David Kemp built and donated four paper models to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum. Included is a model tank, an SE5 airplane model, a Sopwith Dolphin airplane model, and a German airplane model. 

A native San Diegan, Mr. Kemp worked as a civil engineer and picked up modeling skills from his father. The elder Kemp built many models, including two major dioramas that have been on display in the Museum of Man. 

David built many model airplanes in his childhood. He also hand carved a chess set when he was 17, which was made of redwood and sugar pine to create the light and dark squares and pieces. Adding to his hobby accomplishments he also built wooden automata each of which had either two or three distinct motions. He began making high quality paper models in the 1960s. 

Exhibit added: March 12, 2019 - Last modified: May 23, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship