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Ship Model Showcase

The models shown in the photographs on this page are not for sale, they are shown only to showcase John's skill and the level of detail that he is capable of obtaining with his miniature ship and boat modeling. Most of the models shown on this page were commissioned models, where only the single model for the client was built. The rest of the models shown are those John built and has already sold all the available copies.

Please note that any of the ship and boat models shown on this page, or anywhere else on this site, can be built by John under commission. Models that are shown as ship in bottle, ship in light bulb or static display models can be commissioned to the client's taste. For instance, a ship in light bulb model shown can be made as a static display, or ship in bottle model, or vice versa.

Commissioning John to build a model starts by contacting him and letting him knew your desires. John can then provide you with an estimate of the cost for the commissioned model. Please understand that John cannot quote a price unless you can specify the ship, or boat, to be modeled so that he can check on the availability of published plans. The size of any model determines both the final price and the level of detail it is possible to include in any model John builds. The type of model desired by any client also figures into the final price, ship in light bulb and ship in bottle models have different building specifications that must be taken into account. John will be most happy to help to determine which type and size of model, versus model pricing, would work best for any prospective client.

Most of the models shown on this page took months of work to complete, with the average being around 4 months. Commissioned models are only accepted when John nears completion of the current project he is working on. The best method for commissioning John to build a model for you is to contact him well in advance of any specific date you might require the model to be completed. While John estimates the total time the model will take to build, as part of the pricing for any given commission, he cannot make any garantees about the exact finishing time/date. There is a bit more about payment for commissioned models on the Purchase Information page.

Gjoa static display model in case
"Gjoa" static display model in plexiglass and brass trimmed case, with maple bottom.
Gjoa model close up
"Gjoa" static display model close up, prior to installing in case.

This static display model  of "Gjoa", first vessel to complete the Northwest Passage, was started in 2009 and finished in 2017. The scale of the model is 1:192, or 1/16" equals one foot. The model is housed in a plexiglass brass trimmed case with maple base, case measures 8" long, 8" high and 4" wide.

This model won a Silver Award at the annual Ships & Boats Model Competition in 2017.
detail photo Gjoa model
Extreme close up of one of the "Gjoa" model deck structures. Painted flat black before installing on the model;
Gjoa model close up
"Gjoa" static display model close up, prior to installing in case.
Gjoa model close up
"Gjoa" static display model close up.



Schooner Yacht ATLANTIC in a sodium vapor light bulb

Schooner Yacht ATLANTIC in a sodium vapor light bulb

Schooner Yacht ATLANTIC model, fully asseembled and on special insertion tool,
 with the builders hand as background
This is a model of the Schooner Yacht ATLANTIC, at a scale of 1:656. The model is housed in a small sodium vapor light bulb, which measures 8.5" long x 3.5" in diameter. The light bulb is on a spanish cedar stand, total measurements of model and stand are 9" long x 5" high x 4" wide. The model was built in 2014, and took a total of 400 hours to complete.





Close up photo of the bow area of the ATLANTIC model, inside the light bulb

Close up photo of the stern area of the ATLANTIC model, inside the light bulb


 
Shackleton's "Endurance" as a ship in bottle model. The bottle is a more than usually clear laboratory bottle.
These models of Shackleton's "Endurance" were built at slightly different scales. The "Endurance in bottle model was built to the scale of 1"350, while the light bulb version of "Endurance" was built to the scale of 1:275. Both were built at these scale to make the models as large as possible and still fit into their containers.

The ship on bottle model of "Endurance", shown at right, won First Place in the Miniature Division and Best in Competition Awards. Another "Endurance" model built by John won a Gold Award in competition, see the Awards & Articles page for particulars.
 
Shackleton's "Endurance" in a light bulb model. The light bulb is an 11" long sodium vapor light bulb, horizontally oreinted.
 
Detail closeup photograph of the "Endurance" model in the light bulb.




 
The Frigate "USS Constitution" as a ship in pocket watch case. This is a commerical, display type pocket watch case, with crystals on both sides.
The butternut stand is 5.5" wide, 6" high and the base is 2" wide. The display pocket watch case is 2.25" in diameter and 3/8" thick.


The Frigate "USS Constitution" as a ship in pocket watch case, this model was sold in November of 2008. 

A closeup photo of "USS Constitution" in a watch case model. Both models shown above are the same, only the cases and stands differ.







These models of the Frigate "USS Constitution" were built to the incredible scale of 1:2400. Five of these models were originally built, all of the models have been sold.

Note: Pocket watch case models can be commissioned, including having John build a model for a case provided by the client. Individually made models at this small scale are generally more expensive than those where several copies are made at one time.






 
The sloop of war "Providence" in a dual crystal display pocket watch case.
The stand for this model is made from hickory wood, and has a brass hoop and hook arrangement to display the model watch case.


Closeup detail view of the "Providence" sloop of war model, before putting into the display pocket watch case. 

A closeup photo of sloop of war "Providence" model in the builder's hand.







Six of the sloop of war "Providence" models were built for a special commission in 2012. The scale of the models is 1:1330.

Note: Pocket watch case models can be commissioned, potential commissioners should be aware that display, or dual crystal, pocket watch cases are no longer made and are much more expensive and difficult to find than normal single crystal pocket watch cases. Time needs to be included to find the display style cases, plus extra expense due to the higher prices. Potential commissioners can of course provide their own case for their commissioned model.





Tahiti Ketch "Torea" static display model. The model is housed in a brass trimmed glass case, with a planked top to the case base.
This model of the Tahiti Ketch "Torea" was built at a scale of 1:96. The model was built using generic tahiti ketch plans, with specific dimensions provided by the client who commissioned the model. The client had owned "Torea" for a number of years, and wanted something special as a reminder of the boat he loved. The client provided numerous photographs of the real "Torea", which John used to add as much detail to the model as possible.

The client insisted that all the hardware on his "Torea" model be made of brass, just like on his beloved boat. The insert above shows the gaff tackle, with John's finger as background.

A detailed closup photo of "Torea" static display model.


Another detailed closeup photo of "Torea" static display model, with a dime at lower right to indicate scale/size.


 
The Brigantine "Newboy" as a static display model. The model is housed in a brass trimmed glass display case with a planked top to the case base.
This static display model of the Brigantine "Newsboy" was built at the scale of 1:384. The model was built using published plans of "Newsboy", with some alterations according to newer, better information. The model was commissioned by a modeler who wished to learn more about John's particular miniature modeling techniques. John provided the client with over 1500 photographs taken during the model's construction. Nearly every aspect of the modeling was documented, most things from various angles for more clarity. Contact John if you would like a DVD including copies of all the digital photos taken for his client.

This model won both a Gold Award and the Dana McCallip Best Miniature Award in competition, see the Awards & Articles page for particulars.
 
A detailed closeup photo of the bow of the "Newsboy" static display model.
A detailed closeup photo of the stern of the "Newsboy" static display model.



 
The Morris 28' Linda model "Shearwater" as a ship in light bulb model. The bulb for this model is a vertically oriented sodium vapor light bulb, 11" tall.



This model of the "Shearwater" was built at a scale of 1:67, and was built in 2007. The model was a surprise gift for the boat owner, from relatives. Plans were obtained from the Morris company, and photographs provided by the boat owner's wife.

Another view of the "Shearwater" ship in light bulb model.


A detailed closeup photo of the stern area of the "Shearwater" ship in light bulb model.





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