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Tips to Buy Model Ships

Tips to buy Model Ships - This model ship buying guide will help you find the best ships for your needs

Model ships are a popular display item in homes and businesses for good reason. Their high-quality, beautiful appearance, and historic representation makes wooden model ships some of the most desired display items. A good quality model boat not only faithfully resembles the historic ship is was designed to mimic but will also last a long time.

So, it is important whether buying or building model ship to choose the best model that fits within your budget. What follows are some tips to help you find the best model ships for display and possible your collection.

Choose the Model Boat that Appeal to You

Everything starts with what you want sitting in your home or office. There are many types of model ships ranging from historic craft to speed boats, sailing yachts, and more. Given that some wooden model ships may be up to one meter in length, size will be a consideration as well.

For Australians, some of the most historically relevant ships include those from the First Fleet of Australia, the HMB Endeavour, and even the Australia II which won the America’s Cup.


Once you have decided on the model ship, the next step is to find a company that does plank-on frame modelling, a building technique that ensures the highest possible quality. The materials used should also be of the highest quality when building model ships to ensure that it can withstand the temperature and humidity changes over time.

The accuracy of the model ship should be confirmed as well. You can use photos or artist renderings and compare it to the model boat.


This is often overlooked but given how fragile some model ships are it is quite important that the packaging be right.  You want the ship packaged in a wooden frame that is tilted strongly during delivery so that it does not move. The frame should be contained within a heavy-duty carton box and the proper full transit insurance should be used as well.


It should be noted that the pricing will depend on several factors with quality being arguably the most important. For the best in quality, expect to pay up to $1000 or even $2000 for the finest available. However, many cruise ships, yachts, and boats generally cost from $200 to $500. Remember that you get what you pay for, so if you want the best you should expect to pay a little more.

Display Cabinet

Another overlooked item is the display cabinet. A good quality cabinet will protect your model boat and provide it with the proper display in your home or office. You can talk to the seller about the overall size and which type of cabinet will work best for your needs.

Wooden model ships make the perfect addition to your home or office, whether as a single display or part of a collection. Therefore buying a model ship is a process that should be taken with care and plenty of research. If you follow the steps and tips we listed for you in this model ship buying guide then you’re sure that that the model ships purchased will be accurate and durable.

We are the leading suppliers of handcrafted wooden model ships and boats in Australia. Our products are handcrafted 100% from wood, fully assembled and ready to display. We have model tall ships, model speed boats, model cruise, model sailing yachts, half-hull and other small models. Visit here to find out more.

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