Tracey Becker Ship Models January 22nd, 2018 - 11:25:39
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.
Based on these models the properties equipment and uses of ships were discussed between customers and shipyards. At the same time they served as scale model during construction. Many English and French shipyard models of that period still exist and are displayed in museums. From that time there seems to be a growing popularity of ship models as a decorative object of art. Today ship modelling is a widespread hobby facilitated by easily accessible literature on the development of naval technology and on the history of many famous vessels. Many enthusiasts who either want to buy a model ship or build one themselves will look for help and other offers on the Internet. High in desire by modellers are photos that show a particular ship model in many pictures and perspectives.
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.
They dont have any print catalogues for customers they dont have any in-house stock theyre not willing to send samples and they dont accept returns without expensive restocking and handling fees. And worst of all - minimum shipping costs that dont reflect the true cost of shipping products you order. Many of them offer poor customer service corresponding only by email offering no warranties on the products they sell no follow up customer service and only rarely do you find a retailer with any staff expertise to answer the wooden ship model hobby enthusiasts technical questions. If you dont have a computer or are not comfortable using this technology you could have a difficult time finding what you need to be able to enjoy the great hobby of ship model building.