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Q: Looking for model of HMS Warrior ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   7 Comments )
Subject: Looking for model of HMS Warrior
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: scaryberry-ga
List Price: $40.00
Posted: 06 Feb 2004 19:03 PST
Expires: 07 Mar 2004 19:03 PST
Question ID: 304325
Hi.  I'm looking to buy (rather quickly) a model of the HMS Warrior. 
This is NOT the "wooden" one, it's the one that entered service in
1946 as an aircraft carrier.  It became part of the Canadian Navy. 
I'm guessing the official designation may be HMCS Warrior (R31).

I'm trying to find quality pre-made models of the ship.  At worst,
I'll accept places that will custom make the model, but the turnaround
must be quick (1-2 weeks).

Thanks in advance.


Request for Question Clarification by techtor-ga on 06 Feb 2004 23:23 PST
Hello again Scaryberry,
Sorry I couldn't any pre-made model yet, though I'll look for custom
wooden model ship makers. Someone though scratchbuilt a Colossus-class
carrier (the type HMCS Warrior was) in a small scale:

I hope this just gives ideas. I was unable to find any Colossus-class
carrier kit, I'm afraid.

Clarification of Question by scaryberry-ga on 07 Feb 2004 16:07 PST
Thank you techtor.  I'd also be willing to accept as an answer a
modeller who would take on a "commission" to create the Warrior.

Thanks again,


Request for Question Clarification by techtor-ga on 08 Feb 2004 09:00 PST
Hello again Scaryberry,
Are you still set on two weeks? That seems too short to make a custom
model, as I've found some custom modeler companies who might take two
to three months to make wooden scale models that would cost upwards of
$300 (not counting shipping). I understand this may not follow your
requirements, but this likely may be that best there can be. Do tell
me if this is still acceptable to you.

By the way, where are you located? I could try to find the company
that's nearest you.

Clarification of Question by scaryberry-ga on 09 Feb 2004 14:13 PST
Hi Techtor.  Sorry for the amount of involvement in this question.
I will accept as an answer the custom-built sources.  
Alternately (or additionally), I'd be willing to accept a painting or
other art form of the Warrior.  This is for an 80th birthday gift, for
a veteran of the Warrior.  Anything resembling the ship, and
identifiable as the Warrior, would probably work.  My first thought
was a model, but an artwork would suffice as well.

Thanks for your time.
Subject: Re: Looking for model of HMS Warrior
Answered By: techtor-ga on 10 Feb 2004 11:21 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Scaryberry,
Since I believe you have given me the go signal to post an answer,
I'll post what I've found now. First I gathered a list of custom model
ship makers, those that could build a commissioned topic. They will
take long though. I included the conditions of the first site just to
give an idea. Typically, a commissioned model ship would start at
$300, minus shipping.
After that I included other custom ship builders, but seem limited in
their topics. I included them anyway in case you might want to try
them and could get a special accommodation.
I also included painters who could possibly do a painting of the
Warrior. Just show them photographs on the Internet maybe, or order
one and send it to them, so they could make a painting. I'm afraid
there are no ready made paintings of the HMCS Warrior, even in its
other stints like the one in Argentina.
This is all for now, I hope the results will help you.

Special Order Custom Ship - Submarine - Helicopter & Airplane Models -
Customized Display Models
- Need color photos emailed of intended ship or submarine to provide
you with a price quote.
- Need detailed plans of ship or submarine if price is agreed upon and
production to begin.
- Cost varies from approximately $350.00 to $1200.00 and up depending
upon scale, length and details.
- Typically lengths are 18" inches to 36" inches.
- Requires 60-90 day production time. (Shipping time is additional.)
- We can have any scale made that you desire.
- Shipping cost ranges from $90.00 to $150.00 via Airmail. (3 to 5 days.)
- Shipped direct from the Philippines in sturdy wooden crates.
- 50% of the total due to begin production with the remainder due upon
completion and prior to shipment.
- Pictures of the completed model from different angles will be
emailed to you for your approval and prior to final payment and
- All custom models are made from specially treated Philippine
mahogany with metal castings and wire.

Ship Models, Custom Cases, Model Restoration and Repair Pricing:

Custom Models - Wall American Marine Model Gallery

Freedom Collectibles
- Look for contact info in 'About Us'.

Hand crafted ship models by Premier Ship Models, Ship Model

Ship Models -- Blue Jacket Shipcrafters, Inc.

Sailing Models - Custom model shipbuilding page

Other custom ship model makers:
I separated these since they seem not able to make the Warrior, for
different reasons. Try to inquire though if they can accommodate you.

Seacraft Classics : Limited Edition and Custom Ship Models
This specializes in civilian boats, so I'm not sure if it can make a carrier. 

About's ship lines - ship model manufacturers
- An online store of wooden model ships. They have no custom-building
section I can see, but they might know of some companies they could

Dean's Enterprises Home page
- Finished model ship maker in CA that's only starting to come out
with military ships.

All Wood Wings: Ships and Boats Index - Quality Handcrafted Models
- This one has ready-made topics, I'm not sure if I can


Narrow Boat
- List of custom model ship maker websites.

DSC Showcases Link Directory - SHIP AND BOAT MODELS

Art resources:

Windjammer Naval Art Naval and Aviation Art: prints, paintings
- This maker of naval art can custom-make a painting. See "Custom Ship
Oil paintings" somewhere in the middle.

Daniel Price - Commission & Custom Paintings Gallery
- Another custom painting

MyOilPainter.COM - Custom Oil Paintings
- This is another random result I saw, though I doubt it's a worthy one.

Custom naval art by Michael Donagan (living in CA)

Naval Art, Nautical Art ,Paintings, Photography and Prints
- A sort of directory for naval art, including artists.

Nautical Art resources - Hoffmann Services Maritime Pages
- Another directory showing some nautical art webpages.

Naval Art Prints website
- This and the two following links (URLs of webpages) are connected.

Naval ships of the world's navies - Colossus Class

Canadian Aircraft Carriers
- An art print is said to be available here, though I doubt it is a
painting. Probably a photograph, but you could ask if it is otherwise.

In case you want resources on the ship itself, here are some pages:
HMCS Warrior home page

HMCS Warrior photo gallery

HMS Warrior 1946 - 1958

Google search terms used:
hmcs warrior
custom ship model
custom ship model maker
colossus class art print
custom ship paintings
custom naval art

I hope this has been a most helpful answer. If you need anything else,
or have a problem with the answer, do please post a Request for
Clarification before rating and I shall respond as soon as I can.
Thank you.
scaryberry-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Thanks for your time and effort, Techtor.  I believe your personal
interest in the matter helped the quality of the answer.

Subject: Re: Looking for model of HMS Warrior
From: techtor-ga on 06 Feb 2004 22:52 PST
Hello Scaryberry,
I do ship modeling as a hobby (just plastic ships though), and I
frequent two sites about it:

Model warships

Steel Navy

Perhaps you could inquire in the message boards of these websites to
see if you could be lead to someone who could make this particular
ship. I know of no model of HMCS Warrior in resin or plastic (to be
assembled and painted), though I suppose you know that and so came
here as a resort.
Subject: Re: Looking for model of HMS Warrior
From: scaryberry-ga on 06 Feb 2004 23:01 PST
Thank you for the links.  I'll try them.  To clarify a bit, I'm not
looking to piece together something, I'm hoping to buy it already
made?  Wood or plastic, something-you-would-put-on-the-mantle kind of
Subject: Re: Looking for model of HMS Warrior
From: hlabadie-ga on 09 Feb 2004 06:33 PST
There is a company that sells assembled, painted metal models of the
Colossus class ships (1:1250 scale) to which Warrior belonged for 35

Would that be sufficient?

Subject: Re: Looking for model of HMS Warrior
From: scaryberry-ga on 09 Feb 2004 14:16 PST
hlabadie: thank you for your post.  As Techtor has spent (I believe) a
considerable amount of time/energy on this question, I feel that I
should exhaust his or her attempts before looking at the steel models.
 I would be willing to accept them as an answer, provided that they
could be marked as "HMS Warrior" and not some other ship.

Thank you,

Subject: Re: Looking for model of HMS Warrior
From: techtor-ga on 09 Feb 2004 21:02 PST
I will see what I can find on artwork of HMCS Warrior. Meanwhile, you
might want to set up a separate question for Hlabadie's proposal, in
case you do want to accept what he proposes.
Subject: Re: Looking for model of HMS Warrior
From: hlabadie-ga on 10 Feb 2004 15:54 PST
Here is the supplier of the metal Colossus class ship models:

It appears that you could obtain a painted model on a display plinth
with a custom label for 45 UK.

Subject: Re: Looking for model of HMS Warrior
From: techtor-ga on 10 Feb 2004 21:29 PST
Thank you, Scaryberry. I am glad you were pleased with the answer, and
I am grateful for the rating and the tip.

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