Movie Models Stimulate Hobbiests

Movie models have a far reaching effect on choices people make and no where is that more true than in the modeling of historic ships.

The latest was “Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World which triggered a round of models of the HMS Surprise, the uncredited star of the celluloid Jack Aubrey, Stephen Maturin authored by Patrick O’Brien.

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I enjoyed the movie, but I spent more time looking at the ship details than actually watching the story.

Movie models by Weta Workshop

How much movies like this actually stimulate model sales is difficult to gauge, but you can get a feel for it by watching the ship modeler forums.

If you would like a close up look at the HMS Surprise, there is probably no better source than the company which built the models used for the film.

The models were produced in Wellington, New Zealand. It is worth a visit to theWeta Workshop site , for a first hand look.

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The models were huge with a sophisticated rig for rotating them around and a control to break the mast when hit. Also the sail could be controlled via computer.

If you haven’t seen it, getting the DVD is worthwhile, in fact, I think I’ll go get a copy for tonight.

Many movies have set the stage for modeling efforts and they provide really good visual resources for such efforts.

Among my favorites from a modeling standpoint include:

The recent blockbuster 'Titanic'

The ever colorful Transformer series

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