Adela Eaton Ship Models January 27th, 2018 - 11:02:01
Modern-day sea-faring received much instruction from these carefully preserved 5000- year-old models. Specimens of these boats found a place in the British Museum the Louvre the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other museums worldwide. Modern-day ship models came into existence before or during the construction of many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century warships. These were known as Admiralty or Shipyard models. Many of these models did not show the timbering they would have in the actual vessel but the models illustrated the form of the hull and details of the deck furnishings masts spars and general frame. The models provided the non-sea-faring financiers with a birds-eye view of the vessel that was to come into being.
On the very edge where the horizon meets the sky a storm is slowly forming turning the waters of the ocean a dark gray. Dark clouds threaten to erupt with great deluges of rain. In a desperate bid to outmaneuver the storm a single ship sails ever faster. Unlike other ships the flag of this vessel is a pitch black color. With a bright white hue the jolly roger is emblemized on the flag itself with a large toothy smile. This flag confirms that the small ship is in fact a pirate ship. Carrying huge amounts of cargo while still maintaining optimal speed is not a problem for these ships. In many ways the pirate ship represents the adventure one can have on the high seas as well as the danger and the intrigue that is ever-present.
There are several types of construction of a wooden ship model. Some are carved from a single block of wood others by gluing together blocks of wood or by gluing together of slabs of wood into a laminated block. Others are built on what is called plank-on frame built just as the full-size ship is constructed. Wooden models of all types of vessels--luxury cruise liners war ships sailing ships--are available from dealers. A wooden model of a Chalutier ship costs $149.95; a USS Ronald Regan model costs $999; a wooden model Schooner costs $26.96; a Harvey wooden model costs $110; a Cutty Sark Wooden model costs $189; and an Atlantic costs $195.95. There are various price ranges for the connoisseur.
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.