Yes, very true. And of course you still need CAD drawings of the ship itself as the basis to overlay any 3D artwork on top of for scaling and many other purposes. I was primarily discussing those types of decorations such as decorations (figures, fillagree, wreaths, windows, etc) that model builders find difficult to make.but when you only have a drawing and a rough one at that it still requires a CAD artist.
Actually I have been working with @shelk on that very subject. He is a dentist and has access to a high resolution dental scanner. You may have seen the prototype work we did on some Black Pearl fillagree on another thread. I am just waiting for him to 3D print the results to see how it look. Like a lot of this technology the current price point for high resolution 3D scanners of the type needed for detailed scale modeling is still very high. Consumer model scanners will not do what we need.3D scanner would that speed thing up
What will this do to the little guy down in the basement still doing it all old school
We have found at least one company working in this arena. Similar idea but not nearly to the same level of sophistication. I haven't looked into the actual origins of these parts but I would guess they probably come from China. Just guessing.While I can't speak for the international community, I can guarantee you there in not a single ship model company in the United States doing anything close to this type of work!!
All the contemporary drawings available at the NMM are drawings of this class and are not showing the figurehead.