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Battleship M47

Date: 1960-1979
Overall: 20 x 10 x 95 mm, 0.04 kg
Medium: Metal, paint.
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Peter Collins
Object Name: Waterline ship miniature
Object No: 00039490

User Terms

    A model of an unnamed light cruiser.
    SignificanceDating from the 1950s to 1970s, these waterline models are historically significant for their association with a
    period in which ship model production and collection was highly prolific.
    HistoryWaterline models give the impression of a ship floating in its natural element by "omitting the underwater part of the ship during construction from a point equivalent to where the water level would reach if thevessel were floating at her normal trim". 1:1200scale models are improved versions of the wooden identification models used by Allied forces for recognition training and battle simulation during the two World Wars.
    Die cast metal waterline models are ideal for collectors or for naval hobbyists, who use them for fighting naval battles in table top war gaming. Created by Fred T. Jane around 1904, the war game was popular in Germany and Britain, but languished after World War II as companies were put out of business by the war and Germans focused on the rebuilding of their country. The revival of the German economy in the 1950s saw a rebirth in the hobby market, and the inauguration of companies such as Hansa in the late 1950s and Mercator and Neptun/Navis in the 1960s, the latter still the largest producer of quality water line models.

    Miniature waterline models are valued by collectors for their age, rarity, quality,
    and for the particular vessels they represent. The aesthetic significance of these waterline models is evident in their quality craftsmanship - the models, excluding masts and posts, have been cast as a single entity, with hand painted detailing. These miniature models accurately replicate full - sized ocean - going merchant and naval vessels. The models convey charm, evidence of maritime skill and knowledge, and fine attention to detail, making them highly valuable and collectible.

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