Scroll down for the Steamboats.com online museum model boat section, scroll down (or click here) for more model boat information and links.

Delta Queen model by Bill Johnk, completed in 2014.

Fryant Model Boat Exhibit Photos of model boats built by John L. Fryant. He also sells a catalog of plans (click here).

Delta Queen Steamboat Model Restored - John Fryant see the restored model and learn something of what went into restoring it.

Far West Article and photos of a Missouri River Mountain Boat model, by Peter Russell.

King of the Mississippi
Detail photos of a magnificent hand-made model boat by Ronald Simmons. This boat is for sale.

Robert E. Lee Model Plans
Check out these blueprints, currently for sale on eBay (2/21/2009)

Model builder Lee Anne Ward
J.M. White model in progress.

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News from Pete Baker
Read up on the Fred Aeschbacher model collection and the "Fulton's Followers" Group at Google, and see more model boats on display.

Three Model Boats
Three model boats by Virgil Reynolds: the Delta Queen, Henry L. Hillman, and River Rose.

Model boats
Boats and model kits by the late Dwight Hartman, of Hartman Fiberglass Models.

The North River, aka Clermont
Photos of a model built by Randy Decker, including large detail jpgs.

The North River, aka Clermont
Photos of a model built by Frederick Aeschbacher, including large detail jpgs.

The Pacific
A new model built by Bernd Mueller.

Knop Exhibit
A New Model Boat on Brazilian Waterways

City of Monroe
A radio-controlled model built by Jim Hale and an article by Jim Hale about how he built it.

Model Steamboats
Twelve photos of radio controlled steamboat models, crafted by Ralph Lossing.

A fun idea: buy a radio controlled boat, car, or plane!

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Model boat photos in the Dave Thomson wing of the Steamboats.com Online Museum:
Photos of model boats by Dave


Model Boat Links

John L. Fryant's model boat plans
John collected these plans over many years. Many come from Ward Engineering Works of Charleston, W. VA. The catalog includes a resource section on how to collect boat plans and where to find them. Also, resources for historical societies, publications, and model building supplies. If you are a ship model builder, river artist, historian or just a boat buff, you will find this catalog useful.

Shown below is a small sampling of John Fryant's model-making expertise assembled by Dave Thomson.

Photos of the CHAPERON, SUSIE, CHICOT and OHIO VALLEY - RC models on the water. Center left is a detail of the sternwheel of the SUSIE.

Bottom right is John Fryant (left) with a reference model of the QUEEN CITY on the mantle that he made for artist Michael Blaser (right) whose giclee of his painting of the QUEEN CITY at Cincinnati hangs above the mantle in John's home in Maineville, Ohio.

To see more, go to: Fryant Model Boat Exhibit.

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More Model Boat Links

Boat Modeling - with Harold "Dynamite" Payson. "A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Models of Small Craft.

Model engine toys, RC engines, RC models, and more

Model Boats Website:
Topic forum, build your own page, how-to articles, links, and other resources.

Supplies and Devices
We are mainly in the science business but a surprising number of people buy stuff from us for model building. This includes magnets both for holding stuff together & in 3D printing, insect pins, dental picks & whatnot.
Stephan Logan, M.Sc.
Indigo Instruments

Peter Voogt - steamboat building blog at shipsofscale.com with Peter Voogt in The Netherlands.


Click here to see more photos of Peter Voogt's model, the Robert E. Lee: shipsofscale.com/gallery.

Donnie Driskell - "Building ship models, especially the wooden kind, is an art, and requires learning a new talent and even a new language of the ships parts and components. The manuals, instruction, and plans are all written expecting the ship modeler to already have some foundation knowledge of nautical terms." Visit Donnie Driskell's blog at shipsofscale.com.

shipsofscale.com/sosforums Visit the shipsofscape.com forums.

blog.RemotorBoater.com Website about RC Boats where I talk a good bit about the electronic components and how to improve performance of your boat. I thought your readers might enjoy some of my articles and tutorials on things like Lithium Ion batteries, hacking Gas engines and RC Boat basics, by Matt Ward.

Radio Control Boats go directly to the r-c boat section at xenonproject.com, your friendly one r/c store, also sells boat model parts and buiding supplies. This is a real place with real people, so tell them Nori at steamboats.com sent you! Send me an r-c boat if you have an extra one!!

The new home for Dwight Hartman models and Hartman Fiberglass RC:
Hartman Model Boats www.hartmanmodelboats.com
Loyalhanna Dockyard www.loyalhannadockyard.com
and Tubmans Plans www.taubmansonline.com
7527 Gilbert Road, Bergin, NY 14416 Tel.: (585) 494-0027 Fax: (585) 494-1369

Demo Co. of Hong Kong sells model boat components.

Links for radio controlled models: rcgroups.com * mikessubworks.com - model submarine info. and supplies * subcommittee.com - everything for the model submarine hobby * ramrcandramtrack.com Ram Radio Controlled Models * hobbylobby.com * hrprod.com Supplier and manufacturer of white metal castings in Assorted Scale for World War II Ship Modelers, Dioramas, and Miniatures * towerhobbies.com rc boats, cars, planes * Tower Hobbies coupon page (who doesn't love to save?) * harbormodels.com rc boat models, all accessories * scaleshipyard.com hulls and fittings for model boats * e-z-hook.com - electronic accessories

Hms Surprise Ship Models Browse a wide range of model ships, sailboats and yachts available at reduced prices. Available in different sizes.

Delta Queen rc boat

This is a Delta Queen radio controlled model boat found recently at the rcgroups.com forums.

Stuart Models
To download a brochure on the Puffin range of models, please click on the link below;
For more about the "Puffin Marine Power Plant" with horizontal boiler, please click on the link below;
For more about the "Puffin Marine Power Plant" with vertical boiler, please click on the link below;
For more about the Puffin Engine without a boiler, please click on the link below;

Rapid Prototyping DPT Fast Rapid Prototype Stereolithography - for model builders - a rapid prototyping company concerning stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS), injection molding, urethane casting and fused deposition modeling (FDM). We work with thermoplastics, epoxy, nylon, urethane, and many different metals to bring 3d CAD files to reality. Continuous research of the different areas of engineering brought me to steamboats.com; it stands out as one of the few credible resources covering similar engineering facets.

Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University Project to excavate the Heroine, a sidewheeler that sunk in 1838. Part of the project involves building models of the boat as it is excavated. (sorry, no models for sale at this link - scroll down for model building kids and instructions)

ScienceToyMaker.org Learn how to make a putt putt boat based on simple scientific principles

Buzz's Boat Yard one of the largest toy boat and ship sites on the web. Buy or sell a boat here.

If you want steam power in your radio-controlled model boat, contact Ray Bell. He imports engines, boilers, and accessories from England that are manufactured by John Hemmens. email Ray Bell

Model Marine Electronics at Paddwheels 2000

Steam Models from Yesteryear Toys and Books Inc. "Fascinating Working Steam Models!" Kits or assembled.

http://www.compasslocker.com/ The following link will take to the site's main page. http://www.compasslocker.com/

3D Printing
Advice from Jim Vetack on using a 3D printer in model building: "I can use software and my cell phone and take pictures (360 degrees) around and object or a person and covert that into a 3D model in my computer and then print it out on my printer. So you can do this with the actual captain of a steamboat and put him into your model (reference Autodesk 123D software - it's free) I can print parts out in wood filaments, metal filaments (bronze, silver, brass) that can be sanded, polished, stained and painted. This would be great for bells, whistles many things. When I build model kits if I lose a peace or break a peace I just draw it up and print it out. Certainly there are scale limitation but DPL 3D printing with resin can amek some pretty small peaces." Here's a company he recommends: Here is a link to a 3D printing site that shows how accurate you can print people, it is really cool. Expand this method if you need exact scale copies of boat parts etc. doob3d.com. The site shows examples of how realistically they can print people, too.