construction is a difficult process and a
nightmare to many model ship builders. Artisans
have to heat bend individual planks and nail them one by one
onto the frame to form the beautiful, unique curves of
the ship hull. Real ships are built like that.
in prestigious nautical museums across the world are all like that.
It is one of the main reasons that The Museum of Science
and Industry, Chicago, chose us.
costs, many model ship builders machine
carve ship hulls from solid wood. Most of the
solid-hull ship models also carry solid superstructures
which have plenty of dark decal (which surely will curl up
later on) to portray the windows, etc... The result
is a very heavy miniature model. So heavy that,
when handled, it feels like a toy, with colorful decals
on the surface.
following video shows how time-consuming and skillful it
is to plank. Not only the hulls,
all of our ship models also have hollow
superstructures that are comprised of many small pieces
of wood precisely cut, sanded, and glued together.
Now watch this video
and you'll see how much skilled labor
machine can save when making a solid hull:
How about hand carved?
This video from MIT university shows the simplcity to
hand carve a hull. Fast forward to 25:00 for the
Shipwrights: “Solid hull ship model kits
are generally considered to be the easiest to construct."
Watch this video below from the Modelers' Shipyard and
you'll have an idea of why solid hulls make more
financial sense for many model makers.
from model ship builder J. Brent shows making the
planks itself is a horror for the solid-hull ship
builders (starting at 3:30.)
You can also see the necessary tools in the making of a plank-on-frame
are some representative photos:
The Skeleton Bench (by Bilgoray
Pozner) must have been inspired by a beautiful
This video shows a traditional workshop and the
painstaking way to make parts from scratch.
This is the way we makes model ships. After
viewing this video, please have a look again at our
models and you'll have a better understanding of how
much harder it is to form a beautiful model ship from
numerous pieces compared to solid hull, solid
superstructure. At ModelShipMaster, our
goal is to create nautical art pieces that can be
affectionately passed to later generations, not
something that can be easily disposed after awhile, and
we despite shortcuts.
For more about the
ease of making solid hulls,
please click on the photos below:
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