This model was built in the Brinkworth Models workshops in
Richmond BC Canada. The commission from Lockheed
Petroleum to build the model, was given to
Lindsey Model and Design Consultants Ltd.
in North Vancouver BC. We built the model under
contract to them, and delivered it to their workshops, for
delivery to their client.
understood at the time that the model depicted a new
process, in undersea oil recovery, planned, or already in
practice by Lockheed Petroleum, off the coast of Brazil.
It consisted of a manned, distribution manifold, (modeled
here), sitting on the ocean bottom, which processed the
crude oil from the various undersea wells, and distributed
the processed oil, directly to oil tankers, sitting on the
surface above. A mini-sub, carrying
personnel, equipment, and supplies could travel down from a
surface vessel, and dock on the top of the manifold (round
tube-like tower) and gain entry through the air-lock system.
was a great model to build, with many model building
challenges for us. Our techniques in producing
RTV rubber molds, to cast component parts in "Epoxy Resins"
were all developed for the first time, on this Petrobra's
project. A great little project that only came
our way by chance, yet taught us so much in the art of