Model Ship Building Basics

Model ship building is a timeless hobby, but there is no time better than the present to get started.

Model Ship Building
First, you may wish to pick the type of ship that you would like to build. If this is the case, you have a myriad of possibilities, including:

  • Pirate ships
  • Navy ships
  • Coast Guard ships
  • Viking ships
  • Racing boats
  • Skipjacks
  • Tugboats

You can also build model ships that are based on ships and boats that actually sailed in the past, such as the Titanic, the USS Ronald Reagan or the HMS Victory.

Would you prefer to look at ship plans or use model ship building kits? Ship plans include assembly instructions, while kits include most of the components that you will need to build your ship, ready to assemble. If you are handy and want to build a model ship from scratch, plans are the way to go. If you are more interested in putting the ship together than getting out your saws, buy a kit.

If you are building models from plans, you have several online options. First, you can search "free model ship plans" and see what pops up. If you have a specific ship in mind, such as the Titanic, try "free Titanic model ship plans" to see if you get any results. If you don't get any results, and you probably won't for the Titanic, you can visit model boat forums to see if anyone has ideas on free plans for your ship.

Say that you strike out with free plans. You will still be able to get plans for your specific boat, but you will have to pay for them. Drop the "free" from your search and look for the best plans that suit your needs and abilities.

You will definitely have to purchase model building kits. To find kits for the HMS Victory, for example, search "HMS Victory model ship kits." Make sure that you carefully compare what the kits offer before you make your purchasing decision. Don't forget to check online auctions. You may find perfect kit for you and spend less money in the process.

Once you have your plans or kit, you don't have to start to build model ships. You have already begun.

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