FREE PLAN: MOTORISED PLEASURE CRUISER

23 February 2017 by Hobbies
This ‘Crusader’ Pleasure Boat isn’t just a static model – it can also be equipped with a powered propeller shaft and an electric motor ( Available from alwayshobbies.com ) to turn it into a proper powered model. If you use waterproof glue and fit the pieces together properly your new boat will be easily suitable for cruises on ponds and small streams. When building this design, you can use either balsa or plywood for the hull, but it’s a better idea to use a more sturdy wood like basswood, beech or pine if planning to install a motor. You’ll also need waterproof wood glue, metal and rubber washers and a metal rod and the means to bend it if planning on building a fully functional tiller. Check out our woodworking section for glues, varnishes and paints. To download these plans, simply right-click on the image below and click 'Save Image As' then print the image onto A3 or A4 paper, depending on the scale you prefer.
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FREE PLAN: MODEL LIGHTSHIP

23 February 2017 by Hobbies
Lightships like this one were used all over the world to mark offshore navigation hazards in places where lighthouses or offshore platforms were unfeasible. The earliest were built in the 1730s. Crews would maintain the light and the ship, and also keep record of passing ships, observe the weather and occasionally rescue stranded ships. Lightships served throughout the 19 th and 20 th centuries, and while almost all are now unmanned, Trinity House still maintains vessels in the Channel, the Thames Estuary and on other areas of the coast. Lightships were usually painted in bright red and white colours to aid visibility, and had the name of their station painted on their sides. This kit should be simple to build, and can be assembled entirely from wood. If you’re feeling more ambitious, why not try and fit a working model of the Fresnel rotating lens used by real lightships and lighthouses. To download these plans, simply right-click on the image below and click 'Save Image As' then print the image onto A3 or A4 paper, depending on the scale you prefer.
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