Billings Models America Wooden Ship Kit

Brand: Billings Models

Model Number: B609

Scale: 1/72

10% offWas $121.99Now $109.79Save $12.20Excl VAT: $91.49* Prices in US Dollar

The Billing Boats 1/72 America wooden ship model measures 56cm long, 45cm high and 10cm wide. This wooden boat kit is highly realistic with many fine details.

1850 - On the urging of the New York Yacht Club to build a fast sailing boat, George Steers creates plans for the America. The low black schooner is designed using the reversal of the "cod-head-and-mackerel-tail style."
1851 - Answering a challenge from the Royal Yacht Squadron, the schooner America enters the Hundred Guinea Cup race, a 53-mile race around the Isle of Wight. It easily defeats the 14 British ships and is awarded the Hundred Guinea Cup. On August 25, Queen Victoria herself visits the ship. America returns home and presents the New York Yacht Club with its prize, which is renamed America's Cup.
1863 - For the next 12 years, the America had a number of owners on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1863, the schooner returns to Newport, Rhode Island to serve as a training ship for the United States Naval Academy.
1870 - The America races in the America's Cup where it finishes fourth of 15 entries.
1901 - The America sails in her 51st, and last race. For the next 15 years she will lay under cover in Boston.
1921 - After years of different owners, the America is once again returned to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where she is poorly maintained.
1940 - The America, already decaying, is left to rot in a shed in the Annapolis Yacht Yard during World War II. President Roosevelt pressures Congress to appropriate $100,000 to turn the America into the National Naval Museum. Unfortunately, the war takes priority. In 1942, under heavy snow, the roof of the shed collapses and the heavily rotted wood gives way. What wood was salvageable is used to make a model of the ship, which is at the Naval Academy museum.

This kit features plank on frame construction, laser cut plywood keel and frame components, wooden superstructure and decks, hull and deck fittings in wood, brass and/or plastic, mast and spars and rigging cord in various sizes and printed sails. It includes full-size plan sheets and an instruction manual with English text.  

Manufacturer: Billing Boats
Model: B609 America
Scale: 1/72
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Write a review


Wonderland Models deliver throughout the UK and Overseas. We endeavour to despatch orders immediately but certainly within 48 hours of receipt. Orders will only be dispatched once payment has been received. 

UK Delivery:
Order value (including postage) up to £70: First Class Royal Mail £3.95
(Delivery Within 1-5 Days)
Order value (including postage) over £70: Interlink Express £6.95 (Courier Delivery Next Working Day).

Please be sure to give us your mobile phone number when ordering as Interlink Express offer an email/text message option to enable you to receive notification of despatch and estimated delivery time. The express service requires a signature on delivery and must be ordered before 2pm for next working day delivery. The courier does not deliver on a weekend or bank holidays.
Express delivery is two days to some postcodes, and these incur a £6 surcharge. A list of applicable postcodes can be seen here.

Overseas Delivery:

European deliveries are sent by Interlink Express/DPD. For details of delivery costs and times by country please click here.

Delivery to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and the USA is by Royal Mail or FedEx courier and is calculated on an order by order basis based on weight and size. We will contact you with the shipping costs on receipt of the order.

For full shipping details please see the delivery section of our website here.