Tracey Becker Ship Models October 29th, 2017 - 10:54:26
Based on these models, the properties, equipment and uses of ships were discussed between customers and shipyards. At the same time they served as scale model during construction. Many English and French shipyard models of that period still exist and are displayed in museums. From that time there seems to be a growing popularity of ship models as a decorative object of art. Today ship modelling is a widespread hobby, facilitated by easily accessible literature on the development of naval technology and on the history of many famous vessels. Many enthusiasts who either want to buy a model ship or build one themselves, will look for help and other offers on the Internet. High in desire by modellers are photos that show a particular ship model in many pictures and perspectives.
The sailing ships had ferried a large number of slaves from countries in the African continent to the United States, during the time of flourishing slave trade. With regard to the structure of the sailing ships, every vessel has a hull, rigging, and a mast to hold up the sails that tap the wind to power the ship. Ballasting helps to weigh down the bottom of the ship so that the waves would not push the ship over. Convention had it that only a vessel with three or more masts was called a ship. Others were called a boat. Now, the norm is ignored. The crew members who sail a ship are called sailors or hands, who take turns to take the watch. In modern times, the voyage of sailing ships for transportation of passengers and cargo is not desirable, as this would take months. Expeditions, explorations, and scientific voyages or training jaunts are undertaken on sailing ships even at present. Fine models of sailing ships are on display at the prestigious American Marine Model Gallery in Salem, Massachusetts. During the Great Age of Sail, Salem, Massachusetts, was one of Americas busiest seaports and maritime centers.
Turn off the builders and watch the niche market we occupy get even smaller my friends. The reason DISTRIBUTORS exist is to represent and consolidate numerous manufacturers products under one roof, providing an inventory, warranty, and technical support system, often in a different country or continent than the manufacturer. This addition to the supply chain should enable smaller retailers to improve their competitiveness. One frustration in this system, with todays emphasis on internet sales, is the distributor who competes with the retailers he is supposed to be supporting. This can lead to reduced supply, increased prices, and an unfair (to the consumer) marketplace. And, while the global marketplace has allowed us all shorten the delivery cycle and to become more price conscious and price savvy, it has also become a thorn in the side of the retailer, particularly the small business person.
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.