Notice: Undefined offset: 8192 in /home/storm/sites/modelboatbuilder-co-uk/public/gallery/include/debugger.inc.php on line 112

Notice: Undefined offset: 8192 in /home/storm/sites/modelboatbuilder-co-uk/public/gallery/include/debugger.inc.php on line 112
Model Boat Builder Gallery - Home

Model Boat Builder Gallery

Display, Working and Pre-Owned Models.


Home Login
Album list Last uploads Last comments Most viewed Top rated My Favourites Search

162 files in 3 albums with 0 comments viewed 97115 times
Display Models


Victory_starboard_bow_for_site.jpg

77 files, last one added on 20 Jul 2010

Working Models


Hurworth_5.jpg

79 files, last one added on 2 Sep 2011

Pre-Owned Models


Vosper_graphic.jpg

6 files, last one added on 1 Jan 2008

3 albums on 1 page(s)

Examples of models various types.
euterpe1.jpg
Euterpe396 viewsThe Clipper ship "Euterpe" was built on the Isle of Man for the Australian trade. She was one of the first iron ships. After an eventful life, she is now preserved as the "Star of India" at San Diego, California. We built this lovely glass-case replica for a gentleman whose grandfather had been the ship's sailmaker, in the days when she ran her easting down, around the howling Horn.
(model by Frank Hasted)
Trafalgar_surfacing.jpg
Trafalgar Surfacing.713 viewsBlow ballast and up she comes!
(Model by John Davies)
coureur3.jpg
Coureur (under construction)447 views
peggy4.jpg
Peggy (detail)820 viewsA professional commission for a model of this nature is usually a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. I have had some extremely satisfied clients for models of this size. It will bring you the most enormous pleasure, and it will continue to do so for many years.
Eagle-eyed readers may recognise one of the photos from "Model Boats" magazine, in which it has featured.
(model by John Davies)
archer1.jpg
Colin Archer592 viewsThe big double-ended ketches designed by Colin Archer were designed for rescue work among the Scandinavian fishing fleets in the North Sea. They justly became famous for their superb sea-keeping qualities. This model offers you the possibility of owning a detailed scale replica of a classic sailing vessel, which also has a realistic performance on the water.
(model by John Davies)
sovreign2.jpg
Sovereign of the Seas.409 viewsShe cost £65,187, at a time when a workman might earn £5 per year. Today's protestors against Trident might reflect cynically that extravagant expenditure on the ultimate weapon of its day is obviously nothing new. However, in those days the British populace was less docile. The Ship Money tax which Charles the First raised to pay for her was a major contributory factor to the Civil War, in which his Government was overthrown, and he was executed
paragon1.jpg
Paragon.476 viewsOccasionally I get asked to work on something really special. This west-country schooner model, "Paragon", was over one hundred and fifty years old, when I was asked to carry out a light restoration. As you can see, she is a big model. The topmasts had to be housed, to fit her into her display space. Imagine her with her full spread of sail set, including two big topsails to give her that bit of extra drive in light airs.
She is historically fascinating, and poses some really interesting questions. She was built to take part in a seven-mile offshore model sailing race, which was a local tradition on the coast of Cornwall in the nineteenth century. She won, comprehensively.
Before the year of her building, most coastal trading vessels had broad, blunt, apple-bowed lines. Afterwards, the sharper clipper lines began to develop, especially in Cornwall, which always had a name for fast clipper schooners. Did this model perhaps influence the design of the full-sized vessels? Or does she simply represent a design change which was happening at the time in any case? Dr Basil Greenhill, who wrote the standard work on the Merchant Schooners, has said he finds the model very interesting, but as a cautious researcher, felt unable to commit himself without more evidence. Probably we will never know exactly what happened in St Ives all those years ago, but I treasure the memory of working on her as one of the finest models ever to pass though my hands.
(model by local nineteenth-century builder, light restoration by John Davies)
shamrock2.jpg
Shamrock V (J Class)455 viewsDesigned by Charles Nicholson, she was planked in mahogany over galvanised steel frames. This was an unusual form of construction for a J. Apart from the American "Whirlwind", all had metal hulls. Her lines are very graceful. She is noticeably narrower than most J boats, a feature which our model faithfully reproduces. This makes her a little tender in strong winds, but very slippery indeed in light airs. On one occasion, she won a race by shooting straight for the line over a distance of three miles, her skipper relying on her ability to carry her way through the light fluky breeze and patches of calm.