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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-28

February 28th, 2010
  • The brand new model ships blog is up and running! Check it out: http://blog.handcraftedmodelships.com #
  • Not just model ships anymore… HMS now has Hampton Nautical Brass Items on sale- http://www.handcraftedmodelships.com/nautical-decor.php #
  • now has free shipping on all orders over $39! And believe me, these ships aren’t cheap to ship… #
  • for those who were wondering, we DO NOT sell model boat kits! All model ships come fully assembled and ready for your friends to envy. #

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Model Sailboats Reflect on History

February 9th, 2010

Model Sailboats - Americas Cup Contender Model

Model Sailboats - America's Cup Contender Model


 
Owning a model sailboat offers the boat lover an opportunity to reflect on their experience sailing the open waters. Sounds of the sea echo in their ears, as the imagination leads them to these special places and times.

Whether a sailor or simply an admirer, owning a handcrafted model sailboat is an elegant addition to any home, office, or study.

To the collector, a model sailboat tells a story. Replicas of famous crafts, from the American classics to the internationally famous schooners, often grace their mantles and curio cabinets. They are passionate about showcasing these treasures.

The detail that the model sailboat exhibits is amazing. Through the intricate stitching on the sails, to the glossy hand painted hulls, the fine craftsmanship the artisans put into their work is apparent.

Model sailboats come in many types, sizes and shapes. These masterpieces are found for sale online, and in some of the finer furniture stores. However, due to specific requests, numerous sailboats are made to order.

Crafted sailboats in a bottle

When eying the beauty of the model sailboat in a bottle, you will be reminded of bygone times. These delicately crafted vessels are presented in several types of bottles.

Depending on the sailboat you choose, it may be housed in a round bottle, a flat-bottomed bottle or dimpled bottles, designed to sit on a table or mantle. The bottles are corked, waxed, and lined with cotton fishing line, then topped off with a sailor’s knot.

To achieve the realistic effect these vessels exhibit, crafters use only quality materials. For every detail – from the mast to the sea – your model sailboat in a bottle is sure to be a prized possession.

Every piece will have a descriptive plaque engraved or otherwise affixed to the bottle. Many offer the history of the sailboat. This addition makes these wonders not only a stunning curio, but a source of education, and conversation.

Decorative model sailboats offer timeless classics at affordable prices

Owning a decorative model sailboat will put you in the seat of history with your hand on the sail. It is up to you where you take the vessel, and where it takes you. It is the discerning taste of the novice or collector that draws one to these water crafts.

The building of these sailboats requires a steady hand and a love for the craft. Decorative handcrafted model sailboats are not fashioned from prefabricated model kits. Craftsmen research each vessel’s history before embarking on its creation. Museums, photos, boat plans, and visits to the actual boats are a few techniques used in crafting a decorative model sailboat.

After careful review, model plans are drawn which mimic the original vessel. This is accomplished by the use of special computer software.

Following the plan creation, the tedious process of shaping the sailboat begins. The wood for the bulkhead and deck are hand formed. While some machinery is used to move along production, the majority of the work is done by hand.

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Top 10 Most Famous Ships in History

February 6th, 2010

Famous Ships - Titanic Model

The Most Famous Ship - The Titanic


 

There are many ships with a claim to fame due to how they were build while others are due to some significant historical event(s) that they were involved in. Whatever the reason, this select number of vessels has left a permanent imprint in our minds.

The Titanic

One of the most recognized navel disasters of the early 20th century; the RMS Titanic was quoted by The Shipbuilder Magazine as "practically unsinkable". Nearly 100 years later, the story of this great ship’s demise is still shrouded in controversy. Regardless, the Titanic has left an enduring legacy for many historians, treasure seekers, and enthusiasts alike.

The Enterprise

There have been many vessels with this recognizable name; some factual and some fictional. Regardless of history or myth, The Enterprise in its various personas has grown into a cultural phenomenon. Some of the most notable crafts include the USS Enterprise nuclear aircraft carrier and the Space Shuttle Enterprise currently on display at the Smithsonian’s Air & Space museum.

The Victory

The most famous ship of the Royal Navy, the HMS Victory is mostly remembered when Admiral Horatio Nelson commanded her between 1803 and 1805. She’s the oldest commissioned warship in the world and currently rests in Portsmouth.

The Cutty Sark

The world’s only surviving extreme clipper ship; the Cutty Sark is mostly remembered not as a sailing vessel but as one of many significant sites to see in the south-east London. Even after an accidental fire in 2007, the ship was restored through charity efforts and is one again on display for all to see.

The Mayflower

Originally designed as a trade cargo ship, the Mayflower is most known for its transportation of English Separatists across the Atlantic between 1620 and 1621. After reaching Cape Cod, the surviving Pilgrims stayed behind while the ship then returned to London.

The Britannic

A sister ship to the Titanic, the HMHS Britannic would start as a luxury ocean liner but then be commissioned as a hospital ship for the First World War. In 1916, she would be struck with a mine off the coast of Greece and quickly sink into the Mediterranean.

The Constitution

The USS Constitution is most recognized as one of the few navel vessels with a perfect battle record. Nicknamed "Old Ironsides", the ship was later dry-docked and converted into a museum in Boston, Massachusetts as a symbol of longevity and American might.

The Arizona

The USS Arizona is one of the US navel ships which was subsequently attacked and sank during the Japanese attack in Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Its remains are still in Pearl Harbor as a memorial to that historical day and to those who lose their lives.

The Niña, Pinta & Santa Maria

The Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria will always be remembered as the trio of ships that carried Christopher Columbus and crews across the Atlantic. Despite the loss of the Santa Maria in Haiti, the other two ships was used on many of Columbus’ later voyages as well.

The Bounty

Romanticized by Hollywood, the mutiny upon the HMS Bounty in 1789 is most well known for its aftermath of its crew through various stages of trials, tribulations, and betrayal. Lt. Bligh was eventually acquitted and descendants of the mutineers still live on Pitcairn Island to this day.

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