Nell Jarvis Ship Models January 28th, 2018 - 11:49:17
Ship models are built-to-scale replicas or representations of sea-going vessels of all types. A model is a decorative art form that promises to enhance lifestyles throughout generations and to create lasting impressions; ship models are marked by elegance prestige and beauty and add luster to the interior of ones home yacht or office. Traditional ship models have been built of wood though current amateur kits provide models made of plastic. There are also models built of sheet metal. The ancient Egyptians were the first to make detailed ship models which were part of funeral practices. Wood models of a ship and crew with accurate details were included in the coffin.
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.
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.
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.