Karin Colon Ship Models January 24th, 2018 - 10:58:06
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.
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.
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).
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.