Tracey Becker Ship Models January 28th, 2018 - 11:37:47
As we have continued to move inventories out of bricks and mortar buildings and into the cloud retailers have seen stock levels in North America fall to much lower levels. Cost concerns have led manufacturers to source manufacturing in countries with lower wage levels fewer health benefits and longer working hours. Unfortunately these moves have also provided barriers to effective and efficient information concerning product availability and longer delivery times in some cases. In order to address product availability longer lead times higher shipping costs and extremely price conscious retailers (as an extension of their customers) distributors have been taking steps to improve their ability to provide cost effective products. Sometimes in a smaller marketplace (like Canada) this can mean a limited supply of product in the warehouse a longer ordering cycle and longer shipping times in order to take advantage of lower cost transportation systems. And we retailers arent all saints either.
An Admiralty style model could also be a cross section of the hull. This is where all the planking is in place however the model would only represent part of the ship such as the bow mid section or stern. The advantage of building an Admiralty ship model to the ship model builder is that you can add detail to better represent the purpose and era of the ship. Using the Bounty as an example representation can be made for the galley armament room carpentry shop hold captains quarters etc. The Bountys botanical mission was to pick up bread fruit plants so some plants can be added as well as an area that would have been used for the studying of plants and animals discovered along its journey. Prior to starting the ship model the builder should not only study the ship that is being represented but also the era in which the ship was built. Ship building changed from century to century.
Often times its the bottom line that has to register the most strongly with a manufacturing company. Put in stronger terms the reason is to increase the profit margins also known as we need to \"make more money\"! Dont get me wrong; to stay in business all manufacturers have to make a fair profit. Most manufacturers of ship models provide a good quality product for a reasonable price. They do need to place a little more consideration on the needs of builders. This would certainly help in growing the hobby and their market share. Another frustration for builders is manufacturers that are still providing only die-cut parts in their ship model kits. Die-cut parts have a tendency to become less accurate with the greater number of parts produced and they are frequently difficult to work with.
Admiralty style ship models were built by ship builders from the 15th to the 19th century. They served as a design aid for the engineers a simulator for those responsible for operating the vessel and as a \"show and tell\" display to be used for those raising funds from investors. An Admiralty model will have some parts of it un-planked exposing the framing and internal and deck furnishings. Usually masts spars and some rigging are in place. The keel stern post and stem are erected and the ribs are attached to the keel. This will then represent the general form of the hull. Some of the planks are then applied to the ribbed frame. In some Admiralty boat models the entire hull will be planked while only a portion of the deck will be planked. In other models a side of the hull will be left un-planked while the deck is planked. Another version will have the entire hull un-planked while the deck is planked.