At age 6 my father built me a scaled down, M class model at 24 inches long.
My Father lifted the lines from a book called "The Boat Model Book" by G.H Deason, 1950. Father had some old matched lining planks of Kahikatea, a lightweight, blond conifer wood, a New Zealand native species. She was constructed in the "Bread and Butter method". Father was an expert wood worker and seasoned model maker.
He called her Marina. She was painted Zenith blue with a varnished, mahogany deck. The rig was of wood
and calico, with the sails sewed skillfully by my mother. Fittings were of brass with waxed twine rigging.
That model still resides at our family home, 60 years later. I was obsessed with it as a young boy and I took every opportunity to make the 10 minute walk to our local beach at Waiake, on Auckland's North Shore, to sail her, at the end of my fishing line.
I was growing my adult teeth at the time. Now, at age 66, I'm beginning to loose those teeth, and now I'm back to playing with model boats as well!