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Welcome to "Lew's Model Boats"  - Operational Scale Model Boats & More
Located in the Tampa Bay Area
Updated: September 16, 2019
Member:Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

See the YouTube video: About Lew's Model Boats
What's New...

In 2017 I started 3D Modeling Design and Commercial printing for 3D parts for model boats.  In 2018 I expanded into 1/16 scale Military Armor, both WWII and modern.  Also in 2018 I purchased my own 3D printer to make personal items, and to test out parts (prototypes) for 3D printing in my store on Shapeways.  This is continuing in 2019.

New in 2019, I am updating and expanding this website to include the Armor (and accessories) models, more model boat items, and other 3D parts.  This also includes information on modeling, information, and videos that is related to (as well as not related to) 3D printing.  Select the 3D Models or the Military Armor buttons above to see what has been added.

Update! (September 14, 2019) on my building a Jet Thruster powered speedboat.  You can follow the link to that page here [Speedboat Link] or in the button menu (More...) above or table below.

New October 2019, I am constructing two Springer Tugs - built from the Zippkits "Tugster".
German Marine Schnellboote
Wiesel A Zobel Class type 142a "Schnellboot"
this started out as a Graupner kit build but has been severely modified to reflect the real boat.  A lot of info is here for others on how to modify and super detail this boat.
(1/40 scale)
Springer #1 & #2 Link (picture to be added when done) Two Springer tugs based on the Zippkits model kit.
(1/16 scale & 1/25 scale) (planning stage- future build)
M.V. David Sizer
Small towboat A scratch built towboat that has been modified and improved in looks and performance.  Also includes a scratch built barge.
(1/35 scale)

PT -Gunboat
PT-61 Gunboat What started out as a regular Elco 77 foot PT boat (Frank's Mosquito Boat Hobby kit) is now a reflection of the PT-61 as the real boat was modifiedto be a gunboat in October 1943. 
(1/20 scale)
M.V. Arne Christiansen
Arne Christiansen (start early-2014) This will be a model of a Towboat with two z-dives and will be entirely scratch built.  A series of 200 foot barges will also be scratch built.
(1/35 scale)
(planning stage- future build)
Jet Thruster
popered speedboat
In progress link here Homemade 3D printed jet thruster in a scale model speedboat (1/12 scale) (in progrees - current build)
Trawler pilot house A 1950's British Fishing Trawler based on the Artesia Latina kit "Helen" with plenty of modivications and additional details.
(1/20 scale)
LCM (3)
LCM(3)  A WW-II LCM Landing Craft
based on the
Italeri kit.  The kit was intended for display only but has been modified to be operational.  It includes a 2-1/2 ton truck and a full crew.
(1/35 scale)
Steam Tug (Austria)
Frederic Mistral

Start mid-2013 A 1915 steam tug built from the kit
Duna by Anfora.  This is actually the Frederic Mistral which still operated on the Danube River.  The model is under construction but pending other model builds.
(1/40 scale)
Rescue Boat
Miss Amelia

Amelia Rescue Boat A fun project, this boat (ex-balloon boat) has a wood hull that was given to me.  The hull has been modified and has a new deck and structure, both scratch built.  It also has a removable plow to push (rescue) other boats and serves as the SSMBC rescue boat.
(~1/20 scale)
Despatch No. 9
42" tug  My first R/C boat (~1973), a 42" long scratch built version of plastic kit (scalled up) tug.  It has a fiberglassed balsa hull, and used a Heathkit radio for controll.  It is now retired.
(~1/25 scale)
Building the ironclad
"USS Monitor
USS Monitor info Good information to help anone who wants to build a model of the ironclad Monitor.  It was my intentions to buil one but other boat style have taken over.
Building a Civil War
"Ferry -Gunboat"

Civil War Ferry-gunboat Information  Like the Monitor, I was going to build a Civil War gunboat (ferry conversion) that was impressed and modified by the navy to be a gunboat.  I am making this informationavailable if you are interested in Civil War ships.
50/800 "Marbleheads"
50/800 Marblehead sailboats  My old competition R/C sail boats.
Adding a crew
to a model boat

Making crew membes  One of the important features of a true scale model boat or ship, unless the ship is to be a static display, a crew is needed.  It is truely inane to watch a boat or ship move without a crew.
- Tips, tools, workbench...  
  ...and more!
Tools for the R/C boater  If you are new to RC modeling (not just boats), you might want to have tools with you where you operate.  Also, some options for you shop setup are here.  (Check the tools and accessories button on the top for more.)