Category: Model Ship Plans

Fethiye Fishing Boat

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If you are a frequent visitor of this website, you might have read a lot of complaints about how hard it is to find traditional local boat plans before. Since the traditions are fading away with the new technology and cheaper, stronger materials, traditional wooden boats are disappearing from sight. But it looks like someone heard my complaints.

Nebi Yıkaroğlu, a local from Fethiye did a great job and prepared model boat plans for Fethiye fishing boat. With his efforts, another traditional boat is now meeting with model ship builders.

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He always liked these little local fishing boats and wanted to make a model of one. But there were no drawings or any other material available. He shared his idea with Özer Özkadıoğlu, another local model boat builder from Antalya. Özer Özkadıoğlu was glad with his idea and he offered his support for Nebi’s project. During his drawing period, he also got Fikret Güvenç’s help.

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Yes, he decided to draw a plan but he needed a boat for that right? When he saw one in a local boat yard, there was no chance to miss that opportunity. He spent a week on taking measurements on the boat. Luckily, there was a second boat waiting there to be dismantled. This was a perfect chance to see every detail of the boat. During the week, sometimes he went to the boat yard which is 10 kilometers away several times a day to make sure the measurements are right.

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He prepared the plan set on two sheets. The plans are very clear and almost everything is obvious but i will add some translations on Nebi’s notes for you. Nebi and Özer also built the model, and shared their experience with us. Click here for tutorial.

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Thank you Nebi for your gift to model boat building hobby. This is so valuable for us.

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All the photos and the plan set are taken from Nebi Yıkaroğlu’s blog

Click here to download Fethiye Fishing Boat Plans

Click here to see Nebi’s building guide.


We have another rare type of scale model cargo ship plan set here. This time, livestock carrier ships Rokita and Boruta are on the yard! The model ship plans are distributed on two sheets with an additional one.

Boruta - Rokita model ship plans livestock carrier

Livestock carrier ships have specialized cargo holds, where the animals are kept during the voyage. The ship itself is like a floating stable, or lets say a farm. The holds must be ventilated, equipped with drainage systems and so on. To sum up, the animals have to be comfortable and stay healthy.

In 1961-62, Gdañsk Northern Shipyard built two ships for this purpose. They were named Rokita and Boruta. They were both designed as cargo ship type B475. They were 59.87m long, 9.6m wide. Her single 680HP engine could speed her up tp 11.4 knots. We are not sure if the horses onboard were added to this power specifications. 19 crew members were maintaining the ship.

In Polish Cargo Lines people who sailed on “Boruta” and “Rokita”, were called “cowboys”. Initially, few people wanted to work onboard these ships. But when they began to transport Russian horses – the line  became very profitable for the sailors who trade goods and more and more people wanted to be a cowboy. The whole trip from the USSR to France and back lasted about two weeks. During the voyage, you could for example buy a few pairs of jeans in Zerssen near Kiel Canal, sell them later at a profit in Klaipeda, and earned rubles replaced again with a large “countershaft” in Zerssen for dollars. Russians were willing to buy  coats and multi color writing pens.

Back to the ship: I found relation from the captain  Stefan Lewandowsk:
The difficulty of “live cargo ship” consisted of, among others, that the “charge” was moving. In good weather, especially in the summer, there were no problems. It was worse in winter, when the top four or five of the ship is rocked. Horses then strongly in-stress which you can immediately sense the smell of their sweat. The final decision whether to go to sea, belonged to the captain. When the storm surprised us on the road, it was necessary to seek a port for shelter.

Once in this situation, I had to shelter in a smaller port where the maneuvers needed important engine power.
Harbor master asked me: “Sir, how much horses do you have?” 
“Two hundred” I answered truthfully.
“Oh, it’s too weak engine” i heard in response.

It was, of course, live horses, because the motor had six hundred eighty. On the way back from Le Tréport ship sailed under the ballast, and the crew had to clean up the cargo holds. Then it was not so restrictive environmental legislation as it is today, so the horse manure was through a special door by simply washed away into the sea.

Both ships sailed in a small shipping routes to Western Europe from Poland. They sailed to Lübeck, Kiel, Antwerp and to French ports in the English Channel (La Manche canal if you like). They could carry 750 pigs, 173 horses or similar number of cows. The aging of ships and changing of operating conditions resulted in the decision to withdraw the ships from shipowner registry of the vessels.
These motor ships sailed under the Polish flag until 1974, when they were sold to an operator from Cyprus, DIGNITY MARITIME Co.. After this ROKITA sailed with a new name: ROBITA.

Development of a series of this construction was the series of small cargo ships type B 457, wchich replaced FLORA AND EMILIA (i attached blueprint drawings for some information).

Interesting fact about ship names:
ROKITA and BORUTA are the names of the devils found in Polish folk tales.
One of the legends about Rokita (and Boruta) says that Rokita together with Boruta they got drunk* in one of the pubs in Lodz. When the landlord did not want to sell them another pint of beer or wine, Rokita paid, but made thalars (money), which he paid, were so hot that the owner of the pub could not in any way catch the money with his hands

*Now i’m sure that they were from Poland ;)

We should all thank to Piotr Szadkowski from Poland for the plan and the stories that he presented us. He added more value to this site. We only made few changes to his article.

Cilick here to download Rokita & Boruta’s model ship plans

Zryw 1


A new type comes to model ship plans. Zryw-1 is a hydrofoil, a kind of fast ferry. The hydrodynamic surfaces under the hull acts like a plane wing and lifts the boat up when the boat speeds up. As the boat lifts the friction surface decrases so less friction means more speed!


The model ship blueprints are distributed into 3 sheets. Plans are very detailed which guides the model maker for almost every part.

Zryw -1 was the first Polish passenger hydrofoil designed by Lech Kobyliñski. The boat was built in May 1965.

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She had the capacity of 76 passengers and 4 crew . Szczecin- Gdañsk route ( 400 km ) was taken in about 7h and 30 min. Szczecin- Swinoujscie route (67 km) in about 55 min.


Developed a top speed of 30 knots .  Interiors were heated electrically . Hydrofoil have special stabilizer, which was a Polish invention, which provide stability and maneuverability even on rough waters.

Zryw on Motêawa river in Gdaõsk

The prototype , had better performance than its relatives from the Soviet Union, but because of some failures was replaced after two years by Russian hydrofoils .

Click here to download Zryw 1 model hydrofoil plans

Panna Wodna


Sometimes, during their life span, ships can be transformed for other purposes. Panna Wodna is one of them. She was actually built as WW2 minesweeper M295 in 1944 by Germany but she was sunk by Russians in shipyard. Then she was salvaged and rebuilt by Poland in 1949. She served as a passenger ferry in the gulf of Gdansk. Her maiden voyage was in the route Gdansk – Sopot – Gdynia.

She was 59.52m long, 8.54m wide. With 1600 HP in her heart, she could speed 12 knots. She could carry 500 people in Gdansk bay.

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She was laid up in 1965 and scrapped in 1981.

The scale model passenger ferry plans of Panna Wodna are distributed on 4 sheets. The details are so good, so it is a very helpful plan set for model ship makers.

Panna Wodna Part1 Panna Wodna Part2


Tugboats are the little mighty helpers of the ships in harbors or out in the sea when they have trouble. Swarozyc was one of them.

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She was built in 1944 by Amsterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (ADM) as an icebreaker tugboat and delivered to POLIMEX Polish Export & Import Co. In 1950’s transfered to Polish Government, Polish Ship Salvage. She was scrapped in 1979 by Radunia Repair Yard at Gdansk.

The tugboat plans are quite detailed and distributed to 4 sheets. Hull lines, profile plans, deck plans and deck equipment are given seperately.

 Click here to download Swarozyc’s plans

Ottoman coastal trade ship

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There are some boats which are very distinctive, which have the unique design of the waters they are sailing in. Once Constantinopole, now İstanbul have always been a center of trade. And this boat was the coastal trade ship back in 16th century according to the earliest known evidences and they survived till mid 19th century.


They were generally sailing in the sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and the nearby shores. The length of them were 15-20 meters and they were built around the gulf of İzmit and İznik. The dimensions on the plan which was drawn in 1855 are given as 15m length, 3.83m beam and 2m of depth. These boats were called “Kancabaş” which can be translated as “hook head” directly. I know there was another kind of small boat which was also called Kancabaş, a relatively smaller boat with one or two pairs of ores.


Fatih Karalar, a Turkish modeller built a great model of the İstanbul Trade Boat. It will be a great reference for you to build your own. All the pictures in this post are taken his website, which you can visit by clicking here.

Click here to download Istanbul Trade Boat plans

S/S Emanuel

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S/S Emanuel was built in 1907 by Helsingør Skibsværft & Maskinbyggeri Denmark with yard number 115. During her carreer, the ship got the names Lena, Lena Schmith and Capetan Giannis. She was scrapped in 1966.

The scale model plans of this cargo ship are distributed on two sheets. You can scale the plan up with the dimensions given on the plan. Happy hobby hours…

Click here to download free model ship plans of SS Emanuel


S/S Aslaug

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When i came across S/S Aslaug’s original plans, i was very happy cause i had another set of model ship plans to share with modellers. But after i made a brief research, i saw that Aslaug has a lot more to offer for us.

S/S Aslaug was built in 1927 by B&W Copenhagen Denmark. She was 76.2m long and 11.7m wide.  She had a triple expansion steam engine which speeded her up to 10 knots.

Her maiden voyage was from Copenhagen to Finland where she got her first cargo, wood for England. The captain in the maiden voyage was H. Jansen.

In 1942, she collided with Norwegian ship S/S Log. Log sank by the collision and Aslaug was badly damaged.

In 1944, she had another collision, this time with German navy tugboat M/A Aade in Weser river. Aslaug was badly damaged again from her port side.

In 1951, she was sold to a Swedish shipping company and was renamed as S/S Singorita.

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She served under swedish flag until 1956 and then she got under Lebanese flag and was operated by a German company.She was renamed again as S/S Margarita.

In another source, it is stated that she was named Kormoran in 1956 by a German operator. The timeline is a bit confuseing

In 1966 ship had a fire onboard and she went to Piraeus after that and laid up. Then the Danish film makers Erik Balling and Henning Bahs went to Greece and found the lead actress for their next movie. She was operated by a Greek company at that time and the made the deal and shot the movie S/S Martha onboard her.  S/S Margarita became S/S Martha and she finished her carreer under Danish flag, as she started.

S/S Martha

The movie S/S Martha became a cult. The comedy is very famous especially among sailors of not only Denmark, also the other Scandinavian lands. The story is based around an old rusty freight ship of a Danish shipping line which is forgotten by the company. The crew is living a luxurious life onboard her, their priority is their own comfort. But then the owner of the company shows up and this creates a panic onboard the ship and the adventrure begins.

The movie also gave us the chance to see Aslaug, a ship from 20’s in color. Therefore it is also important for maritime enthusiasts.

Click here to see the trailer.

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In 1967, after all these adventure, S/S Aslaug arrived in Sveti Kajo under tow to be scrapped.

Click here to download SS Aslaug / SS Martha model ship plans



Denmark is one of the countries where naval architecture got shaped. The maritime history dates a long way back. The wiking long boats are enough to show the skill and the tradition of these lands. But in this model ship plan set, we won’t go that far back in time.

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We are going to the steam engine era.

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S/S Lovenorn was a buoy tender built in 1877 in Burmeister & Wain with yard number 104 for Fyr – og Vagervaesenet company. She was registered to Copenhagen port. She was 38.1m long and 6m wide according to the dimensions given on the plan.

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She had a B&W 2 cylinder steam engine which speeded her up to 9 knots. She was renamed as Absalon, Mathilte  and Warnaes during her carreer. She was scrapped in 1970. She was a quite old lady.

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Click here to download Lovenorn’s plans

French Schooner Yacht Velox

This beautiful schooner yacht was designed by Jacques-Augustin Normand. She was built by Chantiers et Ateliers Augustin Normand, Le Havre and  launched in 1875. Total Length of the yacht was 42.21 meters. Load waterline length 37.50 meters. Width of the vessel was 7.2 meters. These measurements can assist you when you are scaling down the model yacht plans.

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The model yacht plans are distributed in two sheets. Sections, deck, layout and sailplan on one, and Lines, frames, interior layout on the other.

The layout codes are as following:

A: Owners Cabin
B: Cabins
C: Toilet
D: Hall
F: Saloon
G: Dining Room
H: Officers’ Mess
I: Captain’s Cabin
C: Bunks
M: Buffets
N: Pantry
O: Second Officer’s Cabin
P: Lockers
Q: Cook’s Cabin
S: Galley
T: Washroom
U: Quartermaster’s Cabin
V: Mail room

Click here to download Velox Yacht Plans