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Some of the finest builders in the world use Harbor Models to purchase their gear, here are the results.

Builders' Gallery - If you would like your project added to our Builder's Gallery email a picture and description with your name to: shipping@harbormodels.com

PAT ERIKSON The boat is the Dumas Osprey. I milled and cut the monogamy trim, and made several other parts. I had pictures but no plans. It was fun to figure and build. The finished boat is 24/10 in. 1in to foot scale. I used all Harbor Models controls and running gear. You can't beat the service and quality. I have built other models but this is my first boat and experience with fiber glass. I primed the glassed hull with two part Klass coat epoxy primer. It is the very best.
-Pat Erikson
kevin knoop The steam drifter Emily K. riding at anchor on Tradition lake in Port St. Lucie, Florida. 3 years building and fitted with lighting, sound, and smoke. The boat is 42 1/2 in. long, 9 1/2 in. in beam, draws 4 1/2 in. and weighs 15 lbs. 7 oz.
-Kevin Knoop
bill griffith Deans Marine - Magnificent
Bill Griffith
dirk schricker This is my Slipway Aziz , loaded once again with Action Electronics , custom working water cannons , lots of LED lights , working radar , Harbor Models smoke generator , bow thruster.
Dirk Schricker
robert brown This is my completed Imara kit. I altered the kit to resemble the tug in her later years as Perseverance. I asked Nick at Harbor Models for a tug project that had a lot of parts and would take a long time to complete. I was not disappointed.
Robert Brown
mel suelzle This is my 1/32 scale of the invader class tug, the warrior . She is 53"long & 76 lbs in the water . The sub kit & components to build her was purchased from Harbor Models. The fine details was taken from the internet, of full size working tugs, and I was able to talk to a captain of the warrior for more information . The tug can be seen working on youtube, under rc tug boat lake tye.
Bill Heath
mel suelzle Lady Lorraine
The launch “Lady Lorraine” was a 1/12 scratch built model using a Orion Moldings 49” fiberglass hull. The model is a custom design taking features from a variety of models. The power plant is Graham 2 cylinder steam engine and a Miniature Steam 3 inch horizontal boiler fueled by butane/propane. Detail includes fully finish “owners suite” with lighting and steam whistle.
Mel Suelzle
mel suelzle New York Fire Boat 343
The fireboat “343” is a 1/48 scale 38” model of the newest fireboat owned by the New York Fire Department. The model is fully scratch built model with minimal drawings with detail obtained form the ship builders website. The model has 4 shafts driven by 2 12 volt motors. The boat has 12 monitors, 5 are operational on the model. The large bow monitor direction is controled remotely. The model has over 30 lights, siren all controlled remotely.
Mel Suelzle
scott cooper Here is my Dumas Coast Guard 44 footer for your builders' gallery? It has been heavily modified to reflect changes made since the model was kitted.
BMC S.S. Cooper, USCG (ret.)
dirk schrickerdirk schricker My Yorkshireman - Loaded with electronics , four working custom water cannons , led lighting , smoke generator , radar, working led welder affects, motor mixer , bow thruster , rotating camera pod. Fairmount Alpine Tug below.
Dirk Schricker
bob gaito This is a 1/12 scratch built scale model of a 1964 32 ft Pacemaker express sports fisherman. The Wanderer was built with bass wood plank on fiberglass inner hull..twin aero-naut geared motors. This is a model of my family's boat from 1964 to 1982. Plans were drawn up from the original brochure and 30 yrs of slide photos. The transom is gold leafed with 24k gold left over from the lettering of the full size boat.
Bob Gaito
mike jones 1:32nd Scale Live Steam model of the W.T. Preston Snagboat. Scale steam engines drive the model. 10 channel radio and 12 channel lighting control radio. 63 inches long.
Built by Mike Jones, Shelton, WA
jerry julian This is a scratch built model of Sam Devlins "Dipper 19". Stitch and glue method and now given to Sam for his office. It was built from his kit plans and at that time was a new design that hadn't been built before.
-Jerry Julian
bill natalebill natale USS Enterprise and The Andrea Gail
-Bill Natale
albert hall The trawler amity II build was on a modify fibreglass hull done with photos and pictures off the internet and the help of the captain with photos and thanks to harbor models for the parts i needed to finish the trawler witch is out of peterhead scotland uk.
-Albert Hall
ron bray A scratch built model of a 42 foot grand banks with Alaskan cedar planking
-Dr. Ron, Edmonds, Wa.
keith schermerhorn This is my 1/18th scale of a 58’ Delta Purse Seiner called the Misty Moon. Built on a modified Dumas Thompson Trawler hull from pictures taken of the full size in the harbor. Features working lights, radar, deck lights, flood lights, scratch built details. Used anchor chain, horn and some pulleys obtained at Harbor Models. Other details made from brass, aluminum, wood, Sintra, wire, plastic, tin the hydraulic control lines are fashioned from solid solder and aluminum tubing. Model took approximately 1200 hours in in 8 months. Radio is a Spectrum DXi6 using a Mtronics speed control.
-Keith Schermerhorn
howard helker I am enclosing photos of my scratch-built 30" Pacific fishing trawler. It features smoke, hand carved crew members including a moving helmsman, deploy-able nets, and diesel sound. I built her over a period of 8 years with components purchased from Harbor Models. She bears my wife's name which helped with my budget requests.
-Howard Helker
scott lennox Here's my harbor/railroad tug. She's about 55" in length with 45 lbs. ballast, including two 7Ah 12-volt batteries. The navigation lamps, search light, ship's bell, working turnbuckles, beautiful brass prop, shaft, coupler, electronic speed control, and belt-drive motor are all from Harbor Models. Thanks for the great selection and excellent customer service over the years.
-Scott Lennox
loren herrick She was built all from photos I found on the internet and from the boat yard in Fla she was scales and lines lofted by me self. 37" long thanks for all you do for me in all the parts you supply.
-Loren Herrick Sr
mark weitzman narrow hull

1/12 scale English Narrow boat.
59" X 7".
12v power, 4 channels used; throttle, rudder, sound, smoke. I installed {Harbor Models'} Hicks sound unit, and also {Harbor Models'} smoke unit. Both work great. Video was shot at Yorba Linda Regional Park, 4 weeks ago. I forgot to turn on the smoker for the video
-Mark Weitzman

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The boat/tug is called'' Strongbow '' and is painted in the company colors of Steel & Bennie a Glasgow registered towing company, long gone , since taken over by CORY and eventually other companies.


-Alasdair Woods
   
dave wagner I just finished a 1/24 scale ‘scratch’ built tug from original plans and offsets (built over a period of about 4 years). It is 47.5” long and weighs 33 1/2 pounds. It is operated with a six channel radio.

The actual tug was built in 1937 for Sabine Towing in Texas (named Hercules). Presently the tug is on display in a museum in Texas.

It features a number of components from Harbor Models including motor (12V), shaft, prop, coupler, stanchions, watertight doors, tires, life rings, bow fender, radar unit, navigation lamps, hatches and more.

I have named the tug after my daughter – ‘Melanie C’ – Wagner Towing (‘W’).
-Dave Wagner
   
I just went out to the shop and took this picture of the boats I am working on right now. One of the boats is complete and the other 6 are under construction.
You can see RIVABO props and steering wheels that I bought from Harbor Models! These are all Coresound work boats, i.e. North Carolina Coast fishing boats! They are 1"=1'-0" scale and are approximately 40" long.
-Robert Tuttle
   
I bought this Mister Darby (Original Dumas) kit from you several years ago. Life got in the way and I just got around to start building it late last year and pretty much finished it this March. Although by no means to true scale, or, 100% to Dumas plans it is a close approximation. Both decks are completely removable to get access to all the electronics and running gear below that is powered by a full size auto battery and using the Harbor Models power distribution module. The radio gear is an old Robbe Navy Twin Stick Throttle 6 channel system. In addition to electronic speed controls it also has RAM engine and horn sound modules, rotating radar, working running and cabin lights, and working spotlights. It has two 3” speakers built into the smoke stacks for engine sounds and a 2” speaker at the rear of the main cabin for horn sounds. The hydraulic crane is the Harbor Models plastic version.

  -Captain Ron
   
This is a scratch built (1/2 inch = 1 foot 50 foot) Purse Seine Boat used in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Design is by H.C.Hanson. Sound system by Harbor Models with interior and exterior lighting. Thanks for your help.
Alan Haase
   
Kris Ingves A Harbor Models' Invader kit modified as the Tug Stalwart stationed in Valdez, Alaska. Hull modification, and all detail work copied from photographs of the actual boat sent to me by her Captain. All lights are functional, engine sound effects,, smoke generator and working fire monitor completed using Harbor Models parts. 110 shackles drilled and tapped for #90 screws to hold the tires in place.
-Kris Ingves, Hebron, CT
   
This is my scratch-built harbor tug.
It's loaded with electronics, but I hate putting all that beautiful exotic wood in the water.
I started with a fiberglass hull, and applied two layers of planks over it.
The hull and deck are sealed with fiberglass matt and resin.
This model won "Peoples Choice and Best in Category" during 2009 national project design contest.
-Chuck Bowman
   
This is a photo of the Dumas 48” P.T. hull conversion (70-80’s) I dreamed up and built for fun.
-Richard Chase
   
Roy Forbes PT Boat This is my scratch built PT 623 I finished. She is built mostly of Baltic Birch with the detailing done in brass and styrene. Built in 1/16 scale makes her 5 feet long. The Japanese Zeros in the video are real and were filmed in Chino, CA for this project.
-Roy Forbes

Watch the video below of this amazing PT Boat!
   
Mr. Darby
Built by James Grupczynski
   
The 1/25 scale R.C. NOAA ship WHITING S-329 over 6' long weighing 155 pounds.

Darrell Pedersen
   
"This Atlantic Tug model has been modified with sound, lights and smoke as well as many other fittings from your website over the past several months. It's an evolving process. My goal was to recreate the realism of a real tug boat with various fittings by implementing new and creative ideas with your help."
-Maurice Lieberman
Tugboat "Dorothy Jeanne"
   
"Here are a couple of photos of the African Queen. I did this one essentially for my wife because she liked the movie so much. She insisted that it look (somewhat) like the boat in the movie. So... it aint pretty but the wife really likes it."
-Dave in St. Louis
   
rich mikus "Here is a picture of my Brooklyn Tug. The Harbor Models smoke generator is quite impressive in this model!"
-Rich Mikus
   
raymond swier "my Atlantic Harbor Tug rebuilt into a WWII era YTB everything above the deck was either modified or rebuilt from scratch. All the lights work and I'm working on getting the fire monitors plumbed."
-Raymond Swier
   
Model Slipway - Aziz
Built by Steve Rosoff
KIYOSHI SEKIGUCHI "I bought a smoke generater last June from you and the attached is my 1/6 Sherman tank equipped with your-made smoke generator.!!"

-Kiyoshi Sekiguchi
   
dave feray "Today was my first trial run of my new Jim Wilder, named Carroll F. Your variable output smoke generator works very well. This was taken at less than half speed."

-Dave Feray
   
ken rifkin sea queen <Sea Queen
"It was built directly from the Aerokit kit with the standard motor and running gear."
-Completed by Ken Rifkin
   
"I have recieved a lot of favorable comments about the ship pumping out the smoke on every place I have sailed it. The photo was taken by my brother in law during the Flower Class's maiden voyage on Lake Hemet in August 2009. I am so impressed by the result that I intend to fit your generators in both my Fletcher class and Nichimo Yamato."

-John Rigby
 
John Cornell
   
"Here’s the picture... of my Creole Queen avoiding the local gator here in FL.
The Queen is a 48” Dumas so the critter is about 2’."

-Marshall Tollefson
   
"This boat needs a Harbor Models Billboard on it...it is absolutely loaded inside and out with your products.
...in my highly modified Atlantic. This is @7.4v full voltage connection."

-Robert Franklin