Victoria Kelly Ship Models December 20th, 2017 - 10:13:05
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 $15,000. 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.
Admiralty style ship models were built by ship builders from the 15th to the 19th century. They served as a design aid for the engineers, a simulator for those responsible for operating the vessel and as a \"show and tell\" display to be used for those raising funds from investors. An Admiralty model will have some parts of it un-planked exposing the framing and internal and deck furnishings. Usually masts, spars and some rigging are in place. The keel, stern post and stem are erected and the ribs are attached to the keel. This will then represent the general form of the hull. Some of the planks are then applied to the ribbed frame. In some Admiralty boat models the entire hull will be planked while only a portion of the deck will be planked. In other models, a side of the hull will be left un-planked while the deck is planked. Another version will have the entire hull un-planked while the deck is planked.
This is because many of these models are often older than others. Pirates and their ships hold a great sway in history, and as such modelers reproduced these boats over the course of many centuries. This act has filled the market with a variety of these models. The age of a model increases its rustic appeal and monetary value. Recently discovered old models with an age of half a century or more rarely appear on the market, and as such are bought as quickly as possible by enthusiasts. More than anything else, the ships are prized for their old world charm and rich back story. George is an avid collector and connoisseur of all things nautical- nautical decor, wooden pirate ship models, historical artifacts, ship models etc. He has written articles for several large manufacturers and retailers of model ships, and he is a master ship builder himself. He brings a unique perspective from both the retail and the consumer side of the nautical decorating and model boat building markets.
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.