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Sailing Barge plans help by Lemmerhengst Seaman   Posted: 10 days ago
Hello Joe, Try AMBO (google) They are the association of model barge owners and I believe they are based around Maldon, Essex. A great site that is currently under rebuild (like many 12'' to the foot barges!) Good luck with your research. Cheers Lemmerhengst

Mcgregor 1990s transmitter/receiver by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Thanks Mike, just got one for my grandson to use with his tug, he's only 4 but really enjoys trying to manoeuver his barges, and getting quite good at it. Cheers Colin.

Norfolk Wherry Fans by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
I have often admired Thames Barges in Maldon and on the East coast rivers, but find their complexity off-putting, fine , majestic things though they are. But for me the simplicity of a Norfolk/Suffolk wherry is very attractive and there are few books so much worth curling up with on a rainy November day as Black Sailed Traders by Roy Clark. OK, I can think of several, but you know what I mean. I am a very fussy sod and if I don't like how it looks, I can't get near it. To my eye, most foreign stuff is so much uglier than British, be they trains, cars, bikes, aircraft or boats. But then where would we be without Canadian woodies? Or the very occasional Italian car Martin

Norfolk Wherry Fans by Nerys Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 5 months ago
There seems to be some misconceptions about Dutch Barges. Most of what we now refer to as Dutch barges were originally developed as fishing boats suited to the area in which they were working. There were many different types and far from just being used on the canals fished all waters of the Netherlands and were quite capable of taking on the sharp nasty seas of places like Hollandsche Diep and the Ooste Schelde. I can assure you, even the Ijselmeer can get choppy under the right conditions. In fact Dutch Schuyts brought cargoes of eels to London from about the 1600s and a berth was still kept for them until the early 20th century, They were typical of what we would now call a Dutch barge. There were quite small ones like the Schouw and the Grundel that were inshore and lake fishers, then they varied in size through the Botters, Hoogars and Lemeraaks to the Tjalk and the Klipper which were cargo carriers. The Klippers were roughly the same size as Thames Barges and sometimes bigger and were rigged as Gaff Ketches, similar to our West Country Ketches. They were mainly fairly heavily built well in keeping with traditional wooden working boats. In latter days, steel replaced wood but they still followed the traditional designs. Luckily, so many Dutch Barges are still being built as yachts, decorated and fitted out very traditionally and there is considerable interest in the many events held for them every year.

Norfolk Wherry Fans by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Onetenor, wherries never had open holds. They were always covered with interlocking hard hatch covers which were piled up at one end when the cargo was loaded. The sails were huge, heavy, highly dressed things, so you really don't want anything too light. They were a heavy canvas dressed in fish oil and soot or were tarred, like the hulls. And really the boats were nothing like Dutch barges. They were much prettier! Martin

Norfolk Wherry Fans by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
They put me in mind of Dutch Sailing barges. One of which I have an 8 inch working model of👍. At least supposedly but I can't find a suitable sail cloth that's not too heavy. Any ideas fellas?👍

Build manual/ instructions by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 months ago
Does it need so much that we couldn't talk our way through it for you? I don't know a huge amount about sailing barges, but I know the basics and I have books about them as I am supposed to be making a 1/43rd scale model as a pattern for a kit for a model railway company's scenic accessories line. Martin

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Lieutenant   Posted: 6 months ago
Wow! Hobby Engine’s tugs are nearly identical to the WYEFORCE. In fact, as you mentioned in one of your prior posts, the Southampton’s color scheme is very similar to the WYEFORCE as well. I measured the OAL of my Richardson & it comes up a little bit short of the “advertised” length of 22”. It actually measures 21-3/8” or 1.781’ [0.543m]. Using the inverse of 1:36 yields the OAL of the full-size boat: 1.781’ x 36 = 64.12’ [19.54m], which is 1.12’ [0.34m] longer than the 19.2m OAL stated for the WYEFORCE on The length difference isn’t surprising because the “as-built” dimensions of fabricated steel ships, boats, barges, etc. can vary quite a bit from the original engineering design. The length stated for the WYEFORCE could be an estimate or events like ECOs (engineering change orders), field alterations & damage repairs could have affected the full-size tug’s OAL. In my 35 years as a mechanical/industrial designer I frequently dealt with machinery that varied from planned dimensions. I’m not a rivet counter & I doubt that most R/C boaters are either. It’s all about having fun, right? If the model looks right, it is right. Enough said.

Wherry hull in GRP by kmbcsecretary Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 months ago
I'm with you there Martin I've never been a fan of the Thames barges but I was researching something else and stumbled across the wherry and i thought that's a craft I need to build besides the beauty of it the layout of the mast being so far forward it just defines all logic of what we understand when it comes to sail powered craft , it should have it's nose permanently submerged with a tail wind. If you like I could scan and email the articles from the magazine's just send me a pm if you want them Ron

Streamline Models by Nerys Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 7 months ago
Thanks for that Doug, There are several hulls for Thames Barges available, but to me, a novice, the complexity of fittings required is rather daunting and the Speedline kit does contain everything. The disadvantage is the smaller size whereas the Fleetscale hull is more in keeping with the size most common amongst model barge builders. Cheers, Nerys.

Fishers Green Open Day with Assoc of Model Barge Owners coming, by mastman Petty Officer   Posted: 8 months ago
the model barges will not be there till the 13th May

Speedline Thames Barge kit. by Nerys Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 8 months ago
Having had an interest and connections with Thames Sailing Barges going back to the days when they still carried cargo under sail, I am contemplating building a model. I am a relative newcomer to modelling, so am considering the Speedline kit. What I really want to know is how this model sails. I'm not expecting speed, I just want to know if the performance is acceptable and she handles reasonably well. Hope someone can advise me. Nerys

Brooklyn Tugboat by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 months ago
Brooklyn Tug is 1:32 Scale. She's 39.1/2" L.O.A. x 9.5" Beam. Weight Estimated at 24lbs when completed! The Brooklyn was built in 1910 and owned by the New York Dock Co. She was steam powered all her life and was never converted over to Diesel. The Brooklyn was one of many railroad tugs designed to transfer railroad cars from one side of New York to the other on barges!

Thames sailing barge Capricorn by tomarack Commander   Posted: 11 months ago
Hi , thames sailing barge model pages> some discussion about Thames sailing barges you can find here > < by R.Chesney Magazines. Model boats 2007 nr 7 tsb Celia Jane model tuning Model Boats 2013-11 tsb finless little models Marine Modelling international 2014 nr 7-9 tsb Veronica Marine Modelling international 2016 nr07 tsb Westmoreland

Thames sailing barge Capricorn by tomarack Commander   Posted: 11 months ago
I decided to publish here my simplified plan of Thames sailing barge Capricorn, original plan (Champion class barge)from H.I.Chapelle was adapted for my needs, considering my options. Rigging reconstructed on the basis of barges plans and photos on the Internet. The model was built according to this plan. Greetings Tom