Judy Boyer Ship Models December 15th, 2017 - 10:07:40
Look for a retailer that will provide products at a fair price have both a digital and print presence are ship modelers themselves and enthusiastic about the hobby. You want to deal with a company that has a history in the business and responds to your phone calls and emails in a timely fashion; a company that has more than a single manufacturers product lines a wider distribution network and a ship model building focus. When you find a company like that dont lose their contact information! At Cast Your Anchor we are far from perfect but we strive to become better every day given the constraints we face with our chosen industrys manufacturing and distribution networks. The radio controlled or wooden ship model hobby enthusiast will always find that Cast Your Anchors owners and employees have a passion for this wonderful wacky and challenging ship model building hobby. We aim to make your ship model building experience an enjoyable and rewarding one.
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.
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.
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.