Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Model Maniacs - Consumed With Victory

The HMS Victory, that is...

As modelers, we so often create scenes depicting a particular moment in history, using vehicles and figures made famous by their courageous achievements, or made infamous by their crushing defeats.
It is not uncommon to recreate the actions of a single day, from the invasion of Normandy in World War II to retaking Hue City during the Vietnam War. But how often do we get the chance to build a model right down to it's exact location in time and space?
A modeler from the UK, Tim Davies, spent ten years of his life doing just that, and that is why he is this month's Model Maniac. The 74 year old gentleman spent a decade doing meticulous research to build his 1/96 scale HMS Victory as it would have appeared at 3:35 PM on January 19th, 1805. In doing so, he captured the moment that Lord Nelson would set sail from Sardinia to chase the French fleet in a naval operation that would culminate in the Battle of Trafalgar.

Though it seems unthinkable, Davies was able to pin-point the location of the real HMS Victory to within ten feet, allowing him to create an accurate display based on photographs he had taken of Sardinia. Not only is the location accurate, so is the ship itself. It is fully rigged, with sails made from draughtman's linen, and at four and a half feet long, it is crewed by 152 little sailors.

The model is very impressive. I do not have the patience for such a feat, so I am always impressed by the dedication it takes to devote ten years of life to just one creation.
I encourage you to follow the link to see more of the model of the HMS Victory for yourself.


  1. Excellent work and i do love the details, ships rigging is something that i would freak about doing.

    1. Yeah I would never get into old sailing ships. Far too much potential for frustration!