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How To Buy a Ship Model

January 7th, 2010

Model Ship - Titanic Model

Model Ship - Titanic Model


One of the most popular pastimes all over the world is building ship models. A ship model is a small-scale reproduction of a ship. People may enjoy building them because they enjoy nautical history, are interested in the engineering of ships, or simply because they think ships are cool. Ship models range in size from miniatures to large models that are actually manned by people.

People have been building ship models since ancient times. Some of these models have survived to the modern era, which gives historians a firsthand look at the ships and the culture surrounding them in the olden days. Ship models were often used in ancient times as burial votives, home décor, or as toys for children.

Times haven’t changed all that much, as ship models today are often used for the same purpose (although not so much as burial votives these days). A ship model displayed in a den is still an impressive sight, and modern children still love to play with toy boats. Model shipbuilding is a timeless hobby that will most likely stay around until there’s no water left in which to float the finished products.

Types of Ship Models

A ship model can range in difficulty from simple enough for a child to complete alone to complicated enough to take weeks for a shipbuilding professional to finish. Model kits are available for many different types of ships, from pirate vessels to modern warships, in materials from wood to plastic. They serve a variety of purposes from decoration to entertainment to research.

Some enjoy the challenge of building an exact replica of a famous ship in perfect detail. Others ratchet up the challenge factor by attempting to build the ship inside a bottle. Ships in bottles are fascinating to look at, but not much fun to play with.

Those who prefer a high-tech thrill could invest in a radio-controlled ship model. An RC ship model may come preassembled, but it’s still a challenge. The challenge lies in navigating it, not in building it, but it’s a challenge nonetheless.

And for those who think that bigger is better, one can even build a ship model that’s large enough to hold people in it. Generally speaking, these manned models are used for research, engineering, or training, but it’s not improbable that some enthusiasts build manned models for recreational purposes.

Where to Purchase a Ship Model

Ship model kits are available for purchase in a variety of avenues. A ship model from a local toyshop or hobby store could make a great last-minute birthday or holiday gift. Online retailers offer every possible model kit in existence. There are even specialty shops dedicated solely to this pastime.

Some may dismiss model shipbuilding as nothing more than silly toys or a leisure hobby, but it is more than that to those who love it. Ship models not only help to preserve history, they have a long history of their own that’s worth preserving. As long as there are model enthusiasts to carry on the tradition, it will live on.

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