Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

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Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby Steve Hill » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:46 am

I'm thinking of doing some boat modelling (preferably plastic kits rather than plank on frame wooden stuff), as part of a small harbour or marina scene on my railway layout. So I'm not looking for ocean liners or container ships. Possibly pleasure craft or fishing boats, maybe small passenger ferry, with maybe the odd small rowing boat or sailing dinghy.

Ideally 1940s period, so any prototype post-1875 or thereabouts might work.

Does anybody know a good source of 1:72 to 1:76 kits which might fit the bill?

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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:56 am

do you realise quite how large 1:72 liners would be?

I have a 1:250 scale Titanic kit and its over 1m long
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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby Grumpy » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:22 pm

E2V, I suggest you read the first post again! :)

Steve, this is the only company I am aware of that produces boats specifically for 00 guage modelling. Langley Models.
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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby luckymucklebackit » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:24 pm

Grumpy wrote:E2V, I suggest you read the first post again! :)

Steve, this is the only company I am aware of that produces boats specifically for 00 guage modelling. Langley Models.


Think you would need a lottery win to populate a marina with Langley Models, they are a bit in the expensive side. Sounds to me like some scratchbuilding is in order

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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby Steve Hill » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:33 pm

Yes, I've looked at the Langley site. There might be the odd possibility there but it's not cheap, as you say.

There are a few 1/87 possibilities on some US sites, but I'm not sure how they'd fit in. See e.g. http://www.frenchmanriver.com/Pages/HO/ ... Boats.html - and I can't easily look at one close up!

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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby skyblue » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:23 pm

How about the Airfix range? There's an RAF rescue boat, which could (I assume) quite reasonably be seen in a harbour. Also, it could be converted to a pleasure craft (tourist launch). The RAF rescue launch isn't out yet, but its worth thinking about.
Here's the link: http://www.airfix.com/airfix-products/new-for-2013/ships/a05281-raf-rescue-launch-172-a05281/?searchguid=2013215172044&resultspage=&sortorder=

EDIT: The launch is 1:72, but as far as I'm concerned there's little or no difference between this an 1:76.

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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:49 pm

Grumpy wrote:E2V, I suggest you read the first post again! :)

Steve, this is the only company I am aware of that produces boats specifically for 00 guage modelling. Langley Models.


Yes I do.... I misread the post! :oops:

Noch also does a few small fishing boats
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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby GWR_fan » Sat May 11, 2013 3:51 am

If one thinks the boat kits are expensive on the Langley site then have a look at the 'OO' scale cranes and road equipment. Some of the items are simply exquisite while others look similar to the cheap Chinese made road tractors and graders only at twenty plus times the price. The Langley models are obviously more detailed but really!!!!!

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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby buz » Sat May 11, 2013 5:18 am

Hi
No idea if they are the right period.
But Harburn hobbies do some very nice fishing boats,creels and other fishing type stuff to put on the pier.
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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby Beejay7 » Sat May 11, 2013 9:13 am

I'm currently building this :-

http://scalescenes.com/products/T030-Cargo-Ship

Typical of the coasters found around the coast in small Ports round about the 1st/2nd World War era.

The Card kit is downloaded from their website, (make sure your printer has plenty of ink!!), for £6.99. and all you then need is three grades of card to mount the printed copies on.

I'm about half way through the build and finding it very enjoyable, but then I love building boats, (my other hobby is R/C boats).

The Langley Puffers are fine but you will find an awful lot around on display layouts.

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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby Bufferstop » Sat May 11, 2013 10:11 am

If it's a dock or harbour with a connected canal there are some simple but effective Narrowboat kits (Antics and others) which seem to keep changing their name, but sell for around £6. Scalescenes also do a downloadable kit with various options. Even a quite modest sea going vessel is going to be bigger than a class 66 or a Pacific and tender.
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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby outcastjack » Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:27 am

that scalescenes coaster is a beauty, shame I have no justification for one in Shropshire or west london...
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Re: Boats/Marina scene - 4mm scale

Postby carnehan » Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:41 am

Perhaps you have checked this but had a look at ebay there are a number of small boats and other craft selling with BIN for under ten quid. Also some nice little canal barges also selling for under £8 by Craftline.


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