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>> Home > Forum > Hobby Chit Chat! > Older Billings Models
Older Billings Models
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GARTH
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 13
4th Jan 2019 18:10  
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First off Happy New Year 2019 . I was just reminiscing about the first few Billings model boats that I built but can't find any thing on them .One was a Tug Boat that my have been named Samson .The other one was a luxury yacht & I'm pretty sure It was to be Painted Yellow but I can't remember the Name of that model .P/S all these model kits where 1970 -1980 era .

Brianaro
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 20
4th Jan 2019 20:08  
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Hello Garth, happy new year to you too. I built Billing Sea Adler in the late ‘70s. About ten years ago I started Mary Anne but have yet to complete it. Somewhere I think I still have a 1970s Billing catalogue, I’ll try and look it out at some stage when I get a chance. Billing I think are very good models.

GARTH
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 13
4th Jan 2019 21:00  
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Thanks .I forgot to mention all the Billing models I'v built Wasa,Bluenose,Cutty Sark ,Cux 87 Krabbencutter first r/c build, Queen of The Mississippi , Viking ship real type , Spanish galleon , I'm not bragging just like to build .

Brianaro
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 20
4th Jan 2019 23:17  
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They are nice kits to build

Richard7
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 29
5th Jan 2019 15:47  
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Hi Garth & Brianaro, l too have been building Billings kits, although l do find some of there instructions a bit hit and miss, but l think any kit has its challenge. My first Billing kit was the Norden fishing boat, my second kit was the Boulogne-Etaples, now l am currently building the St Canute tug, but l took a rest during the run up and over Xmas, to be honest l am struggling with the hull planking, so l will knuckle down very soon. I have also built the Aero-naut Diva which was a fine kit to make. Your chat reminded me of my early school days (late 50’s) when l used to spend my paper round money of the “Keilcraft boat kits” (May have got the kit name wrong), the boat l recall was called the Mermaid, does anyone out there remember these early kits? Anyway chaps l’ve attached photos of my current finished kits, l always like to see other completed kits!
Happy new year and good modelling for 2019
Richard


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Tica
(Commander)





Forum Posts: 14
5th Jan 2019 16:03  
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Happy new year to you to

I would believe that the Samson is DMI Samson http://www.radiostyrt.no/forum/modellb%C3%A5ter/byggeprosjek...

The yacht could be BB Neptun (I have a complete kit and a copy of the drawing on stock), Sea Star or Sea King both is with ABS hull.
It could also be DMI admiral.

But I don't recall any DMI / BB yachts that was to be painted yellow.

Regards
Carsten


www.skalamodelskibe.dk
GARTH
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 13
5th Jan 2019 19:37  
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Wow that's the tug . It was a fairly simple kit so over the years I change it to look like North Rock tug Alexander towing Company Thank you very much . P/S the write up is in German I think so I can't read it but photos are great .

Tica
(Commander)





Forum Posts: 14
5th Jan 2019 20:10  
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👍

BTW it is not German but Norwegian

Use Google translate it's not perfect but give you an idea about it


www.skalamodelskibe.dk
GARTH
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 13
5th Jan 2019 20:44  
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Thank's again used google translator . I'll post a photo of the North Rock - was DMI Samson about 30 years ago & I'll have to put it up on my Harbor page


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Puddle-pirate
(Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 1
5th Jan 2019 21:11  
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I recently purchased a Billings Sea King on Ebay. Not certain if I'm going to build it or not. Frankly my workshop doesn't have room for a scroll saw. This kit doesn't contain die-cut parts so a power scroll saw is a given. If I decide to sell it I'll post details. Happy New Year.

DodgyGeezer
(Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 82
5th Jan 2019 21:58  
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@Richard7

".... Your chat reminded me of my early school days (late 50’s) when l used to spend my paper round money of the “Keilcraft boat kits” (May have got the kit name wrong), the boat l recall was called the Mermaid, does anyone out there remember these early kits?..."

At least one person does. http://eezebilt.tk/index.html

Look for http://eezebilt.tk/Mermaid.html Or http://eezebilt.tk/Range.html Or http://eezebilt.tk/mermaidpics.html

They are actually going from strength to strength, with 10 new EeZeBilt plans issued over the last several years as a fan homage to the original 7....

Oxford-Dave
(Apprentice)





Forum Posts: 2
5th Jan 2019 22:37  
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The DMI Samson in the pictures above is not the same model as the Billing's Samson - I got half way through building one in the early 90s before a move meant it to had to go. I recently found a finished on one eBay and am currently refurbishing it.

Looks like this:


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Tica
(Commander)





Forum Posts: 14
6th Jan 2019 10:14  
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That is a BB Samson II, using the same ABS hull as Sea Star and Polar and as you state from the late 80's- beginning of the 90's.

DMI and BB were competitors in the 60-80's and the wooden model names are often mixed up, between them. This at least in Denmark.


www.skalamodelskibe.dk
Oxford-Dave
(Apprentice)





Forum Posts: 2
7th Jan 2019 12:23  
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Thank you, I wasn't aware that the Samson I have shares a hull with the Polar - I bought one of those recently as well, but haven't had a chance to start sorting it out yet.

jelley_baby
(Captain)





Forum Posts: 15
7th Jan 2019 17:03  
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Hi I was unaware that the Samson and Polar Trawler had the same hull, I have had a Polar Trawler for several years, purchased as a project from that auction site “E” something and it sails really well, so if the Samon is the same Hull it should be a very good model. Somewhere on the site I have posted some articles about the Polar’s rebuild. Will try to find the links if I can.

Ray
(Sub-Lieutenant)





Forum Posts: 5
8th Jan 2019 09:26  
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I have a Zwart Zee tug kit wooden, complete with all boxed brass fitings ,untouched,got it off an old workmate for a tenner years ago when he gave up modeling.its sat in the loft for years as life and other projects took priority.