“My husband was given a model ship years ago, and his X-ACTO knife came in real handy.” Deborah T., West Virginia
Seeing a life size ship from the 1800s can be impressive. But shrink that same ship down to 1:24 scale, and it becomes almost impossible to look away. Miniature steering wheels. Buoys the size of marbles. Tiny cannons and sails and the fine details of the ship’s shroud. Whether it's a modern cigarette boat or an 1800s sailing ship, recreating sailing vessels is a pastime reserved for modelers with great amounts of patience, structural knowledge, and of course, the right tools.
Whether you’re given a model kit or daydream of scratch building a vessel, modeling is a chance to be a part of a special community. Who better to share your maritime masterpieces with than others who love and appreciate tiny detail the way you do? All over the country, annual meetings of boat modelers get together to share their model ships and experiences. These communities are built around the love for all things petite and are often quirky groups made up of those with an eye for detail.
If you are thinking about embarking on a new hobby by yourself or with a child, check out your local hobby clubs. Grab the right X-ACTO tools
. And get ready to make something lasting, incredible, and tiny.