|||
Current Website Support
261
Contributors
11
Subscribers
You are Not Registered
Donate for your silver medal 🏅
£10
£15
£25
£50
Subscribe for your gold medal 🏅
£5
£10
£15
£20
You Will Be Helping Towards:

  • Domain Fees
  • Security Certificates
  • iOS & Android App Fees
  • Website Hosting
  • Fast Servers
  • Data Backups
  • Upkeep & Maintenance
  • Administration Costs

    Without your support the website wouldn't be what it is today.

    Please consider donating towards these fees to help keep us afloat.

    Read more

    All donations are securely managed through PayPal. Amounts donated are not published online.

    Many thanks for your kind support
  • Join Us On Social Media!
    Model Boats Website
    Model Boats Website
    Home
    Forum
    Build Blogs
    Media Gallery
    Boat Clubs & Lakes
    Events
    Boat Harbour
    How-To Articles
    Plans & Docs
    Useful Links
    Search
    Search
    Blog
    Emily James SF 33
    trawler
    So this will be a Cygnus SF 33. It’s a modelsbydesign hull 12th scale. I have a set of plans of a GM33 that my dad fitted out many years ago (now in Scarborough - CJ Lewis). This will be a
    trawler
    .
    2 months ago by GrahamP74
    Forum
    What type of antenna is this?
    I doubt if you will be able to research the FishFone I'm talking about, it was a name given by Radio Amateurs to the
    trawler
    Band some years ago.
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    What type of antenna is this?
    The wire aerial running between the masts is what radio hams call an inverted L, it is tuned against the hull of the boat and the seawater and unlike a half wave dipole it only needs to be a quarter wave long, or less with a loading coil and an aerial tuning unit, often built into the transmitter. Common on many fishing boats in the days of the
    trawler
    band, which is the frequency band a bit above medium wave.
    trawler
    Band was also nicknamed FishFone.If you mean the loop aerial on the wheelhouse, that is a Radio Direction Finder Aerial which became very popular just after WW11. This information comes to you courtesy of my Radio Ham partner.
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    J-502 progressing along
    I have researched North Sea
    trawler
    s of several countries but have found that match the Billing Boat Progress Junior J-502 There are similarities from which I took to add more details, but if anyone could provide more please tell me. What fishing gear is needed for this boat set-up? Some photos are of other models, and some are actual fishing boats.
    3 months ago by Ron
    Media
    J-502
    Billing Boats Junior
    trawler
    J-502 meant to be a static display but is Rc ready.
    3 months ago by Ron
    Blog
    On the lake with Emily James
    Latest edition to the fleet, 16th scale beam
    trawler
    Emily James joined Emily PIII on the lake today.
    3 months ago by GrahamP74
    Blog
    Emily P III
    This is another scratch build fishing boat. The hull is a models by design Cygnus GM33. 16th scale. This one will be a pure
    trawler
    . I am going for an aft wheelhouse this time! The prop shaft and rudder have been purchased but all other running gear will be shared with Emily P III.
    1 year ago by GrahamP74
    Media
    FREDERICK SPASHETT
    Hi just to remind us of summer days during the cold spell we have. Sorry about the audio but this is the fishing
    trawler
    I built a while ago - having a sail around the lake in South Shields. We didn't catch many fish that day :-)
    3 months ago by JOHN
    Forum
    Older Billings Models
    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.
    4 months ago by jelley_baby
    Response
    Arctic Privateer H441 Deep Sea Freezer Stern
    trawler
    But how do you know what shape to make the frames if you have no plans? You would have more success with a foam/plaster 'buck' where you can add and subtract until the hull shape looks like the photos. At that point you could then continue into GF or dissect the buck to get the frame shapes.
    5 months ago by steve-d
    Response
    Arctic Privateer H441 Deep Sea Freezer Stern
    trawler
    Have just made two small tug hulls from glass fibre and whilst, the results are satifactory, they are labour intensive. For a one off think “plank on frame” more suitable
    5 months ago by RHBaker
    Response
    Arctic Privateer H441 Deep Sea Freezer Stern
    trawler
    Do you have any other photos? If you have plans giving the hull sections then you could build using ribs and plank but without them you have no idea where to start with the hull shape. If you have photos of her in dry dock or during build then you could model something from the photos using foam and plaster of paris. When you are happy with the result making a mould off of that is fairly simple and well documented on youtube etc. Does the build company (Built in at the Gdynia Shipyard, Poland for Boyd Line Ltd. 212 x 38,4 ft.) have a web site with info? Does she have a sister ship or were there a series of the same hull? Steve
    5 months ago by steve-d
    Blog
    Arctic Privateer H441 Deep Sea Freezer Stern
    trawler
    The Model That I am Planing to Build Is The Hull Freezer Stern
    trawler
    The Arctic Privateer H441 My Problem is though I have never scratched built a ships hull before I have tried looking for ships hulls online to no avail. Can any one give me any help or advice on where to start Building the hull would Plank on frame be the best way to go or glass fibre hull which is i think the harder as I do not have a mould in in which to start as I have very limited knowledge in mould making Scale: I am looking at is 1:48 any help would be gratefully appreciated many thanks John
    5 months ago by Carpcruncher
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    Hi again, To remind you - I'm about to start a build of Cariad - about a meter long fiberglass hull made by Chris Wynn-Brown. Selecting the auxiliary motor I'm looking at a m500 but any thoughts about the prop used. Thinking 2 blade fairly small, 25mm. Not needed for speed, just to get to shore if the wind dies. And originally auxiliary motors/props would have been small. Does this sound right? Sam
    6 months ago by sam
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    I`m building a Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX Anyone know how much ballast is needed for a scratch built hull would it be wise to use a bulb on a fin or along lead keel
    2 years ago by bellman1942
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    You don't have to think too hard about the keel position at this time as the bolt does not need to be central to the length of the keel. Just choose a rough position and do your hole in the hull. Later when you know more about how much weight you need and where it needs to be positioned you just make the keel to suit the rod position. Steve
    6 months ago by steve-d
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    Edward, Yes - thinking out problems is half the fun😊 My first build was a Vic Smeed Starlet - just completed. Pretty straight forward but I over engineered it to try out some ideas - thinking the ideas through was great fun. So although I will not start the Cariad until January I'm trying to explore problems now. The angle of the rudder shaft is one that I think I have a solution to. Take it right through the deck then put a handle onto it, hinged at the shaft so that it does not rise and fall as it is turned. Then a Bowden cable from each side of the cockpit to power the steering. I will enjoy building a mock up and trying it out! As to the rudder, I am thinking of a detachable extension - downwards. I'm also thinking about placing the prop to one side - perhaps more authentic but also well clear of the rudder. One thing that I'm still thinking through is the access hatch. I see some builders move the dingy to the centre and create a hatch here but I like the clean decking on the original, with the dingy to the side. A hatch to the side would work for everything but the top screw for the detachable keel. Some more time dreaming up a solution. Thanks Sam
    6 months ago by sam
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    Hi Sam, Yes, a Monoperm Super I think it is. it is only small as I reckon the original would only have had a small motor. I had issues with getting the rudder to work because the rudder shaft is at an angle. Another thing I'm anticipating is the size of the rudder; it may need to be increased in size. I think that thinking how problems can be overcome is half the fun! Edward
    6 months ago by cenbeth
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    Edward, I'm going to cast a bulb which gives me some tolerance in positioning it on the keel to help with the final trim. Probably make the keel from two sheets of balsa with a central threaded rod screwed and epoxied to the bulb. But that's for a later stage, right now I want to build the shaft into the hull before fitting the deck. Are you fitting an auxiliary motor? if so what sort of motor is most suitable? Quite looking forward to starting but likely to hafe to wait until after Christmas - work intervienes Thanks Sam
    6 months ago by sam
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    Hi Sam, I guess so. if you want to be technical I suppose you need to think where your centre of gravity is, and where your centre of effort is from the sails etc. Are you going to cast the keel or make it up? Edward
    6 months ago by cenbeth
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    Edward Thanks - just one question, if your model is twice scale does this mean my tube should be about one inch behind the mast? I aim to complete the boat before testing the weight of ballast needed then like you, allocating most to the keel and some to 'trimming' Sam
    6 months ago by sam
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    Hi Samnewbie I have a Cariad which is wooden hulled at twice scale. I decided to use a false keel but as I bought the hull completed needed to retro-fit one. I agree with you! if you can fit the tube as early on as possible it will make life a bit easier. My keel needs to be about 12kg and the tube is a couple of inches behind the mast. I am still trying to cast the keel; I'm now on my fourth attempt! I have calculated the keel weight and plan on it being about 1kg lighter than need be. This will allow me to finely trim the boat up once complete. Good luck with yours. Edward
    6 months ago by cenbeth
    Forum
    A Tragic Tale Unfolds
    About a month ago I came across a wooden model of a Side
    trawler
    by the name of ‘Maartje’ dating from what I assume was the Sixties. It is 84 cm long (33 inches) with a beam of 19cm (7.75 inches). The then owner had found it in a poor state and had reconstructed and painted to a large degree, but then turned to model trains. It was not known whether it was a ‘kit’ or ‘scratch’ built but he had however found it was a model of a boat, UK 223, lost with all hands in the North Sea off Texel (NL) in 1967 thought to be registered in Diss UK.. I am aware that such a tragedy is not uncommon with sea fishermen but I had never come across a model of such a boat. I had some time on my hands so I started to make enquiries and I was surprised how helpful people were. I had contacted the Dutch Embassy in UK, the Press Association in Netherlands and the Texel Tourist Information Centre. Within a very short time I had responses not just from those sources but also from others they had contacted. A major response was from the Embassy with the names of the crew of five, some were never recovered and important, was information from the Harbour Master of the Port of Urk, Netherlands confirming the boat was registered there and who then contacted the son of the captain of the ‘Maartje’ and gave him my contact details. I am pleased to say the captain’s son Jauwk contacted me and we are now in frequent communication. So we now know the date of the loss, the sea area, weather conditions names of the crew and results of the enquiry. Also very personal and emotional information including the fact that two of the crew were father and son and that the captain’s wife was carrying his son, Jauwk at the time of the loss. You never know what this hobby may lead you into. NPJ.
    7 months ago by NPJ
    Forum
    A Tragic Tale Unfolds
    Winter of 1967 / 1968 was a bad time for
    trawler
    losses. St Romanus, Kingston Peridot and Ross Cleveland went down. The St Romanus and Kingston Peridot were side haul boats and this made them unstable when taking in nets that were full. I don't know what type Ross Cleveland was but soon after we had lessons in school about the tragedies and our teacher explained how the later stern haul boats were much safer. Boaty😁
    7 months ago by boaty
    Directory
    (Working Vessel) Maartje
    Dutch Beam
    trawler
    , registered UK, lost with all hands off Texel 1966. (Motor: 450 MFA) (ESC: Action Electrics) (5/10)
    8 months ago by NPJ
    Forum
    Plimsoll Line
    Having trouble communicating due to not using usual equipment and not being at home most of the time......... Did try last night on a tablet but lost all I had typed! I am having to work with just one screen and not used to that. Going to try again now. What do you know about
    trawler
    s.......................? TTFN. NPJ
    8 months ago by NPJ
    Response
    Sails back on
    Nice ideas Martin, I did the VOR as a challenge from my company (Musto / Helly Hansen). it was in one of my stores looking sorry for itself! I am more into a working
    trawler
    or Gill netter... been working on Cygnus style boats recently (see blogs Emily PII and Emily PIII) but am thinking my next one could be a steel boat as I do like a bit of rust!!!
    9 months ago by GrahamP74
    Forum
    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hi Pete, Yes, We are all one big happy family!👍 And I'm always very happy to receive. My kits in the mail or ups or what ever. Aquacraft is a very good model company! I haven't collected a
    trawler
    yet. If you get one I look forward to your post! Regards, Ed
    10 months ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hello, Figtree7nts: What about “happy”? You wrote “we're all one big family”. Over here we’d usually say “we're all one big, happy family”. Are we not happy? Would anyone not grin from ear to ear when they see their boat on the water for the first time? Wouldn’t any of us be over the moon when our new boat kit arrives? if this or any other hobby doesn’t make us happy then why do it at all? The above is all in good fun but far off topic. Over to you, Doug: For my project can I use the spreadsheets & drawing you’ve already sent or do you plan on posting revised versions based on your operating observations & adjustments? I’m going make a PDF of this entire post eventually so I’ll have a good reference to use as my project progresses. There a many very useful tips & parts sources throughout as well. BTW have seen the scale boats made by Aquacraft? They’ve got four very nice boats (actually three boats & one ship) that are large, very well detailed & realistic. There’s a tug, a fire/rescue boat, a
    trawler
    & a fantastic 1/72 scale US Navy Fletcher-class destroyer that could easily be used as a movie prop. it’s over 5 feet long & priced at about $700 US. My wife said if I spend that much on a boat she’d better be able to ride in it or she’ll leave. I’ll really miss the old girl.🤪Here’s a link to Aquacraft’s page for the model. There’s a nice photo gallery as well as a video: https://www.aquacraftmodels.com/boats/aqub5705-fletcher-class-destroyer/gallery.php#product-menu I have my eye on the Bristol
    trawler
    . I’ve always like
    trawler
    s & the Bristol is a beauty. it comes with a full range of LED navigation lights (including mast lights). There’s no working horn but that’s about the only thing lacking. This reminds of a joke: Why do cows have bells?🐮Because their horns don’t work! Thanks, Pete.
    10 months ago by PittsfieldPete
    Forum
    Controls problem
    I went along to Bury Metro Marine Modelling Society and got some good advice from a chap called Peter (may not be the same one...) Thank you. The upshot is I'll be swapping the dodgy App-driven Tx/Rx for a proper one. And why did I buy an unbuilt
    trawler
    model? Well the 2ch radio control will come in handy as a test setup anyway!
    12 months ago by malcolmstroud
    Forum
    It's a sad day!.
    I remember going to a model boat club meet in Crosby Liverpool back in the early 60's ( cannot remember the name of the lake though) There were plenty of IC models plus one guy who had a steam powered
    trawler
    and he was busy stoking the thing with pine chips to get steam up. As I remember a beautiful boat. Maybe the way forward is steam????
    12 months ago by merchant67
    Forum
    Any clues?
    "This is certainly NOThe the model of a Thames or Coastal barge hull" I had come to that conclusion. Researching typical twin masted vessels with that sort of beam (thereby ruling out most schooners) it could be a Brixham
    trawler
    or some kind of ketch. One suggestion was a Moray Firth Scaffie but I need to go to one of the local museums to see if there is a model or a drawing. Interesting clue - the rudder post is carried above the deck. I guess half the fun is trying to see what I can make of it and then get it on the water.
    1 year ago by aanside
    Media
    Angela Mary
    trawler
    enlarged to 1/48 from a free plan called Constant Star in a July 1966 Model boats 385 motor, 35mm 4 bladed brass prop, 6v battery, featuring sound unit and working lights on 3 circuits, Built from Scrap, about the Same Size as a billings Nordkap, but a lot Cheaper😊
    1 year ago by JRF1972
    Response
    drifter/
    trawler
    What a lovely old boat... very fine.
    1 year ago by Baggie
    Media
    drifter/
    trawler
    Model of a traditional fishing boat in The Ivy cafe on Weymouth Harbour.
    1 year ago by SelwynWilliams
    Response
    Excelsior
    I was going to do a day sail on her in Weymouth Bay but came down with a bug before I could. Quite reasonable terms too. Crew were very friendly. Not sure if they were in Weymouth for part of the Dunkirk film filmed in Weymouth Harbour, we had three such old
    trawler
    s and drifters anchored in the centre of the harbour. Great sight.
    1 year ago by SelwynWilliams
    Media
    Excelsior
    Here is the last of the Lowestoft sailing
    trawler
    s. Model built using working drawings kindly supplied by the Sailing Trust. Model about 12 years old. I got a little carried away on detail! As expected she sails and handles well as all the old work sailors do. Drop keel and rudder extension added when sailing. I was intrigued to discover that the deck winch was steam powered,no doubt to help with taking in the trawl net.
    1 year ago by Gascoigne
    Directory
    (Working Vessel) Excelsior
    Scratch built model of the last surviving Lowestoft sailing
    trawler
    which is managed by a sailing trust. And a much loved vessel. Model sails well with drop keel and rudder extension. 12 years old. Working drawings kindly supplied by the Trust. (8/10)
    1 year ago by Gascoigne
    Forum
    Sarah Anne
    trawler
    This as described in the photo gallery and was a house clearance find. (and is the Sarah Jane NOT Anne) 30" in length and 9.5" beam. and will require some finishing work to be carried out (slight) Motor and rudder servo installed, but my latest build means that it needs a good home now. as I'm thinning out my fleet at long last. If anyone's interested they can contact me either on here or on 007958 263772 (evenings)
    1 year ago by bilzin
    Blog
    Fish boxes
    Made a stack of boxes and some that I will add some fish too also! Julie Jean is a
    trawler
    that my Dad fitted out and put the engines in and fellow modelmaker Ballast will note the nod given to his own model of DH142.
    2 years ago by GrahamP74
    Forum
    1:16 scale figures for a model
    trawler
    ?
    Looking for crew for your Tiger were you?? 😉 BTW: if you're going to put a sound module in the Tiger tank and want genuine sound bites: start up, (running with squeaking tracks), and stop, idle, shut down, gun fire, heavy machine gun fire: I have a whole directory of such sounds in wav or mp3 format. Can send if you want. Cheers Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    1:16 scale figures for a model
    trawler
    ?
    Looked just about everywhere so far and the only ones in that scale are a tad "pantomimish" (won't mention any manufacturers) I had the crew for my USCG lifeboat made by Realmodelpilots.com but they are a bit pricey although the detail is magnificent Any suggestions would be gratefully received Bill
    2 years ago by bilzin
    Forum
    1:16 scale figures for a model
    trawler
    ?
    Here’s some examples👍 https://www.forgebeartanks.com/store/c25/Tank_Crew.html Cheers Wayne
    2 years ago by Midlife306
    Forum
    1:16 scale figures for a model
    trawler
    ?
    WW2 tank crew tend to be 1/16 or 120mm scale👍 Cheers Wayne
    2 years ago by Midlife306
    Forum
    1:16 scale figures for a model
    trawler
    ?
    i mentioned this method before on another site and was shot down about copyright ,anyway method is if you have a figure take it to a copy shop where it can be scanned and then 3D print at the scale required the other way is to get cheap toy soldiers as in toy story cut them into bits mix and match limbs scan the hybrids and print at the required scale .the asda up in my neck of the woods has a scanner that you stand in and get a model of yourself printed no copyright issues all the crewv could be clones of the scanned person
    2 years ago by marky
    Blog
    Question
    Whilst things are sticking and drying ,I noticed in the book it mentions "at bow and stern were short "turtle deck" covers ,the drawings not very clear and looking on internet got lots of info about garden decking. So question is,is it a curved cover as seen on the bows of
    trawler
    s? or am I barking up the wrong tree. Any help appreciated book also says these were removed later on in her career so I can omit them if need be. Cheers Marky
    2 years ago by marky
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    Many thanks everyonefor the various advice I`ve decided on a bulb fin keel, when requesting advice on keel weight I should have mentioned the hull is 42in lg this was an oversight😋, I`m now drg.shadows from the plan quite a laborious task but interesting. bellman
    2 years ago by bellman1942
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    Hi Bellman My Club sail several similar boats as well as an Ibex. They are all fitted with detachable keels which are fitted prior to sailing but can be removed for transportation and display. Our sailing waters are large and exposed and without the keels the models would not be able to be sailed. On the water the keels can not be seen. I tried a long keel on my Cariad and it was not a success as the keel tended to keep the model in a straight line. I now use a detachable bulb keel. The amount of lead will depend on your model and its overall weight. The bulb keels are a fibreglass moulding that we fill with lead to bring the model to waterline after inserting fore and aft threaded rod into the bulb. You will need to have holes in the keel to let the rods thro and long enough to be above the waterline. I fit a plastic tube and wood support inside. A washer and nut hold the keel in place. Before filling with Resin weigh the resin in the tin and remove that amount of lead from the bulb. Once set I use silicon to make a good seal between the bulb and hull and which remains attached to the bulb. Attached are pics of my Cariad.
    2 years ago by Dave M
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    Exactly my thought! 😲 There must be a better way to ballast it.
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Brixham
    trawler
    IBEX
    A Brixham
    trawler
    with a bulb and fin keel would look rather odd though wouldn't it ?👍
    2 years ago by onetenor


    About This Website
    Terms of Service
    Privacy Policy
    Cookies used in this website are gluten free, wheat free and dairy free. By using this website you agree to our use of cookies. More Info