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Dave Metcalf ging in 2015 met pensioen en daarmee kwam er een einde aan Metcalf Mouldings. De meeste van zijn modellen zijn ondergebracht bij Tony Green Steam Models. Echter het schijnt dat hij zelf ook nog steeds [nieuwe] modellen produceert. Je kunt proberen contact op te nemen met mail of mail.
MoonbeamReplica of a 1913 pond yacht.
Length = 52”o/a. Beam = 11”. Draft 8.1/2”
Approx 18lbs.Displacement.
This, our companies first full model yacht kit, is based around a fibreglass hull taken off a prototype yacht that we know to have been free sailing on the Round Pond in Kensington in early 1913. The model design probably dates from the late 1890’s. As well as taking a mould off the hull we also sketched the original rig, this we have faithfully reproduced. We have however taken the decision to make the model above decks of a more scale appearance, thus we hope making her more attractive to the modeller.
Remembering that in the early 20th century there was no R/C, models had to be free sailing, they therefore had to be stable and capable of holding a true course, these sailing features have transferred admirably to our model. The on the water sailing performance of the prototype is really superb, using just 2 channel R/C gear. (Full details of how to fit and set-up the sail winch is described in the instructions) With her deep draft she is very stable, quick and manoeuvrable. The hull is of full deep keel type that will require internal ballast (not supplied) On the prototype we used No.3 Lead shot (purchased from a local gunsmiths)
The rig can however be easily & quickly folded flat for transport & storage, this process being fully described in the instructions.
We have also here enclosed a couple of files off of a selection of some of our digital photo’s. One file is off the finished model, the other file off the model during construction. These files only show a small selection from the digital photo ‘CD’ that is available (please phone for availability) by return of post.

This comprehensive kit contains the following parts:

Beautifully moulded white 48”lg. deep keel GRP hull.
6mm plywood, CNC cut for all deck & support beams.
Lady LauraTwin screw diesel harbour & coastal tugs.
Model Scale = 3/8" to 1ft. (1:32)
Length = 31.1/2"o/a. Beam = 9.1/2".
Displacement = Approx 16lbs.
This is another full model boat kit from our company, we have spent many careful hours in developing this attractive model into a superb scale subject that we feel is suitable for beginner or expert alike. The 'Lady Laura' (now "FORTH CHALLENGER") & 'Lady Marina' were built in 1968 for Humber Tugs by Richard Dunstons of Hessle. These two powerful tugs were primarily designed to work on the river Humber and its estuary, they had of course excellent sea-keeping abilities as well. Our model kit has been produced from the builders drawings and some contemporary photo's. Lady Marina was sold to Portugal in 1987. During their working lives the vessels carried several colour scheme, our kit is based on the 1992 colours of 'Lady Laura'. Previously manufactured as a GRP kit by 'Boats & Models' of Norwich (a company now owned by Metcalf Mouldings) our kit only utilises the original hull from this time, our model kit being a fully developed comprehensive new product.

This comprehensive kit contains the following parts:

White, one piece GRP Hull moulded to tops of bulwarks.
2 x 'M4' Propeller shafts & tubes, rudders & propellers.
Printed 0.5mm, 1.0mm, 1.5mm Styrene sheets for Deck beams, Decks, Superstructure, bridge interior, window frames, hatches etc.,
Over 350 accurately cast white metal fittings.
All required brass rod, wire, tube, nuts & bolts etc.
Dowel for samson posts, strip wood etc.
Vac-formings for funnel/mast assembly.
Laser cut self adhesive lettering for name & port of registration.
2 x Full-size keyed and numbered comprehensive general arrangement drawings to scale.
A comprehensive, easy to follow, illustrated construction manual.
A full Humbrol numbered colour scheme.
River StarModel Scale = 1" to 1ft. (1/12th)
Length = 27". Beam = 9".

This model, the latest in our range of full kits, is, we believe, one of the most unusual subjects ever to have been chosen to kit. It is a two berth 'tug yacht', based on a design from the board of one of the most innovative boat designers in the world, Jay Benford. This talented American designer specialises in 'live aboard' and dual purpose designs of real original thought.
This small 27ft sea-worthy vessel is designed to operate coastally and on all the rivers throughout the USA (such as the mighty Mississippi) right up through to the great lakes. Easily handled by a couple, designed for extended cruising and also capable of towing small cargoes (such as pontoon accommodation) she is a small capable multi-role vessel of colourful, robust appearance.
Our model of the "RIVER STAR" has a single screw and features a modified type of balanced 'fish-tail' rudder. The model of the "RIVER STAR" is for a full model boat kit containing all parts (other than motor, batteries & R/C) as follows:-
Nicely moulded white one piece GRP hull with fender belting moulded on.
Five accurately printed styrene sheets for all parts for decks, saloon, wheelhouse etc.
Vacuum formed funnel & funnel cap.
Propeller shaft, prop, rudder, tube, arm etc.
Nearly 100 precision cast white metal fittings.
Brass rod for railings, "D" rubber for fendering, clear glazing, dowel etc.
Concise, easy to follow fully illustrated construction manual plus full-size scale detailed construction drawing by David Metcalf make for great ease of construction.
We feel this to be a model that is eminently suited to the beginner to model boating, indeed one of the reasons for picking the "RIVER STAR" was the designed ease of construction. Having said that, this is a scale kit and is equally suited to the experienced builder. Powered by a single "545" type motor and two channel R/C. She is manoeuvrable, stable and colourful on the water, with her high bulwarks she will also take heavier water in her stride. Ideal for just sailing around the lake or regatta work she lends herself much to further detailing and personalising.
RNLB The Scout"WAVENEY" Class Fast Lifeboat.
Model Scale = 1" to 1ft. (1/12th)
Length = 44"o/a. Beam = 13.1/2".

This model is a scale model of the RNLI's first nationwide fast lifeboat, the WAVENEY class.. This is our company's sixth, full-scale model boat kit, we have spent many hundreds of careful hours in developing this large attractive model into a superb scale subject we are happy with. If you read and build this kit to the instructions and drawings supplied herewith we are confident that you will be delighted with your finished model.
If you are a beginner or expert we feel sure your model will look as good (probably better) than ours. The boat was originally designed in early 1960 in America for the USCG, prototype production and trials were started in 1962, this the design passed successfully. It was in 1963 that the RNLI started to look at this fast lifeboat design. After a visit to the USA delivery was taken in May of that year of a prototype vessel (in fact the 28th. boat of the class to be built in the USA). As was RNLI policy she was numbered 44-001. Manufacture of the 22 No. production boats started in 1965 and finished in 1982, a strangely long period of time.
Our model is based on archive drawings and photo's off the Hartlepool lifeboat 'RNLB The Scout' she entered service in 1977, after 20 years service she left to go into fleet reserve on the 29-9-97. She was then sold out of service on the 18-11-97 to ADES (the Uruguay lifeboat service,) for service at Base No.1 Puerto del Buceo, a suburb of the capital, Montevideo, here she was named ADES 16. No. 14-016. Our model is shown (we are told) as in August 1994, she is correct for this date only having already been refitted several times. There was a class total of 22 Waveneys built, all to the same basic design, we feel that with some research you could easily base your model on one of these others, beware though! There are differences! We are confident our kit can be altered to suit any of this class of Lifeboat, we are also sure you will prove us right. In fact, with a little research a decent model could also be made off the USCG, Canadian or Swedish versions.

This comprehensive kit contains the following parts:

Beautifully moulded GRP Hull, the bow & stern deck moulded are moulded on as is the deck edge fendering.
Two fully detailed moulded GRP Cabins complete with all rivet detailing
Propeller shaft, prop, rudder, tube, arm etc.
M4 Propeller shafts & Propellers.
Printed 0.75mm, 1.5mm & 2mm Styrene sheets for Cabin, interior, decks, window frames etc.,
Over 460 accurately cast white metal fittings.
All brass rod, wire, tube, nuts & bolts, links, light tube etc.
Dowel for mast, Samson posts, block wood etc.
Resin cast life belt, brass tube for grab rails.
All grab cord, thread, wire, glazing materials etc.
Laser cut self adhesive lettering for name, location & number.
3 Large, drawn to scale, keyed and numbered comprehensive general arrangement/construction drawings.
Extremely comprehensive, easy to follow illustrated construction manual.
Manual & Scale Drawings all prepared by David Metcalf.
All the above makes for a complete scale kit to make the model to museum standards, when fitted with individual motor controls the on the water performance is very realistic and looks good.
RNLB Alice UpjohnRother class slipway launched Lifeboat.
Model Scale = 1" to 1ft. (1:12)
Length = 41.1/2"o/a. Beam = 12.1/2".
Displacement = Approx 16lbs.
This model is a scale model of the last type of slip-way launched displacement type motor life boats, with twin tunnelled propellers. This model kit makes up into a superb model, suitable for static display as well as a regatta winning model.
This is our companies third full model boat kit, we have spent many careful hours in developing this attractive model into a superb scale subject we are happy with. If you read and build this kit to the instructions and drawings supplied we are confident that you will be delighted with the finished model. If you are a beginner to model boating or an expert, we feel sure that if you decide to have a go at building the model, your model will look as good (if not better) than ours.
The 37ft. Rother class of slip-way launched lifeboat (in fact 37'-6") was a further development of the earlier 37ft Oakley class boat, the Oakleys were introduced into service in the late 1950's to replace the open Liverpool class, (a total of 27 boats were built in the class). The Rother derivative, first entering service in the early 1970's they were a displacement type self-righting lifeboat that had a top speed of 10.5 knots and cruised at 9 knots.
The anomaly in there length at 37ft as opposed to an overall length of 41ft 6ins is because their length was measured 'bp'. (between perpendiculars) a rather old fashioned method of measurement, (normally taken on the standard waterline length) still however extensively used in the marine design field.
Our model is based on archive drawings and contemporary photo's (Sumner) off the Dungeness lifeboat 'RNLB Alice Upjohn' she entered service in 1976. After 16 years service she left to go into the relief fleet in 1992, here she served until sold out of service in 1995.
There was a class total of 14 Rother's built, all to the same basic design, we feel that with some research you could easily base your model on one of these others. We are confident our kit can be altered to suit any of these class of Lifeboat, we are sure you will prove us right.

Below is a list off all 14 lifeboats in the "Rother" class.

O/No. Built. Boat No. Name.Stations.

998 1972 37-27 Osman Gabriel. Port Erin 73-92. Relief 92-93.
999 1973 37-28 Diana White Sennen Cove 73-91. Relief 91-92.
1000 1973 37-29 Mary Gabriel Hoylake 74-90. Rhyl 90-92.
1022 1973 37-30 Harold Salveson Amble 74-86. Relif 86-92. Rhly 92.
1023 1974 37-31 J.Reginald Corah Swanage 75-92.
1024 1974 37-32 The Hampshire Rose Walmer 75-90. Relief 90-92.
1046 1977 37-33 Silver Jubilee (CS No.38) Margate 78-91. Relief 91-93.
1046 1977 37-34 Horace Clarkson. Moelfre 77-87. Relief 87-93
1047 1976 37-35 Alice Upjohn. Dungeness 77-92. Relief 92-95.
1054 1979 37-36 Shoreline Blyth 79-82. Arbroath 82-93.
1063 1982 37-37 Duke of Kent Eastbourne 79-93. Relief 93-94.
1063 1982 37-38 Princess of Wales. Barmouth 82-92. Relief 92-93.
1064 1981 37-39 The Davys Family Shoreham 81-86. Relief 86-94.
1068 1982 37-40 James Cable. Aldeburgh 82-93. Relief 93-94.

Our comprehensive scale kit contains the following parts:
GRP Hull moulding.
One piece, white GRP, twin tunnelled moulded hull with moulded on side fendering, raised bow and stern sections, bilge keel supports and other detailing. This makes starting construction simple and straight-forward, what I always think of as the hardest part is already done!.

GRP Cabin moulding.
One piece, white GRP cabin. Accurately shaped and fits from raised bow deck to raised stern deck. All window and door cutouts clearly marked onto sides for cutting out.

Twin Propeller shafts.
A pair of 'M4' shafts, complete with brass "A" frame bearings and prop retention nuts, shafts plain on inboard end for fitting of coupling (coupling not supplied). A pair of handed 3 blade white metal propellers (42mm.dia.).

3mm plywood.
A sheet of printed plywood with the cabin bulkhead and longitudinal stiffener. Also the rudder servo support box and plate.

Printed Styrene.
Sheets of 0.75mm, 1.5mm and 2mm hard styrene printed sheets with all parts for Cabin interior, decks, bulkheads, window frames etc. Easy to cut out with a sharp craft knife, glues together with ordinary styrene adhesive, takes paint finish with minimum of preparation.

Cast white metal fittings.
Over 460 cast white metal fittings for Anchors, handrails, 'A' frames, binnacle/wheel assembly, lights, hinges, hatch handles, capstan etc, etc.

Handrails Chain.
Fine brass link chain for hand-railing, complete with over links, cast white metal shackles, turnbuckles etc.

Other hardware.
All brass rod (whip aerials, grab rails), wire, tube, nuts & bolts (for fixing 'A' frames, rudder posts etc). Various size dowels (mast, samson posts, binnacle etc). Strip wood and block wood (cabin seat, instruments etc). Vac-formed radar housing. Resin cast bow fender former and pair of resin cast life-belts. Card of various cards (polypropylene grab cord, brown fender thread, white grab lines). Dyed cloth material (and pattern) for drough. Sheet of glazing material, etc, etc.

Lettering and Numbers.
Laser cut self-adhesive lettering for 'Dungeness' boats name, location & number.
(Should you wish to make one of the others in the class we include the name and address of our supplier who will do you a set to suit your chosen subject at a reasonable cost.)

Drawings & Instructions.
This is possibly the most important part of the kit, there are two full-size general arrangement drawings. These show all parts numbered and cross-referenced back to the instructions and parts lists. The drawings are to scale and fully dimensioned where necessary.
The written instructions are easy to follow, full of hint and tips (what glues to use where etc,) all laid out in our suggested construction sequence, further illustrated with many small exploded sketches and two pages of colour photo's of the prototype model. Also included is a fully numbered 'Humbrol' colour scheme to make painting easier.
We feel these instructions make the model clear and straight-forward to build. All drawings and instructions are by David Metcalf.

Help and support.
Being model boat makers of long standing ourselves, we supply a friendly, quick and informed telephone back up service, if you have a worry or query we will sincerely try and help you.
We think that all the above makes for a complete scale kit to make the model to museum standards. When fitted with individual motor controls the on the water performance is very realistic and she looks good.
Ann Letitia Russel41ft. "WATSON" Twin Screw Motor Life Boat.
Model Scale = 1" to 1ft. (1:12)
Length O.A. = 44"(1,118mm). Beam = 12"(304mm).
This type of 41ft. "WATSON" class non self righting boat was originally powered by two 35hp. Petrol engines, this gave her a top speed of 8knots. This class of life boat was introduced into service in the early 1930’s, the actual boat this model is based on is the "ANN LETITIA RUSSEL" she was based on station at Fleetwood for most of her working life, from Feb.1939 to Feb 1976. In her career she was launched 205 times and saved 158 lives. However there were many boats in the class and you can easily with some research base your model on one of these others.
This kit was originally produced by "WYRELIGHT MODELS" of Fleetwood, this company was taken over by "METCALF MOULDINGS". We are pleased to announce the re-introduction of this model of an unusual and distinctive boat, although the kit is fairly complex it is very complete, with concise and detailed illustrated instructions and drawings, making her a model kit that can be tackled even by the competent beginner to model boating.
This comprehensive kit contains the following parts:
Beautifully moulded GRP Hull, bow and main deck wells and cockpit covers.
Propeller shafts & Propellers.
Printed 6mm plywood for all the deck beams and parts.
Printed 1.5mm plywood for all the sub decks, cockpit parts, rudder, lockers etc.,
Fully printed and lined 1.5mm ply one piece main deck, cockpit decks and other parts.
Over 540 cast white metal fittings.(All from our new moulds)
All chain for handrails.
All brass rod, wire, tube etc.
Dowel for masts and vents, strip and block wood etc.
Resin Cast former for the bow fender and Lifebelt.
All rigging cord, glazing, veneer material etc.
Full-size keyed and numbered general arrangement drawings.
A comprehensively illustrated construction manual with further notes by David Metcalf.
All the above makes for a complete kit to make the model to museum standards, when fitted with individual motor controls the on the water performance is very realistic and looks good.
Construction is fairly straightforward and manageable by even a complete beginner to model boating, construction of the model features some unique and well thought out ideas, the two ‘veneered’ cockpit covers being constructed from GRP mouldings covered in 1:12th. scale printed dolls house paper, these when made up are extremely effective and fool most people into thinking they are actually covered in veneer.
When I built my prototype model I found it an extremely enjoyable experience, having at the end a truly lovely model to look at and use, I found her performance on the water to be both responsive and stable, even in rough weather, the transfer of the hull from full-size to model accurately reproducing her sea keeping qualities.
GraemseyIsland Supply Vessel.
Model Scale = 1/2" to 1ft. (1:24)
Length = 28". (710mm)
Beam = 10". (254mm)
Displacement = 15lbs. (6.8k)
The selection of the "Graemsey" as our second full model boat kit has been influenced by many demands, we feel that she is the ideal model for expert or beginner alike being a straight forward subject to build with only one working feature that demands some concentration and accuracy on behalf of the builder, that being the working stern ramp, however this can be made much simpler by just glueing it into place as a fixed feature.
First perhaps though some description of the full-size vessel, the "Graemsey" is a small islands supply vessel/ferry, this small, rugged and attractively colourful vessel is owned by Orkney Ferries and operates from Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, supplying all the diverse and varied needs of the crofting communities on the outlying islands.
To supply these islands the "GRAEMSEY" has a reinforced cargo deck capable of taking a large modern tractor of up to 8 tons, as well as small trucks, supply vehicles, Land Rovers etc. This deck area also has sockets to take portable stock pens so sheep and cattle can be transported to and from the islands and to market. The stern ramp allows for these types of cargo to be driven off or on where the islands have loading slips. Where these do not exist a Pallfinger 2tonne hydraulic crane has been fitted for unloading onto quaysides.
She would also transport all other items used on the islands, from letters to consumables, gas bottles to building materials, what ever is required, she carries. This has the advantage that the modeller can make any sort of cargo he wishes to enhance the back deck., indeed several cargo’s could be made and inter changed as choice dictates.
In the summer months an extra 32 portable seats are fitted on the cargo deck for tourist traffic to and from the islands. She also has the large front saloon with w/c facilities and seating for 39 passengers built into her long raised fo’c’s’le, during the winter months this is the only passenger area used by either island residents or visitors to the Islands
Passengers normally load onto the "GRAEMSEY"on the cargo deck via the let down stern ramp, or at a quayside, via companionways to the two side gates on the fo’c’s’le deck at the sides.
The vessel is powered by two Mermaid Magnum 2 engines with twin disc MG501 gearboxes with 2.95:1 reduction. Each engine produces 224kW at 2500rpm, sufficient to give the vessel a top speed of just over 10 knots fully laden. A Kort KT120 bow thruster is installed to help when berthing stern to or in strong beam winds (some of the small island harbours can be exposed to strong winds and tides)
We have on our model not fitted a bow thruster unit, however the modeller if he wishes can fit either the ‘Robbe’ or ‘Graupner’ unit with ease at the position shown on the drawings.
Our model, of the "GRAEMSEY" has twin screws (supplied as a pair of handed white metal props) and modified fish-tail rudders, this makes for a highly manoeuvrable model.
The contents of our model of the "GRAEMSEY" is for a full model kit containing all parts (other than motors, batteries & R/C) as follows:-
One piece GRP hull with all fender belting moulded on and cut-out lines moulded in for the stern ramp and side door positions
One piece GRP Superstructure with window and door cut-out positions moulded in.
Five printed styrene sheets 0.5mm, 1.0mm & 1.5mm thick, these sheet have all the numbered parts for decks, funnels, mast, wheelhouse roof, wheelhouse interior, stern ramp etc. All are acuratly drawn on and only need cutting out to fit.
twin Propeller shafts, handed pair props, rudder tubes, rudders & rudder arms
Over 300 precision cast white metal fittings.
Cleanly Eched brass handrail stanchions.
Separate hydraulic crane kit with own drawings and instructions.
All other materials to complete the kit including brass rod for railings, dowel, clear glazing, anchor chain etc.
Comprehensive yet concise, easy to follow illustrated step-by-step construction manual, complete with ‘Humbrol’ referenced paint guide, all written by David Metcalf.
Two large, full-size, scale detailed numbered construction drawings showing all elevations and sections and details, these drawings include suggested R/C. installation details all drawings have been prepared by David Metcalf.
Full technical back-up, help & advice service.
Our model off the "GRAEMSEY" makes up into a colourful stocky and compact model, of a size transportable in the back of a small car, with her twin screws and fish-tail type rudders she is highly manoeuvrable making her ideal for regatta’s and competition work, this allied to her wide beam and high f’o’c’sle means she will take the roughest of waters with stability and ease. We also feel that with our concise instructions and detailed drawings she can be built by beginner or expert alike. The stern cargo deck lends itself admirably to extra detailing to the modellers delight with tractor, animal pens or just mixed cargo.
Liverpool Class Lifeboat----------
Avengerpolyester romp
white metal beslag
W18 kg.

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