Even though life can get hectic, it’s important to take time for yourself to unwind and relax. If you’re not one to sit in front of the TV every night after work, but would like something to actually DO with your free time that doesn’t involve running to the mall, or to the nearest sports bar, may I suggest you look into model ship building? As a hobby, this is a craft that can be not only fun, but rewarding when you take pleasure in the end result. To view something beautiful that you have built with your own hands is a reward unlike any other.
All you need is the desire to learn, the patience to be creative and sometimes methodical, and the ability to follow detailed instructions. It may seem more involved than it really is, but if you can see past the learning curve with that patience and the desire to see the outcome, you will be handsomely rewarded. Anyone can learn to do it!
Within the realm of model ships, there are ample styles to choose from. There are the favorite sailing ships and pirate ships, military ships, modern day ocean liners and ancient Viking ships. There are basic models for the beginner and those that are more involved and challenging. You can guess where you would want to start.
While there are many different types of models you can build, typically, models over the past decades have been made of wood. Wood captures the real feel of ancient boats and give off an extremely elegant and pleasing display. Plastic models just can’t replicate the same feel as a wood model. Aside from wood and plastic, there are also models available that are made of metal, which may be the telltale sign of a military ship. Some models come already painted, while other kits provide the necessities for you to embark on your own paint job. With a little research, you can find pretty much anything you may be looking for to get started in and develop your new hobby.
If you are going in the way of a kit, which many people do, you will find there is a wide degree of skill levels catered to. This is especially great for those who have kids who would like to partake in the fun, or those who just feel they’d like to start out easy. Oftentimes the easiest kits to start with use plastic components and come already painted. Some kits snap together instead of requiring glue. As you develop your skills, you can move into the more challenging kits for wood or metal boats. These will contain detailed instructions, intricate plans and several pieces that must be painted as well as glued. If you start simple and work your way up, a kit like this is not as daunting as it may initially sound.