The ship modeling world called to Rob Napier when he was a boy. He turned to it for a career when he was 27, and it has occupied him professionally since. He now focuses on building new models and on maintaining models for individuals and institutions. Robís original models are created on a groundwork of documentation found in the historical, photographic, and artistic records. His work has won awards at national and regional competitions, and he has judged numerous ship modeling events.
Rob works closely with curators and conservators of institutional collections to repair and conserve models and to prepare them for exhibition. He maintains the model collection of the New York Yacht Club and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Rob shares his experiences and views by lecturing and by contributing frequently to publications that feature ship modeling and maritime history; he edited the Nautical Research Journal for five years during the mid-1990s. Rob served as a US Navy journalist during two late-1960s combat cruises to Southeast Asia. He has experience with small boat building and commercial fishing, and he is an avid sailor.
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