Tracey Becker Ship Models January 28th, 2018 - 11:54:46
The ship model market by its very nature caters to a very small group of like-minded people with a particular passion to create a unique piece of work. It is characterized by higher prices limited availability and limited manufacturers model choices. And those kits rely heavily on our skills and innovations as builders to complete a historically accurate ship model to be proud of.Lets examine the manufacturing and distribution chain a little closer. MANUFACTURERS of ship model kits and fittings often temporarily remove popular ship model kits from the market place redesign them and then re-offer them. What reasons would a manufacturer have to do this? Have you ever considered any of these possibilities for ship model removal from the manufacturing chain? 1. Improve the overall quality of the kit? 2. Respond to customer comments about the build difficulties in a particular ship model? 3. Reduce manufacturing costs? 4. Re-locate manufacturing center? 5. Add additional features? 6. Improve the plans drawings or instructions? While kits can be removed for any of the above reasons; ship model manufacturers are facing the same economic realities as other types of industry.
A wooden ship in the distance sails ever closer from its place far below the horizon. These ships are recreated by many modelers for the enjoyment of those who find the ocean beautiful. The extremely high popularity of wood tall ship models enables them to be recognized by nearly anyone at first glance. The popularity of these models is reputable and many enjoy them for their striking visual appearance. Those who walk into a room are prone to seeing wood tall ship models first as they are a very prominent display even when they are small in size. For many these are the very reasons they buy wood tall ship models as they want a model that creates attention. Those who value style bold colors and quality center pieces will surely enjoy these models the most.
That the bell rope was not attached directly to the bell clapper suggests that in those early days the ships bell was not used to mark the passage of the hours and half-hours. Long ago time at sea was measured by the trickle of sand through a half - hour glass. The sand glass on the deck was usually next to a bell (ships strike) and the ships boy (called a Grommet) was responsible for turning the glass over and ringing the ships bell at the same time so that the helmsman could make sure he turned his glass at exactly the same. The ships bell had many uses; to indicate the time aboard the ship and hence to regulate the sailors duty watches; for safety in foggy conditions; signaling; used in gunnery control; the Dutch Navy of the 17th century rang the bell as an order to open fire; as boat gongs indicating officers and dignitaries boarding or leaving the ship and one of the most memorable traditions for sailors and their families involves the use of ships bells as baptismal fonts for shipboard christenings (the name of the baptized child would usually be engraved on the bell).
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.