Alongside my work as a model maker in advertising I have always enjoyed a fascination for vintage pond yachts, hydroplanes and associated power boats. Home built model pond yachts as well as the commercial products of long gone small British manufacturers such as Alexander, Bassett Lowke, Bowman and, in particular, Star Yachts of Birkenhead have always been of interest and I’ve been fortunate to be able to spend much time restoring examples for both myself and various clients over the years.
Occasionally, alongside model making and restoration work, I’m able to offer interesting vintage models for sale so if there’s anything in particular that you’re looking for then do get in touch and I’ll do what I can to help. Please note that this site is not intended as a particularly commercial venture but more a way of sharing information on the subject and, as such, I’m not always able to respond to enquiries immediately.
The images below give an idea of the types of craft that interest me. The first show an early tethered hydroplane that was originally built and raced by Mr H R Perkins of the Wicksteed Model Power Boat Club in the early 1930’s, whilst further images show a sailing dinghy that was built from a kit marketed in the late 1940’s by Adamcraft, a company based in the New Forest, Hampshire.
I will, as time allows, update this website with material that might be of interest.
Please note that the majority of images on this website can be viewed in greater detail simply by clicking on them.