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Model Boats January 2017


A look at the Cover and Contents of the January 2017 issue of Model Boats on sale 16th December.

Fantail Launch

BUILD FEATURES: Fantail Launch

Kenneth Ruxton's scratch built launch

Sea Rover


Andy Cope’s model from a Vintage Model Boat Company ki

61.5 foot Admiralty Motor Fishing Vessel

BUILD FEATURES: 61.5 foot Admiralty Motor Fishing Vessel

Leonard Treppa's latest model in his own words

Andy goes Aeronaut!

KIT & PRODUCT REVIEWS: Andy goes Aeronaut!

Andrew Cope builds four Aeronaut power boat kits

Back to the Kitchen Table

BUILD FEATURES: Back to the Kitchen Table

Douglas McGhee describes his models

Modelling Mathematics

HINTS, TIPS & TECHNICAL: Modelling Mathematics

GLYNN GUEST discusses a more analytical approach to your next model

Finishing and sealing of wooden hulls

HINTS, TIPS & TECHNICAL: Finishing and sealing of wooden hulls

Dave Milbourn's advice using three of his models as examples.

Task Force 72 Scale Model Ship Association

SHOW & REGATTA REPORTS: Task Force 72 Scale Model Ship Association

Scott Rice reports from their 20th Anniversary Regatta

Taming a Pirana

BUILD FEATURES: Taming a Pirana

Stephen Day's model and its lengthy gestation

Making Models More Interesting

GENERAL: Making Models More Interesting

Anthony Addams shows some examples of how to enhance our enjoyment of the hobby

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Boathouse No 4

MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Boathouse No 4

Colin Bishop visits the latest attraction and facility at Portsmouth Dockyard

Shrek on Skis!

BUILD FEATURES: Shrek on Skis!

Andy Cope's unusual water skier

Sapphire Steam Yacht

BUILD FEATURES: Sapphire Steam Yacht

Peter Charlton's latest model

National Model Boat Show 2015

SHOW & REGATTA REPORTS: National Model Boat Show 2015

Anthony Addams reports from Coalville, Leicestershire

Spurn LV14


Stephen Bowles' model

Trinity House Vessel Vigia

GENERAL: Trinity House Vessel Vigia

Graham Buckton describes his model

Nessie – A Monster Model!

BUILD FEATURES: Nessie – A Monster Model!

GARETH JONES builds something a bit different

Pusher Tug


Andrew Cope's scratch built Springer model

Steve Martin's Models

GENERAL: Steve Martin's Models

Canadian Warship models photographed by JOHN CALLIN

Tugs - 25 years on!

GENERAL: Tugs - 25 years on!

ROBIN BUCKLAND visits a new display

HMS Vindictive


DIRK BONNE'S 1:72 scale model

Gaff Rigged Cutter

BUILD FEATURES: Gaff Rigged Cutter

The quick-plank version! ANDREW COPE describes his model, built in a week!

Peter Charlton's models

BUILD FEATURES: Peter Charlton's models

Two of his recently completed craft

But I don't understand Electronics!

HINTS, TIPS & TECHNICAL: But I don't understand Electronics!

DAVE MILBOURN explains it all with a useful electric motor application table as well.

BMPRS News August 2014


Craig Dickson reports from the second race of 2014 at Nottingham

A surviving LCP(L)...

GENERAL: A surviving LCP(L)... Normandy in 2010

Fred's Big Toephy!

SHOW & REGATTA REPORTS: Fred's Big Toephy!

...the Guildford MYC event from February 2014

Brighton Modelworld 2014...

SHOW & REGATTA REPORTS: Brighton Modelworld 2014...

...a report on the show from Colin Bishop

Plastic Magic - Mayflower...

BUILD FEATURES: Plastic Magic - Mayflower...

...converting the 1:150 scale Heller kit to radio control

Rhino Barge...

BUILD FEATURES: Rhino Barge... Australian Readers Model, from Greg Turek

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Serica II by Gareth Jones


HMS Illustrious Dec 2016 by Colin Bishop, Website Editor


Pond Princess by Gareth Jones


Moonbeam build by Banjoman

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The World of Model Boats

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Tugs More Images

Historical Ships

Sail More Images

Paddle Steamers More Images

Service Launches More Images

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We welcome well written contributions from Website members on almost any aspect of Model Boating with a particular emphasis on practical hints, tips, experience and builds.

In order to maintain a consistent standard and format, all suggestions should first be sent to me by Personal Message for approval in principle. Only a very limited amount of time is available for editing contributions into a suitable format for placing on the website so it is important that the material is well presented, lucid and free from obvious spelling errors. I think it goes without saying that contributions should be illustrated by appropriate photos. I shall be happy to give advice on this.

The Member Contribution area offers space for short informative mini articles which would not normally find a place in Model Boats magazine. It is an opportunity for Website Members to freely share their  expertise and experience but I am afraid that virtue is its own reward as there is no budget to offer more material recompense!

I look forward to receiving your suggestions.

Colin Bishop - Website Editor