New 180′ Coastal Freighter/Tanker/Container Ship

Small Ships that Serve Worldwide


These small ships serve thousands of small harbors all around the world. This model is based on the dimensions of a small freighter based in Juneau, Alaska. It is 180 scale feet (54 m) long, with a beam of 28 feet (8.5 m). The model is thus 13.5 inches (343 mm) long and 2.2 inches (54 mm) wide. Height to the top of the navigation bridge, minus antennae, is 2.8 inches (72 mm).


The three hatches can be modeled open and stacked, or closed. There are two main hydraulic cargo cranes, plus a forward long-reach post and boom. Custom photo-etched brass railings and stairways, custom-made windlass and rear winch, lifeboat, davits, anchors, bitts and other small parts fill out the kit. The gunwhales are raised just as on the prototype.


This is an easy kit to build. Kit price is US $99.00 plus shipping. A basic built-up model is $350 plus shipping; a superdetailed built-up model is $450.


5 thoughts on “New 180′ Coastal Freighter/Tanker/Container Ship

    • Thank you! When I get set up in my new facility in Alabama, I’ll have much more space for photography, and be able to stage this kind of shot much more easily. My new home also has a large train room, so there will be plenty of shore line to shoot new images.

  1. Welcome to Alabama. I help operate the model railroad layout and museum in Foley. We meet 30,000 visitors a year, the #1 attraction in South Alabama ( OWA may catch up eventually)!

    • Thank you!I’ll have to visit next time that far south. I’m still in business and taking orders, although turn-around has been much slower due to recents moves. A new permanent workshop comes on line in late August, and production will soon be much faster.

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