There is much to learn by building good model ships.
Building models can be a good learning experience on ship design and rigging. Researching the ships is fun as well. Below are links to the build photos of models ships I have built. I am an early riser, and this is a great quiet hobby to enjoy that can be worked on without waking anyone up. Enjoy!
And here, two photos of my first ship model; Chesapeake Bay Crabbing Skiff
Simple model from Midwest