Collecting Antique Model Sailboats

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The soft, gentle wind of a summer’s afternoon sweeps over the calm blue water of the ocean. In the olden days, this wind was used to power ships as they sailed across the ocean. Absolute stops and slows were rare when using wind to travel. In sailor speak of old, these times when no wind blew was called a stall. Wind was the driving force of dozens of different types of ships in older times. Ships that were used for trade were often extremely big, and were fairly common sights. Fishing boats used wind power as well. Those who made their living on the sea ranked sailboats as one of the most important vessels.

Many antique model sailboats are well loved by both longtime fans and new hobbyists alike. These antique model sailboats are valued for their high replica quality and overall attention to detail. Many people see the replica tools, masts, and tiny ropes on antique model sailboats first. Unlike other models, these small parts are crafted off the ship itself. Even the slightest of markings shines through with the great attention and care paid to these pieces. Many antique model sailboats are lauded for this same attention to detail awarded by modelers who give such fervent individual attention to even the smallest part.

It is common for these items to be made completely from wood. Only very small metal parts are used for screws and other attachments. Strategic placement of these metals parts renders them invisible to the eye. The sturdiness of metal belies the fact that this ship is made from wood. Antique model sailboats may be fragile overall, but it resists breaking quite well when fitted with these metal parts. Falls and other sources of damage barely phase such a well made ship. Keeping this model out of the reach of accidental scratching is a good idea. This particular vulnerability is because the ship itself is made from softer varieties of wood. Painting helps add an extra layer of protection to this model ship.

Though it might seem intimidating, painting antique model sailboats is a simple task. Neutral colors are thought best when painting these items by hand. Adding gloss or lacquer is another way to preserve your antique model sailboat’s natural beauty. The natural look is a great draw for collectors who buy antique model sailboats for their rustic feel that would otherwise be ruined with paint. In this case, many choose to display their item very high up. Many people opt to buy special glass cases for these items, as they are so rare and beautiful. Reaching for this model could spell disaster, especially when the culprit is a child.

Offices are where this item can truly come into its own as a model ship display. This ship is both a more serious working ship as well as a pleasant reminder of the sea. For all the maritime fanatics in your family, consider buying them this antique item. History is often closely associated with these models, as each ship has a new story and each model continues telling that story for all time.


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George Roy has 177 articles online and 1 fans

George is an avid collector and connoisseur of all things nautical- nautical decor, model boats, historical artifacts, etc. He has written articles for several large manufacturers and retailers of model ships, and he is a master ship builder himself. He brings a unique perspective from both the retail and the consumer side of the nautical decorating and model boat building markets.

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This article was published on 2011/04/22