This page last updated: December 21, 2012 as of August 2017
Container ship Building instructions
The code is posted to SourceForge
Container ship could be made from the laker : unifeeder is about 7 40' containers long (5.5 + front and rear superstructure): 280' and about 6 wide. [HO: 280'=38.6", Containers: 5.5: 30.25"L, 6: 6.5"W ](5x6=30 containers per level + 6 20')
Wikipedia photo info... here is a good site: Ship Photo Albums From Dennis Shum and Tylon Leung. Wikipedia Container ship has images of the hold and general information.
unifeeder does not list a Rita, however their ships look similar in size.
- RC Container Ship kits (these prices are a few years old and the current prices are about twice these listed :( )
- prices are dated and flucuate but they give you a range. ALL CONTAINERS would NOT WORK with HO scale 1/87 devices :(
Sydney Star Scale 1:200 Length approx. 1135 mm Beam approx. 140 mm $333.91
Timrix Scale 1/75 Length 965mm Beam 153mm Sailing weight 2kgs $333.13
M.V. Fairwind Scale 1/76 Length 1.01mt Beam 165mm (40"x6.5") $415.22
M.V. Fairwind seems to be close to workable size and structure
Trein Maersk Scale 1/100 Length 1.6m Beam 318mm (63" x 12" moulded glass fiber hull) Sailing weight 18.2kgs $1,152.44 .. you are paying for those containers which you cannot USE... well also the larger ships have reinforced decks, according to the site information.
- There are also Tankers, automobile ferries, ...
Tanker: Liz Terkol Scale 1/96 Length 905mm Beam 150mm $429.35
RO/RO Ferry: Celastine Scale 1/100 Length 1.62m Beam 240mm Sailing weight 10kg $1,152.50
RO/RO Ferry: MV Muirneag Scale 1/100 Length 1.11m Beam 205mm Sailing weight 6.1kg $431.01
? Ferry 86 forty foot trailers: Maersk Anglia Scale 1/100 Length 1.24m Beam 203mm Sailing weight 6.5kg $473.64
There are 25.4 millimetres in one inch. Therefore, rounded to two decimal places, 165 millimetres is equal to 165/25.4 = 6.50 inches.
a meter is 39.37" so these are ?small?
Waterline : 3 foot ships or 71" ~ 6 foot ships...
RC watercraft 3 foot ships
scaleshipyard - RC Ship hulls-only use battleship, cruiser or carrier hulls and make your own deck and hatches... these can be up to 11' long
greatlakesmodeling DIY scratch building
- Ship construction
- General Info...
- I gotta say, i don't like water and the only reason i am doing this is to have a hull for the ship conveyor to empty ...and dock conveyor to fill. These ships would never get wet unless I built an actual waterway for them to float in next to the trains.
- Float in the air, swim through land, walk on water.
- Coal ship has an internal and external conveyor, Oil ship has connnectors to simulate pumping, Container ship is mostly a flat top.. unless it has containers in the hold.. the little ones do not - the containers are all above deck., makes me wonder why they do not tip over.
- Ship choices:
- 40” x 6.50” : Full kit M.V. Fairwind... Price: 750.00 Scale 1/76
- 50” x 7” : Hull only HARTMAN MODEL BOATS C-2 FREIGHTER... PRICE: $ 189.00 + 150 ++ for motor etc HMB-73
- 31" x 4..5"? : RC toy : Smasher Destroyer $52.98
- Bought a RC 31" destroyer... Cheapo prototype rather than the $250+ hull or $800+ full kit
- Does not work as it is only 2+ containers wide. Reviews said it was 4.5 - Nope, it is only 3.5" wide.
- Removed all that stuff on top and will make a flat support across the top and have 3 containers across. This will be more of a static display - go play in the pond ship as there is not room to make container supports so the crane can lift them.
- EMPCCCC : Electro Magnetic Propulsion Combat Class Container Carrier
- See videos of Deconstruction and Construction
- As of August 2017 am building an inner hull-container support for the 50” x 7” hull... seems the M.V. Fairwind would be paying for things that would not be used... Over $200 for the hull, over $200 for styrene, and 200 containers to fill it woul be $2000 so that will be a while before it is finished.
- Built a base to hold the ship as the ship fore and aft have a ridge at the bottom of the ship and it will not sit level, the rest of the hull is flat bottomed.
- Plywood 3/8" covered with 1" foam covered with 3/8" soft foam and another 3/8" soft foam cut out at edge of ship to be the "water" and hide the bottom of the ship. 1x2 glued around the edge.
- Painted it with RUST-OLEUM 2X gloss "seaside".
- Painted the ship, off center to make it appear deeper than it is, as it is flat bottomed kinda like a water line model.
- Painted bottom with RUST-OLEUM 2X gloss "apple red".
- Painted top with RUST-OLEUM 2X gloss "brilliant blue".
- Building the styrene container supports is exploratory step by step, like the rest of the things built, not with an engineered plan nor any design.
- Cutting 0.125 and 0.080 styrene is done with masking tape on the styrene , a piece of cardboard under it, all clamped to reduce vibration. The tape and cardboard knock the platic bits off of the blade so they do not become melted back onto the styrene.
- I am using an old jig saw and Vermont American #30027 blades. There are special blades (not these, although these work great) for cutting plastic, the main idea is that the teeth alternate their edge and the blade is straight, not curved or wavy. Seach for more information and find things like plexiglas-fabrication-manual.
- Dockside Container Crane Construction
- General Info...
- well, being lazy, hopefully Walthers will re-release theirs with an adapter to make it longer in front...
- 5.5 LB (2.5kg) Electric Lifting Magnet Electromagnet Solenoid Lift Holding 20mm
... is not strong enough to hold through a plastic roof - made for direct to metal contact - 11lb works : get a pair... on E Bay ...
- Using a drawer extension to extend the lower portion Out over the ship. Using sliders and rails to move the lift mechanism fore and aft. Using wooden spools on a pencil to lower and lift the electromagnet holding the containers. 3 continuous rotation servos move the bits... NO IDEA on how or what will move this contraption Along the dock.
- Attached rollers to the side and the wheel from the departed rotary dumper. The wheel drives the crane at an angle since there is only force on one side and slips when it gets at too much of an angle, so if that cannot be fixed; VEX rack and pinion gear will be the next attempt at moving the crane along the dock.
- Glue 2 washers inside the top of a container... for mine they go 3/4" from the outside of the container to the outside of the washer.
- Some containers open on the bottom and some open on the top... be carefull prying them apart as some have knob and loops and some are only friction fit and some are glued together it seems.
- loyalhannadockyard Hartman model boatd C-2 freighter (Don of Loyalhanna Dockyard actually makes the things they sell when ordered)
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