Tracey Becker Ship Models January 28th, 2018 - 11:40:30
Certain RETAILERS are known to dramatically increase their list prices and then offer fabulous sales advertising 60% or more off MSRP. I know Im attracted to a 60% savings sign! I also know that I have to be aware of the real regular price what other retailers are offering for the same object and how service differs between retailers. The net effect of this illusion is an inflated advertised discount which should leave end users - YOU - with a bad taste in your mouth and a determination to avoid retailers who try to put one over on you. Ahhh the internet! Such a wonderful tool it has opened up chains of supply never seen before. It offers the consumer a chance to browse without leaving the comfort of their living room. But what about the consumer who lives in a rural area the fellow who cant get high speed service? Or the consumer who without access to the internet at all? Or the customer who wants to touch and browse? Often times these customers are overlooked in our race to go digital. There are many fly-by-night radio-control and wooden ship model retailers out there.
Since the 15th century ships bells have played both a practical and symbolic role in the life of naval vessels and their crews. All good ship models must have a bell on board. All really good ship models should also have an ornate belfry - depending on the era of the ship model. There is documentary evidence that at least one English royal vessel the Rodcogge de la Tour 1414 had a brass bell \"to mark the watches of the sailors\". Other mentions of the shipboard bell were on the British ship Grace Dieu about 1485. Some ten years later an inventory of the English ship Regent reveals that this ship carried two watch bells. Originally the bell was fixed to a moveable beam which was activated by a lever or a wheel to which was attached a bell rope that dropped to the main-deck.
That the bell rope was not attached directly to the bell clapper suggests that in those early days the ships bell was not used to mark the passage of the hours and half-hours. Long ago time at sea was measured by the trickle of sand through a half - hour glass. The sand glass on the deck was usually next to a bell (ships strike) and the ships boy (called a Grommet) was responsible for turning the glass over and ringing the ships bell at the same time so that the helmsman could make sure he turned his glass at exactly the same. The ships bell had many uses; to indicate the time aboard the ship and hence to regulate the sailors duty watches; for safety in foggy conditions; signaling; used in gunnery control; the Dutch Navy of the 17th century rang the bell as an order to open fire; as boat gongs indicating officers and dignitaries boarding or leaving the ship and one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ships bells as baptismal fonts for shipboard christenings (the name of the baptized child would usually be engraved on the bell).
There are several types of construction of a wooden ship model. Some are carved from a single block of wood others by gluing together blocks of wood or by gluing together of slabs of wood into a laminated block. Others are built on what is called plank-on frame built just as the full-size ship is constructed. Wooden models of all types of vessels--luxury cruise liners war ships sailing ships--are available from dealers. A wooden model of a Chalutier ship costs $149.95; a USS Ronald Regan model costs $999; a wooden model Schooner costs $26.96; a Harvey wooden model costs $110; a Cutty Sark Wooden model costs $189; and an Atlantic costs $195.95. There are various price ranges for the connoisseur.