Paul Jacobs has been collecting 1:1200/1250 models since 1958. As a boy he built crude models from balsa wood, and in 1997 he began producing 1:1250 scale models under the name SARATOGA MODEL SHIPYARD. SMY models have been in continuous production since then. About the same time, he started the1250SCALE section of the Steelnavy.net website until late 2010 when it became its own separate website under the name 1250scale.com. Paul, who resides in Northern California, also sponsored the first collector's meetings on the West Coast starting in 2003. A frequent contributor of articles over past years to various ship model publications, he is the author of MINIATURE SHIP MODELS, published in 2008 by Seaforth in the U.K and the Naval Institute Press in the U.S. Portrayed below are the steps involved in making a master of the Kitty Hawk.