Vernacular Miniatures

Client Brief

To create a 2 metre long, tactile skeletal model explaining the construction of the Cutty Sark's iron frame. The model was to be displayed upon a panel in the newly restored ship, with spotlights linked to the real ships construction.

Vernacular Miniatures

Our Solution

As a model maker to the museum sector Vernacular Miniatures are often asked to create some unusual objects. Their recent project for The Cutty Sark was probably one of the trickiest to solve. The brief was to create a 2 metre long, tactile skeletal model explaining the construction of the Cutty Sark’s iron frame. The model was to be displayed upon a panel in the newly restored ship, with spotlights linked to the real ships construction. 

Early in the process it was decided the delicate construction could only be strong enough if it were made in steel. Vernacular approached FSM with their ideas, and some hand drawn sections of the hull (no digital drawings are available for the ship since it was built in the late 1800′s).

The team at FSM managed to create CAD drawings from the sketches, with which we were able to construct a 3d view of how the assembled parts would look – this was very valuable, as it allowed Vernacular to discuss the model in greater detail with their client before any steel was cut.

 

The parts were then Laser cut within days, and Vernacular visited to observe the assembly and expert welding. The Model then had some ABS components added in their studio, then they cleaned and painted it ready for installation in this prestigious London museum. The curators fully expect the model to remain an attraction as long as the ship herself.

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