To be considered an expert ABS Hull Model Ship Builder requires a range of skills, the right tools and supplies, and a significant amount of time dedicated to the craft. Expert model boat builders must be able to measure, cut, shape, and join materials accurately. Expertise in the use of tools such as knives, drills, grinders, and sanders is essential. Knowledge of the use of heat to soften, shape, and join materials such as ABS is also critical for expert model builders.
The supplies needed to build a model ship include ABS sheets, wood, glue, paints, varnish, and model fixtures. The type and quality of the supplies vary depending on the complexity and level of detail desired for the model ship.
The time required to complete a model ship also depends on a given model’s complexity. An experienced modeler may be able to build a small, simply detailed model in an afternoon, while a larger, more complex model may take months to complete.
The tools required to construct a model ship include the standard tools of a carpenter, such as saws, drills, screwdrivers, and sanders. Additional tools used by a model ship builder include files, heat guns, and a multitude of small knives, pliers, and clamps used to shape and hold components during construction. With the proper skill, supplies, and tools, model ship builders can create realistic models that will last for years.