“Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models” - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Date: 02/04/12 through 07/08/12
Hours: February 4 - March 31: 10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday. April 1 - July 8: 10am-6pm daily
Ages: ALL
Price: Museum admission: $24; $20 seniors and students; $19 youth; $12 children 3-6; free children younger than 3
46th Street and 12th Avenue - 212-245-0072
Clinton, NY 10036

Description: This exhibit, which examines the detailed process of building model ships, consists of dozens of artifacts, including model ships, vintage toy ships, a variety of antique model kit boxes, a mock-up of a modeler's workbench showing the building of a model ship, and illustrations that demonstrate how models are constructed. Among the highlights of the exhibit are large-scale models of the Battleship New Jersey, which served during WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam and the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned vessel afloat in the world. A modeler's workbench offers a peek at the tools of the trade, while World War II nautical toys illustrate children's fascination with ships. From wartime cardboard models to ships in bottles, the exhibit highlights the dexterity, ingenuity, and artistry embodied in these popular collectors' items.