The HMS Victory, that is...
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.
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.