I was making model boats as far back as I can remember usually in Balsa wood - they were often crudely carved replicas of tramp steamers and fishing boats based on the silhouette images from the "Observer's Book of Ships". Later, in my early teens I bought plans from the Model Aeronautical Press (MAP) series and modeled warships again mainly in Balsa wood.
I never finished a model, they were all around 75% complete but too often my eyes would be caught by another new boat discovery - it was a massive world to explore.
As my teens progressed and I became interested in Naval Architecture I started to make models of boats I had designed (on a glass topped circular table!). These models were used to take a 3D look at the aesthetics of the design - there was also the intention of doing some tank tests on them, but the bath was never going to be long enough for that but at least I could see the design afloat!
When I left home to go to University to study Naval Architecture for real, I left behind around 10 Balsa models of various sizes and approximately 50 Airfix plastic kit ship models - unfortunately they were all destined not to last and so the photographs below are all I have left of them.
The County Class Missile Destroyer HMS Devonshire and the Bustler tug (bread and butter Balsa construction), built in my early teens along with a Rocket Class Frigate - all sadly gone now.
A plank on frame Pearling Lugger and East Coast fishing smack both made from plans from MAP. There is also a model of a Dragon racing yacht (Bluebottle) and a barge yacht buried somewhere deep in the garage! The Pearling Lugger was planked with Pine taken from a drawing desk I had built when finishing my final year at Newcastle Uni.