A retired Navy Chief, Bob Learman was building models since he was 9 years old. During his Navy career he built full scale model railroads, ships, and airplanes. Most were left with friends and relatives when he would move on to a new duty station.

Bob’s pride and joy are the two Charles W. Morgan ship models that he started working on after he retired in 1971. He built a regular 27-inch kit model first (shown here) then doubled the size of the plans for the larger 51-inch scratch-built model. The scale of the large ship is 5/16-inch to one foot with virtually every part handmade to match the real ship. Courtesy of Kim Learman. 

Exhibit added: August 21, 2019 - Last modified: April 19, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship