How to build a Model Ship Case

About Wes Marden

Wes Marden was born in Waterville, Maine in 1934. His parents had a summer home on Lake Messalonskee in the Belgrade chain of lakes in central Maine. This is where Wes spent his summers developing his love of sailing and model building. The state of Maine was a vital part of him, a feeling that he has carried within him all his life. Wes' family moved to Seattle in the 1950s where he graduated from the University of Washington in 1959 with BA/BS. His only claim to fame while at the University was his ability as a cartoonist on the University of Washington "Daily" Newspaper.


Even though he is a retired Aerospace Administrator and Airport Commission Chairman, his artistic talents flourished with the publication of the "San Diego Sketch Book" in 1976. Wes is known for his community volunteer work wherever he has lived. He now spends his days as designer, editor, illustrator and author of several e-books as well as managing owner of Green Gateway LLC, a website development company.

The above picture shows Wes Marden in his workshop sketching the rigging of a c.1939 hand-carved model prior to the start of restoration.
The above picture shows Wes Marden in his workshop sketching the rigging of a c.1939 hand-carved model prior to the start of restoration.


Our philosophy is that casing a model is like framing a painting. A properly designed case will not only provide protection, but also enhance the model.  You can get started building your own case today!


We are a small company that is dedicated to providing quality products, services and the knowledge necessary for you to do things for yourself as well as to save time and money. Our founder believes that "... man is rich in proporation to the number of things that he does for himself". Every product, book or service we provide or recomend is based on that premise and the strong belief in man's "self reliance" in himself.

Drawings by Wes Marden

"The fastest way there is to learn about the inner workings of ships is to draw them. And you don't have to be an artist any more than you need to be a calligrapher when you're taking notes in a classroom. As for me, it's the fastest way I learned something." -- Wes Marden
  • 10th Ave. Terminal
  • Star of India
  • Fishing Boats
  • Mending Nets
  • Harbor Drive

Company Information

Green Gateway LLC is a small company organized in the state of Arkansas and is the developer/owner of several websites. All of our sites are dedicated to helping individuals do things for themselves . We strongly believe that it is better to be self sufficient. " I would rather be comfortable sitting on a pumpkin than to be crowded on a velvet cushion" (to paraphrase Thoreau).

Customer Service & Commitment

We maintain contact with our website on a continuing basis. Should you have a problem with a download of your product, send us an e-mail or phone call and the problem will be corrected on a real-time basis.

We'd like to see your work...

Please send me a photograph of the case you construct containing your model ship as did Michael R. recently in this picture.