I was asked to complete a model that had been started in the 1930's. It had been passed down from a grandfather and was stored safely in an attic with its original plans. The person who started the model, who I think of as "Gramps" carved and painted the solid hull and got as far as making some of the spars. My task was to complete the model as Gramps would have.
The model was built to the plans published in 1932 by Popular Science magazine presented by Captain E Armitage McCann. The illustrated instructions ran in three issues of the magazine and a set of plans could be mail ordered. McCann was a Brooklynite who contributed a lot to the hobby, publishing many illustrated how-to boks in the 20's, many of them still in print.
The subject is the American whaling barque Wanderer, the last American whaler to set out on a whaling voyage. The actual ship is very well documented with many photos online. Famously she DID leave the harbor to go whaling in 1924, but she set her anchor right off shore anticipating departure the next day. That night she went up on the ricks, wrecked in a storm.
Below are photos of the model as delivered and the documentation. A photo of the spars Gramps made and at the bottom a shot of the model after cleaning and with a coat of isolating varnish.