Welcome to these pages which when first produced in 2003 were my first attempt to open my collection of 1/1200 scale (or there abouts!) model ships collected over the past ffifty years to a wider audience. My original intention was to concentrate on three main areas: (i) pre-nineteen fifty models, (ii) out of production kits and (iii) current kits. This has developed over the years with additions being prompted by emails; for example the sections on Santa Rosa, Pier Head and Trafalgar Ships, and the revised section on Treforest Mouldings (Tremo), showing the dynamic advantage of the net as a form of passing information. My desire is still to complement other sites rather than duplicate their content.
The Scarabeo 3 North Sea Oil Rig (1975) by Martin Brown / Highworth with the Supply Ships ‘Energy Girl’ and the 'North Vanguard' by KS Ships.
My collection, like many of my contemporaries started with Eagle kits and Triang Minic diecast models. From there it expanded with the Airfix and Pyro kits, Clydeside, Ensign and Fleetline white metal models, and more recently Len Jordan and Figurehead. I have also built up a small collection of earlier models such as Tremo, Ship Series and Recognition Models and a few of unknown origin.
For those unfamiliar with the scale, 1/1200 is the traditional imperial scale based upon 1”= 100 feet. Therefore the Clyde Puffer, the Sir Walter Scott and the trawlers are about one inch or two and a half centimetres long. At 1/1250 100 feet is slightly shorter at 9.6 tenths of an inch or 2.4 centimetres. Thus the coaster below, Holme Force at 236’ would be 2.36 inches long at 1/1200 or, as is the case 2.27 inches at 1/1250.
The models shown date from the turn of the century to the present. My own earliest ones – Eaglewall – were built by me when still at school, over fifty years ago, and since then they have endured six house moves! The style of painting started out with the models being based on the ships being miniatures of the real ones and is therefore more ‘glossy’ than some would deem acceptable. My perspective is as of one standing on the pier waiting to board, rather than standing on the beach viewing ships a mile out in the estuary. The latter is the perspective on which it is alleged 1/1200 scale is based and thus the ships are painted in paler, more muted colours.
One advantage of the web is that it allows those with similar interests to interact across the globe in a way unimagined even a decade ago. In addition web pages have the great advantage over books in that mistakes or inaccuracies can be easily corrected. These pages, like the ships shown have been done for enjoyment. They will have flaws and may be criticised but for better or worse, they are mine, but I would genuinely appreciate any information that would make them of more value or better informed.
A recent find for me is Jonathan Taft’s site: http://www.taft.com/ModelShips/ModelShips.html which contains a vast range of photographs of models across a wide spectrum of producers and types. I have found this a most valuable reference site for confirming the identity of models and for reference.
The original host of the site was Blueyonder (starting in the days of ‘dial-up’), later Virgin Media, but at the end of April 2016 they ceased to host web sites thus this new site is a 'SECOND EDITION' being rebuilt from May 2016 and which I hope will eventually replace the original with both original and updated content.
I would like thank all those who visited the previous site and am more than pleasantly surprised, indeed amazed, that the site appears to continue to be visited. The numbers , rising from over 74,000 hits in the first year to a peak of 317,883 for 2012 - 2013. – very many more than I ever anticipated. Indeed I am gratified that I am still averaging over 3000 visits a month for the last year and hope that you will continue to find it useful. I enjoy switching on and finding new messages from all over the globe.
Thanks to all who have already e-mailed me, all your comments and information are appreciated. I would also like to make a particular acknowledgement to those who have contributed to the site by not just giving their time and effort by contributing but to the quality of their work and photographs which they have supplied and the knowledge of the subject. It is greatly appreciated.
I hope you enjoy the site and I wish you all the best for the remainder of 2016 and with your own collecting.
1st July 2003
21st April 2016
A valuable source of information is John Mitchell’s forum for 1/1200 scale collectors : http://members7.boardhost.com/Dockside/ (new host from 14th September 2008)