By: William E. Hitchcock, Nader Taheri
New York built schooner yacht, America, is depicted in this gorgeous clearwater diorama cruising in warm Gulf Stream waters of the Atlantic Coast, c. 1850s. Built in 1851, the legendary yacht soon won what has become her eponymous award, the America’s Cup, and went on to a long and colorful career as Civil War blockade runner and private yacht on the Gloucester, Massachusetts coast. The full hull model is constructed from two basswood waterline lifts with applied bulwarks, laid decks, and is authentically fitted-out. The sails are paper, and the scene includes various work-action hand painted figures. The model is presented in a custom fitted mahogany frame with glazed cover trimmed in brass and two brass engraved name plaques.
A collaborative effort between Hitchcock and Nader Taheri, this solid basswood hull model constructed via laminated water line lifts with blanked-over topsides, laid decking and fully rigged according to practice was proficiently produced by Mr. Hitchcock. He also designed, engineered and fabricated the construction of the clearwater format (box) of the display and rocky shoals.
Mr. Taheri afforded the enhancements to the overall scene by giving the model & sails a more realistic form. His uses of artist oil paints enable him to achieve these important effects. He expertly painted each of the work-action figures providing a believable effect, as well as artistically applying the right Florida water coloration, via air brush techniques, to the ocean bottom and the shoals.
Model type: America's Cup, Collaboration, Diorama, Sail, Yachting
Scale: 1/16" = 1' Scale
Size: 17 3/4" x 9 5/8" x 12 1/4"
Code: DIO 240
This model is SOLD