The future in a post-COVID model world

There is no doubt in my mind that the national lockdown since March 2020 has taken its toll on the model shipping industry. For many of us, it was the ideal opportunity to complete that long forgotten project, and some even ventured into the world of shipping innovation. But for others, the lockdown yielded some rather disturbing consequences.

One of the biggest disasters of the ANC’s disaster management efforts, was the closure of a few of our favorite Hobby shops. It is with great sadness that we had to learn of a few stores that had to abandon ship and some opted to continue their online sales only.

A recent search of the internet for online shops supplying the model shipping industry, had some disappointing results and it appears that the RC world remains dominated by the Air and Road model transport sector. The upside is that it created an opportunity to re-evaluate our vision for the model boating sector and we are proud to announce that CapeWest has created its own online store specifically to supply the model ship modelers.  Greatermans Hobbies, the official store for the Model Boat Building, Racing and Yachting, will be opening very soon to provide a one-stop solution for model boat enthusiasts.

Greatermans will also provide FREE delivery to all CapeWest Club members, regardless of the value of the order.

Club Members will also benefit from the shop and can use the “Pre-Owned” and Classifieds sections of the online store to advertise their well-loved models, components and parts.

Further news is that CapeWest will be opening a Boat Yard which offers consignment and custom built models as well as ship repair.  This service will include the construction of wooden models purchased from Greatermans on a Labour & Consumables fixed fee per length. Greatermans will offer RC and Static built options with every order of compatible wooden model kits.

In order to further promote the Model Yachting industry, a “rental” service will also kick-off, which allows any person to try out one of the model sailing yachts at the Sonstraal and Kraaifontein ponds.

With these developments, you have to ask yourself, why you haven’t joined the Cape’s best model boat club yet?