We can build a ship from plans, paintings, photographs, videos or drawings supplied by you. This can be in either paper or in electronic form as frequently occurs, or we can research a historic vessel from a particular era and/or geographic location as mentioned previously.
We start with designing a computer model of the hull using the latest in Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology. Geometry such as the lines and sections shown below, are taken from the available plans and drawings, or extrapolated from paintings or photographs. Sometimes we have to piece the puzzle together from just bits and scraps of historical or anecdotal information.
Complex curves and angles can be solved before any 'real' work is done, a luxury the original shipwrights would have loved to have. Scale is easily manipulated on the computer, most of our models exist in the database at full scale. The computer model can then be scaled down to the size you prefer. One of the reasons you see a large variety of model scales is that any model can be built to fit the location you may have in mind for display.