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Lacey Prince Ship Models January 28th, 2018 - 12:26:34
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.
Model ships contain miniature versions of their larger counterparts including libraries sitting rooms and movie theaters. These ships have a slower speed than most boats and their seaworthiness compared to ocean liners is lower. Overall compact a cruise model is very shapely when put on a pedestal or holder. A snowy white is the norm for these ship models and many have bottoms that are painted dark blue or some other vivid color. The colors accentuate any small detail carved into the cruise ship model. A cruise ship model either large or small is an excellent addition to any maritime themed home or office space. George is an avid collector and connoisseur of all things nautical- cruise ship model items model boats historical artifacts etc. He has written articles for several large manufacturers and retailers of authentic models and he is a master ship builder himself. He brings a unique perspective from both the retail and the consumer side of the nautical decorating and model boat building markets.
Turn off the builders and watch the niche market we occupy get even smaller my friends. The reason DISTRIBUTORS exist is to represent and consolidate numerous manufacturers products under one roof providing an inventory warranty and technical support system often in a different country or continent than the manufacturer. This addition to the supply chain should enable smaller retailers to improve their competitiveness. One frustration in this system with todays emphasis on internet sales is the distributor who competes with the retailers he is supposed to be supporting. This can lead to reduced supply increased prices and an unfair (to the consumer) marketplace. And while the global marketplace has allowed us all shorten the delivery cycle and to become more price conscious and price savvy it has also become a thorn in the side of the retailer particularly the small business person.
Due to the fact so many wooden pirate ship models are crafted in the likeness of ships which are no longer made a model is the one way many people will ever get to see what these boats looked like in real life. Libraries and museums helped to preserve blueprints of these ships and as such modelers can create these vessels precisely as they were built in their life sized forms. Shipbuilders were more prone to give the building plans of the more popular ships to various vaults and museums around the world. Various types of modelers take pleasure in recreating notorious ships of old but are also prone to enjoying the art of constructing brand new ones based on building plans and parts of many other ships.