Model Ship Gallery

Here is the Model Ship Gallery where you can add pictures and a story about model boats built from plans or kits - kit-bashed or from scratch - by you, someone you know or one you've seen at a museum.

A model ship gallery can provide the inspiration, boost and motivation for any model builder to plow ahead with a project.

This is also a good place to find inspiration for your next project. You can use the "comment" feature to ask questions and/or vote for the model you like the best.

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Loosing steam half-way through a kit or scratch build happens to the best of us. Pictures and stories from other builders is a great aid in getting passed these inspirational dry-spells.

This is also a great place to review and share your opinion about a kit you finished, and let others know how delighted you were, or flat disappointed.

There is no better contribution to the model boats building community than to recommend a good product, or warn about a miserable one.

Any and all submissions will be considered. However, all I ask is that the model boats are finished - no works in progress, please.

In any case, let's have fun with this one and see what YOU will bring.

Do you have a model ship to show off?

If you have built a model boat, ship or submarine - here is your chance to share it and let us admire it!

Here are some tips on what boat nuts like myself would like to know. These are just ideas, but feel free to go above-and-beyond, and don't feel bad taking well deserved credit!


  • Built or modified a kit?
    Include things like: Manufacturer's name, type of kit (plastic, resin, solid wood, paper, plank-on-frame etc).

    Include your overall impression of the kit: What is it's strengths and weaknesses? Would you recommend it to a friend?

  • Is the model built from a plan?
    Where did you find the plan? What other information did you use (if any)? Why did you pick this particular boat or ship? What material did you use?

  • Historic Models:
    Give us a brief history of the ship and why you chose it. What year was it launched? What was it's fate and/or claim-to-fame?

  • In general: What scale is the model built to and/or how big is it? Choices you made in materials and techniques? Is it meant for RC, war gaming (including RC Warship Combat), static, diorama, waterline, science project etc.

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YOUR Ship Models

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Elco PT Boat 
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PT 109 
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Little Island Trader 
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Corel Scotland 
This is my first attempt at building a model ship. I worked for 5 months from start to finish. The kit instructions were not very detailed, except for …

Edmund Fitzgerald 
THE MODEL IS FIVE FEET LONG MADE FROM SCRATCH

Emily Clair, Part Two 
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Emily Clair 
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Scratch Built Trawler 
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RC Fishing Boat 
Hi Petter. Thought you might like a few photos of my boat now the painting is finished. You might be able to use them on your site.

USS Indiana Battleship BB1 
USS Indiana was the class leader and the first numbered battleship. The hull is fiberglass and I got it on E-Bay. Other materials used were wood, …

Bridgedeck Cruiser -The Lady Alice 
After months of looking around and not finding what I'd like to build, but finding pictures of old cabin cruisers (circa 1920-1930) and a fiberglass …

Eastern rig wooden dragger - Challenge Not rated yet
Have no idea! Hoping anyone can help identify who may have built it and when. As Photos show it was a detailed copy of an actual dragger. I bought it at …

ANCHOR HOY 1819 Not rated yet
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Wharram Tiki 30 Catamaran Not rated yet
A balsa display model of the Wharram Tiki 30. The build pictures are at this link Carl

Elco 80ft PT Boat. Not rated yet
My model was made from your plans, It's 35inch loa. I made it from balsa and covered it with mahogany planks then grp resin. The torpedo tubes are made …

Emily Claire Side Trawler Not rated yet
The Emily Claire finally sailed today after some modifications: I had to fit a new motor, the Chinese motor wouldn't do the job & I fitted a Graupner 700 …

pt 109 1/32 semi scale  Not rated yet
After whatching the film i was convinced to have a go a building a pt boat. I found Petter's plan suited my needs and skill level perfectly to a build …

Carvelle Minor Motor Boat Not rated yet
I purchased the model boat plan through for the Carvelle Minor from MyHobbyStore.com. The only problem was that the plans gave no instructions. I'm …

173ft USN Patrol Boat Not rated yet
Mario has been building model boats since 1978. His main interest is ships of the Dominican Republic Navy (or Marina de Guerra Dominicana). In fact, …

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