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HMS Victory (Restoration)742 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)
20 Jul 2010
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Small Colin Archer, Port Bow view.539 viewsBuilt to a tight deadline for a wedding present, she makes a pretty picture.
(Model by John Davies)
29 Oct 2008
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Small Colin Archer; Port Quarter view.509 viewsBuilt to a tight deadline for a wedding present, she makes a pretty picture.
(Model by John Davies)
29 Oct 2008
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Small Colin Archer; deck detail562 viewsEven on a small display model, we try to get the detail right. It's surprising how many models show the sails hoisted and the lines coming down to a pin rail or cleat and cut off there. Imagine you're on the real boat. You go to lower a sail. You cast off the rope; the end vanishes up the mast...... that's why pin rails, as here, have the bights of the ropes coiled down and hanging from them.
(Model by John Davies)
29 Oct 2008
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Thames Barge481 viewsThis is a typical "heirloom model". The client's father had built about the first half of it, before he passed on. He had done a nice job, too. We completed it, so it can take an honoured place in the family home. We always treat a job like this with especial respect.

(model by private builder, completed by John Davies)
11 May 2008
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Waveney class lifeboat (miniature)813 views31 Dec 2007
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Waveney class lifeboat (miniature)681 viewsPerhaps not quite a true scale model, but a very apealingh miniature, which makes a pleasant bookshelf model, not too demanding of display space.31 Dec 2007
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HMS Victory525 viewsThe result is a quite stunning replica, which will grace your home, and is very likely to appreciate in value as the years go by.
(model by Frank Hasted)
31 Dec 2007
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HMS Victory516 viewsI hope you will agree that this example is exquisite, and shows our work at its very best. Everything, down to the last knot in the ratlines, is painstakingly made by hand.
31 Dec 2007
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HMS Victory592 viewsNelson's famous flagship needs no introduction. With her complex hull form, three decks of gun ports, intricate rig and ornate decoration, she is one of the most complex and demanding wooden boat model projects possible.31 Dec 2007
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Torrens518 viewsThe lovely "Torrens" was the crack ship on the Australian passenger run. She was the favorite ship of the author Joseph Conrad.
This fine model, a family heirloom, was badly damaged in a house fire. We re-planked three large holes in the hull, cleaned off all traces of charring, and refurbished all the deck fittings.
Due to pressure of time in our own workshop, we contracted out the re-rigging to a local expert. He re-rigged the mizzen mast, which had survived the fire. The fore and main masts were charred stumps, so he replaced them in their entirety. He did a lovely job.
Throughout the entire restoration, it is hard to tell where the old ends and the new begins. This is one of the most sensitive aspects of restoration, and one in which we take great pride. It is a difficult balance, taking great judgement. One has to restore a model to its former glory, without incorpotating so much new material that it loses that lovely patina of age. We feel we succeeded here, and are proud to offer this illustration for your consideration.
(model by unknown builder, circa 1947, hull restoration by John Davies, re-rigged by John Hatchett)
31 Dec 2007
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Trawler (miniature)520 viewsWe built this pretty little display model of a deepwater trawler from scratch, for a member of the family which had owned her. She was sent to Hawaii as a present for a relative.
The client had to set a tight limit on budget, so we weren't able to go to town on the detail as we might have liked to. She is a pleasant little model, and if nothing else, she illustrates the variety of commissions which we are willing and able to undertake.
(model by Frank Hasted)
31 Dec 2007
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