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Best Online Stores for Model Ship Collectors

March 31st, 2010

Great Online Model Ship Stores

When looking to buy great model ships online it is important to find online stores for model ship collectors that offer a wide array of both model ships and nautical decor. The quality of the model ships on these sites should directly correlate with the price. The best online stores for model ship collectors should have master artisans that work tirelessly on your model from start to finish. These sites should also have great shipping methods and care packaging to ensure a safe arrival to your doorstep. For instance, you do not want to purchase a model ship for over a hundred dollars that was created sloppily and falls apart before it even reaches your door, and not even have a money back guarantee. For the model ship collector looking to buy individual models look no further than handcraftedmodelships.com. If you are a retailer looking for wholesale model ships then tallmodelships.com is your best bet. Both stores are reliable and offer great quality, low prices, and safety assurance.

Hand Crafted Model Ships

At Hand Crafted Model Ships you will find a large assortment of tradition model ships, such as: Civil War ships, Coast Guard ships, cruise ships, decor yachts, fishing boats, pirate ships, remote controlled boats, sailboats, ships in bottle, speed boats, tall ships, and WWII ships. These ships are created from the highest quality materials such as cherry, teak, yellow siris, birch, and rosewood. The higher the cost of the model the more effort that was put into creating it. Some models require over two hundred hours of work by master artisans to complete. Hand Crafted Model Ships also has some limited edition and rare model ships available. Furthermore, you can purchase nautical decor items such as compasses and ship wheels to accommodate your model ship purchase. These decor items will add flair and style to your nautical themed room at cheap prices. Every item bought from Hand Crafted Model Ships is guaranteed quality, and is shipped to your house in safe packaging that ensures the safety of your product. If for some reason you are not happy with your model ship or decor item you are entitled to receive a full refund. If you are looking to purchase models then Hand Crafted Model Ships should be your first stop.

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Model Ship Collecting Around the World

March 29th, 2010

Model Ship Collecting Around The World

Model ship collecting is one of the worlds oldest hobbies. In the ancient world, model ships reflected the peoples love and sometimes fear of these outstanding technological advancements. Back then, ships were the most advanced and complex technological achievements in the world. Interest in ships were high due to the impact they had on trade, adventure, and war, among other things. Model ships were used for many different purposes. Some of which coincide with what they are used for today, while other purposes have dropped off completely mostly due to cultural changes. Today, model ship collecting is still a world wide hobby. It seems that our fascination with sea faring vessels remains intact, and the enthusiasm has not died down one bit.

Model Ship Collecting in the Ancient World

Ancient model ships from Greece, Egypt, and Phoenicia were discovered lining the Mediterranean. Using these models as guides, we can determine the cultural influences and economic conditions of the time period. Model ship collecting in the ancient world was done for a variety of reasons. For instance, many model ships served as burial votives for the dead. While this may not be seen very much or at all in modern culture, ancient ship models were also used as toys, household decorations, and as art. Furthermore, the model ships used as household decor could also serve as more than display purposes. Some models were made into lamps or used as drinking appliances.

In Europe, up until the the 18th century almost all model ships that were made were done so strictly for the purpose of showcasing how the actual ship would look when finished. It was not until the Napoleonic wars that model ship collecting became a hobby, and even an art form, in Europe. This was due to imprisoned French and English seamen who created ship models out of random scraps laying around their cell floors. When people began buying these models, the prisoners where supplied with better materials such as ivory to craft much more luxurious models. And by the 1880s Britain was home to three model ship sailing clubs.

Model Ship Collecting in the Modern World

Today model ship collecting around the world is still very popular. They make excellent toys for children, great decorations for households, and fun gifts for those people in your life that you are unsure of what to get come the holidays. Unlike model ships of the yesteryear, in the modern era model ships can be manufactured much more easily. This is because of the industrial revolution that made it so that practically anyone can build a model ship from pre-existing kits. Before that, model ships were built strictly by master artisans who slaved for hours on end in order to create works of art. In spite of this there are still master craftsmen today who take model ship building and collecting very seriously. Furthermore, new to the modern era of model ship collecting are RC boats. RC boats are remote controlled boats that can be fully functional on water. These boats are great fun for young and old alike.

Model ship collecting around the world is as strong as it has ever been. While there have been some changes in the application and practical purposes of ship models, the joy of creating and collecting them still remains the same.

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Rare and Collectors Edition Model Ships

March 26th, 2010

Limited Edition Model Ships

There are many kinds of model ships available. Some are sold in kits for you to build yourself, while others are sold completely finished for your display case pleasure. Those interested in the latter are often at odds trying to find rare and collectors edition model ships. Finding these rare ships can be a daunting task. This is because rare and limited edition ship models sell out quickly. In order to get your hands on these elusive models it is necessary to know how and where to go about searching for scarce model ship commodities.

For instance, when visiting a model ship retailer be sure to ask what limited models they have in stock, how many are available, and how much they cost. Common misconceptions about rare and collectors edition ship models lead many to believe that they are always high in the price range. However that is not the case, as many limited model ships can be purchased at low prices. Collectors edition model ships are usually of famous ships, movie ships, or ships by respected craftsmen. Many limited edition model ships are collectors edition ship models, therefore this article will examine a few rare and collectors edition model ships to aid you in your search.

The Volunteer Limited Edition Ship

The Volunteer is a fully assembled limited edition model ship. Priced under one hundred dollars, this rare ship model is perfect for the buyer that is looking for something unique but not willing to pay a large price for said model. The Volunteer is hand painted to match the colors of the actual ship, and is built using rare, high quality woods. The history that surrounds The Volunteer is also responsible for making it a rare and collectors item, as the actual Volunteer “was the victorious American defender of the seventh America’s Cup race in 1887 against Scottish challenger Thistle.”

The San Felipe Rare Model Ship

The San Felipe is a rare ship model that will cater to the crowd looking to spend a little more money in their purchases. This rare ship model comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity from HMS Founder and Master Builder Richard Norris. The San Felipe is made from over two thousand parts, built from high quality woods, and is companion to only fifty other models of its kind.

The San Felipe Special Edition Model Ship

The San Felipe Special is an amazingly detailed rare and collectors edition ship model that is only for those who have a lot of money to spend – eight thousand dollars to be exact. There is only one San Felipe Special tall model ship available. This ship model is also created using the finest and rarest woods. The details of the San Felipe are so intricate that it took hundreds of grueling hours by many master craftsmen to complete this ship model. The actual San Felipe was built in 1690 and was the leader of the Spanish Armada. The actual ship was never salvaged, as it went down at the arms of an English vessel centuries ago. The recreation of this notorious ship into model form was done so by using paintings of the San Felipe from Vincenzo Lusci.

These are just a few example of rare and collectors edition model ships. There are many to be found online or at your local model ship store, but hurry, because someone may snag the last models available!

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March 21st, 2010
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Pirate Ships Aren’t What They Used To Be

March 18th, 2010
Modern Pirate Ships

Modern Pirate Ships

Model pirate ship collectors know how grandiose pirate ships were during the heyday of tall ships. Many had multiple masts with dozens of sails, held hundreds of crew members, and had a terrifying reputation.

These days, pirates remain infamous as mercenaries off the coast of Africa continue to take over ships with valuable cargo that pass through their waters. However, modern pirates apparently need to be a little more careful when choosing their victims.

We found this story courtesy of Yahoo News:

NAIROBI, Kenya – These Somali pirates picked the wrong ship to hijack.

Troops aboard the Dutch warship HNLMS Tromp fired warning shots Wednesday off the coast of East Africa as suspected Somali pirates in two small skiffs raced toward their warship, the EU Naval Force said.

After the pirates realized they had made what spokesman Cmdr. John Harbour called a “rather silly mistake,” they turned around and fled. EU Naval Force personnel tracked down the two skiffs and a third suspected mothership, finding ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades on board, said Harbour, a spokesman for the EU Naval Force.

The two skiffs were destroyed and the pirates were set free on the mothership after it had been cleared of weapons.

“This morning’s attack may show a lack of sophistication in the pirate’s selection of targets, but it should be a warning to the merchant community that the pirates will try to attack any vessel on the high seas,” said Harbour.

The EU Naval Force has disrupted 11 pirate attack groups off the coast of East Africa over the last two weeks as part of a more offensive mindset to stop pirate attacks, Harbour said.

Experts say piracy will continue to be a problem until an effective government is established on Somalia’s lawless shores. It has not had a functioning government since a socialist dictatorship dissolved into civil war 19 years ago. The current administration is too busy fighting an Islamic insurgency to tackle the well-armed and well-funded pirate bases along its 1,900-mile (3,100-kilometer) long coastline.

The London-based International Maritime Bureau says Somali pirates captured 47 vessels last year and launched 217 attacks. More than 100 crew are still being held.

Want to own a piece of history? Buy a model pirate ship and show the modern pirates how it’s done!

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RC Boats – Having Fun With Model Ships

March 12th, 2010

Order the Chris Craft RC Boat

RC (remote controlled) boats have grown in popularity over the years, and are now a favorite pastime for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. The allure of these boats is not just the ability to sail on water, but also the elaborate assembly process. Hobbyists derive much pride in assembling their boats and participating in competitions. Many compete in tournaments in the hope of receiving a ribbon or trophy they can be proud of.

Types of RC Boats

There are four main categories of RC boats: electric boats, nitro powered boats, sail boats and gasoline boats. Electric RC boats have the advantage of being relatively cheap, easier to maintain, and have a quiet electric motor which enables one to play without bothering other people. The speed of a basic, ready to run electric boat kit is 15-20mph. However, this speed can increased by upgrading to higher voltage batteries and fast motors.

Nitro powered RC boats use a special combination of methanol, lubricating oil and methanol that is specially prepared for nitro marine type of engines. Nitro boats can reach speeds of up to 30mph, and are known to be very noisy. Despite being generally faster, these boats have the disadvantage of a shorter run time. In addition, the fuel is quite expensive.

RC sailboats are very simple to assemble and maintain. Since they don’t have an engine or motor, they are perfect for a quiet day out. There are many ready-to-run RC sail boats which come pre-assembled, some including an instructional video. The sail boat harnesses the power of the wind and uses the sails and rudder to steer and move forward. To sail effectively, the direction of the wind should be noted since the boat cannot sail straight into the wind. The rudder and sail can then be used to control where the sail boat will go.

Gasoline RC boats use fuel which is a mixture of oil and gasoline. The engine is comparable to that of a lawnmower. They have relatively longer run times, but are normally slower and more costly.

Choosing an RC Boat

There are several things to consider before buying an RC boat. One is the play area. If one lives near a big river, lake, or ocean, then the best choice would be the gasoline or nitro powered boats However, electric RC boats are more suitable for small spaces such as ponds or swimming pools.

The hull design is another factor. Mono hull or Deep V RC boats are best suited for rough water conditions and are easier to control. The hydroplane and catamaran hull design are designed for high speeds and are suited to run in tranquil water conditions.

Finally, there are several brands and models to choose from. Some of the companies that produce high quality RC boats are Nikko, CEN, Traxxas and Megatech. Since most RC boat models are similar in quality and price, the choice of what to buy will likely depend on the preferred ‘look’.

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Why Model Ships Make Perfect Gifts

March 10th, 2010

Model Ships Make Great Gifts!

Model Ships Make Great Gifts!



 

When we see a model ship that someone has put together, we no doubt wonder, "How on earth did he do that?" What’s even more exciting is when you tear open all that colorful wrapping paper on Christmas Day to find a miniaturized nautical treasure waiting for you underneath. But what makes model ships so appealing to give as gifts?

Ships in History

The historical significance of each ship and the incredible accuracy that goes into each model is certainly a huge factor. Giving a small piece of history to a loved one so that he or she may also enjoy its superb craftsmanship will spur further curiosity over why that particular vessel was so important.

Once the history of one ship is discovered it will lead him or her to read about other ships from the same or concurrent time periods. This may also spur an interest to later get other models in order to continue this educational experience.

Admiration of Skill

When seeing an assembled model ship, interest is enlightened when the admirer realizes that he or she would not have the patience to build it. So giving a model ship as a gift offers the admirer a chance to truly enjoy the effort that’s gone into its creation. Perhaps while marveling at each intricate detail he or she will be inspired to grasp that patience.

Others may not want to try assembling ships on their own, but they will be more inclined to see what else the builder has to offer. After peeling away the wrapping paper and the bow and staring at the treasure inside, they will likely ask "Where did you get this?" You can proudly tell them where you found that pirate ship and how impressed you also were with its craftsmanship.

Model Ships Bring Fond Memories

A common practice when giving a model ship as a gift is offering a bit of remembrance from a trip or other fond life experience. Especially with luxury cruises very popular right now, many of us have taken at least one journey on a big ship. Usually we come home with a model ship so that every time we see it, we think of our trip and how enjoyable it was.

Model ships are also popular gifts for those in the armed forces who once served or still serve on a particular vessel. These models are accepted and displayed as a grand form of pride from his or her efforts as a member or the military. Whatever station he or she may have served, looking over at that miniature ship time and time again will certainly make them smile.

So whether you give a model ship for a loved one to collect or enjoy, or if you want to just see the ships when you visit him or her later on, they will always make a fantastic gift. If anything, it’s relaxing to just sit and enjoy seeing the ships, and perhaps dream a little with it.

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How A Ship In A Bottle Is Made

March 8th, 2010

Flying Cloud Ship in a Bottle

Flying Cloud Ship in a Bottle



 

Many people often wonder how the miracle of a ship in a bottle is made. The most simplistic answer is, "Very carefully and with a lot of patience." The technique for doing this varies from builder to builder, but the fact remains that it is not an easy undertaking and requires a good amount of hand-eye coordination.

Despite what some may think, there are no real shortcuts involved with this pastime. It’s also one of the few hobbies to change very little in over 150 years in terms of construction and effort. Each ship is still meticulously created by hand and carefully pieced together with age old tools. In truth, a ship in a bottle is a time honored tradition that is still recognized long after its original conception.

Types of Ships in a Bottle

Almost all ship in a bottle designs are shown with ships from the 17th to 19th centuries. Initially naval ships from European countries such as Great Britain, Spain, and the Netherlands were subsequently miniaturized and reconstructed inside bottles as a novelty. Often the type of ship inside first depends on the shape of the bottle used. This was due to not only the space inside the bottle but also the width of the bottle opening.

Ships such as the USS Constitution and Horatio Nelson’s HMS Victory are often the most popular ship in a bottle kits to be found, though modern ships such as ships from World War I & II are also found. Thanks to a recent Disney franchise, Caribbean Pirate Ships in a bottle have also become increasingly popular.

How Are Ships in a Bottle Made?

Also previously mentioned is the fact that the type of ship to be placed in the bottle first and foremost depends on the shape and/or style of the bottle itself. More recent efforts have made the bottle a part of the crafting process and presentation with everything from dioramic paintings of sky and ocean to diamond engraving on the inside, outside, or both.

After picking the right bottle for your project, the next step is finding the right materials. Often the ships are held upright with special putty which is tinted to look like water. The putty often takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks to dry properly.

From there, each detail is created by hand and often assembled in various pieces which are then placed within the bottle one part at a time. From there, a special set of long, hand-forged tools are used through the bottle opening to place each piece it its proper place. Often ships with sails and masts are made to collapse down in order to fit and then pulled back up by the tiny threads that hold them all together. Great care also goes into painting each miniature piece so that the ship will be as historically accurate as possible.

With such precise discipline that goes into the creation of ships in a bottle, it’s no wonder that they continue to memorize our senses and our curiosity.

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How To Display A Model Ship

March 4th, 2010

Model Ship Display Cases and Tables

Model Ship Display Cases and Tables



 

The experience of owning a model ship is one of grand prestige and admiration, so it’s only fitting that this prized possession be properly displayed for further inspection and appreciation. Often the right method of display depends on the size and style of the model.

Model Ship Display Shelves

While many model ships do some with a stand to place them on for better display and signification, often the model is then placed on a shelf for better visibility. While bookshelves are popular for this type of display, the use of wall mounted model ship display selves are becoming increasingly popular. They’re easy to assemble and are especially good for rooms with very little regular shelving space.

As these shelves do leave the ship exposed to the open air, it is important that your model is regularly dusted and cleaned to prevent gradual deterioration. Genuine wood shelves are often already treated with a stain. To further preserve the life of your shelf, you should treat it with a little linseed oil which will soak into the wood and over time will harden to protect the wood from dents and scratches while also preserving the wood’s moisture.

Model Ship Display Cases

If you would rather not have to deal with the constant maintenance of cleaning your model ship, a large model ship display case enclosed in either glass or Plexiglas is also an option. These cases come in a variety of sizes and shapes to perfectly fit the type of ship you own. They also are manufactured in an array of materials, though most ship model collectors tend to prefer wooden cases due to their more traditional appeal.

Even with your model in an enclosed environment, it should be removed from the case for periodical preservation. Another thing to keep in mind is that the wood from display cases can lead to acid migration which can slowly corrode fabrics and paper. It’s best to places a small sheet of Mylar underneath your display and to allow for air flow in order to alleviate the build up of acid fumes.

Model Ship Display Tables

Perhaps your model ship is too large for proper display on a regular shelf or in a bookcase. In this case, there are model ship display tables specifically made to hold these substantial works of art. These tables are often easy to assemble and come in a variety of wood finishes to match your home decor.

As with shelves, you will need to clean your model frequently and properly treat the wood table to keep it beautiful for longer. Also, the table should be kept in a place where pets and/or small children will not have easy access to it to prevent further damage.

Model Ship Display Table & Case Combinations

If you prefer, there is also the option to have a model ship display table and case together. Purchasing these items as a set means that you will have a beautiful and seamless way to show off your model. If purchased from the same manufacturer, you will have a case that fits perfectly fit on top of your table and prevent it from falling off.

Whichever way you prefer to exhibit your fine ship model, we know that you’ll find the one that fits you and your home or office best.

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Model Ship Buying Guide

March 2nd, 2010
How To Buy Model Ships

How To Buy Model Ships

 

Purchasing a model ship is a significant decision. If you’re not already a model builder or collector, it can be very difficult to determine the exact value of the model you’re looking for. With the infusion of the internet, there is also the added challenge of not being able to examine the model in person, or to compare models of different builders for details. A model might look good from afar, but when closely examined it could be a disaster.

When looking for a ship model, first ask yourself these questions:

  • How many pictures does the seller provide?
  • What is the quality of each picture?
  • Is the model historically accurate?
  • What components were used in building the model?
  • Does the seller have quality control and/or inspect all models prior to shipment?
  • How will the model be packaged for delivery?

A Picture is Not Always Worth 1000 Words

Since you cannot see the model in person, the next best thing you have is photos on the web. Depending on how large and/or complex the ship model is, you have to hope the seller will offer you as many angles as possible to reaffirm your decision.

At minimum you should have pictures of the bow, stern, port and starboard sides of the boat. If the ship has sails, a close up of the fabric and stitching are also helpful. If the stand has a plaque, that should also have a separate picture. If it has any specific historical details such as raised colors or deck contents, those should also been shown.

Each photo should also be an exceptional resolution and size for better inspection. Blurred or hastily Photoshopped photos also give the impression that the seller is just as careless with his or her product.

Accuracy is Key

This is where the digital age becomes the most useful. With the World Wide Web at your fingertips, it’s very easy for you do your homework and make sure that the seller has done his or her fair share as well. Do a side by side analysis of drawings, paintings, and historical photographs for the ship you’re looking for with the various photos shown by the seller. Are the painted colors correct? Does the ship have the right amount of cannons on each side? Does it have 3 turrets or 4?

How the model is made is also a huge factor in quality and pricing. If the model is made of high quality rosewood, it will certainly be a more prestigious sale than one made of cold cast resin or plastic.

Inspections & Shipping

The ultimate way to tell if the seller is offering you good product is if he or she inspects the product before shipping. Often you’ll find a link to a guarantee with multiple points of inspection offered before the ship is sent.

Also a good thing to look for is any info on how the boat is packaged for delivery. If the seller shows photos of how the boat is stored and protected, the better. Using a specific shipping company with excellent standards is also a plus.

If the model and the seller offering it meet all of these criteria, then you’ve got a better edge on determining if the model will be perfect for you or as a gift for someone else.

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