TAMAR Class Lifeboat  -  Kit Code MS-30

Model Scale 1:16
Length 1000mm
Beam 320mm
Displ. approx. 7.5 kg

The Tamar class is the result of several years of research and development by the RNLI to produce the next generation of slipway-launched lifeboat. It is virtually unsinkable and if it capsizes in the stormy seas around the British Isles, it will right itself within a few seconds. The Tamar will gradually replace the Tyne class. The lifeboat includes the computerised Systems and Information Management System (SIMS) that enables crew to control many of the lifeboat's functions remotely from the safety of their seats. Other features include advanced ergonomics that reduce the impact on the crew as the lifeboat crashes through waves, and a powered Y-class boat stored behind a transom door to allow immediate deployment. The Y-boat is accessed by lifting a section of the rear deck, then launched and recovered on to a ramp provided by the lowered transom door.

The kit contains all the required parts to build the model:

  • Two glassfibre mouldings: the hull and the deck
  • Prop-shafts, propellers, brass rudders; a bow-thruster tube
  • Styrene parts for the construction of the cabin with detailed interior
  • A set of fittings and stanchions manufactured from high grade cast alloy
  • Three large frets of etched brass components including detailed window frames, instrumentation, interior detail etc.
  • Pre-formed mast arches from brass tube
  • Vac-formed styrene radar, bow fender, liferaft boxes, liferings, the 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
  • Over 70 assembly drawings for ease of construction

The Y-boat compartment under the rear deck is an optional fitment with a choice of building the deck door 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 kit. 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. The kit has been reviewed in the UK magazines. Kit Reviews

Not supplied in the kit: The cabin name boards, hull & cabin roof numbers and lettering for any Tamar in the fleet (available direct from Model Lettering in Leicester, www.modellettering.com). Paints, adhesives and tools will be required to complete.

KIT PRICE UK and EU: 369 including 15 payable to the RNLI *

Rest of the world: 314 tax free
incl. 15 payable to the RNLI
To Order the above:
phone/fax: +44 1226 715576 - email us - or print out, post or fax the Order Form

Required for R/C Operation: 2 or 4-channel RC, speed control, motors, couplings, battery and charger.
Brushless motors and R/C available from Westbourne Model Centre, Bournemouth, tel: 01202 763480 or from SHG Model Supplies, tel. 01785 840308.

* The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. For more information visit www.rnli.org.uk