John Levell, Sr., model shipbuilder currently has several of his model ships on exhibit at the Southwest Library. John has been buidling airplane, automobile and ship models since he was a teenager. John, along with his two brothers had a model room in the basement of their home in Orange, Massachusetts. At one time, the boys opened a model store in a section of their father's radio and T.V. store. An uncle, Ken who was in the U.S. Navy during WWII helped to deepen John and his brothers' interest in ships; along with their father, Norman who also buiilt model ships.
John served for five years in the U.S. Navy and for 19 years in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was employed with Lockheed Martin for 39 years before retiring in 1995.
John builds the ships from kits purchased from model distributors. Generally, each ship takes from two to three years to complete. Each ship is a replica of real ships used during the 19th century.
John's "Tall Ships" collection is on exhibit in the foyer display case at the Southwest Library during November and December. For further information, please call the Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The two ships below are the "Swift" (top) and the "Kate Cory" (bottom)