The distinction between the two terms research and discovery, which followed similar approaches in the past centuries and millennia, has now been made. Great voyages of discovery are recreated and through films such as„Kon-Tiki“ increasingly popular. The journey of the Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl, who wanted to prove the colonization of Polynesia from South America with a raft in 1947, was recreated here. The reenactment of important historical events is called reenactment in historical research. In the course of this historical approach, not only battles and concrete historical events are authentically reproduced, but also reproduced. A ship reconstruction, such as that of the Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl mentioned above, can therefore also be assigned to the reenactment. The new staging or re-enactment of contemporary history recorded in writing therefore primarily serves the scientific goal of knowledge.
The research ship, as the epitome of the scientific research trip, is therefore a floating laboratory which, under different interdisciplinary leadership, is given various equipment options. The size of the ships is already divided into local, regional or global according to their operational radius. The minimum requirements that are placed on a globally operating ship are accordingly reflected in the scientific and ship-related equipment. The ship is one of the most famous research vesselsbeagle of the naturalist Charles Darwin or for example theCalypso by marine scientist Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
The research ship model kit developed by UGEARS!!
As a tribute to and based on the research trip, the brand manufacturer UGEARS has launched the research ship model kit and once again proves its keen eye for detail with this innovation. The kit, which consists of a total of 575 individual parts, can be taken from a prefabricated template and assembled without glue. In addition to a bathyscaphe submarine for exploring the deep sea, the ship model has a ramp and a lifeboat so that the exploration of the sea can be started with the necessary safety and research equipment. In this context, the crane should not be missing, which in turn pulls the bathyscaphe submarine out of the water and places it on a special platform. A rubber drive is used to drive the marine research ship, which is supplied with the appropriate thrust energy by a rubber motor. The ship's hull can also be maneuvered and steered using a lever. Modeled after the retro-futuristic design of steampunk, every ship movement can be tracked in detail, so that the mechanics come to the fore in addition to the artful model building. The individual parts of the research ship are also made of environmentally friendly materials..
The wonderful retro-futuristic world of steampunk!
In contrast to re-enactment, which, as an interdisciplinary historical science, always tries to reconstruct an event by means of replicas and can thus be assigned to experimental archeology, steampunk is an art genre. The term steam, which means nothing else than steam in German, makes use of the beginnings of industrialization and reproduces its technology. As an art genre of postmodernism, steampunk sees itself as a subculture of a cultural movement that first appeared in 1980, which has emerged from the literary genre of cyberpunk. This retrospective is primarily carried out in the field of fiction and is evident through the genres of film and literature. Prime examples of this art form include films such as:„2001 - A Space Odyssey“ or„Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow“.
The UGEARS models, which reproduce retrofuturism on a small scale, favor it with a semi-open and open-plan design. The model takes into account the emerging mechanics through drive technologies and rotary movements and underlines its learning-related visual character. As a result, visions of the future are not depicted, as we know from the science fiction genre of Jules Verne, but technology that made it to production maturity. Rather, the old world of the steam engine is being reissued and therefore resembles more new film compositions, such as the post-apocalyptic dystopia that was released in 2018 and shot by director Christian Rivers „Mortal Engines: War of the Cities“. The steampunk models from UGEARS are therefore more than just objects to be seen, namely small works of art in wood format that address both model making, art and technology equally..