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Nautical Gifts Cabin is the top quality supplier of model ships and Nautical Decor. This guide will assist you determining the correct model ship  

or beach decor that you will love to possess and display in your home or office. You the customer require quality we know that and I can promise you that’s what we're all about.

All our model ships are built in the USA by master craftsman with an eye for accurate detail and quality.  

We feature over a hundred models from tall ships, cruise ships, yachts, speedboats, modern warships. 

Knowledgeable and friendly customer service available Monday to Friday. GMT +8

What to look for when purchasing a model ship:

To arrive at your decision more at ease when shopping for a model ship, we provide this Buyer's Guide to help inform you what to search before you buy: quality, price, selection and customer service.

Quality can be one of the most perplexing parts to finding which model ship is ideal for you, and even more so when attempting to decipher the selective information furnished from those who are selling the model.

Enquire these questions:

How many pictures does the vendor furnish of the model to evaluate the quality?

How many angles of the model are presented?

What is the quality of the pictures?

Are certain angles of the ship noticeably missing?

When studying the pictures, is the model historically precise?

How much research is done prior to constructing the model?

How is the model built?

What components are used to construct the model?

How detailed is the model? (Make careful notes of the deck details)

Does the vender have quality control or inspect all models before despatch?

How is the model prepacked, does the seller display pictures?

All of these inquiries can be draining, but we make checking quality simplified and easy. At Nautical Gifts Cabin., we are positive we have the highest quality model ships for the price worldwide. We furnish the following details to appraise a model ship's quality:

Pictures: To show our quality we display numerous high quality images that show all angles of the model. 

HMS Victory

San Felipe

USS Constitution

Accuracy: Our models are bona fide replicas. We make the best of every available resource to ensure that our models are as precise as possible. We apply copies of the plans, images, historic period paintings and travel to the actual ship when possible (HMS Victory in Portsmouth Naval Base  England, USS Constitution in Boston, etc).

Components: Our models are built of several rare exotic woods, including walnut, cherry, oak and teak to describe some. For the hull, we feature authentically matured copper plating (precisely like on the real ship - this was performed to prevent the wooden hull from deteriorating). The decks contain machine turned brass cannons and the thick canvas sails keep their shape and stay wrinkle-free. Additionally, our vessels rest on a polished marble base with ornately carved metal supports.

Impressive Deck Detail

HMS Suprise

USS Constitution 38"

Harvey Baltimore Clipper

Renderings of the capstan and ladders

Building: To build our models, we apply a combination of old-world skills and 21st century technology for starters. The thousands of parts and components that construct each model are created using 3-D modeling, and built by master craftsmen from scratch. The sails and riggings aremeticulously tied by hand, and each ship is masterfully painted to match its historical counterpart.

Details: Our models feature all the little details you would anticipate in quality model ships (planked decks, tied-down cannons, cannon balls and cannon ball racks, oars in the lifeboats, barrels, buckets, hundreds of dead-eyes and blocks, etc). With all of these details, the models come to life with realism and authenticity.

Inspection: We have strict quality standards and ensure that all models are in perfect condition during construction. We also have a seven-point inspection prior to every model being shipped.

Packaging: All of our models are professionally packaged in a wooden crate and are guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. We remain firm behind our products with a 100% money back guarantee.

Learn about how we package our models

This is obviously one of the most crucial aspects in buying a model ship. In principle, quality should be associated price, but that is not always the case. So prior to you purchasing a model ship, ask yourself, "Am I getting the highest quality.


Now that you have an eye for quality, look for which historic model will most beneficial and fit your needs.

Ask the following questions:

While searching to purchase a model from a company, how many total different models do they provide?

How many variations of a specific model do they provide?

Do they provide several quality levels and price ranges?

At Nautical Gifts Cabin we offer over over 100 antithetic models, representing 10 nations from several historical periods.

4 various HMS Victory models

Over 100 different models to select from

4 different USS Constitution models

Our wide variety of models will accommodate every taste and it will match your budget perfectly as well. For instance, we offer 4 different sized and priced HMS Victory models and USS Constitution models.

Soleil Royal

Amerigo Vespucci

Sovereign of the Seas

We also offer diverse display choices as a model ship that looks this good merits  an equally handsome home. Protect, preserve and showcase your model  ship in our robust, custom designed rosewood display case, or display it on a stylish rosewood table or a wall-mounted shelf.

View Various Model Ship Display Options Cabinets and Tables 

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There are over six hundred new products in Sailors Chest in the visit our store home page any products that you cannot find just enter into the search box top left, on the store home page or click the link here to go directly to the New Products in Sailors Chest.

Customer Service

Lastly, you've made your decision on price, quality, and choice, but you still need the assurance that you will obtain your model in first-class condition, in a timely manner, and that it will be perfect for your home.

At Nautical Gifts Cabin., when your model is shipped, you are emailed the tracking number. If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with your model, you can return it for a full refund.

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