Ship Model Built From Scratch

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Project by densships posted 03-17-2008 06:01 AM 38999 views 31 times favorited 66 comments Add to Favorites Watch

MAN-OF-WAR: This is a one-of-a-kind scaled 1/96, 64-Gun British Warship Model built from scratch.
The model is 27” long x 12” wide, and 25” high mid-ship. And has 5 different deck levels, plank-on-frame construction. Some of the hull and deck planks were left off the model to show the ships construction, the ship is made out of chestnut wood. Total work hours on the model, 1,175, and about 10,000 pieces. About 61’ of rigging. Tools used on the model: table saw, band saw, lathe, drill, miter saw, carving knife, & wood files. For construction photos click here-


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#1 posted 03-17-2008 06:15 AM

Astonishing! Level of detail that borders on ridiculous! Unbelievably well done!! Congratulations!!

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#2 posted 03-17-2008 06:22 AM

Great detail. Is this what you do for a living?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#3 posted 03-17-2008 06:26 AM

WOW this is amazeing. I am astounded. This is so detailed and looks very hard to make. 1,175 hours, now that is determination.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#4 posted 03-17-2008 06:35 AM

Looks great. Fantastic details.

I’ve got to finish mine on of these days.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-17-2008 06:41 AM

Holy moley!

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#6 posted 03-17-2008 06:52 AM

It goes in the “my Favorites” section Capn’. The attention to detail is incredible! Excellent job on the craftsmanship as well! On a scale of 1-5 I give it a 10!!!!

-- --Chuck

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#7 posted 03-17-2008 07:03 AM

You gotta click on the link Densships provided and check out some of the other stuff he’s made!! Noahs arc diarama and the USS Constellation.

-- --Chuck

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#8 posted 03-17-2008 07:14 AM

Ahoy! That’s incredible!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 03-17-2008 07:49 AM

Truly amazing! Do you work off copies of the original plans of the ship to achieve accurate scale size?

I can’t even begin to imagine spending 1175 hours of painstaking, meticulous work on a project. You have way more patience that I do! Great job, and you obviously love it.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#10 posted 03-17-2008 09:21 AM

That is astonishing. Really detailed, must be quite a job to build something like this. One of the guys on the CarveWright Forum is a ship builder also. He uses his CarveWright to cut the small wooden parts for his ships. Always amazes me seeing this kind of miniature work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 03-17-2008 11:12 AM

I am speechless.

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#12 posted 03-17-2008 11:48 AM


After looking at your profile I suspected something like this was coming but never did I imagine the level of detail that would be in this project. What type of woods did you use in the construction?

I love to see projects like this. I wouldn’t have the patience or initiative to do something like this (give me a cabinet any day). But I do like to see the efforts of others who are talented enough to produce works like this.

By the way I tried to use the link but it generated an error due to heavy traffic.

This is simply awesome!!!

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 03-17-2008 12:39 PM

Speachless…I just don’t know what to say about this one…...... Truly magnificent !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#14 posted 03-17-2008 12:40 PM

INCREDIBLE….... About 12 years ago I shot photos for an article about a guy building a scaled model of Noah’s Ark….. That project’s detals blew me away. It was the most detailed work I’d ever seen….. until now. Fantastic work Dens. Thanks for the post and I’m looking to more from you.

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#15 posted 03-17-2008 12:50 PM

“awe”-lots!! totally amazing!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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