David Miller - Ship Model Project Photos 

After 60 years of modeling, I've built a wide range of model subjects from dinosaur figures to space ships in everything from paper to metal.

Ships and boats are a favorite theme for me. I build from scratch and kits, wood or plastic. I do built up, or solid hulls.  I've made some models on commission and have done some repair and restoration work, too.  I've been a NRG member since 2011 when I was given a gift membership, which I have since renewed.

Maggie - Clyde Puffer


1:24 scale - Scratch built

35" long x 24" high

The Maggie is a fictional Clyde puffer, but the model is accurate for the type. The model is scratch built and several different plans and photos were used.

The hull is a modified bread and butter style of construction, allowing plenty of room for motor, batteries and RC gear. The hull was fiber glassed to insure that it is water tight. It has running lights for twilight sailing.  The motor sound is made with a little piece of plastic attached to the prop shaft. A very low-tech arrangement!

Hollyhock - Victorian Steam Launch


1:26 scale - Constructo Kit

18" long x 8.5" high

The Hollyhock is a fictional Victorian steam launch but is accurate to the type that plied the waters of England's Lake Windermere during the Victorian era. I chose the name because it is one of my favorite flowers.

The Hollyhock is made from the Constructo Louise plank on bulkhead kit. I redesigned and scratch built the cabin using rosewood and red cedar. I scratch built the wheel, railings, lights and mast. The case is made from plexiglass and poplar. 

RMS Queen Mary


1:570 scale - Revell Kit 

My aunt asked me to build a model of the Queen Mary for her because it was the ship my uncle went to England on in 1944, along with about 15,000 other soldiers.

I researched its Warrior Queen configuration and made the model to look like it did when my uncle was on it. I scratch built all guns and added the degaussing coil to the hull.