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General Classes of model ship building
 

    Class A: models are scratch built using no mass produced material
except for cordage, chain, nails, dimensioned wood,
sheet metal, tubing, brass rod or other raw material.
Fittings are hand made, cast or lathe turned.
These models are unique, usually museum quality and are
one-off, often made to order to customer's specifications.
 
    Class B: models are very similar to the above but use some
prefabricated fittings.
These models can also be museum quality and just as good
as entirely scratch bulit models, only a little less expensive.
 
    Class C: models are made from kits, but with good craftmanship can
be every bit as nice as A and B but are not unique and as
such are a lot less expensive.
 
    Class D: models are made from kits to the kit maker's instructions
with little or no modification or extra detailing.
These models are usually home hobby projects and are
seldom put up for sale.
 
    Class E: models are entirely mass produced and can vary from quite
nice models to inexpensive souvenirs and bathtub toys.
The prices vary accordingly.
 


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