Angelica Hoffman Ship Models January 27th, 2018 - 11:03:25
Now lets suppose you do manage to get someone at the hobby shop on the phone. Who are you speaking with? Could it be a ship model builder a long term full-time employee who understands the ship model hobby world a small business owner a part-time student? Most likely you will be speaking to a part-time employee or a small business owner and while owners and employees have a vested interest in your business they dont always have the experience to address your concerns or the ability to provide personalized ship model and parts and fittings searching services. Sometimes they cant even get replacement parts from the manufacturers for you (see the information about manufacturers and distributors above)! The hobby market has changed in recent years and most hobby businesses are catering to the general consumer. In other words their focus is elsewhere and its because sales of ship model kits fittings parts and accessories are a very small part of their overall business.
Often times its the bottom line that has to register the most strongly with a manufacturing company. Put in stronger terms the reason is to increase the profit margins also known as we need to \"make more money\"! Dont get me wrong; to stay in business all manufacturers have to make a fair profit. Most manufacturers of ship models provide a good quality product for a reasonable price. They do need to place a little more consideration on the needs of builders. This would certainly help in growing the hobby and their market share. Another frustration for builders is manufacturers that are still providing only die-cut parts in their ship model kits. Die-cut parts have a tendency to become less accurate with the greater number of parts produced and they are frequently difficult to work with.
Wooden ship models are built-to-scale representations of modern or ancient sea-faring vessels. Traditionally all types of ship models have been built of wood though with the advent of plastic and sheet metal these have been used for amateur kits. Of course wooden models project grandeur and finesse. The ancient Egyptians were the pioneers who made detailed ship models. The models were crafted as part of funeral rituals which forced the builders to strive for precision otherwise the unmitigated soul would pester them. The ship models kept inside the coffin were supposed to transport the soul of the deceased to the next world.
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.