Ivy Bonner Ship Models January 28th, 2018 - 11:11:23
Some readers of this article may find it too provocative but it needs to be said. After spending 30 years building ship models and twelve years selling radio controlled and wooden ship models to the hobby enthusiast I find there are some frustrations that never go away in the ship model building industry. Lets face it; the business of ship model building operates as a niche industry. Nonetheless radio controlled and wooden ship models are to the hobby enthusiast a very important past time. Rich in history technical challenges and a form of art and legacy; ship modeling is a very rewarding hobby.
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.
Based on these models the properties equipment and uses of ships were discussed between customers and shipyards. At the same time they served as scale model during construction. Many English and French shipyard models of that period still exist and are displayed in museums. From that time there seems to be a growing popularity of ship models as a decorative object of art. Today ship modelling is a widespread hobby facilitated by easily accessible literature on the development of naval technology and on the history of many famous vessels. Many enthusiasts who either want to buy a model ship or build one themselves will look for help and other offers on the Internet. High in desire by modellers are photos that show a particular ship model in many pictures and perspectives.
In the 1700s engineers started to develop and experiment with steam powered boats. By the 1800s the model paddle wheel steam boats were invented. By 1853 the propeller powered steam boat model was invented proving to be more efficient then the paddle wheel model. This dawned a new era of ship building; steel ships that replaced the traditional wooden model. Some of the most fascinating ships that are still in operation today were when the passenger cruise ships came on the seen. This RMS Titanic cruise ship was built in March 1909. In May 1911 this new steel model ship was launched which was a heavily publicized spectacle. Unfortunately at 11:40 pm on the 14th April 1912 the greatest maritime disaster in history began. Other models include the Normandie Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain.