About the Hawaiian Pilot
The Hawaiian Pilot was originally launched on 3 December 1943 and known as the USS Burleigh. Before she became a commercial cargo ship, she served as a Bayfield-class attack vessel during World War II. She was commissioned shortly after her launch, and later on saved as the flagship of Transport Squadron 18 in 1945. During the war she transported passengers ands supplies to Pearl Harbour, Guadalcanal, and the Russell Islands. Towards the end of the war she was also assigned to Operation Magic Carpet, which aimed to return veterans from the Pacific. She received one battle star for her service during this war.
Subsequently, she was sold and renamed the Hawaiian Pilot. She served as a cargo ship for 20 years until 1973, when she was scrapped after a long and eventful career.
Making of the HMHS Britannic Ship Model
The construction process begins with extensive research and planning, to ensure that the ship model is replicated as accurately as possible. The ship model is then scratch-built by master craftsmen, using her original plan and photographs.
The making of this model requires hundreds of hours of work before completion and undergoes a stringent quality control process before leaving the workshop. The team of master craftsmen make use of their skills and expertise to build the hulls and bridges exclusively out of hand picked hardwoods, in order to create the structure of the ship model. The plank-on-frame technique is then employed to follow the unique curve of each ships hull. In order to create a smooth finish, the model ship is sanded and varnished, before the painting begins. An undercoat layer is added, to create a smooth and even surface. The paint is then selected and matched to the colour of the original ship. The details on this ship have been replicated using polished brass and metal finishes. Each of these processes are executed in sync with the customer’s customisation requirement or matched perfectly with the ship’s original layout. The ship model is then packaged carefully, to ensure that ensure for a smooth and safe transit to our clients.
The Hawaiian Pilot model ship has been constructed in great detail and is mounted on a solid wooden base with brass name plate. The model is a striking piece that would make an exquisite addition to any space.
This model is not a kit and is ready for display.
About the Manufacturer
At Premier Ship Models, we are committed to building quality partnerships. With more than twenty years of experience, our manufacturers are specialised in the production of luxury hand-crafted model boat and ships. What originally began as an artisanal family workshop, now produces an extensive range of highly sought-after collectibles; Including classic speedboat models, historic tall-ship models, cruise ship models, moderns yacht models and battleship models. These ship models are carefully hand crafted and made from the highest quality hardwoods, sourced from local exotic wood resources.