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Collecting Model Ships

Aug 17, 2007
Collectibles can be very rewarding. It is fun to collect items in a set, and it is rewarding to display them. Additionally, many collectibles look quite attractive as part of any home décor. Among the most attractive collectibles are model ships. Many of these, especially the models of old ships, are beautiful and graceful. And these collectibles come with an added bonus: you can build them yourself if you wish. This means that you have two hobbies in one!

Collecting model ships has a rather long history. They have been popular for centuries because of the beauty and satisfaction they bring into the home. It used to be that such models were only available to the rich, especially admirals and sea captains. But, thanks to the industrial revolution and techniques of mass production, it is possible for almost anyone to begin collecting model ships, so long as they are not old and rare models.

It is possible to purchase already built models. For those who like the look of model ships, but prefer not to build them, it is possible to find and purchase pre-made ships. These can be very attractive. You can get them either mass produced or hand built. The hand built model ships are more expensive than those that are produced en masse. The Internet is a great place to look for good prices on already-built collectible model ships. Local hobby shops also sell them on occasion. It is also possible to find antique model ships, although these are more expensive.

There is a variety of ways to collect and display model ships. One way is to collect models of famous ships. These can be bought already made or in kits that allow you to build the ship after its historical design. Many people like to collect old pirate ships, like Captain Kidd's ship. Others enjoy collecting famous ships like the H.M.S. Bounty or ships that were in service during the Civil War. Still others prefer to collect types of ships, including schooners, tall model ships, brigantines. Famous types of specialized ships like Indiaman ships or Man O' War ships are also fun to collect.

But it is not necessary to collect model ships that represent old ships. Many people enjoy collecting models that are more modern. Collecting ironsides or large battleships can be a fun pastime. Building these models can also be an extremely satisfying hobby. Frigates, yachts, cruise chips, and military vessels are also popular types of model ship to collect.

Finally, it is possible to collect RC boats that you can take out on ponds. These are fun model ships to collect. They come in all types, ranging from old-time schooners to ultra-modern speedboats. They can also be built in the house as a hobby. But you should be acquainted with wiring for some models. And, in many towns, there are RC boat racing events held during the summer. This is a fun way to show off your boat, and get even more satisfaction from your model ship hobby.
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