Clare Hess - Ship Model Project Photos
I’ve been building models since I was 6. As with many modelers, I started with plastic kits. I discovered wood ship modeling at the age of 30 and haven’t looked back since.
I’ve built kits, modified kits, and recently started building from scratch.
It’s always a learning process, and I’m always trying to improve my building
techniques and trying to find my “style”.
Research is one of the favorite parts of my projects, so I’m generally drawn to subjects that aren’t heavily modeled.
New York Pilot Boat Mary Taylor
3/16" scale - Scratch Built
18 1/2" long x 18" high
Mary Taylor, named for a popular entertainer of the time, was George Steers’ first attempt to incorporate some of the concepts that would later show up in the yacht America.
The model is solid hull built from lifts. It is planked above the waterline and coppered below. Based in part on BlueJacket plans with modifications based on additional research.
Deck is planked in lemonwood, deck furniture and the rails are cherry. Model is all scratch except for cordage and belaying pins.
Private Armed Schooner Lively
3/16" scale - scratch built
22" long and 17" high
I started this model back with the late Jim Roberts owned
North River Scale Models. I bought the model plans from him and it’s kind of my
own personal memorial to him. The model began as my first scratch model, but
sat for a time, so actually became my second completed scratch model. It’s
plank-on-bulkhead with cherry and holly hull planking, boxwood deck planking,
spars and deck furniture are cherry, cannon and anchor are cast britannia.
The model is all scratch save belaying pins and cordage.
Japenese Higaki Kaisen
1/72 scale - Woody Joe Kit from Japan
16" long and 16" high
The Woody Joe kit shows the unusual construction of this type of vessel including some of the interior detail. With my limited knowledge of the type, I built the kit with only a few modifications.
18th Century English Longboat
1/4" scale - Model Shipways Kit
11 3/4"" long and 10" high
Initially, the kit seemed just "okay", but I found it to be a fun and challenging build and a good learning experience. A nice short diversion from my other builds.