flying Cloud
about 1/500
Pyro, Life-Like Masts usable for ships of the line and frigates. Sails can be cut up for smaller ships. Hull scales out to about 250' in 1/600. Ratlines
can be used for larger ships. Useable anchors, no boats. Can be built out of the box as a large merchant
clipper.
Uncommon, $10-$12 eBay
Late 16th Century
generic galleon
1/300ish
Pyro, Life-like Usable masts. Probably not worth
acquiring just for masts.
Rare, $10-$12 eBay.
HMS Victory, Late 18th
century ship of the line
approximately 1/500
Life-Like Good masts and possibly sails for ironclads and frigates. Deck guns may be modifiable. Anchors oversized. No ship's boats. Hull may be convertable, but form very inaccurate at upper deck levels. uncommon, $10-$12 eBay
HMS Victory, Late 18th
century ship of the line
approximately 1/350
Lindberg Most parts are very out of scale.
However, upper yards are useful for main yards on ironclads.
Rare, probably not worth acquiring
just for a couple yards and spars.
USS Constitution, Late 18th century sailing frigate. 1/600 stated, but actually 1/840 Glencoe Model not stated scale. Masts and sails useful for small 1/600 ship. Very small boats, no anchors or other bits. Hull scales out to 125', may make small sloop or merchantman. Uncommon, $10 eBay
Late 16th Century galleon about 1/300 Lindberg, Pyro (Half-Moon)
Heller (L'Provence)
Generally not usable
USS Constitution, Late 18th century sailing frigate. 1/450. Pyro, Life-Like Masts usable for ships of the line, frigates and ironclads. Box shows full sail, but kit has 12 usable yards with furled sails. Deck guns usable with some work. Some anchors and boats. Hull is very inaccurate for stated kit, and is more like later, slab-sided frigates. Hull scales out to 225'. Out of box, will look OK as a steam frigate with some conversion. Uncommon, $12-$15 eBay.
HMS Shannon, Late 18th century sailing frigate. 1/450. Airfix Masts usable for ships of the line, frigates and ironclads, but fighting tops need considerable reduction. Sails useful for ironclads, frigates and ships of the line. Hull too large and unique for conversion to 1/600. Uncommon, $6-$15 eBay.

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