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The Best Model Ships for Children

April 5th, 2010

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While the hobby of model ship collecting can seem a bit stuffy at times, not everything in it is so mundane. There are many model ships out there that emphasize imagination and fun above everything else. Therefore, model ships are not restricted to adults but can also be pastimes of children as well. There is also a plethora of model ships out there that appeal to children because they are mysterious, spooky, and/or simply fun to play with. Children have vivid imaginations that tend to run wild, and when paired with a model ship there are all sorts of adventures for them to get into to. From ships in a bottle, to pirate ships, to remote controlled speed boats, kids can have plenty of fun with model ships.

The Cutty Sark Ship in a Bottle

Kids love ships in bottles. The Cutty Sark Ship in a Bottle makes a great toy for your kid to share at their school’s show and tell. Other children will be fascinated and wonder how the ship managed to get inside the bottle. However, with a kids overactive mind chances are the ship in a bottle will eventually find itself afloat up a creek or stream! The Cutty Sark is only $19.99, and is 11″ in length, 4″ in width, and 5″ in height.

The Caribbean Pirate

The Caribbean Pirate is another great model ship for children. Pirate ships are fascinating to our imaginations and children will love to have and play with their very own pirate ship! The Caribbean Pirate ship is made out of resin and is painted black, white, and burgundy. This model is only $9.99, and is 7″ long, 2″ wide, and 6″ high.

The RC Chris Craft Dual Cockpit

The model ships children will love most are without a doubt the remote controlled speed boats. These boats, while expensive, offer the most fun out of all of the model ships for children. The RC Chris Craft Dual Cockpit is a fast speed craft that gets up to 25 mph! With such a high speed, children will have countless hours of fun with this speedboat. This model is also realistically created, with gauges that resemble the real thing and are not simply painted on. Furthermore, it is made from heartwood honduras mahogany, which is one of the finest mahoganies available and is usually used on actual boats. At $699, this model ship may be a little steep in the price range, but it is guaranteed that your children will have fun with it.

Usually, the best model ships for children are found to be the models that cater to the imagination and to an overall fun experience. There are many model ships out there that are suitable for children. You simply just have to figure out what your child favors and then go from there. Model ship collecting is a fun hobby and it is never too early to start!

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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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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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Building a Ship in a Bottle

January 19th, 2010

Ship in a Bottle - Flying Cloud Model

Ship in a Bottle - Flying Cloud Model


 
It’s a capture of sun, sails trapped in glass and light. It’s the defiance of logic, baffling all who witness, all who peek down to decipher the secret. The image is iconic: a pirate vessel roaming a painted sea, detailed immaculate. It waits on a shelf, gathering no dust, only intrigue. It seems unlikely. And yet… a ship in a bottle was made. It can be made again.

It’s often named the impossible trick, a dare for any who try it. But such dares can be solved. Because building a ship in a bottle is more process than illusion. It can be achieved by simple patience and simpler steps. Once these steps are known, creating a battle is all too easy… and all too rewarding.

Master The Ship In A Bottle

The first rule you must remember? You will not craft the boat inside its container. That truly would be impossible, and would send most running for solace in the nearest board game. Instead you will shape all materials outside, allowing yourself the freedom to focus on the bows and gaffers. To begin, always measure the opening of your bottle. This will determine the size of your ship (the depth of the hull must be smaller to allow you to slip it in later). Once that number is known, you can then begin to form your vessel. There are countless kits available for those who are not yet certain of their own skills. Novices are recommended to use them. Always build with your number in mind. Never forget it.

Once the majority of the work is done, however, you will find yourself faced with the masts (and, consequently, the sails). It is essential that you place hinges within these to allow the masts to collapse to a ninety degree angle. This will let them rest as you place the ship in a bottle. Attach a string to each so you may raise them later. This will complete the effect.

Caution Ahead: Ship In A Bottle

This is not a day of thrills nor hours spent breathless. This is not instant satisfaction. It is instead a pastime for the patient. Do not assume this will be a quick event, finished in clumsy haste, with you then moving on to the next project. It’s meant instead to be enjoyed, the details faithfully done, the scenes made real. You are not to rush. You are to savor.

Of course, for some, that seems more improbable than the ship in a bottle itself. They demand immediate results. They will find little of that here. Understand that this is a system. It will take effort. If you are not interested in that, then perhaps another hobby would be wise.

If you are willing, however, to offer time, then this can be an experience worth having. You simply must remember to follow your directions carefully, devote the necessary minutes and keep your frustrations low. You will succeed. You merely have to learn first.

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