I started building model ships in my early teens and looking back my first efforts were pretty ordinary, of course I thought that they were great at the time. My models were made from whatever materials that I could find in my dad’s shed and were painted with leftover enamel house paint. None of them were radio controlled but some did have electric motors.
In my later teens I started to build model aircraft so ships took a back seat for a few years. After I crashed a few aircraft I went back to building model ships as they were much more forgiving.
I have had a go at building all sorts of model ships from all sort of materials. Early models were from balsa wood, plywood and even cardboard. Later I moved on to building in different varieties of wood and now most are built with fiberglass and plastic. I have found that each model is a learning experience and I would like to think that each one is just a little bit better than the last.
The photos below show some of my early ship models.