William Tompkins built 307 different model ships at a scale of 1/600. Mr. Tompkins started building his massive collection when he was in his early teens, and he continued to make highly detailed models throughout his lifetime. The fleet of model ships includes a wide array of models that span several decades, if not more, so the collection offers an insightful view of naval evolution over time. A portion of William Tompkins’ fleet of 1/600 scale model ships is on display in the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad, CA. This is a model of the Naval Galactic Carrier (SCB-44). Another conceptual model of Bill’s making, this Galactic Carrier is escorted by two small destroyers. The model was not built at Bill’s typical 1/600 scale (the length of the proposed full-size ship was 4 km). It was based on a plastic model kit.

Exhibit added: May 6, 2014 - Last modified: June 9, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship