Plans for the completion of the Birkenhead Docks model 2019
The model, due for completion in 2019, is just under 3m long and 1m wide. The docks will be displayed as they appeared in 1924, prior to the building of ‘Bidston’ dock in 1930. The display will show all of the buildings at that time and will be populated by ships of the correct era – tugs, barges and lighters.
It is proposed that the model will be supported on three identical sets of drawers, each between 10 and 15cm deep, with Perspex covers, to house the 1:1200 scale ship models of the Museum’s collections. Documentation will be in each drawer describing its contents.
The model will have a poly-carbonate cover, probably in two sections 1.5m long, 1m wide with a sloping top and triangular sides to provide protection. The solid back section will allow access and provide a display area for information.
Steve will be donating not only the model but also his collection of over 2,000 1:1200 scale ship models which cover ships of all ages and types. In addition there will be models to the same stage placed in the larger model display cabinets as a comparative for visitors. This is important as the scales of the builders’ models are different.
Work on 12th & 13th March 2019
The pattern was cut to allow markings out on the 228 x 72 cm MDF board. The elements representing the entrance Docks, Vittoria Dock, the East and West Floats were cut to shape ready for the marking of the 3mm MDF to represent the quaysides.
Marking the outline of the docks:
The outline was drawn from the pattern, ensuring accuracy, then the plan was cut into sections to enable detail to be added at a later stage. The pattern contained numbering for the buildings of the entrance docks which also appear on the building models.
Above is the entrance docks, East Float, Vittoria docks and the Mersey river bank.
Above is the mobil terminal area of the West Float and the graving docks.