499′ Canadian Pacific MapleCove break bulk cargo ship available in both Z and N scale. Z scale version shown.



Canadian Pacific Lines MapleCove from the port stern. The sleek C3 freighter served from 1947—1991 with a top speed of about 20 knots. 20 First-Class passengers traveled in style, with a fabulous restaurant.


560' Mobil Engineer Tanker (1972-1993)

560′ Mobil Engineer Tanker (1972-1993)

Port Stern View. The model is over 45" long.

Port Stern View. The model is over 45″ long.

1247' (380 M) Ti Oceania, with a beam of 68 M. The model is more than 8 feet long.

1247′ (380 M) Ti Oceania, with a beam of 68 M. The model is more than 8 feet long.

Details from the stern. The model is matte white, so that 3D color and motion can be projected on it.

Details from the stern. The model is matte white, so that 3D color and motion can be projected on it.


FDNY 140' ThreeFortyThree

RAnger 4200 from US East Coast Largest City


375′ Modern Feeder Container Ship




N Scale Ships provides accurate, detailed and well-executed ship models for model railroaders and marine enthusiasts. I specialize in ships in N and Z scale (1:160 and 1:220). Since every ship is modeled on a computer and cut with digital cutters, I can transform the drawings to any scale.

487' T2/T3 Converted to Container Ship (Mid-1970s)

487′ T2/T3 Converted to Container Ship (Mid-1970s)


The smaller ships are low-volume productions, usually built eight ships at a time, and have cast resin hulls and the larger parts of the superstructure. Larger ships may have cast resin bows and sterns, or may be built entirely from sheet styrene and brass. The larger ships are usually built upon order but, because they are computer-generated, usually ship within three weeks.


4393PtWelcomeNStBd3:4BowIn addition to the production ships, I will custom build any ship in any scale. Often existing drawings can be quickly modified, so a custom ship may be more affordable than expected. My library of hulls contains most common merchant and war ships.


4024Hayden3-4StarBStern4027Hastings3-4PortBowI do not claim that these are museum-quality ships, which would cost between ten and thirty times more. I build them with museum-level details, usually scratchbuilt. With most ships, you get to choose the era, paint scheme and era-specific details. Many ships had a lifetime of 40 years or more, and underwent constant changes and improvements. Your ship will be constructed and detailed for the time frame that you choose.


Please explore my site and enjoy! The site is under construction, so please pardon any inconsistencies.

Peter Nolan

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  1. I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else encountering problems with your site. It appears like some of the written text in your posts are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This might be a problem with my web browser because I’ve had
    this happen before. Thank you

    • No. I think there are quite a few pirate ships out there already, many at very low cost. I have two from the Far East that cost about $10 each at souvenir shops a few years back.

    • I may offer some of the smaller ships in HO in the future. The larger ships would require different construction methods in HO. In effect, they would be entirely different models. Once a hull gets to about six feet long and one foot wide, it is probably best built from wood, not styrene.

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