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Model Ship Clubs of the USA

November 8, 2018

Model Ship building is a craft that has been around since water transport first began. Every boat ever built has a unique story to tell. The model ship clubs of the United States have an important part to play in continuing the skills and tradition of the art of model ship building. Here we have compiled a list of the model ships clubs that are situated across the United States.

Australian Model Ship Clubs

September 24, 2018

With its rugged coastline and immense inland river systems, Australia has an extraordinary maritime heritage. There are more than 6500 historic shipwrecks that lie beyond Australia's shores. Each has a unique story and an important place in our heritage. These encompass convict transports, clipper ships, colonial trading vessels, steamships, harbour craft and much more.

HMS Sirius 1786 Cross Section

September 4, 2018

Modellers Shipyard have announced the introduction of a new wooden model ship kit to hit the market before the end of 2018 - HMS Sirius 1786 Cross Section.


Catalpa 1876 - New Bedford Whaler

September 4, 2018

Modellers Shipyard have announced the introduction of a new wooden model ship kit to hit the market for the middle of 2019 - Catalpa 1876 - New Bedford Whaler.

CSS Shenandoah 1864

September 4, 2018

Modellers Shipyard have announced the introduction of a new wooden model ship kit to hit the market for the end of 2019 - CSS Shenandoah 1864.

HMS Sirius 1786 - Flag Ship of the First Fleet

September 4, 2018

Modellers Shipyard have announced the introduction of a new wooden model ship kit the market for the end of 2020 - HMS Sirius Flag Ship of the First Fleet

How To Bend The Planks on A Model Ship

August 17, 2018

Take the first steps into model ship building can be daunting. For many people the first hurdle you need to overcome is planking the model ships hull. Here Master Modeler Leon Griffiths shows us his tips to get the job done.

How To Step A Mast On a Model Ship

August 15, 2018

When building a model ship kit there can be a number of little elements that you question what best practice is. Here Master Modeler Leon Griffiths shows us his tips for stepping the masts.

How To Plank The Hull of a Sharp Bow Model Ship

July 21, 2018

Learn How To Plank The Hull of a Sharp Bowed Wooden Model Ship with this Comprehensive Build Guide From Modelers Central.

Choosing a Wooden Model Ship Kit

July 20, 2018

When choosing a wooden model ship kit there are a number of factors that need to be considered. Your overall decision on these factors will influence your selection of a particular wooden ship model kit to build.

What Tools Do I Need For Model Ship Building?

July 19, 2018

The essential tools for model ship building are a mix of specialists modeling tools to common household tools. In this post we will review the essential tools you will require to successfully build your model ship.

Submarine HMAS AE1 & AE2 – Model Submarine Kit

July 18, 2018

HMAS AE1 & HMAS AE2 Hold a Significant Place in Australian Maritime History. Modelers Central is excited to introduce a Wooden Model Submarine Kit of the HMAS AE1 & AE2.

City of Adelaide - Clipper Ship

City of Adelaide - Clipper Ship

July 18, 2018

The oldest surviving clipper ship, the 'City of Adelaide' is now in Port Adelaide. She arrived in Australian waters on a heavy lift ship covered in quarantine wrap in January 2014, back for the first time in 125 years.

Why Were Wooden Ships Copper Plated?

Why Were Wooden Ships Copper Plated?

July 18, 2018

Copper plating is the practice of protecting the under-water hull of a ship or boat from the corrosive effects of salt water and biofouling through the use of copper plates affixed to the outside of the hull. It was pioneered and developed by the Royal Navy during the 18th century.

What is in a Wooden Model Ship Kit?

July 18, 2018

Ever Wondered What Actually is a Wooden Model Ship Kit? Wonder No More! We Breakdown the Different Components of What You Can Expect to Find in a Wooden Model Ship Kit.

Model Ship Workshop Set-Up & Safety

Model Ship Workshop Set-Up & Safety

July 18, 2018

Setting Up Your Model Ship Workshop Is An Important Step in Completing Your Model Boat to the Best it Can Be. Learn More About Workshop Set Up & Safety Here.

What Glues & Paints Do I Need For A Model Ship?

What Glues & Paints Do I Need For A Model Ship?

July 18, 2018

There are a wide range of glues, paints & finishes on the market specifically designed for a particular purpose in model ship building.

How to Understand Your Model Ship Plans & Scale

July 18, 2018

Learn How To Understand Your Model Ship Plans & Scale. All the Different Plan View Perspective are Explained Ensuring You Are Confident in Building Your Model Ship Kit.

Confederate Steam Sloop CSS Alabama 1862 - 1864

July 17, 2018

The "CSS Alabama" was placed in commission with the Confederate Navy, having been constructed at Birkenhead , England. She left the shipyard disguised as a merchantman but was converted to a combat vessel and was commissioned on August 24 1862.

Soldering for the Model Ship Builder

July 17, 2018

Soldering can be useful skill for the model ship builder to have. It is probably not something that you will use every day but when you do need to solder some small items then it is handy to have a basic understanding of the process.

How to Measure the Thickness of Rigging Cord

July 15, 2018

Measuring the thickness of rigging cord can be important to determine where it belongs on your model ship kit. Luckily getting the correct diameter measurement is very straight forward.

Windlass and Capstans

July 15, 2018

Learn the Difference Between a Windlass & Capstan. Where Did They Go on Wooden Boats? What Were They Used For?

Attaching and Seizing Model Ship Deadeyes

July 12, 2018

Attaching Deadeyes To a Wooden Model Ship Kit Can Pose a Challenge. Here Australian Master Modeler Lean Griffiths Shows Us His Guide To Attaching Model Ship Deadeyes.

How To Make Deck Rope Coils

May 13, 2018

One of the little extra details that make the deck of the model ship kit stand out are deck rope coils. Here Australian Master Modeler Leon Griffiths shows us his tips to get the job done.

Resealing Planks on the Stem of A Bluff Bow Model Ship

May 12, 2018

Resealing planks on the stem of a bluff bow model ship kit can be a nightmare. Problems can arise when second planking bluff bow ships with the need for enough space for the stem post. Here Australian Master Model Leon Griffiths show us his steps to complete the task.

How To Build Model Ship Gratings

May 11, 2018

Model Ship Gratings can pose a slight technical challenge for model ship builders. Master ship model builder Leon Griffiths provides his tips on fitting together model ship gratings.

How To Fit Model Ship Rudder Hinges

May 6, 2018

Rudder Hinges can prove a challenge even for an experienced model ship builder. Here Australian Master Ship Modeller Leon Griffiths shows us how to fit brass rudder hinges to a model ship.

How To Do Letter Etching Placement

May 4, 2018

Getting the letting etching placement just right on your model ship kit can be awkward. Here Australian Master Modeler Leon Griffiths passes on his tips to get the job done.

How To Build a Model Ship Ladder

May 1, 2018

Fitting together the wooden ladders on model ship kits can pose a challenge. Here Australian Master Modeler Leon Griffiths displays is tips on how to build a model ship ladder.

How To Tie Reef Points and Knots on Sails

April 28, 2018

Learn how to tie reef points and knots on the sails of a model ship kit. Australian Master Modeler Leon Griffiths show us how he undertakes the tricky task.

How To Plank A Model Ship

April 2, 2018

Planking a model ship can present a particular challenge to the modeler. Through this DVD set the Master Modeler shares many of his tips and techniques to assist and guide the modeler to make the hull planking as straight forward as possible.

HMS Supply - Australian Wooden Model Ship Kit

March 24, 2018

Modelers Central is excited to introduce the latest addition to our range of Wooden Model Ship Kits - HMS Supply. Modellers Shipyard have added this wonderful kit of the HMS Supply to their Australian Model Ship Kit colonial series.

WW1 Field Gun & Limber - Wooden Model Kit

February 4, 2018

Modelers Central is excited to introduce the latest addition to our range of wooden model kits - WW1 Field Gun & Limber.

Field Ambulance WW1 - 1914-18 - Wooden Model Kit

July 16, 2017

Modelers Central is excited to introduce Horse Drawn Models. They are the only manufacturer of wooden model Horse Drawn kits in Australia. The first kit in our Military History Series of horse-drawn vehicles is the wooden model kit of a WW1 Field Ambulance.

Furphy Water Cart - Wooden Model Kit

September 4, 2016

Modelers Central is excited to introduce the latest addition to our range of wooden model kits - the Furphy Water Cart.