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The Washington Ship Model Society
The Washington Ship Model Society (WSMS) was founded
in 1929 and is the oldest continuously active ship model club in the
United States. The organization is composed of active ship model
enthusiasts from the Greater Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area. Its
purpose is to provide a socially enjoyable means for serious ship
modelers to meet, share, and expand upon their common avocation through
the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
The society draws its membership from all walks of life and many different occupations. The modelers' skills range from absolute beginners to professionals who have constructed models for maritime exhibits in the Smithsonian Institution and other museums throughout the United States and Europe. Over the years, members have written numerous articles for nautical research and ship model publications. Society membership has included such notables as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Major (and later General) George Patton, Howard I. Chappelle, and Paul E. Garber.
The interests of the modelers are as varied as their occupations, ranging from 17th century sailing vessels to radio-controlled models of modern powered craft. All types of ship models have been constructed, in static display and operating versions, and in wood, brass, plastic, and paper (card) media.
The society conducts monthly meetings, alternating between Virginia and Maryland locations. The meeting format consists of brief society business, informal discussions of members' model projects and a program or presentation relating to a nautical or ship modeling topic. Society members also form subgroups to focus on common modeling interests, such as steel (modern) ship modeling or plank-on-frame modeling. Subgroups are open to all members and meet on a periodic basis, generally in members' homes. The club's newsletter, the Lynx, is published monthly.
Modelers interested in becoming members are required to attend three meetings before formally joining. The annual dues are currently $10. Please join us at our next meeting!