1/12th Scale Tamar Lifeboat

1/12th scale Tamar Class Lifeboat kit.
From a modellers point of view, the Tamar it has a lot going for it. It's fairly uncluttered but has a wonderful flying bridge. The fenders in their rack, the life raft storage area, the folding mast, the stairs, the wheelhouse door, mast storage boxes and the engine room vents are really interesting features and I think we have caught them really well.

All over the boat are areas of detail of course and we have all that too naturally. Have a look at the model photos and you'll agree I'm sure.

Underneath, the scale, brass, five bladed props run in the latest of our prop shafts fitted stainless steel shafts running in bronze bushes to cope with the sort of power being used for the model.. The props are well protected against hitting the bottom by the main keel and the bilge keels, so if you run it aground the 4 h.p. in the motors won't do any damage!

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The Tamar of course is a slipway launched lifeboat and we had that very much in mind when designing the kit.

The rear end of the centre keel (with the hockey stick shape) is made from five layers of laminated Perspex, all glued together and supported by a brass tube.
The two bilge keels have etched brass support plates along their undersides and brass brackets are bolted to the transom so we can go play with it on a slipway!

She is a dream to drive. Very stable with a quite unerring flat turn even turning tightly and flat out!
Designed with high power, brushless motors on 24Volts in mind ,she performs like the true powerboat she is. You can see my 'flying test-bed in action on You Tube, just type in 'Speedline Tamar on test. Remember that's a 52" model out there!

Manoeuvring just on the props is predicable and straightforward and the bow thruster is very affective being a prop driven one.

The big feature on this class is the cunning way in which the RNLI have tried to hide the Y boat!

"I know" they said, "we'll brush it under the carpet out of site". And so they did. Its under the deck!

To get it out, the transom is in effect a big door mounted on some hefty hinges which is raised and lowered by hydraulic power via two powerful rams mounted one at either end of the door.
The cut-away of the transom necessitated a means of re-enforcing the hull and the big (six inch diameter) tubular fabrication across the opening was introduced. We supply this complex piece as a resin casting.
The 'Boathouse' under the floor is fully detailed too of course so the model looks great when displayed statically with the deck open, the door down and the Y boat on the ramp.

I have added a link here so that you can see a sample of the instructions (and a peek at the plans) so you will get a very good feel for what you have to do and what's in the kit.
Have a good read.

How big is she?


The model is 52" long and 17" wide and with her mast and aerials down is approximately 20" high.

What you get in the kit.
Five GRP mouldings comprising the hull (complete with the deck moulded on), the wheelhouse, upper driving desk, transom door outer skin and the boat-house under the floor.

Thirteen sheets of laser-cut Perspex in a wide range of thickness, four sheets of etched brass and three sheets of etched stainless steel make up the bulk of the detailing in the kit.

There are over 35 castings in the kit, all of which are made from fine-cast resin. No metal castings at all in this model. One of the castings is the large re-enforcing bar across the transom, a very trick bit to make.

The seats, seat bases, engine room access door, fuel filler recesses and the curved top on the rope reel housing are all vac formed styrene.

Props and prop shafts.

The rubber fendering that goes all around the edge of the deck has been made especially for us and is the correct scale size and section. No more making do with 'D' section!

The hand-railings and two ball stanchions around the boat are supported on kick-boards and on the model they are made from 'T' section extruded aluminium. In the etched brass sheets are the mounting plates for the railings and stanchions. Dummy bolt heads are supplied for the hand rail fixings.

The two ball stanchions themselves are brand new CNC turned brass and are true scale. Being brass, they can take a good beating too!
Brass rod and tube is supplied for the mainmast, railings and miscellaneous brass items.
The mast itself is made from 6mm tube and the curved sections are supplied pre-bent.

Naturally, the windows are the famous Speedline Windows and are stunningly accurate and very simple to make.

A powerful, 33mm diameter bow thruster with brass propellers is included.

A complete kit for the 'Y' boat (see the Y class page ) is included though the decals for it are in with the main decals for the kit because you need to adviose the Y boat number.

A decals set which includes translucent images of the main display screen on the bridge is included in the price. You can have any Tamar of your choice, but you need to tell me which one you want and we will produce that set for you.

A CD is included which carries hundreds of photos of the real thing, 'working out' CAD drawings to show how things were produced, full size plans are supplied on a CD (which can be supplied printed if you prefer at £36 extra).

The kit is £1040




Carriage in mainland UK as far north as Glasgow is £20.
We can ship almost anywhere in western Europe for £45 (check with me first though)