TAMAR -  Kit Code MS-30


Model Scale 1:16
Length 1000mm
Displ. approx. 7.5 kg

The Tamar class is the result of several years of research and development by the RNLI to produce a virtually unsinkable slipway-launched lifeboat. The Tamar class lifeboat was introduced into the RNLI fleet in 2005. It is the first lifeboat to be fitted with an integrated electronic Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) allowing the crew to control many of the lifeboat's functions from their seats. Safety features include advanced ergonomics that reduce the impact on the crew as the lifeboat crashes through the waves. A powered Y-class boat is stored behind a transom door to allow immediate deployment; it is accessed by lifting a section of the aft deck, and then launched and recovered onto a ramp provided by the lowered transom door.

The kit contains the required parts to build the model:

  • Glassfibre mouldings for the hull and deck
  • Prop-shafts, propellers, brass rudders; a bow-thruster tube
  • CNC-milled and printed styrene for the construction of the cabin
  • Detailed cabin interior comprising the seats and front bulkhead from vac-formed styrene
  • A set of fittings and stanchions manufactured from high grade cast alloy
  • Three large frets of etched brass items with detailed window frames, instrumentation, interior detail.
  • Pre-formed mast arches from brass tube
  • Vac-formed bow fender, liferaft boxes, liferings, filler bays and hose reel
  • A vac-formed styrene kit for the Y-class boat with Lettering and Numbers
  • Self-adhesive Lifeboats lettering and RNLI flags
  • Main plans and instructions with over 70 isometric drawings for ease of construction.

The Y-boat compartment under the aft deck is an optional fitment with a choice of building the deck hatch as a one-piece removable unit or with folding sections. The transom door can be represented by a score in the GRP or drawn in with a permanent marker pen. The more experienced model maker will no doubt wish to build a working transom door however no details are given in the assembly instructions. We have ensured that the steering gear is below the Y-boat deck level should the modeller wish to house the Y-boat below decks.

Kit recommended for Experienced Model Makers.

Not supplied in the kit: Paints, adhesives, a working bow thruster. The cabin name boards, hull/roof numbers and lettering (available from David Leftley Graphics, david@davidleftleygraphics.com).Tools will be required to complete.


Required for R/C Operation: 2 or 4-channel RC, speed control, motors, couplings, battery and charger.