David AntscherlShip Model Project Photos 

I specialize in scratch-built 18th century models. I've been building models since I was four or five years old. It's a habit now, I suppose. I've been a NRG member for 12 years, having joined in 2000. I've had the good fortune to move from model-making as a hobby into a full-time occupation, as well as writing and teaching.

HMN Polyphemus


1:48 scale - Scratch built

46" long x 12" high

This was my first completed 'serious' model. 'Polyphemus' is a typical 64-gun ship of the 1780's. She is shown 'as launched', before she was coppered, armed and rigged. I used similar techniques to C.N. Longridge, as described in his book, 'The Anatomy of Nelson's Ships'. The model is fully planked over a simplified frame. 'Polyphemus' is now in a private collection in Australia.

HMN Resolution 

As refitted in 1772-73

1:48 - Scratch built

38" long x 32 high

This is a plank on frame model. The framing was simplified except in the area of the unplanked 'window'. Principal woods used are Castello boxwood, holly and pear. Rigging this model is described in Volume IV, 'The Fully Framed Model', published by SeaWatch Books. References were the NMM Admiralty Collection draughts of 'Resolution'. Details of the hull and carved works were reconstructed from contemporary sketches and a painting. The model is now in a private collection in New York.