Hobbies

Matchstick Models

Matchstick Model Boats

Model Boats

I started making matchstick models when I was the Local assistant at Point of Ayre,in many ways an ideal hobby as you glue relatively small sections before finally assembling the whole model.
So you could easily work on small sections and still fit in,winding the machine up,weather reports,etc.

The first model that I built,so I followed the plans and instructions,later models incorporated some of my own ideas and eventually my own designs

Fairground Traction Engine

Matchstick Model Traction engine 2005
Matchstick Model Fairground Traction Engine (Kit)
Length 13 inches (33 cm)


Windmill

Matchstick Model windmill 2005
Matchstick Model Windmill (Kit)
Height 21 inches (53 cm)


Hansom Cab

Matchstick Model Hansom cab 2005
Matchstick Model Hansom Cab (Kit)
Length 17 inches (44 cm)


Omnibus

Matchstick Model Omnibus 2005
Matchstick Model Omnibus (Kit)
Length 17 inches (44 cm)


Some of the following matchstick models are my own design


June 2006 I bought the kit for the Rocker Horse,since that turned out quite well I used my own design to build the horse to go with the Hansom Cab.
Rocker Horse_________________________Horse_____

Matchstick Model Rocker Horse 2006 Matchstick Model Horse 2006
Matchstick Model Rocker Horse (Kit)_______Matchstick Model Horse____
Length 11 inches (28cm)___________Length 9 inches (23cm)

Hansom Cab with Horse

Matchstick Model Hansom Cab with Horse 2006
Matchstick Model Hansom Cab with Horse


Matchstick Model Sopworth Camel 2007 Matchstick Model Sopworth Camel 2007
Matchstick Model plane based on Sopworth Camel 2007
Wingspan 10½ inches (27 cms)


Matchstick Model Landrover 2006 Matchstick Model Landrover 2006
Prototype Matchstick Model Landrover-2006
Length 9 inches (23cm)


Landrover

Matchstick Model Landrover 2007 ______ Matchstick Model Landrover 2007
Matchstick Model Landrover 2007 Matchstick Model Landrover 2007
Matchstick model based on Landrover-2007
Length 9 inches (23cm)


Dump Truck 2007

Matchstick Model Dump Truck 2007 Matchstick Model Dump Truck 2007
Matchstick Model Dump Truck 2007 Matchstick Model Dump Truck 2007
Matchstick Model Dump Truck based on Caterpillar 797
Length 10 inches (25cm)
Full size Height 7.5 meters,Tyres 3.6 meters in diameter


Hispano Suiza Car2008

Matchstick Model Hispano Suiza Car 2008

Matchstick Model Hispano Suiza Car 2008 Matchstick Model Hispano Suiza Car 2008 Matchstick Model Hispano Suiza Car 2008

Modified Matchstick Model Hispano Suiza based on Matchbuilder Kit
Length 15 inches (38cm)


Matchstick Model Excavator 2009

Matchstick Model Excavator 2009

Matchstick Model Excavator 2009 Matchstick Model Excavator 2009

Matchstick Model Excavator 2009

Matchstick Model Excavator based on Caterpiller 312
Track Length 8 inch (20 cm)

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Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009

Matchstick Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009

Matchstick Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009 Matchstick Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009

Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009 Matchstick Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009

Matchstick Oil Rig Support Vessel 2009

Matchstick Model Boat of Oil Rig Support Vessel
Length 24 inch (61 cm)

The model is a highly modified Matchmodeller Kit.
Model is based on various vessels I saw working out of Peterhead port in the early seventies and is of no particular vessel.

Model West Highland Coaster - Clyde Puffer 2011

Matchstick Puffer general 2011

Matchstick Puffer winch 2011 Matchstick Puffer ships boat

Matchstick Puffer bridge 2011 Matchstick Puffer ships boat-winch 2011

Matchstick Puffer stern 2011

Matchstick Model Boat of Clyde Puffer
Based on Harold A Underhill plans for "Sealight"
Length 22 inch (56 cm)

The rigging shown is a trial run and needs to be updated.
ie.Tidied up


Model Iron Paddle Tug 2013

Matchstick Tug sideview 2013

Matchstick Tug frontview 2013

Matchstick Model Boat of Iron Paddle Tug
Based on Harold A Underhill plans
Length 34 inch (87cm)

Still very much a work in progress,but progress is being made June 2013

Matchstick Tug sideview 2014
April 2014
Some progress,but paddle wheels plus ancilliaries still to construct

Matchstick Tug frontview 2014
April 2014

Matchstick Tug winch 2015
More detail of winch 2015

Matchstick Tug paddlewheel 2015
One paddle wheel completed March 2015

Matchstick Tug paddlewheel 2015
Paddlewheel complete

Matchstick Tug paddlewheel 2015
Paddlewheel and dinghy

Matchstick Tug dinghy 2015
Dinghy


Click for some Matchstick Accessories

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MODEL BOATS

The boat below is a wooden plank on frame model,in about 1972 a friend had cut out a couple of the frames and decided it was not his ideal hobby and gave it to me.I built it as a non-working model and it sat around until 2005 when I installed a motor and radio control,so it now goes for the occasional sail on the local lake.
Model fishing boat 2005
Model Fishing Boat
Length 26 inches (66 cm)


Model Sternwheeler push tug 2013
Vaguely based on an article in "Model Boats" magazine.
Sternwheeler push tug 2013

Sternwheeler push tug 2013
Length 26 inches (66cm)

Sternwheeler push tug 2015

New superstructure 2015

Sternwheeler engine room 2014
Engineroom (2013)

Sternwheeler engine room 2013
Engineroom (2014)
Rubber band drive was slipping and fraying so changed to chain drive
Same motors but cleaned and painted since they were corroding since I sail in salt water

Sternwheeler engine room 2015 Engineroom (2015)

Sternwheeler engine room 2016 Engineroom (2016)


Model Amphibian Vehicle 2013

Based on a model DUKW in a 1970 Radio Modeller article
Length 19 inches (48 cm)

Amphibian vehicle 2013

Amphibian vehicle 2013

2013 version

Amphibian vehicle 2015

Got a driver now 2015
Changed from smooth wheels to nobby tyres gave a better transit from water to land
This version sails very well in rough water

Amphibian vehicle 2015

Updated open top version for calm water sailing

Amphibian vehicle 2015 Amphibian vehicle 2015

Amphibian vehicle 2013

Amphibian vehicle 2013

Basic construction completed

Amphibian vehicle 2013

2013 Water tight and operational

Needs internal layout sorted out and a crew added

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Model Dingy 2014

Length 18 inches (46cm)

Based on plans from :-
Dingy 2014

Dingy 2014

Dingy 2014

Dingy 2014

Dingy 2014

The original was clinker planked,but due I think to distortion when I enlarged the plank plans it was not very sucessful
So I changed to carvel planking which worked quite well

Dingy 2014

Dingy 2014

Masts,Sails and fitting out to complete November 2014

Dingy 2014

April 2015 Sails fitted and radio control added
includes perspex cover for sailing

Dingy 2014
Center board has extra weight added gives extra stability


Model Landyacht 2015

Landyacht 2015
I had the alloy rod and designed the model around that and built with what was in spares box
Length 39 inches (100 cm) Width 21 inch (21 cm) Height 39 inches (99 cm)

Landyacht 2015
Front end if the model works it can be streamlined?

Landyacht 2015
Sail control


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Model Iron Paddle Tug 2018

Model based on Harold Underhill plan
Length 34 inch (87cm)

Since I have a decaperm motor with gearbox I wanted to try single motor with seperate drive to paddles - gives both paddles driven or just one.

Iron paddle Tug  2018
Model at September 2018

Tug braces 2018
The battens were there to support frames until subdeck? was installed

Iron paddle Tug two pieces 2018
Built in two parts to allow development of drive system and also made ballasting easier

Iron paddle Tug drive 2018
Drive via two dog clutches,left side shows sliding part and right hand shows drive engaged

Tug drive 2018
Showing full drive to paddles.
With throttle stick held fully to one side the appropiate paddle disengages

Tug paddles 2018
Paddles look a bit overengineered but were built from 3 mm ply and I preferred to play safe?
Original design was eight floats but using ply reduced to six floats - still drives well

Tug rudder 2018
Rudder control

All photographs Copyright Fred Fox.