Bluenose Model Ship Build


My second model ship project is the Bluenose Canadian Schooner from Model Shipways.  The Bluenose was built in 1921 in Nova Scotia, Canada, serving primarily as a fishing and racing boat.  This was chosen as my second build because it is bigger, a little more involved, and requires hull planking.  This build was started on April 1, 2016 and was completed 645 days later, on January 6, 2018.

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Finished January 6, 2018 - The last day. After 645 days, I’m finished with the Model Shipways Bluenose build.  It started as what my wife describes as a ‘pile of sticks’ and ended up as…



About the Model Shipways Bluenose Kit

There are many different Bluenose kits available.  When selecting a Bluenose kit, the first choice is between the original Bluenose and the Bluenose II.  Kits exist of both.  Many of the details on the ship will be different depending on which version is being built.  The original Bluenose has the advantage of being more historic, while the Bluenose II has the advantage of still existing.  It is easy to find photos (both professional and tourist snapshots) showing almost any detail of the Bluenose II.  You can even go visit the Bluenose II yourself.

I chose to build the Model Shipways Bluenose kit.  Model Shipways is the sam manufacturer as my Phantom kit, so I’m familiar with how they do things.  The kit is 1:64 scale, so it is quite a bit bigger than my previous build.  The kit normally sells for about $220.  I ordered it when I saw it go on sale for $90, which is why this kit has been sitting on the shelf for a few months.

Some details about this kit:

  • 1:64 scale, 32″ long, 26″ tall.
  • 44 pages of instructions.
  • 6 full-sized sheets of plans.
  • Plank-on-bulkhead construction.
  • All required wood is provided.
  • 180+ basswood strips for construction and planking, totally over 375 feet of wood.
  • Over 200 laser-cut pieces in basswood and plywood for detailed parts.
  • 30+ cast metal pieces, 300+ brass fittings, 14 feet of brass wire and strip.
  • Provides 9 square feet of sail cloth material for making sails (optional).
  • Includes 180+ scale blocks and deadeyes for rigging.
  • 340+ feet of rigging line provided in various sizes.
  • Plans and instructions by Ben Langford.
  • Kit developed in 1996.


Click here to view the build log.