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77 files, last one added on 20 Jul 2010

Working Models


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79 files, last one added on 2 Sep 2011

Pre-Owned Models


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Examples of models various types.
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"Robert Hastie" (research pic)202 viewsAll our models are fully researched. During this project, we took over two hundred photographs of the real boat, which was also building at the time. A couple of pictures are included here out of interest, showing details of the forrard and after hatch structures.
(models by John Davies and Frank Hasted)

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Agnes (detail)928 viewsAbsolutely wonderful scale (1/12th) sailing model of a modern Bristol Channel Pilot cutter, built using traditional materials and the original plans. SOLD
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America292 viewsThe first race also initiated a tradition which has bedeviled Cup races to this day. There has seldom been an Americas Cup series which was not spoiled by controversy and accusations of deliberate bending of the rules. To this day, the lawyers can be as important as the sailors. There is still controversy about "America"s victory in 1851. Did she sail the proper course? Was she unduly favoured by rule changes designed to allow her to compete? What might have happened if the foremost British yacht had not broken her bowsprit?
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Coureur (under construction)274 views
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HMS Victory (Restoration)407 viewsThis family heirloom came to us with the fore topgallant mast and jib-boom badly shattered, plus a good deal of other rigging damage. After about a hundred hours very close work, she left our workshop looking like this. As much original material as possible was preserved and incorporated, and new material was carefully matched. It's quite hard to tell where the old ends and the new begins, which for a restoration is right and proper.
(Model by family builder, restored by John Davies)
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Coureur (general view)254 views
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Eye of the Wind (detail)202 views
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Endeavour (J Class)256 viewsShe is the most beautiful J class yacht ever built. She was the fastest of the class when she was built. She should have brought the Americas Cup back to Britain.
Like all British J boats, she was designed by Charles Nicholson. Sir Thomas Sopwith was his client. Nicholson's lines were conventional. It seems the design was not even tank tested. However, her lines are fair, and extremely beautiful. She proved very fast indeed.
Sopwith was determined to learn from the humiliation suffered by "Shamrock V" in 1930. The new boat's rig was a technological marvel. Strain guages measured the loads in the shrouds and stays, and enabled the rig to be precisely tuned. Instruments measured wind speed and direction, reading out to guages directly in front of the helmsman. This is commonplace today, but then it was very new. A large number of winches were fitted. A new type of sail, the quadrilateral jib, supplied two tons of extra driving force. She was certainly a faster boat than "Rainbow", the defender. Sopwith was a superb helmsman, especially in the vital pre-start manoevres. As any competitive sailor knows, many match races are won or lost at the start.