Hobby Model Kits & Supplies

Serving modelers since 1976, Model Expo is your one-stop source for, model ship kits and accessories. This allows the skipper to position the mast when balancing the model for sailing. A hull constructed using a laminate (sandwich) consisting of reinforced plastic (cloth impregnated with resin) on two sides of a core Core materials may be foam or wood. Today the building of model ships has developed into a worldwide and fascinating hobby—no long the exclusive domain of sailors. IMHO, it is good practice to have models sit on their keels and have the weight of the model supported by the keel.

Before looking at the difficulty ratings we offer the following important advice – above almost everything else, choose a kit which interests you. John Mayers made such a plug, based upon 1/6 scale, from the 1976 ISCYRA plans and sent it to Ray Ozmun of Ozmun Products for use in making a hull mold. Chain plates themselves can be as simple as a long screw eye bolt, as fancy as a jib-rack or tangs screwed into the side of a hull. If you intend to add the Deck Camber to your model then you can do so when you work on the Bulkheads.

Donal, who retired a few years ago as a fisherman, says he would be delighted to discuss any model boat replica requirements with skippers at the Galway expo. The sternpost and stem are erected, deadwood and strengthening pieces inserted, and a series of shaped frames are built and erected along the keel to form the internal framework of the model. The tools needed to shape the model itself are basic: a small block plane, a spokeshave, sandpaper and perhaps a gouge for hollow sections. Building two halves to form a complete model as in our system is, however, and entirely new concept. Seems like ok. I will continue with some other arrangements in the boat tomorrow.

In the early 1960s Jay Brandon, proprietor of Dumas Products, Tuscon, AZ, designed and built a scale model of the International Star based on the 1945 edition of the International Star Class Yacht Racing Association’s (ISCYRA’s) official plans, at 1/6 scale, or 2 inches on the model being equivalent to 12 inches on the full-scale boat. Inspired by years of experience with model boat builders, we have developed a unique fleet of handcrafted, free sailing, wooden model boat kits. The mahogany hull is assembled from die-cut parts and the birch mast is included in the kit.

The idea of a beginner kit is one from which the modeller can learn the basic skills required with the minimum possible outlay and still enjoy the experience. The model star boat replaces the two back stays with a single back stay from a mast head fitting to a back stay fitting on the transom. If the boat travels faster than the wind then the wind speed over the boat will be negative, effectively slowing the boat down. First of all, the maximum width of the boat can be around 12 cm. It is a basic 7th grade student competition but some teachers are competing as well and I have a reputation to lose.

Model Yachting Magazine Issue #5 (Fall 1971) featured the first technical contribution in an article titled Improving the Dumas Star 45” authored by Ben Hogensen. I started lurking about the RC Groups Boats forum several months ago, reading through Build Logs and other stuff, trying to get a basic idea of the what’s and how’s of model boat building. Even if a boat is stabilized and has floated, the shape like a flat board has a big drag force, then high-speed running cannot be desired. Also to provide a model boat or structure completely built and finished to someone who simply does not have the time to model.

Some model shipwright guilds are incorporated into government and Naval facilities, achieving a semi-official status as a clearinghouse for information on naval history, ship design and, at times, teaching the craft of ship modeling, through model building, restoration, repair of the facility’s models, as well as, museum docent services. The new generation of wooden S45’s began in 2006 when John Fisher drew up CAD files for laser cutting frames and building jigs. Whether it will be your first or perhaps another one of many boat models you have built, you will enjoy building one of these models.

A lapstrake skiff model-building workshop will take place from 6 to 9pm on Friday, October 4, and 9 to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6. Participants in the weekend workshop will be led step-by-step by skilled modelers as they create a 10-inch wooden rowing skiff with lapped side planking and a flat bottom. The plastic model kit market has shifted over the years to a focus on adult hobbyists willing to pay for more elaborate, higher quality kits.

My children, nine-year-old Ewan and seven-year old Ella have all sorts of views about the items we should use and how they should fit together, but also insist that I think of ways of making the boat they want use to work. The important ingredient is building a model where the Center of Effort and the Center of Lateral Resistance are lined up. The Mainwaring keel and ballast bulb concentrates the weight, other long symmetrical bulbs may spread the ballast weight over 9 inches.

At Modelers Central we are experienced modelers, dedicated to providing you with assistance, guidance and advice as you build your ship model kit. I would also like to thank CG Bob for his excellent Build Log of the Dodge Runabout. Since your race is downwind you could theoretically do the same (normal sailing is rarely directly downwind). In 2006 John Fisher drew up the lines of the Star45 model as CAD (computer aided design) files. Hannah was the first scratch built model I made where I developed plans in AutoCAD.

Those servos, adaptable to radio control in sailboat models, were the first to be available economically, and they were instrumental in the phenomenal early growth which took place in the Star 45 model yacht fleet. A Tamiya 1/700 scale assembled model of Japanese Aircraft-Carrier Zuikaku completed with aftermarket photoetch accessories. Because the yacht is heeled over when sailing upwind the leeward foil is closer to vertical, and provides additional side force hence making the boat sail upwind more efficiently. Many of our high quality fittings have been designed specifically for our model boat kits.

We supply a wide range of materials essential for building any boat, including many different types of Strip Wood Planking, Plywood, Balsa, Fibreglass, Plastics and Metals. A good alternative is buying a bare fiberglass hull instead of scratch building the hull. We provide model boat hulls, deck & pilot house structure kits for those who want to design and build their own model boats. Many IOD manuals and plans have been sold to scratch builders especially in UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Ballast as is anything carried aboard the model for the main purpose of changing the weight distribution of the model and/or weight of the model. Thirty years ago started to write a, step by step, manual of sorts to assist modelbuilders that want to build a radio controlled ship models. However, in considerations of the weight of a Stirling engine and its feature, it is difficult to keep the stability with the circular shape of the boat.

This 100 page Model Boats Winter 2015 Special Issue includes a new CAD Feature Plan for Fleetfoot, a 1/8th scale fast runabout; a kit review by Ivor Warne for the Mountfleet Models Cruiser tug; a rather nice piece on his simple, easy to build, and fully functioning hovercraft and many more articles. I like to think that it was a worthy contender, even if it didnít win, and I’d suggest rubbish boat builders might consider trying something like it, not least because itís so quick and easy to make, and allows the adjustment these boats need.

Please do not fall into the trap of building a model purely because you see it as a stepping stone to building the model you really want. John Fisher built two models and provided me with photographs as the model construction progressed along with comments and pictures posted to the Yahoo Star45 group. Consider not only woven materials but also consider plastics such as mylar and mylar composites. A bar sander of the type that many R/C Model Airplane hobbyists use to build their models is perfect for this.