Pilot Boat Phantom

Modified kit build of the Phantom pilot boat by Maxwell Fox.

Modified kit build of the Phantom pilot boat by Maxwell Fox.


Modeler’s Name: Maxwell Fox
Period: 1868
Scale: 1:96 scale (1/8″ = 1 ft)
Type of Model: modified kit with solid hull
Build Time: 150 hrs

Build Materials:
The solid hull and copper plates are kit supplied. The deck was planked with boxwood strips, the deck houses and other fittings were scratch built using boxwood. The bowsprit, masts, and yards will be fabricated out of boxwood.

Ship’s Story:
Built in Boston, Massachusetts in 1868, the Pilot Boat “Phantom” was operated out of Sandy Hook as New York Pilot Boat No. 11. On March 14, 1886, Phantom was the first ship to offer support to, and rescued 852 passengers of the sinking British liner S. S. Oregon off the coast of Long Island. Two years later, she went ashore during the Great Blizzard of March, 1888 resulting in the total loss of the vessel and six crew members.

Modeler’s Bio:
I picked up wooden ship modeling during the transition from my time in the U.S. Air Force to my current status as a Mechanical Engineering student at Colorado State University.. Additionally, I love to tinker and solve fabrication problems, so wooden model ship building and engineering were both natural fits for me. I am excited to participate in the Rocky Mountain Ship Wrights and look forward to learning all that I can from the experience of its members.

Chinese Junk

Chuck Stroble scratch built a generic Chinese Junk

Chuck Stroble scratch built a generic Chinese Junk

Modeler’s Name: Chuck Stroble
Period: Many centuries old
Scale: 1:50
Type of Model: Scratch build
Build Time: 60 hrs.

Build Materials:
Cedar finished in hand rubbed linseed oil

Ship’s Story:
The junk has been around a long time and is still popular in the Far East. They are mostly used to haul freight but some are armed. The junk may look strange to western eyes and they proceeded European craft in water tight compartmentation and center mounted rudders by some 500 years. It is likely this type of vessel was used in exploring out the Pacific coast long before Columbus got around to it.

Modeler’s Bio:
I am a retired Navy Photographer Mate. Started out with Commander Cruiser Destroyer Forces Pacific then to staff Commander Destroyer Flotilla One In Yokosuka Japan. Shore duty with Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka where I helped start a scale model club and built a 1:12 Elco 103 PT boat. Being a photographer is most helpful for a modeler. After active duty went to college at the University of Wyoming for a BA in Education.

Confederacy – a 1778 U.S. Frigate

The US Frigate Confederacy in progress. This model being built by Ed Quam from a kit bu Model Shipways.

The US Frigate Confederacy in progress. This model being built by Ed Quam from a Model Shipways kit. This model was selected as the “Modeler’s Choice” during the 2915 exhibit.

(under construction)

Modeler’s Name: Ed Quam
Period: Revolutionary War
Scale: 3/16”-1’
Type of Model: Plank on Bulkhead kit – admiralty model
Build Time: In progress

Build Materials:
This model is built in the admiralty style, meaning that some of the ribs are left exposed as is much of the deck. It is a Model Shipways kit featuring basswood, walnut and boxwood.

Ship’s Story:
Confederacy was one of several frigates built for the American Continental Navy. She was built in Norwich Conneticut in 1777-78. She was large for her rate and highly decorated. She carried 36 guns. She was plagued by several misadventures during a short career and was captured by the British in 1781. The lines were taken off by the British so that the model is very representative of the actual ship.

Modeler’s Bio:
Edward is a retired former Intelligence officer. Born and raised in Colorado educated at CU, DU and Harvard. While stationed in Washington D.C. he was and is a member of the Washington Ship Model Association and a Plank member of the Nautical Research Guild. He has built over 25 models and has displayed them in various venues around the country.

HMS Agamemnon



HMS_Agamemnon under construction

Modeler’s Name: Ed Leviker
Period: 1777-1809 Scale: 3/16″ = 1′
Type of Model: Plank on frame
Build Time: 100 hrs so far

Build Materials:
The model is under construction and is a plank on frame kit.

Ship’s Story:
Agamemnon was laid dowm at Bucklers Hard in 1777. A 64 gun ship of the Ardent Class. She took part in The American Revolution and Napolonic Wars. She fought at Trafalgar and captured the Spanish four decker “Santisma Trinidad” She was lost to grounding in 1809 in the River Plate.

Modeler’s Bio:
Retired Airline bus driver, never bent an aircraft or lost a passenger!