Entirely handcrafted according to the artisanal tradition, KIADE’s models are made in our workshop by the team of craftsmen specialising in fine carpentry, resin, and by the jewellers who designs the deck fitting parts. Their work is guided by the concern for quality and the precision of the finishing touches.
Kiade’s objective is to reproduce a model as close to reality as is possible. In order to achieve this, we work starting from precise plans and multiple photographs. Gauges are produced in order to develop a prototype. Because we are Shipyards Official Licencee, we work with official plans from the them.
WOOD : Only quality woods are used to make our models. Each species is carefully selected for its strength and durability. Made of wood (beechwood) and resin, our models are built planked on hull : each wooden slat is glued individually to produce an authentic hull and deck. RESIN: with Polyester and fiberglass, our models are built with the same process as the real boats. A mould is made in silicon with the 3D original plans in order to produce the hull in small series.This is followed by KIADE’s exclusive assembly process, making it possible to perfectly fasten the deck.
Sanding and varnishing
Next the model is sanded and varnished. In order to obtain a perfectly smooth hull and deck, 10 coats of varnish are applied (for the model in varnish finition) or 4 coats of paint and 2 coats of varnish (for the painted models), intersected with increasingly fine stages of sanding. The final phase consists in applying several layers of gloss varnish to produce a “mirror effect” characteristic of the boats in mahogany.
Deck, fitting parts and saddlery
Our jewellers create specific moulds from 3D plans for each fitting parts, all metal parts are crafted using brass and chrome brass. All upholstery and elements of sails are assembled and sewed by hand.
The base to each model is crafted in wood and made to the same quality standards as the model itself.
Finally, we take particular care in packaging the model so that it safely reaches each new owner. Each runabout is wrapped and protect in polystyrene made-to-measure . Then it is placed in a custom box upholstered of polystyrene. The sailing ships are fixed in a wood box, then in a cardboard box and all is fixed on a pallet. Each stage of the construction is rigorously checked. A final quality control happens before each model is dispatched. Finally, a numbered “KIADE Models Certificate of Authenticity” is issued to guarantee the conformity of the model boat.