Custom Construction and Custom Builds
We gladly accept commissioning of Custom Builds
Our Plane models and
Ship models come from the finest woods and materials available. Our mahogany wood is pre dried and seasoned before
the process of carving is ever started. After the many hours of carving and sanding to get the exact shape of the
Our craftsmen have been working with wood for many years. Our
builders have been in business for over 30 years! They have a serious head start over any of our
The hand painting process takes many hours and you can see the
quality in the detailed numbers, call signs and general details of each model we
The Aircraft and Ship models we build are not toys!
They are not intended to be played with, however they can be
admired by young and old alike.
Our "Made to Order" line consists of aircraft, ships, helicopters,
space craft, plaques, and other models that we commence production on once we receive your order. These models are
made to match the image you see here using blueprints and specs on-hand in our production facility. Production
& Delivery time for a Made To Order model is approximately 12-16 weeks.
While the full price will show in the shopping cart and on your
receipt, we will only charge your card an initial deposit equal to 50% of the retail price. We will charge the
remaining balance after we send pictures and once production is complete. When your model is prepared for
In addition to our "Made to Order" models, we can build any model
to fit your exact specifications through our "Custom Model Program". This is the perfect way to recapture those
memories that will last a lifetime.
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
Commissioned models ideal size would be 30 inches or longer.
Smaller models are generally more expensive and time
We 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
Our builders use every available resource to insure that our models are authentic as
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).
With 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.
of the bulkheads and hull
We 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 hull).
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
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
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
Please E-mail your information to
or contact one of our experts by the methods below
Bob & Dee Dee Winfrey Owner’s
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST. Monday- Saturday Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 PM EST
PO Box 611