Deirdre Ochoa Ship Models January 24th, 2018 - 11:13:03
Model ships contain miniature versions of their larger counterparts, including libraries, sitting rooms, and movie theaters. These ships have a slower speed than most boats, and their seaworthiness compared to ocean liners is lower. Overall compact, a cruise model is very shapely when put on a pedestal or holder. A snowy white is the norm for these ship models, and many have bottoms that are painted dark blue or some other vivid color. The colors accentuate any small detail carved into the cruise ship model. A cruise ship model, either large or small, is an excellent addition to any maritime themed home or office space. George is an avid collector and connoisseur of all things nautical- cruise ship model items, model boats, historical artifacts, etc. He has written articles for several large manufacturers and retailers of authentic models, and he is a master ship builder himself. He brings a unique perspective from both the retail and the consumer side of the nautical decorating and model boat building markets.
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.
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.
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.