TradBoat for Model Makers


Modelling a Thames Sailing Barge

We are making a model of the Thames Barge "James Piper
Click here for Part 1 Framing, and here for Part 2 "Planking the Hull"

Thames Sailing Barge Special Photo Collection

A collection of detail photographs for use by model makers. Click here  You are welcome to download any of these for your own use, but please contact TradBoat for permission to use them in commercial publications.  If you need them for your club magazine, you are very welcome to use them, but please send us a copy.

Restored and Replica Ships

Prototype restored and replica ships are shown at    Maritime Museums .  and in the Maritime Heritage Section



Clyde Puffers

Click here for information about Clyde Puffers including an index to Puffers still afloat and a list of plans and kits.



Associations concerned with ship model making.  Scroll down for details. We will be happy to include your Association provided that its members are interested in traditional boats or historic ship models including warship models.

Ships in Bottles

Click here for a ships-in-bottles Source Page

The Fellowship of Model Shipwrights

this organisation is non-territorial and open to those who are interested in all aspects of ship modelling and the preservation of ships  The Fellowship has excellent links with maritime museums.  It is a journal based society, has no club house and instead communicates with its members on a world wide basis (as far afield as California and New Zealand, Ed.) by way of the internet, a quarterly journal and intermediate news letters.   The fellowship is an excellent source and has members of all standards from beginners to museum quality. Enquiries should be addressed to Harry Cheng.  Membership in the UK costs 7.50.  Overseas members should check with Mr Cheng for conversation rates from their own countries,.

The Society of Model Shipwrights 


A society devoted to building model ships (a wide range of model ships) in strict scale, both power and sail, and both static and sailing, examples, The society has between 80 and 100 members many of them in the South East of England and attending regular monthly meetings but others as far afield as Australia and Japan.  Beginners are always welcome.

The Vintage Model Yacht Group


A national association of skippers, collectors and model makers principally interested in the restoration of vintage and classic model sailing yachts, but also welcomes toy boat collectors and steam enthusiasts. Regular metings and news letter.  Events nation wide.


Model Makers Sources 



Ship Plans
The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich has "the single largest collection of original drawings in the world", from the early 18th Century to date.  The collection is in two parts:

The Admiralty Collections
Comprising    The Sailing Navy 1700-1835
                      The Victorian navy 1835 - 1906
                      The Modern Navy 1906-1960's

The Merchant Collections
Comprising    Shipbuilders in the collection
                      Designers and Marine Workers
and                The "Artifical" Collection  (Mostly traditional working craft)

To access the collection:
Photocopies are available by post.   The collection is held at one of the NMM's outstations, and it is possible to visit the plans archive by appointment.
By post:
(they will need details, ship's name, date of launch etc)
The Ship Plans Section, National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, London SE10 9NF 


Thames Barges

Turn to our special Thames Barge Modelling Source Page by clicking here

TradBoat Charles Smith Publications 09 Jan 2023
Last updated
09 Jan 2023