I have just completed the 249th since I started counting in October 1992. I must have built a similar number before that though as I began model shipbuilding in the 1950s. I have built some for museums, most of them in the Mount Sion Christian Brothers Maritime Museum in Waterford, Ireland. They wanted a set of a dozen or so ships that had carried their missionaries out to the four corners of the world over the last hundred years or so. There are two in the Merseyside Maritime Musem, Blue funnel ship AGAMEMNON and barque JHELUM. A lot of people don't like them at all, but the ones who do like them are very enthusiastic. The KENYA, above, was a bit of a "damp squib!" I sent it to a London maritime auction about year ago and it failed to sell at the first two auctions, finally going for £600, but my share only came to £344 - not much for a month's work. Other models of a very simple nature, that I built very quickly have gone for hundreds of £s and I never cease to be amazed at the inability of many people to distinguish between something that I have made in a few days, to something like the KENYA that took a month! I generally build whatever I feel like nowadays and they often sell on Ebay.
I have never been much good at kits and gave them up years ago. To expensive, too big, too difficult!
It is just a hobby really, I spent 32 years at sea in the Merchant Navy and I am now 67.
The one below sold at auction for £1,020 not long ago and only took a fraction of the time it took to build KENYA!
- Arethusa 32'=1"
- Arethusa in case (Large).jpg (94.66 KiB) Viewed 1046 times