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Completed October 2012


     This new model of the USS Constitution (pictured above) was a commissioned model that began as a Model Shipways kit (scale 1/76.7).  I decided to make it a double planked model rather than a single plank so I could use a second layer of ebony as the final finish.  Therefore what you see black on the model's wooden hull has not been painted, it is ebony, polished with steel wool and given a Minwax natural oil finish.  The wooden ship model was a tough build since in this stage of my life I have developed essential tremors which makes my hands a lot less steady than what they were years ago.  I was happy that I could still complete such a complex model, but I know the day will come when I will need to work on larger scale models and dioramas.  This model was built in 802 hours and 55 minutes covering a 16 month time span.  As with all of my models, they look much better in person than they do in photos.

     My wooden ship model of the USS Constitution is scratch built in 1/64 scale.  The model was finished in 817 hours and 50 minutes.  It was selected for the People's Choice Award at Modelfiesta XXI in San Antonio in 2002 and has won several other awards.  It is a large model, difficult to carry through a regular sized door.

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