Between Terminals C and D

June 11, 2014 - December 2, 2014

Founded in 1931, the Philadelphia Ship Model Society is one of the oldest ship modeling clubs in the United States. Building model ships takes great skill, precision, patience, and ingenuity. It is an ancient craft as old as shipbuilding itself. Model ships are scale replicas of full-scale boats and can range in size from 1/6000 scale miniatures to large, manned models used for research, for honing a ship’s engineering, and training sailors.

The mission of the Philadelphia Ship Model Society is to preserve, enhance, and research nautical traditions through the art of ship modeling. Members of the Philadelphia Ship Model Society build both radio-controlled and static models from kits to scratch building where the modeler does the historical research, chooses the scale, materials, and completely hand builds the boat. In model ship building, the larger the scale, the more detailed the final model. Common materials used to make models include wood, plastic, metal, and paper. For some of the finer, detailed work, materials include thread for rigging, wire for the mast, toothpicks for pillars, beads to replicate parrels, and pin heads for rivets. Scratch builders use any material necessary to replicate the original ship in miniature.

This exhibition includes models ships that represent a variety of eras and types of ships from sailing vessels, paddle wheeled boats, commercial ships, and recreational boats, to naval watercraft such as gunboats, aircraft carriers, and battleships.