Millie Ortega Ship Models January 25th, 2018 - 09:50:31
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.
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.
Scandinavians developed Viking ships; one of the best ships built in Europe between 700 AD to the late 1000s and in 1300 A.D. introduced the stern rudder. The Mediterranean shipbuilders developed full-rigged sailing ship models in 1450 A.D. From there to the early 1800s ships used were constructed mostly using the plank on frame method rudder control and full-rigged sails. Galleons model ships launched to sea in the 1500s and used to the 1800s. The most famous ship models were the packet and clipper ships. Packet ships appeared in the Atlantic Ocean in the early 1800s followed by the Clipper ships during the 1840s. Both of these models were used as import ships.
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.