With decades of work Brion has created the most incredible working R/C model of the CSS Shiloh, an imaginary Confederate gunboat of the 20th Century. The photos reveal the exhaustive level of scratch built detail; the guns fire and the turret rotates by remote control. Wherever Shiloh goes it amazes and wins best of show.
Removal of the upper decking enables a view of some of the internal detail.
The pencil gives the viewer an appreciation for the small size and skill in creating this miniature.
Peter's recently sold his scratch built wood model of the Fair American and it now resides with a very happy owner in Florida. To we remember the masterpiece here are some photos of her.
This is Peter's finished restoration of a ca.1920s Constitution model. A project just shy of two years. Restored from the deck up, completely replaced suit of sails and completely re-rigged. Original paint and fittings, save replacement anchors and some blocks.
Ocean liners Gripsholm, Canberra, United States, Normandie,and QM2 Scale: 1/600
Swedish Royal Warship Vasa 64 guns, 1628 Scale: 1/144
This ship is representative of the privateers that were fitted out by private owners who were granted letters of marque by the US government. Due to the clippers' speed and easy handling, they were able to fight against overwhelming odds, and brought back prizes that proved to be the basis of many fortunes.
This modified kit is all wood, with plank-on-bulkhead hull construction. The hull planks are 2x5 mm mahogany. The deck is laid with individual planks. Other woods include walnut, box, bass, spruce, cherry, beech, and lime. The guns are brass, and the rigging is linen. The original kit was extensively modified to represent the Baltimore clipper privateers of the period. Most of the kit materials were discarded. The case is 40" x 16" x 31"h.
Chris Craft began production in 1884 with duck boats and power launches. They eventually became the largest producer of mahogany boats in the United States. This boat was extremely popular in northern Wisconsin for fishing and cruising. Mr. Larson's family owned a similar Chris Craft boat. The model started as a kit from Dumas Models, but after inspection of
the kit, the only items retained were the interior plywood bulkheads,
which cannot be seen, and the chrome finished fittings that had to be
cleaned up and refinished.
The hull is double planked. The first layer is 1/16" plywood, and
the outer layer of the hull is 3/8" x 1/16" Philippine mahogany. All of
the mahogany on the model was cut from a 2" x 8" x 6" plank. The
caulking is 1/16" x 1/16" white plastic strips. The finish is semigloss
polyurethane varnish. Hatches and seats are removable for access to the
interior for the future installation of radio control equipment if so
USS Saucy PG-65 Flower-class corvette WWII convoy escort vessel Launched 15 April 1940, Belfast Scale: 1/6" = 1 foot (1/72)
The flower-class corvettes were developed and constructed during the early years of World War II to challenge the threat of the German U-boat submarines against the convoys supplying the Allied forces in Great Britain and the Soviet Union. Only a few of the vessels were commissioned in the US Navy for convoy duty. The adventures of the British Navy corvettes have been documented in the movie The Cruel Sea.
This operating plastic-hull model was adapted from a kit for radio-controlled operation with rudder- and speed-control functions. The case is 38" x 11" x 17"h.
Imara English harbor tug, 1931, Scale: 3/8" = 1 foot (1/32) Ship specifications: Length between perpendiculars, 109 feet; Moulded breath, 28.5 feet; Propulsion, two coal-fired steam engines rated at 500 horsepower each; Speed, full power, 11.6 knots; Designed to move a 12,000-ton vessel in still waters. It was a twin-screw berthing tug built in 1931 to a Crown Colonies contract for delivery to the Tanganyika Railway Company for use at Dar-es-Salaam, in what is now Tanzania on the east coast of Africa. After only two years of service, she was purchased by the Royal Navy, renamed Perseverance, and modified for use in a cooler climate. The model of Imara is 42" long and is radio controlled. Operating features include forward and reverse variable speed control, siren, simulated steam horn, smoke, and exterior and interior lighting. The model is based on a kit from an English manufacturer; however, the more than 800 white metal cast fittings were poorly formed and contained 52% lead. The wood provided in the kit was also poor quality. Therefore, only the hull, the forward lower cabin structure, the aft cabin, and funnel, which are made of fiberglass, and the formed plastic hulls were used from the kit. The remainder of the boat and nearly all the fittings were scratch built. Woods include maple, cherry, Swiss pear, Yoshino cherry (directly from the famed cherry trees in Washington, DC), apple, basswood, and thin birch plywood. The fittings were made from a variety of materials including brass, wood, Corian (countertop material), plastic, and cast resin using scratchbuilt masters. The entire model was constructed so nearly every fitting can be removed and repaired or replaced in case of damage. The case is 50" x 18" x 31"h.
Laura Virginia privateer, 1812 Scale: 3/16" = 1 foot (1/64)
In the early days of the US republic, the government lacked finances to build an adequate navy. On the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore clippers were fitted out by private owners who granted letters of marque by the US government. These letters gave ship owners the right to act as war vessels on behalf of the United States. The principal ports for outfitting these ventures ran from Maine to the Virginia capes. The ship were comparatively small, but what they lacked in size and armament was more than made up by smart handling, speed, and accurate gunnery.
This model is constructed on a solid wood hull. The guns are brass, and the rigging is linen. The model is an adaptation from a kit and has been extensively modified to accurately represent the Baltimore clipper privateers of the period. The ship's boat is built up of individual planks in lap-strake fashion. The deck is a single piece of 1/64" fine-grained aircraft plywood with caulking drawn in India ink. The extreme drag of the keel and rake of the masts is characteristic of these vessels. The case is 30" x 14" x 26"h.