Kelley Pittman Ship Models January 26th, 2018 - 10:36:45
Until the appearance of the Vikings long boats in Northern Europe (of which several ships have been found and now are displayed in museums in Norway and Denmark) the development of marine technology can be assessed only from sparse old records frescoes seals and other visual representations. Contemporary ship models survived only from the period after the discovery of America by Columbus. Many of them were votive ships in churches which had been donated as expression of gratitude for successful travel or rescue from disaster. In the 17th century shipyards began to make accurate models before starting the actual construction of ships (the so-called Admiralty models when built for the English navy).
Wooden Ship Models are quickly becoming an obsession of mine I must admit! They make a phenomenal center piece for any room but if you are going to put it on display you want it to be high quality. There are a lot of things that you want to look for when you are in the market for a Wooden Ship Model whether they are tall ship models or a scale Titanic model there are some staples that you should look for. The Construction The construction of your model should be done by master craftsmen and should be considered \"museum quality.\" For a normal model of this caliber you want to look for at least a hundred hours of labor time during construction. The preferable design is what is called plank on frame construction. This is the same technique that was used to build real wooden ships and it gives them a very authentic look.
Prior to 1600 the bell would have been placed on the stern deck.The ships bell is usually located forward at the break of the forecastle on ship models prior to the 18th century then moved to the after end of the fore castle deck. The ships cook (or his staff) traditionally has the job of shining the ships bell. Bells cast from metal were first developed in the Bronze Age. The ships bell is usually made of brass or bronze bright finished on the outside only and normally has the ships name and date of commission engraved or cast on it then filled in with black enamel. The bell clapper and clapper pin are of a metal composition with a suitable eye in the end for attaching the lanyard. There is a supporting eyebolt. The clapper of the ships bell would be supported by a bronze lug. The ship modeler has the choice of making bells by turning from brass on a lathe electro plating shell method or buying a prefabricated bell. Same with the belfry. A belfry can be carved from wood sculptured from metal or you can buy one premade. On some vessels the bell assembly was hung from the belfry. On other vessels the bell was hung on a curved iron post that was fastened to the deck.
By 1920 ship model kits were available in cast lead parts. In the 1930s these became popular when \"Popular Science\" magazine published a series of articles and plans of ships. Thus ship modeling developed into a hobby. Ship models have revolutionized the world of pastimes and hobbies. Models of ancient and historic ships sailing ships cruise ships warships small vessels and tall ships are available for prices ranging from $122.99 to $15000. Crude primitives to precision-detail models of museum quality are available from dealers. People associated with ship modeling join together to form guilds for the veterans to pass on their knowledge to the greenhorns and for members of all levels to exchange new ideas. USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild and Ship Modelers Association of California are examples of these guilds.