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.
Another design by Bill from 1969, this stealth cruiser accurately predicted the Zumwalt-class ships that were commissioned starting in 2014. Created specifically to have a low radar signature, the faceted design reflects characteristics of the F-117 stealth fighter aircraft.