We gladly accept the commissioning of Custom Builds. All we need is pictures if possible and
dimensions including the beam. Please read the info below as to some insight as to the
have chosen the best builders in the business to supply our customers with the finest quality products
available. The finished product is a some of it’s parts. We have searched the world over to find the best and
most competitively priced models available.
- Brass Cannons.
Chrome and Brass plated details
- Woods such as Walnut, Cherry, Oak and Teak, Yellow Siris, Rosewood, Light Ebony,
Blackwood, Mahogany and others
- Thick canvas sails
that hold their shape and remain wrinkle-free
- A solid wood base
with supports for the ship or boat
with the highest quality materials available, we have the model built.
There are five
stages of production: research, design, component construction, assembly and inspection.
builders use every available resource to insure that our models are authentic as possible.
Copies of the Mayflower plans
We obtain copies of
the ship's original plans (if available), artist's renditions, and drawings, or when possible pay a visit to the
original ship (USS Constitution in Boston Harbor, HMS Victory in Portsmouth, England, USS Constellation in
Baltimore Harbor and Cutty Sark in Greenwich Pier, to name a few).
our research complete, we use specialized software called CAD (Computer Aided Design) to draft a 3D image of the
ship and a majority of the tiny pieces.
Rendering of the bulkheads and hull
make many of our pieces by hand; however, to reduce the time and cost required to make these
pieces, our computer is attached to a laser cutter, which perfectly cuts the piece every time.
Once we have
made the necessary pieces (over one thousand for a majority of our models), we start construction. We have a
specialized production process with experts at each stage. This allows the models to be made faster, yet still
meet our strict quality standards.
Hull and deck
The model is
built using the plank-on-bulkhead construction method. This is a painstaking process that is the most
time-consuming and most difficult part in building a model ship. If this process is done perfectly, the model
looks as it should; if not done perfectly, the model looks obviously wrong. To build the hull, the following
steps are taken:
The bulkheads are slotted over the keel (the ribbed frame of the
The individual wood planks are soaked in water so that they can be
shaped around the bulkheads to conform to the hull.
Each individual plank is perfectly shaped and glued to every bulkhead of the ship.
Special-sized planks are cut and added to the hull, just like
construction of the real vessel, to fill in any gaps between planked areas.
A second layer of planking is applied over the primary planks to complete the hull.
The hull is now sanded and layers of clear coat are applied to protect the wood.
The gun ports are cut out from the side of the hull according to the plans. After planking the hull, we carefully
lay the deck planks and paint the hull the colors of the real ship.
With the hull now complete, we add all of the details and fittings to the model (cannons, ship's wheel, stern
details, figurehead, etc.) and the model is painted.
Masts, rigging and sails:
Tremendous skill and patience is required to tie the hundreds of extremely small knots needed to complete the
Again, if this process is done perfectly, all of the lines are taut and there is equal tension on the masts. If not
done perfectly, many lines will be loose and look obviously wrong. We use various colors and varied thickness to
ensure the rigging lines are as accurate as possible. The masterfully stitched sails are made out of thick canvas
(so that they will not wrinkle). We typically position the sails so the model will look as if it were at full sail.
Every stage of production is carefully overseen to insure the highest level of quality. Once a model meets our high
quality standards, it is made available for sale. After an order is placed, each and every model is inspected
before it is shipped to you.
The finished product will be shipped by common carrier fully Insured. Also If you order in quantity, your order
will be shipped on pallet(s) by common carrier. Please call for quote.
Beside preventing dust, a display case always increases the value of your model and will help it hold it’s value.
We suggest that you put the ship in a display case.
Examples of our custom builds
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or contact one of our experts by the methods below
Bob & Dee Dee Winfrey Owner’s
855-280-9590 Toll Free 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST. Monday- Friday
PO Box 611