Angelica Hoffman Ship Models January 25th, 2018 - 10:02:10
Getting a die-cut keel out of a 1/8\" thick piece of basswood without losing any important curves can sometimes be enough to drive a builder to close up shop for the night. Listen up kit manufacturers; if you are going to be in the business then do yourselves and your customers a huge favor and get some laser cutting machinery! Or go forward thinking and investigate the possibilities of a 3D printer. Then there are the manufacturers that give you materials that are almost impossible for the average ship model builder to work with. For example some kits provide wire that is to be fashioned into chain assembly parts. This is a sure-fire way to turn off a novice builder.
Until the appearance of the Vikings long boats in Northern Europe (of which several ships have been found and now are displayed in museums in Norway and Denmark) the development of marine technology can be assessed only from sparse old records frescoes seals and other visual representations. Contemporary ship models survived only from the period after the discovery of America by Columbus. Many of them were votive ships in churches which had been donated as expression of gratitude for successful travel or rescue from disaster. In the 17th century shipyards began to make accurate models before starting the actual construction of ships (the so-called Admiralty models when built for the English navy).
Scandinavians developed Viking ships; one of the best ships built in Europe between 700 AD to the late 1000s and in 1300 A.D. introduced the stern rudder. The Mediterranean shipbuilders developed full-rigged sailing ship models in 1450 A.D. From there to the early 1800s ships used were constructed mostly using the plank on frame method rudder control and full-rigged sails. Galleons model ships launched to sea in the 1500s and used to the 1800s. The most famous ship models were the packet and clipper ships. Packet ships appeared in the Atlantic Ocean in the early 1800s followed by the Clipper ships during the 1840s. Both of these models were used as import ships.
Tall ship models are models of traditional sailing vessels engaged in historical sailing research or \"windjammer\" charter operations such as stationary museum ships and vessels no longer in existence. There are hundreds of tall ships sailing around the globe. Many of these vessels survive to relive a bit of history and a set of skills evolved hundreds of years ago. Some of these ships carry out training programs allowing anyone with an inclination to have hands-on sail training cruises ranging from a few days to several weeks. Some vessels undertake voyages of exploration and science programs. The fleet of tall ships is growing throughout the world. Sea trials of Matthew a replica of the vessel John Cabot sailed which discovered Newfoundland are being completed.