Are we talking full kits?The hardcore ship modelling community (us) if given a choice would probably buy an Alfred kit any day of the week, but as Jim said, manufacturers are a business and they need to get sales out the door and what better product than the the most universally known, wooden ship that still exists.
Thank goodness for Chinese manufacturers that do not have the historical and cultural ties to any significant western ship and hence can provide us with a good variety of ship kits.
...we are talking in general, there is a number of possibilities. Ships CAD design become a hobby itself, we can almost make a completions between the CAD designers.
Completely disagree with you, Dave. A great example will be contemporary models, built without CAD design, and\or for the most part all the fancy power tools we have at our disposal today. To scratch build, you must have the skills to fabricate parts by yourself, you must understand the drafts (not necessarily CAD).This is why you see few model ship builders starting from scratch not only do you need to know CAD but you also have to have an understanding of design and how ships are built.
I am glad we came to a consensus (fancy word for an agreement). What I am trying to say...simply is: In order to build a model from scratch, you don't have to have to design the plans at all (draft manually, or using sophisticated software such as CAD). You will buy the prepared plans found in publications such as ANCRE and\or Seawatch Publisher. For the most part, this will absolutely sufficient to build a model, and this will be considered as 'scratch'.actually i agree with your disagree in some cases i built the model first by hand and draw the plans from the model. Not uncommon when you see the line on admiralty plans "as built" same idea. But it does not matter if the plans are drawn by hand or by computer you still need "plans" so someone with mechanical drawing skills drew the plans.
by hand your right there is no guarantee you can produce the part BUT in CAD it is guaranteed the parts will be as drawn because the machine can read your drawing it is all numbers that is what CNC stands for.
i think CAD design and drawing has little use to the average model builder it is more for reproduction of parts like for kits rather than for a one off piece.
There is free tier CAD software, just enough to learn and familiarize yourself.really!! have you ever looked into the yearly cost to subscribe to professional CAD software? let alone the investment of the machines. Sheesh no wonder it is so expensive to hire CAD people.
AH! Don, Now you've got it. Just imagine three or four mounted, in say, a shadow box and hung on the wall- great stuff.HEDLY, I AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY ABOUT MID SHIP X SECTIONS, AND STERN OR EVEN BOW X SECTIONS ONE OF MY DREAM PROJECTS IS TO HAVE STERN X SECTINS COMPARING FRENCH, ENGLISH, DUTCH, AMERICIAN SECTIONS IN DECENT SCALE SHOWING THE DIFFERENT METHODS OF CONSTRUCTIO COMPARIN SAME ERA AND TYPE WOULD BE SO INTERESTING. GOD BLESS STAY SAFE ALL DON