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Follow Along As We Build Midwest’s Chesapeake Bay Flattie Ship Model Kit

Midwest Model Products’

Apprentice Level 1 Model Ship Kit

The Chesapeake Bay Flattie

Is a great first ship model kit!

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Midwest Products Chesapeake Bay Flattie kit features easy curves ideal for a first time ship modeler.

Because of their shallow draft, flat-bottomed work boats called “flatties,” were popular around the turn of the century along the Chesapeake Bay from Virginia to North Carolina.

The simple lines of these boats that made them ideal for locals to build from locally-available lumber also make this an ideal ship model kit or a person with no prior wood ship model building experience. The kit comes with die-cut and pre-cut parts, as well as fittings, rigging line, sail material, and a well-done set of instructions and building plans.

Follow along as we document the step-by-step ship model kit construction with plenty of photos on our Midwest Flattie Kit Build pages.

Types of Ship Model Kits

Getting Started in Model Ship Building?


Building a kit is a good way to start before tackling scratch-building

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Model Shipways’ Phantom solid hull ship model kit.

For the beginning ship modeler, scratch-building a ship model from a
plan can be a daunting challenge. A better option for a first project in
most cases is to pick from the vast array of ship model kits available

There are a number of international, and a few U.S. ship model kit
manufacturers, and they are constantly coming out with new offerings
that set a ship modeler’s mind racing with possibilities. But, while
model ship kit manufacturers are constantly introducing new kits, and
adding more detailed models to their lineup, all model ship kits fall
into three basic categories, based on hull construction technique: Solid
hull; Plank-on-bulkhead; and Plank-on-frame.

For a review of these basic ship model kit types, see our page Types of Ship Model Kits