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Model Boats Magazine

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Build your ideal model boat and improve your skills with Model Boats magazine – the ultimate guide for all boat modelling enthusiasts! Model Boats magazine focuses on radio-controlled warships as well as state galleons, yachts, lifeboats, petrol-powered, cruise ships and more, offering you an extensive range of new project challenges every month.


Inspire your next great design and boat modelling project with regular features on in-depth building plans, painting tips and tricks, new kit releases, the latest news from the model boat community and so much more.  


Celebrate your passion for scale modelling and radio-controlled boats and master the craft today with a digital subscription to Model Boats. Get your magazine delivered directly to your device every month! 

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Model Boats  |  65 Years of Model Boats Special  


"2015 marks the 65th anniversary of the original publication of Model Maker, the predecessor to Model Boats.
To celebrate the occasion, in this Special Issue we are bringing together a collection of features and articles which reflect today’s mainstream model boating interests but also draw upon the rich archival material from the past.
A keynote item is Tony Hadley’s biography of legendary editor and designer Vic Smeed together with his painstakingly compiled list of all Vic’s model boating designs that are presently known. This is a unique project which will be of great interest to boat modellers everywhere, many of whom will have started their hobby with a Vic Smeed design. Tony’s article is complemented with a delightful build by Dave Milbourn of Vic’s Twinkler cabin cruiser developed from Vic’s original plan (reproduced in this issue) and which makes a perfect project for the youngster or beginner alike.
We also have a free full size plan of a Scottish vehicle ferry together with a general round up of ferry types as seen at Portsmouth. Naval enthusiasts will enjoy the feature on RN small monitors of WW1 which combines a progress report on the restoration of historic monitor M33 together with a plan feature for HMS M15 specially written by current Model Boats Editor Paul Freshney.
‘Kit bashers’ will enjoy the build and adaptation of the Deans Marine Medea steam yacht kit while serious scratchbuilders will appreciate an updated version of Richard Webb’s classic Gatcombe firefighting tug feature.
Among other items in this packed issue is a definitive description of the items that should find a place in every boat modeller’s toolkit and how to use them written by regular contributor Richard Simpson.
This Special Issue is intended to appeal to all model boaters, young and old alike, and will certainly tempt anyone with only a passing interest into taking their first steps into this fascinating and rewarding hobby.
Colin Bishop
Guest Editor"

Model Boats is the world’s leading title for radio-controlled model boats and scale modelling enthusiasts. Each issue is packed with a variety of projects, helpful and practical tips and tricks, kit reviews, new releases and everything you need to know about building a model boat from scratch. 


Whether you’re new to the hobby or an experienced modeller, Model Boats caters to all boat modelling enthusiasts who are passionate about broadening their skill sets and perfecting their craft. Get inspired for your next project by a wide variety of radio-controlled boats in every issue such as model and full-size warships, yachts, cruise ships, petrol-powered, wind-powered, state galleons, lifeboats and more.


Ready to start building your ideal model boat? Enjoy step-by-step guides, detailed illustrations and practical advice to help you build your best boat model yet. Subscribe to Model Boats today and get every monthly issue delivered directly to your device.

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  • Your go-to destination for all radio-controlled boat modelling advice, tips, tricks, and guides 
  • Improve your skills with practical and useful tips and tricks
  • Building and design plans to inspire your next project
  • Exclusive features on the boats that are sailing our seas
  • The latest kit reviews and news from the boat modelling community
  • Step-by-step guides for building various type of model boats
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Model Boats

Very good interesting read every month. Covers most aspects of model boats. plenty of information on all things R/C boats. Reviewed 17 February 2021
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Model Boats

I live in the USA and we have no tradition of model boating here. It is always a pleasure to receive your new issues, they give me many ideas, projects and great joy. Thanks Reviewed 09 February 2021
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Model Boats

Excellent magazine Reviewed 27 October 2020
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Model Boats

I started reading Model Boats in 1963, the whole scene has changed dramatically in those intervening years and sadly it seems that it is mostly older people who read the mag and keep the hobby alive, I have returned to the hobby after nearly 30 years away, the guidance offered in the magazine is most helpful Reviewed 30 March 2020
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Model Boats

What can I say? By far the best modelling magazine ever. I started with Model Maker April 1956! Reviewed 13 February 2020

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