• Short Summary

    Exhibition of mind-bogglingly detailed miniature ships by Donald and Iris McNarry.

  • Description

    Albemarle Street, London.

    M/S of a man standing before a display of model ships; he leans forward to study one of them more closely. C/U of James' Galley; a magnifying glass comes into shot so we see it more clearly; C/Us from other angles, we see in extreme C/U the small boat being towed by the ship. Commentator tells us this is an exhibition of work by craftsman Donald McNarry at the Parker Gallery.

    M/S of the man peering at another ship; panning C/U of the detail of this model, HMS Prince; it is very intricate work. Extreme C/Us of the work as commentator says "We scarcely need to remind you that every last detail is minutely accurate". M/S of the man looking at a model of The Grosvenor; various C/Us of this sailing ship of 1770.

    The man is next seen looking at a model of the iron paddle troopship Birkenhead. We then see another man and woman looking at a Flemish Carrack ship; C/Us of the detailed work. C/U of the Great Western paddle steamer from 1837 that Donald's wife, Iris, made; magnifying glass comes into shot to show us detail. Commentator tells us when Donald first started he often used strands of his own hair for rigging, now he uses the thinnest wires and filaments.

    M/S of the man and woman as the man picks up two tiny model yachts that they both examine; extreme C/U of the model the woman holds, called Bluebottle, encased in a tiny glass holder; it is only 3/5" long but completely to scale and perfect in detail - aarrgh! How do they do it? C/U of the pair staring at the tiny models; extreme C/U of the yacht the man is holding, Cowslip.

    Note: There is no print for this issue. The man and woman seen could be Donald and Iris McNarry. There is no print for this issue. There is a small news article on file about the exhibition, plus a short letter from Donald to Pathe about the film.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:24:00 / 01:54:35:00
    CP 286

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