Early Model Boats

Model of the 42 Frigate HMS Amazon

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.

Photographs of early models

Model Boat Building Manual

Model Boat Building in Wood manual from Selway Fisher Design

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