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Working Models


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Examples of models – various types.
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Flower Class Corvette (1/48th)504 viewsThis is a big, seaworthy model, which makes a lovely display piece, and can be sailed in almost any weather. Sirmar, whose hull and fittings this model is based on, liked the picture well enough to use it on their site.
(Model by John Davies)
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Coureur (under construction)251 views
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Fairmile D665 viewsFerocious looking dogboat, based on a commercially available hull and fittings. Today kits are available. We would be happy to replicate her. She makes an interesting exercise in high-powered scale power plants, and on the water she doesn't half go!
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Waveney class lifeboat (miniature)402 viewsPerhaps not quite a true scale model, but a very apealingh miniature, which makes a pleasant bookshelf model, not too demanding of display space.
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HMS Endeavour233 viewsCaptain James Cook is best known for his discovery of Australia. He has other solid claims to fame. He was a superb seaman. He was almost certainly the best navigator of his era. He was one of the very few men of this period to be commissioned from the lower deck.
His greatest achievement was to virtually eliminate the terrible scourge of scurvy. This disease is a vitamin deficiency, caused by limited understanding of diet. Before Captain Cook, it was accepted that on every long voyage, a large proportion of the crew would die. Cook was not prepared to accept this. He made a scientific study of diet, and used his crew as guinea pigs to test his theories, experimenting with a variety of different diets. He nearly caused a mutiny at one point, by ordering that every man should eat two pounds of raw onions each day for a week, but in a voyage of almost three years, he did not lose a single man to scurvy.
He was also responsible for enormous advances in the science of navigation. While a ship's distance north or south from the equator can be calculated using a simple noon sight, to calculate an accurate position east or west demands a precise knowledge of the time. There is an alternative method involving sights of the moon, but it is complex, and only the finest navigators would be able to use it. Cook took to sea and tested the first really accurate chronometers. It is a sobering reflection to realise that before this important advance in technology, few captains could have been exactly certain of where they were once they sailed out of sight of land.
It was these huge advances in diet and navigation which made long-distance ocean voyages far less reliant on chance. They thus paved the way for the huge expansion in European colonialism in the nineteenth century. This quiet, intelligent son of a Yorkshire farm worker probably did more to change the history of the world than all the fighting admirals put together. To a very great extent, we all of us live in the world he made possible.
This model of Captain Cook's "Endeavour" is thus not only a beautiful display piece in her own right, but she is of the greatest historical interest. She will make a fitting embellishment to any home, to a museum, or to the offices of any shipping company, all of which still owe a debt to Captain Cook's pioneering discoveries.
(model by Frank Hasted)
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America (detail)312 viewsIt is, however, indisputable that she was a most beautiful yacht, low, sleek and graceful. We built this magnificent replica for a client who was in love with the original vessel. She is finished and fitted out in fine timber on the basis of a specially commissioned short-run GRP hull. (We can do this for you too if you like; pick your prototype and we can get it mastered and moulded to a high standard at a most competitive rate). She makes a beautiful display piece, well detailed and elegant. On a gentle sort of day, she also has a most pleasing performance on the water. Overall, she is one of the loveliest things we have built.
(model by John Davies)
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Clyde Puffer860 viewsThe Clyde Puffers have been immortalised; some might say sentimentalised, in the Para Handy Tales. In reality, the pufferman's life was a hard one, sailing all the year round, in all weathers, around the west coast of Scotland.
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HMS Hurworth 2161 viewsThere isn't a 1/96th scale kit for a Type 2 Hunt, but we built one, extensively modifying the Deans Type 3 and using a good many of John Haynes' splendid fittings. Here is a detail of the bridge.
(Model by John Davies, featured in “Marine Modelling”, November 2012)