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>> Home > Research and Plans
Get all the facts and figures here, find out about the old and the new, the full size and the model. This is the section for all those Fireboat enthusiasts who want to re-create the original craft or at least know a little more about it!

Here we are, nine months into this site being online and I have finally decided to add a new section for research and plans, this for many can never come too soon and so here we are! You can find many facts and figures amongst this section on both the full size original "93" and "94" fire boats and also the aerokits models introduced around the mid 1950's.

The Original Fire Boat!

The Aerokits Crash Tender

Various plans/photo's

Go to Pages:- Aerokits Crash Tender - - - Aerokits (Marine Section) - - - Aerokits Magazine Articles!

Aerokits Crash Tender

The Aerokits range of boats were designed by Les Rowell and manufactured from the mid 1950's to c1970. They were all of a similar hard chine design constructed mainly from plywood. These models were established at Gorleston in Norfolk and distributed by Keil Kraft at Wickford in Essex.

There were two types of models produced, a 34 inch version introduced around the mid 1950's (probably the most popular) and a 46 inch version introduced in 1966.

(Left) Aerokits Crash Tender as seen on the box lid of the original kit.

Aerokits Ad Extract:-
This fine HIGH SPEED VOSPER R.A.F. CRASH TENDER makes up into a magnificent model 34 in. l.o.a. with a beam of 10 in., thus providing a scale model of truly seaworthy proportions, ideal for Radio Control installation.

Forward and central cabin tops lift off for access, as does rear cockpit floor. It is thus possible to have r/c installation and steering motor quite separate and apart from the central cabin "engine room". Completely cut out pre-fabricated parts make assembly simple without elaborate tools or jigs and the model can be made by any enthusiast with a minimum of experience.

Quality of materials and elegance of design make it a model that will be worthy of attention to detail fittings in the way of foam monitors, ventilators, lifebelts, anchor, searchlight etc., so that it can be launched with pride as the finest on the water.

This craft came with full build instructions and parts list. The model was also featured in the Model Boats magazine as the best model to choose for "complete novices".

This kit can still be bought from various online model shops (not made by Aerokits of course), for those of you who are looking for a fireboat half or fully built its always a good idea to keep an eye out on Ebay.