Rachel Vaughn Ship Models January 27th, 2018 - 12:01:05
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.
Certain RETAILERS are known to dramatically increase their list prices and then offer fabulous sales, advertising 60% or more off MSRP. I know Im attracted to a 60% savings sign! I also know that I have to be aware of the real regular price, what other retailers are offering for the same object, and how service differs between retailers. The net effect of this illusion is an inflated advertised discount which should leave end users - YOU - with a bad taste in your mouth and a determination to avoid retailers who try to put one over on you. Ahhh, the internet! Such a wonderful tool, it has opened up chains of supply never seen before. It offers the consumer a chance to browse without leaving the comfort of their living room. But what about the consumer who lives in a rural area, the fellow who cant get high speed service? Or the consumer who without access to the internet at all? Or the customer who wants to touch and browse? Often times these customers are overlooked in our race to go digital. There are many fly-by-night radio-control and wooden ship model retailers out there.
Prior to 1600 the bell would have been placed on the stern deck.The ships bell is usually located forward at the break of the forecastle on ship models prior to the 18th century then moved to the after end of the fore castle deck. The ships cook (or his staff) traditionally has the job of shining the ships bell. Bells cast from metal were first developed in the Bronze Age. The ships bell is usually made of brass or bronze, bright finished on the outside only and normally has the ships name and date of commission engraved or cast on it then filled in with black enamel. The bell clapper and clapper pin are of a metal composition, with a suitable eye in the end for attaching the lanyard. There is a supporting eyebolt. The clapper of the ships bell would be supported by a bronze lug. The ship modeler has the choice of making bells by turning from brass on a lathe, electro plating shell method or buying a prefabricated bell. Same with the belfry. A belfry can be carved from wood, sculptured from metal or you can buy one premade. On some vessels the bell assembly was hung from the belfry. On other vessels, the bell was hung on a curved iron post that was fastened to the deck.
Look for a retailer that will provide products at a fair price, have both a digital and print presence, are ship modelers themselves and enthusiastic about the hobby. You want to deal with a company that has a history in the business, and responds to your phone calls and emails in a timely fashion; a company that has more than a single manufacturers product lines, a wider distribution network, and a ship model building focus. When you find a company like that, dont lose their contact information! At Cast Your Anchor we are far from perfect but we strive to become better every day given the constraints we face with our chosen industrys manufacturing and distribution networks. The radio controlled or wooden ship model hobby enthusiast will always find that Cast Your Anchors owners and employees have a passion for this wonderful, wacky, and challenging ship model building hobby. We aim to make your ship model building experience an enjoyable and rewarding one.