A collection of free plans for model sail boats including yachts, gallions, brigantines and pirate ships. Many of the plans can be adopted for radio control use.
Albion Plans are 1.9mb in PDF Format - 39 pages, Instructions in Italian only.
Building a model ship in the traditional way using "Plank on Frame" construction is a very satisfying way to make a model sailing ship - you can see the craftsmanship and time spent when onlookers or viewers of photographs of the build view the progress.
Time should be spent browsing each set of plans and deciding which method of construction is best suited to each Model Sailing Ship - for example, if you wish to add Radio gear to make a Radio Controlled Sailing Ship, you should avoid making a solid hull. A plank on frame hull may be prone to sinking if additional buoyancy is not added.
A good method for building RC Ship hulls is to make the hull in a "bread and butter" method, cutting the correct sized hole in each layer to enable adequate room for the RC equipment and servos to control the rudder and sails.
Alderboran Plans are 750kb in PDF format - 26 pages of tiled plans with instructions in English
Details and free plans on the RC Ship Plans Page 1
This ship was built using a Polystyrene foam form for the hull shape. The foam is easily sanded into shape with an Electric Sanding Machine and this is then used as a former to lay Fiberglass and Epoxy resin to make a GRP hull. Do not use polyester resin as this will melt the foam former on contact.
The epoxy glass hull can be sanded flat using a plastic filler to fill any depressions left by the Glass Matting weave. This makes for an extremely strong unsinkable hull.
Alert 1818 Plans in PDF format, tiled in 36 pages - 1.3mb in size with instructions in English
All sailing Ship models are complex builds due to the amount of rigging required for the sails - this becomes extremely complex if you are considering a fully steerable sailing ship with multiple masts. Square rigged sails present even more complications.
18 Pages of plans 450kbin size in PDF format
Download the Free Sailboat plans here
with 51 Pages of plans 1.4mb in size
Plans are in PDF format and will print out full size in tiled pages
Download the free Brigantine Plans Here
78 Pages in PDF format that are 2.1MB in size
Download the Pirate Ship Gallion Plans here
Golden Hind Plans in 72 tiled pages in PDF format
The free plans for the model sailing ship are 2.8 MB in size
Download the Golden Hind Plans Here
A Gallion such as this is a major project due to the many hundreds of parts required. The level of craftsmanship for the hobby model maker is challenging and this type of model is recommended for advanced home model engineers only.
Plans for the Mercury Brigantine
60 pages of tiled plans hat are 1.5 MB in sizeDownload the free Brigantine Plans here
Plans for the Yanita Brigantine
The free plans are in 29 Tiled Pages in PDF format that is 760kb in sizeDownload the free Brigantine Plans Here
A 1:66 scale Sailing Yacht that is 770mm long when built to these plans.
Plans are 1.8MB in size on 7 large format sheets - download the plans here
Chapman 40 - 26 cannon Frigate Skeleton Frame Plans - Free Download - Click Here
To Print files full size:
Set paper size in the print options in the Adobe print menu - ensure paper size setting is correct. (the preview in the ADOBE software will show this)
The plans are large sheets ranging from A0 to A2 in sheet size - the large sheets that are best printed at a print shop such as Kinko's or similar high street printers.
Regardless of were the plans are printed, the following settings from the Adobe "Print" menu options are needed to print out full size:
Ensure paper size setting is correct - ,A2, A1 or A0 depending on the sheet.
Please ensure that the "Page Scaling" setting in the Adobe software Print Options is set to "None"
Do not use the "Fit to Page" option.
You can use the "Tile Large Pages" to print full scale on A3 or A4 paper joined together if you have the Adobe Pro software or the free Adobe Reader 10.
More details are here: http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/print-posters-banners-acrobat-reader.html
This is a grat first time build for a Plank on Frame Model Ship build.
Dowload the Plan set and full sized reference photographs of the Taka Coastal Fishing Boat here