Model ship fleet is groving. With the American Racer, we add a new member to our cargo fleet.
This beauty belonged to the United States Lines. The company was a transatlantic liner company which is famous with legendary liner S/S United States, the fastest liner ever built. The company started ordering cargo ships after the start of jet era. S/S American Racer was built in 1963 by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. She was 166 meters in length and 23 meters in width. She was built to carry general, refrigerated and liquid cargo. She had 4 other sisters which were American Rover, American Ranger, American Reliance and American Resolute.They were members of the “American Challenger II Class” as C4-S-64a Designs. American Racer mostly sailed for military. They were steam turbined ships and told to be capable of 25 knots. They were one of the earliest automated engine controlled ships. The rpm of the engine was controllable from the bridge. They had the American style streamlined hull and superstructure.
After they served for long years, she joined the reserve fleets, where she waited for her destiny. On 2010 she was towed away to be scrapped, and in 2011 she was gone forever.
Photo by İlhan Kermen | Bosphorus
We continue to add more scale model ship plans to our cargo fleet. Kishinev class coasters are 43 sister ships built between 1968 – 1977 in Navashino, Nizhny Novgorod Soviet Union. The ship seen in the photo was launched as ANDREY KIZHEVATOV in 1973 then renamed several times. Unfortunately she is scrapped. Hope you can bring her alive…
The plans are actually prepeared to build paper models, but with a little effort you can convert it into any method that you wish. They are not so precise either but the vessel is not a luxury wooden yacht with full of details, so you don’t need so much details. A rubber powered propeller is added, but this just seems so ugly, you can ignore it. The deck equipment are so clear so there is no need to explain each one shown with numbers.
This class of ships were built to carry dry cargo between Blacksea ports and Mediterranean. Length: 123.5m Width: 15m . Some of them are still active.
One of the most characteristic ships of WW2 were T2 Tankers. They were built in large numbers for oiling navy ships and support them. The T2 design was based on two ships S/S Mobilfuel and S/S Mobillube owned by Socony Vacuum Oil which will later become Mobile Oil.
USS Saugatuck (AO-75) was a Suamico Class T2-SE-A1 type tanker. She was built by Sun Shipbuilding. She was launched in 1942. During WW2 she refueled the ships. She has been attacked but survived. After WW2 she also served in Korean War. She earned seven battle stars . She was laid up in 1975 and in 2006, she was tugged for scrap.
USS Saugatuck was probably the last surviving T2 tanker. There is no example of this type as a museum ship.
Turkish State Lines used to have a T2 tanker named “Kocaeli” which was ex Fort McHenry built in 1943 by Kaiser Co. Portland. She was 159.4m long and 20.8m wide, equipped with a 7200 HP GE Lynn steam turbine. Probably also a T2 SE A1 type tanker.
The plans are in a very good shape. They are high quality .tiff files. Some photos of the ship is also included. Enjoy building your T2 tanker scale model.
We are trying to publish scale model ship plans in a wide range of ship types. Sometimes we find very strange boats, special purpose ships which look very interesting. There is a general perception of esthetic of model ships in manner of accesories to decorate a place. But these other kinds of ships have their own charm and beauty. Ben Harold Smith is one of them.
Vessel was built in 1952 for National Benzole CO . She is 41.45m long . After several name changes under several different operators, she is now still operating in Greece, named Vasoula.
The plan is just one sheet. Luckily, there’s not much of a pipe jungle on deck, and the boat seems quite simple. There is also some information in French, but we are unable to translate yet. Maybe one of you can translate it for us =) . Several pictures are also included. Have fun!
Scale model cargo ship fleet is growing with a tiny little cute new ship! Cabotage is a Dutch built coaster. I am hoping to find more examples of the legendary Dutch coaster fleet. She is 35 meters long and has the capacity of 250 tons. Probably she was also sailing through canals. The scaled dimensions were written according to 1/50 but there is also a hand written sign as 1/200. But you can easily figure it out from the original scale units of the plan. Enjoy your hobby! Happy building!
For model ship builders, these ships are a unique example of an old tradition showing itself on a modern desin of it’s time. Wooden merchant ships with steam engines! After United States entered world war 1, it appeared that existing fleet would not be enough, especially when the German U-Boats were considered. So the Emergency Fleet Corporation signed a contract for 703 wooden cargo stamers to support steel fleet and make use of the timber. Theodore Ferris’ type 1001 design was used as a standard model for the ships. They were 3 islander ships 82.2 meters long (270′) 13.7 meters wide (45′). They had triple expansion steam engines and these wooden cargo ships were capable of cruising at 10 knots.
214 orders were cancelled after armistice was signed. 323 were completed, 44 sold, 23 was lost and 256 sold for scrapping. A large number of wasted ships… They had a bad reputation for high meintenance costs and some rudder problems but 265 of them carried freight overseas.
These plans are actually a little hard to work with. You have to arrange them first to build a model. There are some photos of the ships included to the plan set. Enjoy your model ship building hobby!
Here we have another piece of free model ship plans from Soviet archives. 30 Leite Pobedy is a very beautiful dry cargo ship. It is good to have these plans in the archive because they have different shapes and curves. A good chance to make something different… This ship has a bulbous bow, a long poop with an extra hatch. Some derricks on midship area and three cranes. Total 5 hatches.
The plans are not so detailed, but still good enough to build ships hull and deck equipment. Some more details for the superstructure would be fine… I couldn’t find any photos of the vessel yet.
Edit: Now it is time to forget previous sentence . Ron Ireland from Oban / Scotland sent us two scanned pictures of the ship’s sisters. Thank you Ron for providing us these images. Click on the images for larger size
Zoe Kosmodemyanskaya ore carrier model ship plans
Here comes a giant to our cargo ship fleet. Zoe Kosmodemyanskaya is an ore carrier ship from USSR . Could not find enough pictures and info about the ship but lets take a look at who Zoe Kosmodemyanskaya is. She was a soviet partizan and she is seen as a hero in Soviet Union. She was assined to set fire the German horse stables. She managed to burn the stables and a couple of houses but she was caught by the German. She refused to give any information and after that she was executed. Her final words were purported to be “Comrades! Why are you so gloomy? I am not afraid to die! I am happy to die for my people!” and to the Germans, “You’ll hang me now, but I am not alone. There are two hundred million of us. You can’t hang us all.” This is where the ships comes from. Hope the mankind can set peace all around the world and we never see a war…
She was 214,2 meters long, 31,8 meters wide and 16.8meters deep. She has 8 cargo holds. The plan is said to be 1/500 but you better check everything again. The plan set has some tips that ease your way to build the scale model. Enjoy your hobby!
Blacksea Taka Scale Model Boat Plans
Taka is the popular beginner scale model boat in Turkey because of its simple structure and many people start their model ship building hobby with it. The plan is on two sheets and drawn by Mehmet Özkasım . The plan is quite clear but i took some notes on it to explain his directives which may help you guys.
This little boat type with a funny name and look, is the traditional coastal cargo and fishing boat of Blacksea shores of Anatolia. Taka’s are able to haul 4, 5 tons of cargo in their holds. The form of the boat was given according to experiences of struggling with mad sea by the sailors and fisherman of Blacksea region, who are also the boat builders. The boat is simple, strong enough to sail in unpredictable storms of Blacksea and light enough to pull aground when needed. Taka’s had a folding mast, which could be fitted with a sail and they also had oars. Mostly they were fitted with simple engines but the shape was quite primitive and the boat was not efficient for cruising. It is still possible to see examples, derivatives of taka around Blacksea Coast.
There is also a similar wooden boat bigger than Taka, which is called “Çektirme”. Çektirmes were the wooden coasters of Blacksea. They were able to haul around 20 – 250 tons of cargo. They were strongly built and it is said that you need to cut down a whole forest to build one. But to make a scale model of them, you don’t even need wood=)
We told you a little about the Clyde Puffer Vital Spark and Captain Para Handy before, when we posted Lochinvar Clyde Puffer plans. Vital Spark is a fictional puffer in stories of Scottish writer Neil Munro . It is mostly known from tv series on BBC. The puffer used in the series was the puffer Saxon .
The plans are mode detailed and cleaner than Locihinvar. You can find them both in .dxf and .pdf formats. There are hull line plans, deck plans and rigging plans in the set. Puffers are nice models to built. I can not say they are so easy, but one of the easiest scale model ships to build.
Click here to download the plans