Updated October 30, 2019 by Sam Kraft

The 10 Best Model Boat Kits

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This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in February of 2018. You could break out another jigsaw puzzle, but if you or your little ones are passionate about seafaring or the history of famous warships, why not try your hand at assembling a model boat? Whether you want to recreate a battleship, a galleon or a tiny version of a cruise liner, one of these kits will keep you occupied. They’re available in configurations to suit all skill levels. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best model boat kit on Amazon.

10. Tasma Starter

9. Revell USS Missouri

8. Revell T Boat

7. Metal Earth Queen Anne

6. Artesania Latina Bluenose

5. Revell LSM Landing Ship

4. Fascinations BB-63

3. Academy Titanic Centenary

2. Tamiya America Battleship

1. Revell Constitution

Special Honors

Seaworthy Small Ships Most model boats make for an intriguing display piece, but what if the vessel could actually sail? The handcrafted wooden watercrafts from Seaworthy Small Ships are a prime example of this — they’re suitable for a variety of skill levels, and you’ll be able to test them out on the water when you’re finished building. seaworthysmallships.com

Chase Small Craft Echo Bay This option looks identical and is built in the same way as a normal dory skiff — it’s just a quarter of the size. The boat’s components are made from tough birch plywood, and you’ll use superglued wire to hold everything together. Finished with paint and varnish, it will serve as a majestic addition to any enthusiast’s collection. chase-small-craft.com

Editor's Notes

October 25, 2019:

The Xiaz 3D Mini was no longer available, which is why that item no longer appears on the list. Reports of ill-fitting parts, a poor instruction manual, and flimsy, low-quality pieces led us to remove the Revell Germany Titanic.

While it does replicate the same iconic British passenger liner, the Academy Titanic Centenary does not suffer from similar pitfalls. Users find it to be an excellent value, and while the challenging building process requires time and precise attention to detail, the result tends to be highly satisfying. We upgraded this item.

We added a T-Boat model as well as two additional battleship kits. We noted that the Revell T Boat includes representations of several crew members onboard, which doesn’t seem to be a very common feature. The Tamiya America Battleship requires patience, genuine skill, and likely several weeks to complete — but advanced builders are thrilled with the highly detailed representation once it’s a finished product.

Sam Kraft
Last updated on October 30, 2019 by Sam Kraft

In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.

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