Bedford Whaler

This is a 1:200 Plastic New Bedford Whaler Circa 1835 from Academy Plastics. It's for ages 10 and up.:

Until the 1870s whaling was a very important industry in New England. Sailing half way around the world to hunt the Sperm Whale in the Western Pacific ocean for its oil, the typical whaling vessel made terribly long 3 to 4 year voyages to fill its barrels with the rendered oil that provided the fuel for oil lamps and lubrication for machinery before the discovery of petroleum. Typical whaling vessels carried 20 to 30 men. At its peak, New Bedford had 429 whaling vessels registered calling it home port.:

Academy Bedford Whaler Plastic Model Sailing Ship Kit 1/200 Scale #14204
 Academy Plastics # acy14204
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1:200:
  • Length: 7 (17.7cm):
  • Width: 1-1/2 (3.6cm):
  • Height: 7 (17.6cm) (approximately)
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"Bedford Whaler"
Very nice little model. It will be a challenge to work with the small parts.

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  • Plastic pieces attached to sprues and molded in brown, black, an white..:
  • Fully engraved hull with copper-plate sheathing detail..:
  • All parts are precision injection molded including billowing sail and ratlines..:
  • Molded in three colors to minimize painting..:
  • Five life boats are provided in the event the ship begins to sink..:
  • Thread rig lines are included..:
  • Display stand is included..:
  • Detailed pictorial instructions guide you through assembly..:


  • Scale: 1:200:
  • Length: 7 (17.7cm):
  • Width: 1-1/2 (3.6cm):
  • Height: 7 (17.6cm) (approximately)


One 1:200 Plastic New Bedford Whaler Circa 1835:

Requirements & Suggestions

  • Assembly:
  • Cement:
  • Paint: Black, Metallic, Gray, White, Red, Brown, Tan, Gold, Copper:
  • Brushes:
  • Sprue Cutter:
  • Modeling Knife:
  • File or Emery Board:
  • Glue Tips or Toothpicks:
  • Adult Supervision:
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"Bedford Whaler"
I like the color molding on this ship. Small, but detailed parts, intuitive instructions, pictures of how to assemble only, no written instructions. But it is a simple ship to assemble. A little dirty wipe of the sails so they are not so stark white, minimum painting otherwise. All in all, a great little model.

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