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Models have always held a fascination for Robert. At an early age, he began to build his own from scratch. He has built models of every type and time period, though he prefers steamships of the period from 1880 to 1914. Many of his models are miniature waterline models that show ships as they would actually look when afloat.
Robert built the ship models in the dioramas for the restorations of both the Ellis Island National Historical Park in New York Harbor and Montauk Point Lighthouse on Long Island. He built two full-hulled models of oceanographic research vessels for Columbia University in New York and done repaors on the collection there.
Robert’s models have been exhibited at the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News where he has won two awards of excellence, the Schering Plough corporate headquarters in New Jersey, the 50th Anniversary Exhibition of the Steamship Historical Society, at a special invitational show entitled “ The Marvelous World of Miniature Ships”at the San Diego Maritime Museum which ran from 2001 to 2002. He was a featured artist at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport’s “Four Distinguished Artists” exhibition in November 2007, where he has been affiliated with and sold models there since 1990. And, his models are in a number of private collections, including that of architect Der Scutt in New York City.