Category: Model Ship Plans

Lightship No 83 “Swiftsure”

Lightship No:83 is the first lightship scale model plan on our website. Lightships can be defined as portable floating  lighthouses. The names written on their freeboard are referred to the location / station thet they are at. Lightship No:83 had several names during her career . Swiftsure refers to Swiftsure Bank.

Swiftsure-lightship 83

Lightship No:83 is one of the oldest lightships in US and the only one which has its original steam engines on. She is 39m long, 8.69m wide. She has 1000 watts of light capacity, 140 decibel horn, and a fog bell on the fore which weighs 450kg! She was taken out of service in 1960 and purchased by Northwest Seaport in 1969. Now it is a part of historic fleet. Click here to visit her page.

The scale model ship plans of lightship no:83 are in tiff format. The quailty is qute good and the plans are detailed.

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Bydgoszcz

Bydgoszcz model cargo ship plans are one of the best in the archive. The plans are nicely scanned, detailed and clean. If you are interested in model ship building hobby, and if you like the merchant shipping era around 60′s, Bydgoszcz will be one of your favourite ships.

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The turn of the fifties and sixties of the twentieth century is the beginning of the golden age of Polish shipbuilding. Old, derived in large part from the years before the war even commercial vessels, were systematically exchanged for units built in national shipyards. Polish designers had the perfect brand and were known in the world of successful projects of commercial vessels.

One of them was a draft general cargo B-55, which long series ordered in then the SSN name Adolf Warski, the largest Polish shipowner Trade – Polish Ocean Lines (PLO).
In total, in the period 1958-1962 were built fifteen ships, three B-55, and twelve improved B-55 A. Four of them “on the stump” was sold to Brazil, while eleven remained under white-red flag.
Popularly type B-55 was called type “ica” because the names of all the ships were Polish cities in terms of such terminals in the name – Krynica, Polanica, Oleœnica, Legnica, Brodnica, Kruszwica, Wiœlica and Szczawnica. Since this rule was abandoned only in the case of the eighth and ninth series unit, which was named … “Jan ¯i¿ka” and “Bydgoszcz”.

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Type B 55 (ship to transport goods in bulk) with an extremely elegant, smooth and pleasant to the eye silhouette. The unit can carry various types of cargo: ore, bulk loads, grains and exotic plants, wood, cotton, machinery and equipment and edible oils.
Slender hull lines with heavily undercut, clipper-shaped bow and neatly mounted, compact shape of the superstructure in the rear part of the ship gave a general cargo silhouette lightness and grace. At the same time “ice”, despite its relatively small size (124.2 feet long, 16.5 meters wide, 6.5 meters draft and 17.5 meters in height) were ships praised by the seafarers and shipowners.
Once type B 55 with its displacement 3365 gross registered tonnes (GRT) had a load capacity of 5382 tons DWT (so she could take the load), and the fuel supply was 615 tonnes. Drive the ship was one six-cylinder engine with a capacity of MAN 5000 horsepower, allowing the development of a maximum speed of 15.5 knots. The ship’s crew consisted of 35 officers and sailors. Ships of “ica” had one screw, two decks and five cargo refrigeration. On “Swidnica” the last of them enlarged and built three tanks edible oils. In relation to the first units of the series, on “Swidnica” and subsequent construction units reduced the number of passenger accomodation from 12 to 4

General cargo type “ica” are designed for use lines to the ports of South America and the Middle East. Economic considerations (profitability of transport) made it virtually never on it (with a few exceptions) do not hit.
The fate of the “Swidnica,” which with its twin units were directed to support West African lines. Other ships in this series also sailed to the eastern ports of North America. Curiosities of the two events are related.
In 1961, “Krynica” brought from Canada, Polish treasures to the Wawel Castle. Half a year later, in Philadelphia, during the unloading of naphthalene, fire broke out on the “Polanica,” which had to be sink (later was raised and restored).
In connection with the intended “Swidnica” to support West African lines, ship in October 1960, he was leased to another then-largest shipowner – Polish Maritime Navigation, the unit sailed to ports in West Africa. Under the flag of the PLO unit returned only in 1970.

MS Swidnica, sister ship
During years of service ships docked in dozens of ports – the closer: Hamburg, Kiel, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bordeaux, Bristol, La Coruna, as well as those further and more exotic: Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, Dakar (Senegal), Conakry (Guinea), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Monrovia (Liberia), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi (Ghana), Cotonou (Benin), Lome (Togo), or to Port Harcourt in Nigeria.
In the latter, in 1965, “Swidnica” suffered a major accident, broke, because the main drive shaft. There was a chance for it to Nigeria to make a repair specialist. The shipowner decided to bring the ship to the country with the tug assistance, which made the Polish Ship Salvage tug “Swaro¿yc”, which after passing more than eight thousand miles of sea, brings crippled m / s “Swidnica” to Szczecin.
Exactly ten years later, in 1975, bad luck again made its presence felt. During a stopover in the Nigerian port of Wari, on a ship filled with bales of cotton dangerous fire broke fortunately possessed by the crew.
Not happy also proved to be the beginning of the eighties of the twentieth century, when the first m / s “Swidnica” ran aground in the Store Baelt (Danish straits) and it has been bring only by tugs sent out of the country (1980), and later when a powerful storm in the Bay of Biscay poorly secured container, severely damaged the ship’s port side amidships.

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Long years of life were not without effect on the condition of the general cargo type “ica”, so the polish shipowners replaced them with new build units. All vessels were sold to foreign shipowners in the 70s and 80s.

Bydgoszcz

Type of ship: cargo
Year Built / yard: 1960 / Sz B-55 (Szczecin)
The life of the PLO: 1970 – 1983
Capacity: 5350 TDW
Number of passengers: 4
Overall length: 124 m
Width: 16.6 m
Draught: 6.5 m
Drive type: internal combustion engine
Power SG: 3606 kW
Speed: 15.5 Kn

Free Model Cargo Ship Plan: Bydgoszcz

ORP Wodnik

Polish training ship ORP Wodnik was built in 1976 by Northern Shipyard in Gdansk. In Polish Navy website, she names her own class but seems as the only ship in her class.

orp wodnik training ship plans

Photo by Lukasz Pacholski

As a training vessel, the cadets in Polish Naval Academy sail onboard her and improve their seamanship skills. In 1990-91 she served as a hospital ship in Persian gulf war. A helicopter platform was fitted on deck. Other than her training missions, she can also be used as a base ship for small attack craft and submarines. She has a crew of 56 plus 101 cadets.

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during her hospital ship service

She is 72.24m long and 11.9m wide. Her two Zgoda – Sulzer 6TD48 diesel engines drive her propellers and speed her up to 16.8 knots.

The model ship plans of ORP Wodnik are distributed on 9 sheets. They are extremely detailed. The scale of the plan set is 1/50.

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Frank (Ex. Carl)

Here we have another steam tugboat. Frank was built in 1905 by Stülcken Sohn in Hamburg Germany. The total Length of the tug was 16.4 m and width was 4.7 meters. I made a brief search on web but couldn’t find so much information. Her ex name was Carl and was registered to the port of Hamburg. And there is a plate written BH7647 on it.

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The model ship plans are on two sheets. The quality is very good. There are profile plan, the deck plan, hull lines sheer plans. The plan set has everything that you need to build this little beauty.

Thanks our friend Piotr for adding this plan to the archive.

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Bismarck

Maybe, the German battleship Bismarck was the most iconic ship of world war 2.  And now we have Bismarck’s scale model ship plans.

bismarck battle ship plans blueprints

 

Bismarck was one of the two battleships built in her class. She was laid down at Blohm & Voss shipyard in 1936 and launched in 1939.  The fitting was completed in 1940. At that time, Bismarck and her sister Tirpitz were the largest German built battleships and two of the largest in any European power.

Bismarck served in only one operation. Bismarck and Prinz Eugen was sent to Atlantic to prevent cargo ships carrying supplies to reach Britain. The ships were detected off scandinavia and then British ships were sent to block their route. In the combat, Bismarck sunk HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales had to retreat. Bismarck was hit 3 times and suffered an oil leak.

After sinking of HMS Hood, the British Navy sent many other war ships towards Bismarck. While Bismarck was heading to shores of France which was occupied by Germany at that time, she was attacked by torpedo bomber planes which took off from the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. Bismarck got hit from her steering gear and couldn’t use her rudders. While the ship was unable to manuever, and drawing circles, a heavy bombardment from the british fleet started.  The crew then scuttled their ship and sent Bismarck deep down in the sea. So many lives were lost.

The plans of the Bismarck battle ship are distributed to 9 PDF files. They are quite good and detailed.

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Bardic Ferry

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Maybe there are also scale modellers who build model cars, trucks here. So Bardic Ferry model ship plans would make them happy.

M/V Bardic Ferry was built in 1957 by Danny Bros. Dumbarton in Clyde as a passenger – car ferry. She was 103.4 meters long, 16.5 meters wide. Her two 10 cylinder Sulzer  Oil 2SA engines each producing 3000bhp could speed her up to 14 knots.  She was operated on Larne – Preston service by Atlantic S.N. Co London till 1976. Then she was she changed operator and named Nasim 2. In 1988 she was broken up in Aliağa İzmir Turkey.

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The model plans are distributed on two sheets, quite clear. The details around the gates could be better but still can not say that this is a bad plan set.

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Grazyna

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Another piece of maritime history. Ex Schilksee, Ex Uranium, our little beauty M/S Grazyna is now in your hands. Scale model makers are going to love this boat plans.

She was born as M/S Schilksee in 1927 in Germany. Built by Howaldtswerke AG. The dimensions of the ship were 30.7 X 7.2 X 2.3 meters. She had a 6 cylinder diesel engine and could speed up to 10 knots. She could carry 130 passengers.

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During world war 2, she was used by Soviets for sometime and named “Uranium”. And at last, she was left to Poland and got the name “Grazyna” . After necessary repairs and refit, she started her service on July 11th 1947. She served between Gdynia – Hel. After some time, she changed owner and used in cruises till 1964.

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In this Postcard from 60′s we can see some modernisation on Grazyna.

The plan set is very good and detailed. It would be so fun to build this model and also she would look beautiful when the model ship is finished.
The images are taken from Facta Nautica.

schilksee uranium grazyna ship plans

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TCG Yavuz F 240

It is generally so hard to find anything related to Turkish maritime history but sometimes you come across surprises. Piotr, a friend from Poland sent me this set of plans which belong to Turkish frigate TCG Yavuz (F-240) . Yavuz gave the name to her class. There are 4 frigates in Yavuz class which are Yavuz, TurgutReis, Fatih and Yıldrım by construction order. The names are given in reference to the Ottoman sultans Yavuz Sultan Selim, Fatih Sultan Mehmet and Yıldırım Bayezid, and Turgut Reis  Turkish naval commander.

TurkishNavy frigate TCG Yavuz (F 240)

The ships were launched between 1985-88. The First two ships were built in Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. The rest were built in Gölcük naval shipyard in Turkey.  They belong to MEKO 200 design, which is a very succesfull frigate design of the time. They might be outdated a little but this design is still in use in many countries.

We had another Yavuz, which was actually SMS Goeben and that ship was one of the reasons that Ottoman Empire participated in WW1. Then Yavuz was a very important figure and flagship of Turkish Navy till it was demolished.

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The model ship plan set is quite good and detailed. The deck equipment and weapons are drawn also. The plans are distributed on 5 jpeg sheets.

Click here to download TCG Yavuz (F-240) Plans

Schooner Vega

schooner vega 1902

Sail ship model builders are going to like this. Cause Vega is joining our fleet. Most of the time it is hard to get details about historic ships. Vega is one of them. We are not a hundred percent sure about her details. She was built in 1902 in Livonia. And her initial name was Taara. She was used as a transport vessel, then she became a training ship. More than 2000 sailors were trained onboard her. Also the movie “Deti Kapitana Granta” (Captain Grant’s Children) was shot onboard her by directors Vladimir Vaynshtok and David Gutman in 1936. Unfortunately in 1941 this beautiful ship was sunk by aerial bombs in Mariupol.

You can watch the full movie below.


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Ewa SZ-390

ewa polish passenger vessel

Sometime ago, we published Lilla Weneda, one of 10 sister ships built in 1961-64 with the code SZ-600. Then 8 +2 new ships built with code SZ-390 . Ewa is one of them, with slight differences. So it is worth to publish her plans. Ewa was still in service in 2012 and hope she will serve for many long years.

ewa sz 390 ships

The plans are very detailed and clear. Would be great to build her scale model.

Click here to download Ewa’s Plans