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Agnes1317 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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Agnes (detail)1107 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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Clyde Puffer1101 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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Coaster "John Masefield"1082 views"Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smokestack, butting up the Channel in the mad March days...." If you don't know Masefield's "Cargoes", you should. This model came to us basically sound, but needing some tidying up, and a new mechanism fitting. We did this, then sold her on. Here she is, running trials. What can be nicer than a pretty scale model, on a fine sunny morning?
(Model by unknown builder, restored by John Davies)
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Fishguard lifeboat (2)1077 viewsAnother fine model, again based on the Model Slipway's 1/16th kit, but this time embellished with today's livery; the go-faster stripes and a set of specially commissioned transfers. This model has a rotating radar aerial, lights, sound, and other built-in goodies.
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RNLB Charles Brown1046 viewsBig, impressive, 1/12th scale Arun lifeboat; a spectacular and seaworthy model, here seen running trials before the addition of the final details.
The model was featured in "Marine Modelling" magazine.
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Clyde Puffer (detail)1045 viewsYou can commemorate this world of honest toil with a model such as this one. Clyde Puffers make excellent models. The hull is capacious and stable. It will take a really substantial battery for long running times at a scale speed. These small ships can be modelled at a reasonably large scale, without becoming too big to display easily, or to transport to the water. Detail can thus be full, and individual detail parts can be made big enough to be resonably sturdy. Light weathering brings out the character of the model illustrated here. Erzi glaikit sumph an ra shilpit wee nyaff oan ra foadeck!
The result is a real delight. It is no wonder Puffer models are so justly popular. We will be very happy to quote for your requirements if you want one too.
(model by John Davies)
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Clyde Puffer1036 viewsI know from personal experience just what sort of weather the Minch can kick up, and just how rapidly a perfectly sunny day can turn into a mass of low, grey, wind-driven clouds and flying spray. Add to this the delights of working cargo on an open beach, with no harbour faciltites, digging down through a hold full of coal and using the ship's own derrick to load it into carts which had driven out to the ship at low tide, working hard to shift as much cargo as possible before the tide came up again, and you will see that the life was not an easy one.
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Clan Ross cargo liner.1008 viewsA magnificent model, well over four feet long, lovely lines, great areas of individually-laid planked deck, intricate rig, and looks absolutely stunning on the water. How I regret not taking the camera along to her trials. A heavy model to launch, of course, and not especially manoevarable. She does best what the real ships did; cruises happily forever on remarkably little power. But what a magnificent picture she makes afloat. Such lovely ships have gone from the world's oceans. Would you like to commission your own miniature?
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Fairmile D966 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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HMS Cossack954 viewsWell known as the command of captain (later Admiral Sir Philip) Vian, who rescued 299 British seamen from the Altmark, and played a decisive role in the sinking of the Bismarck.
Vian did not suffer fools at all, and had absolutely no time for inefficiency. He was reputed to be intolerant, completely tactless, and an absolutely superb fighting sailor; truly one of the very great captains.
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HMS Cossack912 viewsWarships carry a lot of detail. Even if time is saved by basing the model on a kit (this is from the Deans Marine example), good research and knowledge of the prototype is essential. We can claim expertise in the Royal navy, 1939-45, and have a good research library.
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