About the Norge
The Norge is one of two remaining Royal Yachts in the world. The Norge was originally a British motor yacht, which was gifted collectively by the people of Norway to their King in 1947, on his 75th birthday. Previously known as Philante, this yacht was built by British aircraft manufacturer Thomas Sopwith and was mainly used for regattas (sailing races). After being commissioned as part of the British Royal Navy during World War II, the ship was sold to Norway in 1946 for NOK 1.5 million.
Prior to being gifted to the King, the yacht was renovated and refurbished. The interior of the ship was transformed by architect Finn Nelson. The Royal Yacht was mainly used by the King to visit communities along the coast of Norway and for leisure. She was later passed on to the Kings son, after his death.
The Royal Yacht underwent a second transformation in 1985, after the ship caught fire while docked at Horten Shipyard. This ensured that the ship was in better and safer condition for years to come. Today, she has been passed down to King Harald V of Norway and continues to participate in regattas.
Making of the Norge 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 Norge model ship has been constructed in great detail and is mounted on a solid wooden base with brass name plate. With its beautiful white and red finish, this model would make a stunning addition for 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.