Briana Potts Ship Models November 23rd, 2017 - 11:45:16
Wooden ship models are built-to-scale representations of modern or ancient sea-faring vessels. Traditionally, all types of ship models have been built of wood, though with the advent of plastic and sheet metal, these have been used for amateur kits. Of course, wooden models project grandeur and finesse. The ancient Egyptians were the pioneers who made detailed ship models. The models were crafted as part of funeral rituals, which forced the builders to strive for precision, otherwise the unmitigated soul would pester them. The ship models kept inside the coffin were supposed to transport the soul of the deceased to the next world.
Since the 15th century, ships bells have played both a practical and symbolic role in the life of naval vessels and their crews. All good ship models must have a bell on board. All really good ship models should also have an ornate belfry - depending on the era of the ship model. There is documentary evidence that at least one English royal vessel, the Rodcogge de la Tour, 1414, had a brass bell \"to mark the watches of the sailors\". Other mentions of the shipboard bell were on the British ship Grace Dieu about 1485. Some ten years later an inventory of the English ship Regent reveals that this ship carried two watch bells. Originally the bell was fixed to a moveable beam which was activated by a lever or a wheel to which was attached a bell rope that dropped to the main-deck.
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).
Wooden pirate ship models are a way in which modelers can express their creativity as well as their copious building skills. A gentle touch should be used when handling wooden pirate ship models. The pirate ship should be put in a position where handling such a delicate item is discouraged. On higher shelves, this model ship runs a significantly lower risk of being carelessly pushed and otherwise cracked or broken. Wooden pirate ship models are often purchased with a glass case which is a wonderful protection method. Wooden pirate ship models can be constructed with fewer parts, and with a hull made from sturdy plastic, this allows for greater handling. Many wooden pirate ship models are complicated in design and build. With so many tiny details and minuscule enhancements, this particular model is thought to be harder to craft. The interconnected thread of parts can be particularly difficult to fix if just one simple part goes missing or is damaged. Wood pirate ship models are glowing gems in a model enthusiasts collection.