Tracey Becker Ship Models September 15th, 2017 - 11:40:37
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.
Grandeur and a sense of great luxury are conveyed when gazing upon the impressive ivory bulk of a cruise ship model. A ship model is perhaps the model that retains the greatest regal bearing due to its large size and clean lines. Great numbers of passengers, staff, and amenities such as athletic courts and cafes are included on these ships. The size and girth of a cruise ship is accounted for by these great crowds of people. With such size, a cruise ship model is one, if not the, largest size of model ship available to consumers. These models are also one of the most expensive due to their size and the details required to be included within the model itself.
Model Ships are a scaled down replications of a full-sized historical ship from ancient times to the present. Model ships played a vital part in the building of real ships. Model ship builders would pass the completed model to the workers for them to build their ships to proper scales. In a sense the old model builders built their models for the opposite reason as model ship builders of today; they built them to create an upscale model instead. These older hand carved models that provided the model ship to their workers, were actually provided the workers blueprints for the ship they were building. Today, model ships and computer programs are used to help ship designers select the final form of the ships hull before they draw out the actual plans.
An Admiralty style model could also be a cross section of the hull. This is where all the planking is in place however the model would only represent part of the ship such as the bow, mid section or stern. The advantage of building an Admiralty ship model to the ship model builder is that you can add detail to better represent the purpose and era of the ship. Using the Bounty as an example, representation can be made for the galley, armament room, carpentry shop, hold, captains quarters etc. The Bountys botanical mission was to pick up bread fruit plants so some plants can be added as well as an area that would have been used for the studying of plants and animals discovered along its journey. Prior to starting the ship model the builder should not only study the ship that is being represented but also the era in which the ship was built. Ship building changed from century to century.