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Armidale Class Patrol Boat

1/50 scale model of HMAS Bundaberg

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Peter Fitness03/10/2013 23:29:03
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I was in the far north Queensland city of Cairns last week, and while we were there, the naval base, HMAS Cairns, conducted its open day. A number of naval vessels were open for inspection, including HMAS Bundaberg. Needless to say we availed ourselves of the opportunity to go aboard, and take some photos. The ship has been modified in a number of details since I built my model, so it was a good chance to gather the necessary information to update it. The most noticeable difference is the modification to the engine exhausts, and the change to the walkway on the forward superstructure. Both of these mods should be relatively easy to do, and I've already started to make the exhausts.

I was also recently given a replica of the ship's crest, by a former CO of Bundaberg. The son of a friend of mine is a former CO of two of the Armidale Class Patrol Boats, and while my friend was visiting his son in Darwin, he was introduced to the former Bundaberg CO. When my friend mentioned that I had built a model, the former CO gave him the crest to give to me, and it now occupies pride of place on my wall.

It was a real thrill to see and go aboard the "real thing", and I'm pleased to say I believe my model is a reasonably good replica. Having now seen and photographed the ship I hope to add some more detail to make an even more accurate model.


HMAS Bundaberg.jpgBundaberg detail.jpgBundaberg leaving Cairns.jpgBundaberg plaque.jpgBundaberg crest.jpg

Edited By Peter Fitness on 03/10/2013 23:33:56

Søren Kofoed Johansen25/03/2015 20:04:00
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hallo from denmark

I need some drawing of the gun for the Admidale patrol boat, mayby peter fitness have some to send for me. (skj13

robin rcfreak13/01/2016 20:16:26
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Hi Peter,

I really love your boat and i wants to build also this boat. can you send me the building plan?


Peter Fitness15/01/2016 03:23:43
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Hi Robin,

Unfortunately I no longer have the plans which were very basic anyway. Some information can be found by Googling Armidale Class Patrol Boat.


Jack Sully 117/10/2017 19:48:41
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Hi Peter,

I am a British RC model enthusiast and I am aiming to build my own Armidale class patrol boat but I am unable to find any plans for this boat. I would really love to build this boat. Is there any chance you could also send me information on how to find plans for this boat or is there any chance you could email me the plans like you did for another member? I would be really grateful!

Many thanks,



Peter Fitness17/10/2017 22:27:51
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Hi Jack,

As you can see from my previous post I no longer have the plans for the Armidale. The drawings I mainly worked from were from the manufacturer's website **LINK**

They are only general arrangement drawings and don't show the frames, which I had to calculate from the the drawings. I wrote to the manufacturer. Austal, in Western Australia, but never received a reply. I relied heavily on photos downloaded from the internet for detail and, as I said above, my visit to the real ship a couple of years ago enabled me to update my model.

As a footnote, the real HMAS Bundaberg was destroyed in a shipyard fire a few months after I was on board her. She was in Brisbane for some essential work to her hull when apparently sparks from welding caused a massive fire which damaged her so badly it was decided to scrap her.


Jack Sully 119/10/2017 19:40:48
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Thanks peter

Lloyd Ertel 107/10/2018 23:27:11
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does anybody know where i can get my hand on a set of drawings.. I know some people have built them.. but i cant seem to find anybody with a set of drawings...

any help would be appreciated


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