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Back in the early 1980s I subscribed to a pretty good bimonthly magazine called Model Ship Builder. If memory serves it was MSB that had a terrific article featuring an incredible model of HMS Victory that was made entirely of steel (most likely stainless). Assembly was accomplished by spot-welding the model’s parts together. Even the various diameters of scale ropes for the model’s rigging were made of steel (I don’t think the model didn’t had sails).


The model was large, probably at least 1:100 scale, the same as Heller’s plastic kit. Just one of the hundreds of amazing features of the steel model that still stands out in my memory is the level of detail in the stern. Anyone familiar with Victory has undoubtedly noticed the incredible workmanship of her stern, including the three arched rows of windows & two rows of spindles between them. I tried counting the spindles but I kept losing my place. Suffice it to say that there are well over a hundred spindles on the stern. The builder of the steel model turned each spindle individually on a lathe, then trimmed & hand-fit each one to fit. Can you imagine the amount of time, dedication & love of modeling that the builder put into his Victory? I believe the modeler was possibly from Germany & was retired from work as a precision metalworker. 


To sum up, if anyone who reads this happens to have the issue of Model Ship Builder with the steel Victory model article, I’d be interested in either purchasing your copy or paying for a scanned PDF of the article, as long as the author can be reached to secure their permission. Please let me know. 


Please reply if you remember that article & share your impressions of that fantastic model. 


Thanks to all & Happy Thanksgiving!



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Not sure if it was Olaf Eriksen....but he built a steel model of the constitution which is currently on display at the liberty science museum in New Jersey.   He is a member of our club in New Jersey but he is sadly ill and hasnt attended meetings for a while.  I cant recall if he did an HMS Victory model however.  Or even if this is the same guy.







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Ahem .... Chuck ...... This is a paragraph from the article you linked :



In December 1986 I completed my first model of the U.S.S. Constitution from the 1963 plans executed by George Campbell. Spring 1989 I completed the H.M.S. Victory. Both are ¼” = 1 ft. scale, made and rigged using steel only.

Sorry about that :D.



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Sorry to hear that Olaf is not in the best of health, I havnt  seen him in at least fifteen years but remember him well. I’ve seen his Constitution at the Liberty Science Museum in my home town of Jersey City, it’s one of the most impressive ship models you are ever likely to see. There is no way to know it’s not made of traditional materials by viewing it, it’s painted and looks like the ship. There’s no visible fasteners or rivets or weld seems visible. 

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