Karin Colon Ship Models December 19th, 2017 - 10:10:56
Some readers of this article may find it too provocative but it needs to be said. After spending 30 years building ship models and twelve years selling radio controlled and wooden ship models to the hobby enthusiast I find there are some frustrations that never go away in the ship model building industry. Lets face it; the business of ship model building operates as a niche industry. Nonetheless radio controlled and wooden ship models are to the hobby enthusiast a very important past time. Rich in history technical challenges and a form of art and legacy; ship modeling is a very rewarding hobby.
By 1920 ship model kits were available in cast lead parts. In the 1930s these became popular when \"Popular Science\" magazine published a series of articles and plans of ships. Thus ship modeling developed into a hobby. Ship models have revolutionized the world of pastimes and hobbies. Models of ancient and historic ships sailing ships cruise ships warships small vessels and tall ships are available for prices ranging from $122.99 to $15000. Crude primitives to precision-detail models of museum quality are available from dealers. People associated with ship modeling join together to form guilds for the veterans to pass on their knowledge to the greenhorns and for members of all levels to exchange new ideas. USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild and Ship Modelers Association of California are examples of these guilds.
Prior to 1600 the bell would have been placed on the stern deck.The ships bell is usually located forward at the break of the forecastle on ship models prior to the 18th century then moved to the after end of the fore castle deck. The ships cook (or his staff) traditionally has the job of shining the ships bell. Bells cast from metal were first developed in the Bronze Age. The ships bell is usually made of brass or bronze bright finished on the outside only and normally has the ships name and date of commission engraved or cast on it then filled in with black enamel. The bell clapper and clapper pin are of a metal composition with a suitable eye in the end for attaching the lanyard. There is a supporting eyebolt. The clapper of the ships bell would be supported by a bronze lug. The ship modeler has the choice of making bells by turning from brass on a lathe electro plating shell method or buying a prefabricated bell. Same with the belfry. A belfry can be carved from wood sculptured from metal or you can buy one premade. On some vessels the bell assembly was hung from the belfry. On other vessels the bell was hung on a curved iron post that was fastened to the deck.
Construction has begun on a replica of Friendship a three-masted merchant vessel from Salem Massachusetts. There are replicas of HMS Rose HMS Bounty USB Niagara Providence Spirit of Massachusetts Lady Washington and a host of other tall ships. Connoisseurs of ship modeling have a fascination for tall ship models. The prestigious American Marine Model Gallery located in Salem Massachusetts has a large collection of historic ship models built by the finest ship-modeling artists. Salem was one of Americas busiest seaports and maritime centers during the Great Age of Sail. In the marine model gallery antique ship models including those by Napoleonic prisoners of war navy board ship models builders models and Pond yacht models are available. There are hundreds of dealers offering kits of tall ships for a price ranging from $89.99 to $349.99. There are actual exquisite tall ship models that can cost up to $15000. Various websites have been bringing buyers and sellers together from all around the world.