Roseann Casey Ship Models January 28th, 2018 - 11:21:13
This is because many of these models are often older than others. Pirates and their ships hold a great sway in history, and as such modelers reproduced these boats over the course of many centuries. This act has filled the market with a variety of these models. The age of a model increases its rustic appeal and monetary value. Recently discovered old models with an age of half a century or more rarely appear on the market, and as such are bought as quickly as possible by enthusiasts. More than anything else, the ships are prized for their old world charm and rich back story. George is an avid collector and connoisseur of all things nautical- nautical decor, wooden pirate ship models, historical artifacts, ship models etc. He has written articles for several large manufacturers and retailers of model ships, 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.
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.
Now, lets suppose you do manage to get someone at the hobby shop on the phone. Who are you speaking with? Could it be a ship model builder, a long term full-time employee who understands the ship model hobby world, a small business owner, a part-time student? Most likely you will be speaking to a part-time employee or a small business owner and while owners and employees have a vested interest in your business, they dont always have the experience to address your concerns or the ability to provide personalized ship model and parts and fittings searching services. Sometimes they cant even get replacement parts from the manufacturers for you (see the information about manufacturers and distributors above)! The hobby market has changed in recent years and most hobby businesses are catering to the general consumer. In other words, their focus is elsewhere and its because sales of ship model kits, fittings, parts, and accessories are a very small part of their overall business.
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.