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Shipwrights of Ohio

Westerville, OH

The "Shipwrights of Ohio" is a group that is interested in most aspects of ships with a special focus on modelling them.  Our interests range over their history, types, uses, architecture, and the engineering and construction techniques of realistic scale models.  Our creative interests are met, as our name implies, in planning, designing, construction, and sharing experiences or solving challenges.

The "Shipwrights of Ohio" was founded in 2004 and is composed of active ship model enthusiasts from Ohio and from other states.  Its purpose is to provide a socially enjoyable means for serious and not so serious ship modelers to meet, share, and expand their common avocation through the exchange of ideas and skill knowledge. Our skills range from beginners to those who build museum quality models.

Our members have interests in all types of ships and boats: sailing to steel navy, ancient to stealth, wood, resin, plastic, paper, kits to scratch built, static to radio control. for all ages - young to retirees, and all skill levels - beginner to expert. Members share their skills, ideas, and expertise.

The club offers modelers:

    • Techniques
    • Video Presentations
    • References
    • Galleries of Scratch and Kit Built Ships
    • Related Events
    • Places to Visit
    • Connection to Experienced Modelers
    • Connections to Other Model Shipwright Groups

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We connect through meetings, Zoom meetings, our website, and our newsletter, "Ropewalk."

To enjoy these Zoom meetings with us, or for assistance in connecting, contact the 

Our meetings are normally held on the Third Saturday of each month at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081.

The meetings all contain varying topic discussion, "Ships on Deck" which are member projects in progress, and a presentation like:

    • History of Ship Modeling
    • Carving Ship Decorations
    • Sail Making
    • Evolution of the Wooden Ship
    • Photographing Models

The presenters are usually members, but we are extending invitations to other clubs and organizations join the meetings.

The Shipwrights of Ohio website is at  All types of ship models, constructed by our members, from static display to radio control, in wood, plastic and resin, from plank-on frame to solid hull, and from kit to scratch built, are pictured on this web site.   Useful references and links to other clubs, including Model Ship World, can be found easily.

Our monthly newsletter "Ropewalk," is sent via the Internet to all members plus is shared with forty other ship modeling clubs, societies, and guilds throughout the United States. Our current newsletter can be found on the web page "Newsletters" along with those of other clubs.

Quick Facts

Established: 2004

Location: Westerville, OH



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