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Operational Scale Model Boats & More
Updated January 1, 2024
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Located in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida U.S.A.
      Lew's 3D Printing on Shapeways - For: Custom Spur Gears Visit: Lew's Shapeways store 3D Modeling Design and Commercial printing (Shapeways) since 2017.
  Since 2018, I have been doing my own 3D printing for prototypes, and low production / low cost 3D parts and assemblies.
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Special Project Status...    M10 Ammunition Trailer  - two pre-production models finishing construction.   Sept. 18, 2023 update: Springer #4.
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Boats                     Military - Armor (and more)
German Marine Schnellboot Wiesel
42 inches long
1/40 scale
Wiesel A Zobel Class type 142A "Schnellboot"
A significanntly modified Graupner kit which reflects the real boat.  A lot of info is here for others to use on how to modify and super detail this boat.
3D Model Making Home:

Information on various 3D models
3D Model Making and Printing
Instruction ssheets for Lew's Shapeways' products
 Lews  Lew's 3D
Model Design
Dusseldorf 2
54 inches long
1/25 scale
Dusseldorf 2 A Krick model kit modified to represent the actual "Dusseldorf 2" fireboat.  This includes "how to" details.
Under Construction
US M3 Halftrack
1/16 scale
U.S. M3 Halftrack A converted M16 Torro
model to replicate the M3 troop carrier.
All Things
Springer Information on the Springer one-class design, including sources for materials, ideas on building, and the background of the design.   (Future use)  
Springer #1
18 inches long
1/16 scale
Springer #1 is based on a real boat, from photos found on the internet.  This uses the hull kit from Zippkits. Lew's M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank M1A2  Modified and detailed Heng Long M1A2 RC tank (1/16 scale).
[Youtube link]
Springer #2
18 inches long
1/20 scale

Springer #2 (M/V Bill E. Bonze)
Springer #2:
The "M/V Capt. Bll E. Bonze"
is a fictitious design, iusing the hull kit from Zippkits..
M10 Ammo Trailer
M10 Ammo Trailer in 1/16 scale This may be the only M10 Ammunition Trailer in this scale for sale to the public.
(1/16 scale)
Springer #3
18 inches long
1/16 scale.
Springer#3 - Jonda Ann Based on a real boat seen on Lake Seminole, located near the model boat pond, the "Jonda Ann" uses a hull kit from Zippkits.
  Lew's M4A3
105mm howitzer
  M4A3(105) Assault Gun   Modeified Heng Long model, this reflects an unusually camo pattern.
(1/16 scale)
Springer #4

18 inches long
1/17 scale
  Springer #4 Springer #4 (1/17 scale)
currently under construction
Lew's 105mm Howitzer (modified model) and Verlinden figures in a diorama setting. Coming Soon  Putting together a diorama for use with R/C tank meets.  (1/16 scale)
M.V. David Sizer
27 inches long
1/35 scale
Small towboat A scratch built towboat that has been modified and improved in looks and performance.  Also includes a scratch built barge. Lew's U.S. Army's
Captured King Tiger
of 1944
U.S. Captured King Tiger Extensively modified
Heng Long King Tiger RC tank (1/16 scale).
Plenty of "how to"
[Youtube link]

PT -Gunboat
47-1/4 inches long
1/20 scale
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 modified to be a gunboat in October 1943. Lew's M34 Reo
1947 Reo Deuce and a half Extensively modified
WPL Military Truck
(1/16 scale).
M.V. Arne Christiansen
42 inches long
1/35 scale
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.
(3D printing of the hull has started, July, 2021)
Lew's destroyed military truck Destroyed Military Truck Modified WPL Military truck, beat up for a diorama (1/16 scale).
"Star Wars"
1/12 scale
Star Wars boat Originally planned as a homemade jet thruster speed boat using a 3D printed jet thruster failed.  It is now converted to a regular propelled speedboat. Lew's T-26E3
T26E3 Modified Heng Long Pershing tank (1/16 scale).Modified Heng Long Pershing tank (1/16 scale).
33 inchs long
1/20 scale
Trawler pilot house A 1950's British Fishing Trawler based on the Artesia Latina kit "Helen" with plenty of modivications and additional details. Lew's 1-1/2 ton Military Truck
1-1/2 Ton Truck  Extensively modified JJRC "military truck"
(1/16 scale)
[Youtube link]
LCM (3)
18 inches long
1/35 scale
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.
Lew's Model Transport  Peterbuilt 367 Tralier 
For RC conversion - Tommy "Big Farm" semi and trailer
(1/16 scale)
(planning stage)
Steam Tug (Austria)
Frederic Mistral
1/40 scale
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.  Lew's Military Jeep and trailer  Jeep and Trailer  Toy Jeep and trailer extensively modified (non-RC)
(1/16 scale) 
Rescue Boat
Miss Amelia
~1/20 scale
Amelia Rescue Boat Starting with an old wood hull that has been modified and a new structure added.  It also has a removable plow to push (rescue) other boats and serves as the SSMBC rescue boat. Lew's
"Toy Crane"
Huniia 1572 Crane Toy RC Crane converted to look like a scale model(1/16 scale) 
(under construction)
Despatch No. 9
(42 inches long)

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)
M8 Greyhound
M8 "Greyhound"  Mostly 3D Printed part using some WPL/JJRC running hardware and a new proportional RC system (1/16 scale)
(under construction)
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 build one but other boat styles have taken over.
The General's Car
Generals Car A Maisto coupe painted and marked as the General's car (1/18 scale) 
47' Coast Guard
Motor Life Boat
47' Coast Guard MLB My only "Ready to Run" boat (made by ProBoat), with modifications. (1/18 scale)
(under construction)

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 information available if you are interested in Civil War ships.      
50/800 "Marbleheads"
(50 inches long)
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.)      
Making Small Flags
for Model Boats
Making Model Flags  Just need an inkjet printer!  You can use regular print paper.  Download a photo of the flag you want, edit per the instructions in this document, print the flag and finally roll it to shape.