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Nell Jarvis Ship Models January 26th, 2018 - 11:21:09
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.
Tall ships began to undergo a transformation when new technologies came to light. Ships with taller hulls and decks began to emerge. Schooners of the time had always been streamlined, but now they were transformed to a larger ships that could carry much more cargo. War was what many of these ships were best suited for. Loads that were significantly more heavy and dense could be carried by these ships with great ease. The transfer of food, medicine, and guns to their troops was greatly increased when countries employed these ships. The war effort by England around the world to control more countries was made easier by the aid of these ships.
As we have continued to move inventories out of bricks and mortar buildings and into the cloud, retailers have seen stock levels in North America fall to much lower levels. Cost concerns have led manufacturers to source manufacturing in countries with lower wage levels, fewer health benefits, and longer working hours. Unfortunately, these moves have also provided barriers to effective and efficient information concerning product availability and longer delivery times in some cases. In order to address product availability, longer lead times, higher shipping costs, and extremely price conscious retailers (as an extension of their customers), distributors have been taking steps to improve their ability to provide cost effective products. Sometimes, in a smaller marketplace (like Canada), this can mean a limited supply of product in the warehouse, a longer ordering cycle, and longer shipping times in order to take advantage of lower cost transportation systems. And we retailers arent all saints either.
Some readers of this article may find it too provocative but it needs to be said. After spending 30 years building ship models, and twelve years selling radio controlled and wooden ship models to the hobby enthusiast, I find there are some frustrations that never go away in the ship model building industry. Lets face it; the business of ship model building, operates as a niche industry. Nonetheless, radio controlled and wooden ship models are, to the hobby enthusiast, a very important past time. Rich in history, technical challenges, and a form of art and legacy; ship modeling is a very rewarding hobby.