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Colin Bishop

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Model Boat Auction Valuations
« on: February 17, 2017, 01:40:00 PM »

Rather short notice but Model Boats magazine has been informed that  the specialist marine items auctioneer Charles Miller is holding valuation sessions as follows:
    Monday 20th February
 CHICHESTER
 Chichester Yacht Club, Chichester Marina, Birdham PO20 7EJ
 Tuesday 21st February
 POOLE
 Sandbanks Hotel
 Poole BH13 7PS
Website: http://www.charlesmillerltd.com/
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Re: Model Boat Auction Valuations
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 08:23:41 PM »

Very interesting Colin. I would think the answer sadly is that model ships are valued less than they should be even if top quality.
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Re: Model Boat Auction Valuations
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 08:58:02 PM »

To be honest, I think it is the preponderance of kits which have dragged prices down, simply too many similar models on the market so the genuine good quality scratch built models tend to get lost in it all. At the moment, the only models which seem to command decent prices are builder's models and models which have some sort of historical provenance.

Museums are also responsible as most of them have taken their models off display as not being very relevant in this day and age. Models are not in fashion at the moment.

On the plus side, the cafe next to the yacht club at Chichester Marina does excellent hake and chips and Mrs B and I tend to go there once a month or so for lunch. I used to keep my 1:1 scale boat there for around 8 years. It's a very nice spot but parking your vessel was expensive then and costs an arm and a leg these days.

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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2017, 09:07:37 PM »

I used to attend the model enginer club in Chichester and know of at least one member who also belongs to Chichester model boat club. It is a lovely area and wish I had been interested in model boats earlier.

I hope that trends change in the future. I have experienced that children are more history savvy due to World of tanks and warplanes etc than they used to be, so there is a little hope. Scratch building in many fields of Model making have been affected thus, and by the plethora of after market parts, etch, and in recent years improved kits that now do not need the after market sets!

Also, I think model engineering subjects such as hand built model cars in metal, or even miniature internal combustion engines do not recoup the hours spent building them. A fellow member of said society reckoned that a miniature radial engine his friend built should be worth 37'000, but would get perhaps a fraction of that.
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