Cassie Decker Ship Models January 23rd, 2018 - 10:49:30
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).
Getting a die-cut keel out of a 1/8\" thick piece of basswood without losing any important curves can sometimes be enough to drive a builder to close up shop for the night. Listen up kit manufacturers; if you are going to be in the business then do yourselves and your customers a huge favor and get some laser cutting machinery! Or go forward thinking and investigate the possibilities of a 3D printer. Then there are the manufacturers that give you materials that are almost impossible for the average ship model builder to work with. For example, some kits provide wire that is to be fashioned into chain assembly parts. This is a sure-fire way to turn off a novice builder.
More realism could be added like ballast placed in the hold prior to adding cargo. As an alternative to the standard plank on bulkhead that most ship model kits utilize, the builder can either convert the kit to a plank on frame or purchase one of the few plank on frame kits that are available. Exposed ribs can be fashioned using the bulkhead pieces as templates. Add reinforcement to the ribs between the decks by constructing beams. Some of the plank on frame kits that are available are the US Frigate Confederacy, Bounty, US Essex, America, Victory, USS Constitution and Santisimo Trinidad. Scratch building a plank on frame ship model is also possible. Ensure that you have good quality drawings and are familiar with how ships hulls are designed. If you do build a plank on frame model, youll probably achieve more satisfaction. The beauty of any ship model is the intricate detail. A plank on frame ship model allows you to provide detail not just on the upper deck but also on the decks below.
Types of Wood There are a lot of types of wood that can be used but make sure that it is good quality wood, dont settle for any soft woods.The grain is what makes Wooden Model ships, so make sure that it has good detail. The Materials Besides the fine wood that is used on your model ship, especially if it is a tall ship model, make sure that the sails are made of silk or another fine linen. You want to look for hand tied rigging and all the details should be in metal. Dont ever settle for plastic if you are paying any amount of money for one of these models. There is no reason there should be plastic parts.