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Builders Gallery

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

If you would like your project added to our Builder's Gallery email a picture and description with your name to: shipping@harbormodels.com
kevin knoop The heavily modified Aqua Craft "Atlantic" tug renamed "Greg Karson" with the Disabled Vessel Recovery Device fitted.
Harbor Models provided the massive 55 mm, 5 blade L/H propeller and shaft, all the railing stanchions, handrails and the sound module. Power comes from an Astro Flight 25 main motor driving the shaft through a helical beam coupling. Recovery is facilitated by a high definition color camera providing a pilothouse view. The tug is seen riding at anchor, powered up and ready for immediate dispatch. Every time I go to the lake, this is the first boat on the water and the last off as well.
Kevin Knoop
ken horner US Army LT-533 built in Texas 1944 present at D-Day. Foundation Lillian, Halifax NS post war. Rebuilt and repowered Westcoast of Canada, Haida Chieftain worked over 60 years before being scrapped 2019.
I should add she is scratch built plank on frame 1/32 scale and fully operational. 70 pounds with ballast.
Steven Collins
ken horner Name: Bourbon
"This is my most difficult build as of yet. It's an extremely well made kit and fun to build, there's no crappy white metal stuff, it's all high quality brass . It's fully loaded with sound, smoke and lighting throughout. there's horses aboard with oat buckets, crates and liner trunks. Had to ditch the push rod drive for chains as I couldn't get them to work. I have since gotten the Myrtle Corey to work with the push rods, it's all in the orientation of the arms 45 degrees from one another. Hull is double planked and the cabins are also planked. I have access to the 5 switches for operation through the storage door with the arched top. I made them removable and the only reason to lift the lid is to charge batteries!"
Ken Horner

craig davis "...this boat will push 1200 pounds miles in the river. It’s a powerful workhorse, I have even pushed a 33 foot pontoon boat with this model. I can’t wait to build the new big boat!"
Craig Davis
roy bonham "Dumas model 44' coast guard motor lifeboat.
Extra features were used to show this models unique design and character. Crafting took about 6 months . Having crewed aboard a 44 gave me fond memories of the USCG."
Roy Bonham
leon murray "The model is 72 inches long Billings Kit of the Titanic... Took 2 years to complete. Won first place at the Puyallup Fair Washington State."
Leon Murray
john pask "The model is 52" long, "scratch built" using photos as I could find no plans.
She was built in 1935 by Blohm & Voss, used during WW2 as the command ship for Admiral Donitz.
Scrapped in 1950? in New Jersey, USA
German State Yacht 1935 -1945, Aviso Grille"
John Pask
richard tayor "Picture of a Sterling 42’ Corvette. Navy F-14 Twin stick radio, 2 lighting systems, etc."
Richard Taylor
kenneth horner Beautiful Mount Washington
Kenneth Horner from New Jersey
kevin knoop "...photos of my scratch build of the 1954 Whiticar Sheerwater "HOBO" The model is in 1in.=1ft. scale and is 3 years building so far. More details yet to be fabricated. The boat runs as good as she looks. Harbor Models provided the propellers, shafts, stuffing boxes and the horn (which I modified from a 2 chime to a single bell for accuracy)."
Kevin Knoop
don laframboise "All handmade model from a picture of a boat magazine .I used Harbor Models 2/12 volt motors and drive system servos and speed controllers. It is 63 inches long, fiberglass hull, teak decks. Has lighting system (25lights)."
Don Laframboise from Canada Windsor Ontario
robert tuttle "Here is picture of a 70" long model of a shrimp boat I built, remote control, for a man at Topsail Beach, N.C."
Robert Tuttle
john de broske "Two photos of Caldercraft Joffre tug (heavily kit bashed) and Dumas Brooklyn tug. Neither model could have been completed without all of the goodies I acquired from Harbor Models."
John de Broske
Geoff fairfax "The American Scout was a Sterling balsa kit originally built in 1974. It sat on a self for the last 45 years. My grandson suggested I restore her and get it back in the water. I contacted Harbor Models to get advice and the supply of a new drive train. I stripped her down to the deck, fibre glassed the hull, built a new superstructure from styrene and repainted the original kit colors. Harbor Models also supplied all the stanchions and rails and smoke generator. Have sailed her twice since the restoration and have received many compliments on the detail of this build."
Geoff Fairfax
Geoff fairfax "The San Pedro was supplied by Harbor models as a semi-kit. I installed the belt drive /torpedo 800 motor and 40 amp speed control recommended by Harbor Models. The kit came complete with shaft, stuffing box, propeller and rudder assembly. This was a challenging build as one can add many upgrades. I detailed the wheel house and left the doors open. A stair well inside the wheel house leads to below decks. I used the photos of the real tug provided by Harbor Models to 3D model and print winches and misc. deck fittings. The motor combination is a strong contender on the pond!"
Geoff Fairfax
Geoff fairfax "The Envoy is a Slipway kit supplied by Harbor Models and was finished as the war time version. This was a very detailed and well supplied kit and was a pleasure to build. It has been on the pond many times and even survived a sinking with no damage to the electronics. She has a high center of gravity so I recommend keeping everything as low as possible in the hull. She really gets some attention during our Canadian Remembrance day for our war veterans."
Geoff Fairfax
Rick-Rickert This is my first attempt to build a static model tugboat. It is scratch built, with the exception of the rubber tires purchased from Harbor Models everything on this craft was made by me with found materials, repurposed to be what I needed at that time of the build. All of the plans were in my head, I did extensive research on the net, and chose the boat that interested me. It was a 50' long X 23' Beam and 52' High. I built it to 1/2" to 1' scale. The main deck is pine, the hulls planking, are 1/8" X 3/4" X 8" long cedar that were steamed in a home made steamer. I made the steamer using an aluminum ice cube tray, a piece of perforated aluminum, and used a drawer to cover the tray of hot water when I was steaming the planks. The balance of the wood used was poplar. It took 840 hours to complete. I named the boat "NAUTi BOY", PHILADELPHIA, PA
Rick Rickert
Grant Hiestand Model is 10 feet long and splits into two parts. I carry it in my Prius. It has been a big hit with the Indianapolis Admirals, the club in which I belong to.
Grant Hiestand
Mike White This picture is of a fishing boat , named Helen J. Built originally for a Mr Jackobson of Deloraine in the North of Tasmania. Helen being his daughter. The boat was built in 1938 . It was constructed of Celery top pine , TAS oak along with Huon pine and King Billy pine. The length of the vessel was 50 feet. Unfortunately the boat was lost in violent seas of the West coast of Tasmania some years back now. The Skipper (John Fee) and the deck hand (Michael Cadby) both lost their lives in the incident. However the skippers son (Michael) survived by clinging to a 9kg gas cylinder. He was rescued by another vessel the Eastern Star. Which ironically was lost in the same area sometime later with loss of life. The original boat birthed at Strahan on Tassies West Coast. My radio controlled model on its trolley and some of the deck detail. The model was constructed for material gathered from the wreckage of the original boat with kind permission from the families of the crew.
Mike White
Bob GaitoBob Gaito This is a scratch built model of a 100 ft Broward in 1/24th scale, built from blueprints of the full size boat. Powered by two geared brushed motors and 5200mAh LiPo. Features working radar antennas, working hot tub, working nav/sonar/plotter screens, underwater "yacht lights", RC stereo system (plays from SD card) All wood is Real teak (including Deck chairs) Aft table is Larimar stone from the Dom. Rep. LED Nav lights, entrance way bar and cabin lights. Scale Boston whaler with 40hp Johnson.
Bob Gaito
Nicholas Rightor This is a scratch built model of the P. T. 305 that was restored at the National WW2 museum in New Orleans. I was a volunteer during the restoration project.
This display model is built using bass, balsa and mahogany. The mahogany used came from scraps left over from the real boat The model is 39 inches long or 1/24th scale. The color scheme is the color it used during it’s active service in the Mediterranean Sea. The model was donated to the WW2 museum and is on display at the boat house where the 305 is located.
Nick Rightor
Joe Gustafson Harbor Models, ...I wish to thank you for supplying me with various items in the help of building my Powerskow. It is based on an Alaskan salmon tender and is all scratch built except for items purchased from you. It still has a ways to go, if you look closely you will see numerous parts that were supplied by your company. I want to thank you for your great service and quick delivery.
Joe Gustafson
Bob Heacock This is my model of the pilot tug Frances C. The full size tug was built in 1878 and was owned by the New Orleans Bar Pilots Association. Her main job was transferring pilots to and from ships on the Mississippi River, but she also did towing jobs. The model is scratchbuilt, 5 feet long, 14" wide and weighs 70 pounds. I used Harbor Models smoke generator which puts out a very realistic amount of smoke I've been working on it for four years, so far. She's here seen on Spreckels Lake, in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Bob Heacock
Bob Tuttle ​I just finished this Biloxi Mississippi Lugger Shrimp boat...
Bob Tuttle
John De Broske With the exception of the bulkheads, which were a HEAVILY modified set from DUMAS Dauntless and commercial fittings (many acquired from Harbor Models) this model is completely scratch built. The only "serious" tools I used were a scroll saw, electric sander and my trusty Dremels. ALL decking, hull and cabin components are mahogany or mahogany veneer over birch plywood. Took me more than 300 hours and 18 months. It's 1/12 scale w/2 motor RC and lighting. I true labor of love.
John De Broske
TERRY ENNIS This is a scratch built 29" Monterey fishing boat, it took me a year to build it. I used components from Harbor Models.
Terry Ennis
barry creighton Thanks to the advise, parts and equipment of Harbor Models my boat floats and runs great!!!
Barry Creighton
bill heath This is my 1/20th scale rc sailboat, named serenity. She is 53" long & apx 38 lbs in the water. I built her from a sub kit. All the components to build her, where purchased from harbor model's. Video of her sailing are on YouTube, under Robbie Atlantis named serenity.
Bill Heath
gene sauter Got a glimpse of this beast at the Inland Nautical Society regatta on 9/17/17. Those are 6" diameter kort props! This thing weighs in at about 160 lbs with ballast. Has not had it's maiden voyage yet but the builder, Gene Sauter from Southern California, is expecting about 30-40 lbs of pull from her. The steering servos alone run on 6V 24Ah battery packs in parallel. What a build, great job Gene!
jerry julian 1 Sternwheel ferry and three car barge. Scratch built from builders plans.
-Jerry Julian
jerry julian 2 Strumpet II model, scratch built at 1.25' = 12". Built from Jay Benford's book and scaled up to model size.
-Jerry Julian
jerry julian 3 Model of Tidewater Barge Company towboat OUTLAW. Scratch built from photos and used in RC model tugboat competitions. 1/32 scale converted to a static model and is now in Tidewater's corporate office.
-Jerry Julian
chris calisi I thought the quality of your product(s) were superb. It helped my build the exact model I wanted, thank you. Here are a few pictures you can add to your gallery if you want. I think pictures of the items in actual use are helpful to builders.
-Chris Calisi
brad smith Scratch built RC model towboat SHERRIE R, built to 1/32 scale. Typical of the many diesel powered, stern wheel towboats used for the rivers. 31" overall length. Named for my wife. Thanks, Harbor Models for the great selection and great service.
-Brad Smith
barry creighton The ORCA from Jaws!
-Barry Creighton
barrett hochhaus My 51-inch Morro Castle was built from scratch using plans from eBay seller "messmar". I like to use a scale of 1 inch = 10 feet which is approximately 1:125 scale. The Morro Castle is powered by one brushed 400 DC motor and one 2-cell lipo battery. Air vents were provided by Harbor Models! The ship took about 1 month to complete.
-Barrett Hochhaus, Scottsdale Arizona
mark weitzman 1/12th scale LCM 3 landing craft, converted into a work boat. I'm running twin Johnson 970's, on Harbor Models motor mounts. Also I've added the Harbor Models running/mast lights, duel horn, and the 2" rubber tires. The model is approx. 50" X 14"
-Mark Weitzman
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