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Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models
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Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models
February 4, 2012 to July 8, 2012
Ever marvel at a model ship and ask, “How did they build that?” Or, perhaps, “Why did they build that?” A fascination with history, technology and the sea has stirred ship model builders for thousands of years. Ship-Shape explores variations of two famed U.S. Navy ships – the frigate USS Constitution and the battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) – that offer a peek at the art and craft of ship model building.

Ship-Shape draws on the Intrepid Museum’s collection, as well as loans from other institutions and collectors, to reveal the methods that model builders use to construct their highly detailed creations. Highlights include impressive large-scale models of USS Constitution and USS New Jersey that demonstrate scratch-building techniques. A modeler’s workbench offers a peek at the tools of the trade, while World War II nautical toys illustrate children’s fascination with ships. From wartime cardboard models to ships in bottles, and from plastic kits to scratch-built masterpieces, Ship-Shape highlights the dexterity, ingenuity and artistry embodied in these popular objects.

The exhibition, opening on February 4th and running through to July 8th, is free with general admission and will be located in our Welcome Center Gallery (located on second floor)

Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models is made possible through the support of the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation
BBNJ detail: Detail of 1:96 scale USS New Jersey (BB-62) model (Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum)
Josephs Model Battleship Envelope: World War II-era paper battleship model (Courtesy of Barry Josephs)
Bellinger Constitution and Guerriere (starboard profile): Model of USS Constitution defeating HMS Guerriere, built by Alex Bellinger (Courtesy of Alex Bellinger)