When building a model wharf, there are several items that are vitally important.
First of course is the wharf. Running a close second is a ship of some sort.
Now, finding a model ship has never been an easy job as the common scales for plastic models tend to be 1/2 the size of NZ120. Fortunately we are rescued by modeling techniques form early last century. Yes folks, card models.
Interestingly enough there are still a few European manufactures (or printers if you will) of these sort of kits. I have built a few of the model castles over the years which build up to good models for war gaming. I have rescaled them by using a photocopier which can get you up to A3 size. I then use the parts as the basis for a model.
I was looking for a ship similar to that seen in the background of this picture.
Scanning around for turn of the century steamship models was turning up a blank until happened on a model of the SS Californian in 1:400 scale. Fortunately for me (if not for a few others), this ship was famous for not coming to the aid of the Titanic as it sank, despite seeing the signal flares.
The model is purchased as a set of down loadable PDF's, which can then be printed out. This means that they can be scaled to whatever size you like/need.
The card model can be built as either a full hull or a waterline model. I will probably do it in between as the ship in the picture is quite high out of the water. Size wise, its going to come out about 1100mm long. Possibly a bit on the big side, but then you can think about doing something like this.
( I notice that I've been rather remiss in doing blog updates. hopefully things will get back to normal now that its winter and the garden is quiet)