Maltese Falcon

image of Maltese Falcon

In 2006, took on the challenges of creating a desktop model of the now very famous and well published 289' clipper yacht the Maltese Falcon. For us the challenge was to compress this 289’ Clipper Yacht to a scale of 1/16” per foot scale (18 inches long). Imagine taking an object the size of a football field in length and trying to achieve reasonable detail at the length of the football itself.

The model sits on Tom Perkins personal desk, where Tom can reflect back on the accomplishments that this revolutionary design achieved. Nothing like this had ever been done! When the project began most of the engineering techniques and the necessary integration of technology, for a fully functioning DynaRig had not yet been achieved.

This was a huge risk by anyone’s standards. The Maltese Falcon is a testament to the reward of taking monumental risks at all levels for the engineers, designers, builders and even model builders. His dream was realized and by all accounts deemed a success.

During construction Rob visited the Italian operated Perini Navi shipyard in Tulza, Turkey. The purpose of this trip was to document the vessel and collect the most accurate, up to date information. This most amazing vessel had rotational stainless steel bearing as tall as me. These bearings were for the three massive, free standing carbon fiber masts. Everything about this modern clipper yacht exceeds the limits of ones imagination.

The model took 2150 hours to complete. We addressed the challenges of this models scale making original spar models and their molds for the masts, trusses and yardarms.

We explored, tested and used new materials and technologies that we applied to achieve the most accurate tolerances possible. The final hull needed to be as thin as paper and house the deck and superstructure. During the course of this project we purchased an Epilog laser cutting/engraving machine, an essential tool to the completion of the model. One such example is achieving the realistic appearance of the decks which would have been unachievable by any other method. We had to take the laser engraver to its ultimate limits. About 250 hours alone were devoted to experimenting and fine tuning in various stages of the models development.

The prestige of this model like the real yacht would not have been possible without the modern technologies available to us today. In the first quarter of 2007 we proudly completed the Maltese Falcon, desktop model for Tom Perkins.

Click on any image below for an enlarged view.

image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon

Read the Yachting Magazine February 2006 article about Tom Perkins new project "The Maltese Falcon" (PDF format.)

View a movie clip (WMV 1.2MB)from the July 2006 Debut showing of the Maltese Falcon in La Spezia, Italy.

Photos below (click to enlarge):

image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon image of Maltese Falcon

For more about this boat visit www.symaltesefalcon.com

To view a slideshow of images from this project, please visit www.maineboats.com/boat-launchings/maltese-falcon

return to Yacht Models page