Summerlee Model Extravaganza  -  7th and 8th September 2013


On behalf of all the Federation Clubs, can I say a big THANK YOU to John Mcallister for organising this year's superb Summerlee Model Extravaganza, definitely the best to date.

I must also thank Nigel Coates for all his hard work in organizing  the competitions and the judging over the weekend.

All the Clubs that were there over the weekend are also to be thanked for their excellent support of this Show.

And finally, the Clubs and the individual members that won competitions over the weekend,  well done to you all.

I hope to see you all, and many more, next year.

Forbes Milne, Chairman

Scottish Federation of Model Boat Clubs

Show Photo Albums.
A number of thoughtful individuals have offered their photographs of the show to the web site.  Below are links to this great collation:
Andrew Ramsay :
Eddie Haig :

Steering & Docking & Outside activities
Gallery 16

Competition Awards.
The competition winners can be found on the Victor Ludorum page of this site which also contains photos of the award ceremony.

Show Report.
Glasgow Richmond MBC have kindly provided a link to Neil McCarrons  show report :
Email address for Tom Ewing - Secretary has changed.

He may now be reached at
Addendum to Summerlee Show Item

Two Show Awards were made on Sunday 8th.
The first was Best Model Boat Display - donated by Kim  of Clyde Model Boats and won by The Pentland Model Boat Club.

The second, donated by the Federation,  was for the Best Show Stand and was awarded to the Scottish Model Warship Association.

Last, but certainly not least,  the Federation Award for the Best Scratch Built Model was awarded to  John Finlay of Lorn Model Engineers for his Twin Cylinder Steam Engine.

Recent Committee changes are reflected in the update of the Club Information page.
The Club Contact is now Norrie Smith and his contact details will be found on the Club page.
EAST KILBRIDE MBC - Bring and Buy Auction Sale Evening.

Bring and Buy Sale at East Kilbride Model Boat Club on 20th November
Red Deer centre. Alberta Ave, East Kilbride.
G75 8NH.

Time again for our world renowned bring and buy evening at Red Deer centre.
Viewing is from1830 and auction starts at 1900.

Lots of goodies brought in by members, not always modelling related for sale at ridiculous prices, for club funds.
Some items sold on behalf of members for small donation to club.
Free tea /coffee and biscuits.
Come along and grab yourself a bargain, see you there,
Now published on the site
Summerlee Model Extravaganza  
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of September 2014.
14 tables have already been booked - GRMBC;  SMWA;  Marks Model Bits & Chylds Hall Model Shipyard.  Space is NOT infinite - so get your bookings in as soon as you can - first come, first served.

Once again the first Club to publish dates for the new year and you can find these on the Events page

This prompts a wee reminder …………
It would be a great help if Club event dates were posted here in advance of the Federation AGM in February.   No matter if the dates are ‘provisional’ - they can easily be revised.

Location, timings and Agenda will be published on this site well in advance of the due date.
Also please remember that, should you wish to table an item at the AGM, you MUST advise the Secretary, Nigel Coates, AT LEAST 2 weeks in advance of the due date.
28th December 2013
Before 28th December
29th December 2013
As of the Club Annual General Meeting of 2013, the elected Committee are as follows:

Chairman :     Robert Forman
Vice-chair:     Neil McCarron
Secretary:      Sandy Mercer
Treasurer:      Ronnie Morlan

The Club Information page has been updated.

Watch this space !!!!  To celebrate 30 years of age, the Club plans a special logo
(to be adopted for 1 year) - we look forward to seeing it!

21st January 2014

The New Year is well and truly upon us and I do hope that, at least so far, it is looking good for you all.

Sadly this time of year always seems to bring snuffles, snorts and other unwelcome visitors and if this is so, my commiserations, and best wishes for a speedy recovery.


The MSC Newsletter for January is now posted on the Club Newsletter page, kindly submitted by Tom Ewing.


Somehow or another the revised Rules had been displaced from this site.

This has now been corrected - see Federation Info > Competition Rules > Yachts.

Thanks to Eddie Haig for identifying this omission.

18th February 2014


Doubtless you are all aware of this important meeting and will be making arrangements to attend.

If you cannot attend I sincerely hope that you will participate by submitting any items of concern regarding Federation business by eMail to the Secretary for submission to the meeting.

Having been Secretary of a Club for many years and involved in the Federation since its inception, I well appreciate the work (and pressures) associated with a committee post.

Never the less, I would respectfully remind you all that the SFMBC was created specifically to represent the interests of Model Boating Clubs (in Scotland and beyond).

The Scottish Federation of Model Boat Clubs depends upon your participation.

Sorry if this adds to your burden, but, hey, who ever said that being a Committee member was easy!

Never mind - you do get some perks!

FREE tea and tabnabs at the AGM.

              Or even Coffee and sarnies


21st February 2014

Model Steamer Club.

February Newsletter is now posted.

The Club is to be congratulated on a marvellous fund raising effort - they raised £1667.06 in support of the RNLI.  Check out their Newsletter for more info.

23rd February 2014

Revision 3 of the 2014 Events List is now published.

Please note that Darlington and District MBC continue to have weed problems and so do not appear on our Events List, at least for the moment.

However to ensure that Paddleboat enthusiasts will still have a dedicated event, Knightswood MBC have agreed to host a Paddler Day on the 31st August and hopefully this will attract a good following.  

Well done Knightswood!!

Knightswood Model Boat Club

For up to date information on Club events etc., they now have a Facebook Page.

From what I can see, you do not have to have a Facebook presence in order to view the site and postings.

27th February 2014

Submitted by: Ian McGhie, a member of the Model Steamer Club of Glasgow.


Saturday 5th April from 10 am to 4 pm

On board “SV GLENLEE”

Admission is FREE

This is a Maritime Heritage exhibition held annually in Glasgow.

This year it is going to be held on the Tall Ship S.V. “Glenlee” which is moored by  the Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow.

This promises to be a great event and there is much to be seen.

The event will be attended by:

West Highland Steamer Club

Model Steamer Club of Glasgow

Clyde River Steamer Club

Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PS Waverley & PS Maid of the Loch)

Coastal Cruising Association

MacBraynes Circle (Buses)

Clyde Marine Services

Friends of the Glenlee (Tall Ship)

Enthusiast Groups will be selling Books, Photographs and Postcards

It is also hoped to have two preserved buses running short trips.


Click here for POSTER with more information.

The 2013 Event …

28th February 2014

Greenock Model Yacht and Power Boat Club

Please check the Club Page for contact changes.

Mark McKay reports that they are currently without a Secretary and so Mark, as Scale Secretary, is acting as the Contact for the Club.

The election of a new Secretary will probably take place at their Annual General Meeting in October 2014.

Revision 4 of the Events Programme for 2014 is now published.

This contains NEW Scale events from Greenock MYPBC.

A comprehensive listing of Scottish District Yachting Fixtures for 2014 will also be posted very shortly.

10th March 2014

Events Listing Revision 5 now published.

Check it out …. There are quite a few new events listed.

Borders Model Boat Club.

I’m sure you will all remember that the Club has acquired access to a new Sailing Water at Gunknowe Loch in Tweedbank Park.  This is far superior to its old home water but its use is governed by the Borders Regional Council.  Regardless it seems to have been a very positive step forward for the Club.

The Club is holding its first major competition event on this new water on Sunday, August 31st 2014.  
I can do no better than to quote from an email sent by George Hartnup:

We have been given permission by the Borders Regional Council to hold a competition on Sunday 31st August 2014 on Gunknowe Loch.

This will be the first event the Club has held for a long time, so we will need a lot of advice on how to do it.

We are setting a nominal start time of 11 am.

We will be running a Warship and Submarine day, with sailing events for surface warships and submarines.

We will also have a Concourse competition.

As you may know, the loch is in the Tweedbank Park, which has a good restaurant, a small shopping precinct and has a children's playground attached.

We have an arrangement with the owner of the restaurant at the end of the loch whereby our club members and guests can use the toilet facilities.

Visitors can use the post code TD1 3RP in sat navs or google maps to locate the venue. It is the code for the restaurant on the end of the loch.

We would be grateful if you could put the event into the events calendar on the Federation web site.
We will post more details on our website as they become available.

Where is Gunknowe Loch ??

11th March 2014

Thick and fast ……
Events Listing Revision 6 now published …………..

2nd April 2014

Events Listing Revision 7 now posted.

New events and also Timing changes.

Model Steamer Club.

April Newsletter now posted.

Scottish Model Warship Association

We are very pleased to announce that this well known and well respected modelling group have elected to become affiliates of the Federation.

They have been staunch supporters of the Federation Annual Show at Summerlee and their key involvement in the Navy Weekends in Glasgow ensure that we all know the high quality of their modelling skills and their dedication to the furtherance of model boating in Scotland..

A Club Page and associated contact details are in the course of preparation and will be posted as soon as they are available.

Carlisle MBC - Update of Club Information Page.

There have been changes to the meeting dates and they have replaced their web site with a Facebook Page.

Glasgow Richmond MBC

The Club PR man has been busy once again and tells me that Model Boats Magazine will be publishing a ‘30 year anniversary article’ in the Around The Clubs section of the May issue.

Well done that man!!


Point of contact:
Grant McKenzie (Team Leader – Falkirk Community Trust)

FCT are responsible for some of the events that will be run at the Helix.

The park (and more) developed on waste/wild land near the canal and
the river Carron at Falkirk contains a large circular lagoon with café,
toilet facilities and outdoor arena area.

This has been a continuation of the work begun by the building of the Falkirk Wheel to link the Forth and Clyde canal to the Union canal.

A new piece of canal has been built which is low enough to pass under the M9 with a new lock onto the river Carron. Some of you may already have driven past this point and seen the huge “Kelpie” statues.


The Helix is a brand new public outdoor space between Falkirk and Grangemouth operated by Falkirk Community Trust. The Helix consists of four different zones within 350 hectares of green space and miles of safe, family friendly cycling and walking paths. In the heart of the 4 zones sits Helix Park that opened in September 2013. Helix Park boasts a large lagoon for water sports, a great lawn for events and activities, a splash play area, an extensive network of pathways and coming soon for 2014, the plaza cafe.

Our opening day, Helix Day, was a great success, with over 15,000 local people coming to see their new park. For more information on future events happening at The Helix, keep an eye on our event page and also on The Helix dedicated website.

Work continues on the other zones of the Helix up until spring/summer 2014. Once complete, facilities will also include a new link into the Forth & Clyde Canal and The Kelpies visitor centre. The main attraction at our new visitor centre will be our public art sculptures that you may have seen whilst passing on the M9 or driving through Falkirk/Grangemouth. The Kelpies are sculptures of horses heads, designed by the renowned Andy Scott and inspired by the area's rich equine history. Standing at an impressive 30 meters and weighing over 300 tones, they will be completed by late 2013 with the visitor centre following in 2014. For more information on The Kelpies and project progression, please visit The Helix website.

What interests us is the lagoon. It is an open space with few trees around so it’s good from a model yacht point of view but also for the scale modeller as it is shallow enough to be wadable. It has areas for easy launch (using straps) or using the concrete ramp. It also has a reed bed at the water inflow point designed to ensure clear water all year round.

The down side: access may prove difficult. The car park is 10 mins walk away and not very big.

Those of you with small boats or trolleys or who are fit enough will find it no problem at all!

We have been encouraged to try it out as they want to find uses for it and are already planning canoeing and swimming events.

If you plan to give it a try then contact Grant and he may be able to give you closer access by prior arrangement (especially if you are a blue badge holder).

Falkirk Community Trust

Suite 1A, The Falkirk Stadium

4 Stadium Way

Falkirk  FK2 9EE

Tel: 01324 590900

All Clubs should have received the Minutes of the Federation AGM.

These were accompanied by an Information Note from Nigel Coates concerning the opening of the HELIX complex.

To ensure full circulation of this Note it is posted here.  Read on to find out why this is of such interest.

John Smith from Alloa (a member of Lochore MMBC) has agreed to us publishing his Visit Report on the Helix.

This report should be of interest to any model boater who is disabled.

This includes photographs

Click here to view

19th April 2014

3rd May 2014

Model Steamer Club May Newsletter is now posted ….             VIEW

Thanks to Tom Ewing for this.

Windermere Model Boat Club.

Ted Gregg sends the following:

The Club has returned to the Steamboat Museum for the next 8 weeks.  This is due to the Redevelopment being undertaken (£MILLION) together with Health & Safety issues which meant that the Club has had to vacate the premises .

So we are now back in our home waters for the next 8 weeks ,thereafter is anyone's guess ..

14th June 2014

In Memorium

Vincent Markham

James McLean

It is with great sadness that we must note the passing of these two stalwarts of the Model Yachting scene in Scotland and in particular in Edinburgh.

Vincent Markham and James McLean were  Commodore and Secretary respectively of the Inverleith Model Yacht Club for many years and there passing will be a great loss to us all.

The Inverleith Model Yacht Club has been in existence for 120 years.

24th November 2014

Glasgow Richmond MBC

Following the Club AGM on the 23rd November, the Club Committee is now as follows:

Chairman …………….. Brian Cowell

Vice Chair ……………. Ronnie Morlan

Treasurer …………….. David Morrison

Secretary …………….. Robert Forman

We wish them well in their new posts.

2nd February 2015


1st MARCH 2015

1:30 pm sharp

The Royal British Legion premises

50 North Bridge Street

Bathgate  EH48 4PP

Please note that any items for discussion under Any Other Business should be notified to the Secretary in writing (email accepted) no later than Sunday 22nd February 2015.

Also please note that the ‘last Sunday in February’ date has had to be changed , so, if it is in your diary ………

8th February 2015

In Memoriam - Jimmy Kinloch - Edinburgh Model Boat Club.

It is with profound sadness that we have to report the sudden passing of Jimmy Kinloch at home on the 4th February 2015.

Our condolences go to his wife Linn, son Douglas and daughter Mairi  and our thoughts are with them and their family members on this sad occasion.

Jimmy was a very long standing member of Edinburgh Model Boat Club and over more than 30 years he served the Club with cheerful dedication as member, Chairman, Commodore and President.

If something had to be done, Jimmy was there – always full of ideas, enthusiasm and humour.  Nothing was too much trouble; from managing the ‘tea money’ (and washing the dishes) to organising flag raising ceremonies every Remembrance Sunday at the pond side.  

At any event, there he was – first to arrive and set up  (usually laden with event props and the flag pole!) and last to leave and in between, the one person surrounded by members of the public.

He was well known as “the man with the boats and the music!” who always had the time to stop and talk to others.

As for the Club Committee – Jimmy was truly the moderating influence, injecting logic and common sense into often acrimonious debates!

He never forgot the ties of friendship and was always the first to encourage the club to maintain contact with those who were unwell or in dire straits – and to make sure that the concerns were suitably expressed.

His relationship with the Club, its members and the general public was quite exemplary, made him a multitude of friends and earned him great respect throughout the model boating fraternity in Scotland.

Jimmy was a true gentleman in the very best sense of the word whose generosity of spirit was without equal.

He will remain a role model for many – a status that few will ever attain.

May he rest in peace.


There is so much more that could be said of Jimmy .

Both at Federation and Club level he will be sorely missed.

In Federation terms he acted like a father figure to both myself and Ian Greig - I wish we had paid more attention to his advice!

2nd March 2015

Annual General Meeting.

The AGM was held on the Sunday, 1st March, in the British Legion premises, Bathgate.

Sadly, a number of the ‘local’ clubs were not represented.

In the absence of a Chairman, Forbes Milne having stood down at the last AGM, the meeting proceeded smoothly  under the guidance of Nigel Coates - Secretary.

The key agenda issues including approval of the Accounts and the Election of Office Bearers were dealt with and gave rise to no concerns.

The Secretary (Nigel Coates) and the Treasurer (Jim Houghton) were re-elected on termination of their constitutional term of office.

Under AOB, a proposed update to the wording of the Federation Constitution  was debated and, in the main, approved by the meeting.  Details of the revised document will be sent to all Club contacts by the secretary, as will full minutes of the meeting.

Catering by the British Legion staff was excellent  ……….. See what you missed   

Events Listing for 2015

Revision 1 of the list is now published.

We hope that more Clubs will let us know of their plans very shortly.

Greenock Model Yacht & Power Boat Club

The following notes the changes in the Committee of the Club with immediate effect.

Commodore                      Gordon Fraser

Vice Commodore             James Maclean

Secretary                            William Terry

Treasurer                            Mark MacKay

Scale Secretary                 Caroline Magee

Yacht Secretary                 David Phillip

We wish them well in their new posts!


We have been notified by others that Coastal Shipping Publications of Bristol are to host a one day event on Saturday 13th June 2015 at Meadowbank Centre, London Road, Edinburgh.

This is a completely new venture, so we have no knowledge of past performance and very limited knowledge of contact details, attendance criteria etc..

However we wish them well for this show.  

We intend to contact the organiser to determine whether Clubs in general may apply to attend or whether it is confined to be “by invitation only”.

We will keep you appraised of the outcomes !!

For information please see our “Commercial & Club Shows” page where a copy of the notification flyer may be seen.

It is regrettable that the organisers appeared to be quite unaware of the existence of either the Scottish Federation or of other Clubs in Scotland.    (Googleit may have helped!)

1st April 2015

Site updates (to add or amend information and to correct errors arising from recent operational problems) have now been completed.

Please check :-

Events Calendar Revision 2;

Affiliated Clubs - Knightswood MBC, Carlisle MBC, Scottish Fisheries MBC and Inverleith MYC.

Club Publications - Newsletters - for Model Steamer Club March newsletter.

Also, for those who have contacted the Federation by using any of the email links on the “Contact Us” web page,  apologies for the lack of a response or acknowledgement.

This was due to the Email Forwarding links having been inadvertently removed and therefore emails never reached their intended recipients.

All has now been fixed and, on test, appears to be working correctly.

13th April 2015

Apologies :

Our sincere apologies to those Clubs, notably East Kilbride Model Boat Club, who took offense at our use of the phrase ‘ .. The Federation cannot therefore vouch for their credentials .. ‘ when referring to clubs whose Affiliation has, for whatever reason, lapsed (i.e. not been renewed).

The wording of the paragraph on the Lapsed Clubs page will therefore be amended to remove the contentious phrase and replace it with a different form of words making it quite clear that information on this site for any Club has been either provided by the Club prior to its leaving and/or information from the Club website where such is available.

This being the case, the Federation cannot guarantee that such information will always be current.

In the meantime, the Lapsed Clubs page will remain hidden pending some other changes.

23rd April 2015

Events Calendar

Revision 3 now published.

Note that Knightswood MBC Open Day on the 17th May now has Start/Finish time of 1:30 till 4:30.

24th April 2015

Model Steamer Club.

April 2015 Newsletter now published.

See Club Publications page - Newsletters to view.

29th April 2015


As from the 29th April, Nigel Coates can be contacted either using the Contact Us page on this web site OR by using his NEW direct address of

Nigel advises that he is having a few problems in the changeover and he asks that anyone who has  sent him emails since the 11th April would they please re-send to the new email address.

NOTE:  His OLD email address at  no longer exists.

Insurance Documents.

Nigel advises that’ at long last’ these have arrived.

He will be sending out copies as soon as he has sorted out the email problems, most definitely over the weekend commencing the 1st May.

I quote: “My apologies to one and all but the documents only arrived a couple of days ago.”

4th May 2015

Events Programme - Revision 4

Now published (Edinburgh MBC events added)

13th May 2015

Events Programme - Revision 5

Now published





Docks and Buoys will be set up;

Free refreshments for visitors;

SUMMERLEE 2015     12th and 13th September

This annual show will once again be taking place at the Museum of Scottish Industrial Life at Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.

The event is organised by the Scottish Federation of Model Boat Clubs (SFMBC).

Those Clubs, groups or individuals (including Traders) who wish to take advantage of Table space should contact John McAllister (aka “gieds”) on the Federation Events topic of the Forum.

Please remember …….. This is YOUR show

Only YOU can make it a success!

12th June 2015
Sadly there have been three cancellations to date, all due to either weed or algae problems.  I suspect that there will be more as the summer progresses.

So far :
Due to the dreaded Blue Green Algae the TUG TOWING COMPETITION on 14th June has been Postponed till later in the year.

Club Regatta  on 14th June cancelled Due to severe weed problems.

Armed Forces Day on 20th June cancelled due to severe weed problems.
                                                 See June Newsletter    READ IT NOW
19th June 2015
8th National Warship Week-end    11th and 12th July 2015
It is with great regret that Glasgow Richmond MBC have found it necessary to CANCEL this prestigious event.

This is due to a heavy infestation of Blue Green Algae which continues to render the pond unsafe (health risk) for use as a sailing water.

In view of the participation of many people and clubs from both the UK and Europe, we would ask that, if you know of anyone who planned to attend this event - contact them to make sure that no-one makes a long and pointless journey.
30th June 2015
8th National Warship Weekend Cancellation

Following the cancellation of this event in Glasgow and as the Belgians and possibly others from abroad are already booked to travel, Edinburgh Model Boat Club is holding a free sailing day on Sunday the 12th July.

There will be catering and toilet facilities available on the day and Docks will be laid out.

The Club are expecting a good number to be coming through from Glasgow and given the amount of work that is being put into the arrangements it should be a very good day.
The Edinburgh Parks Department have very kindly cleared any weed in the pond for the event.
                     FREE SAILING DAY
DATE :  12th July 2015
LOCATION :  Inverleith Pond,  Edinburgh
Free sailing from 10:00 onwards.

Note:  The pond is a public water so sailing in advance of the ‘start’ time is OK but you may not have docks, buoys etc. until 10:00
1st August 2015
th and 13th September 2015

Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
at Coatbridge,
North Lanarkshire.
Clubs and Traders booked so far.

Glasgow Richmond,
Scottish Warship Association,
Elder Park,
Lochore Meadows,

RNLI Lifeboats.

Wonderful World of Film & TV,
Alba Models,
Clyde Models,
Scoonies and
Steves Model Bits.
You asked for this show …………….
You had better support it or it could go under.

Appeal from the Organiser ………….
Considering there are 27 clubs affiliated to the federation, it is a bit disappointing that with only six weeks to go to the event only six federation clubs have signed up to attend.
Without these stalwarts attending (thank you for your continued support) it would not be worthwhile holding this event.

There are two ladies from the Black Isle that travel and display at the event,
It is a great pity that model boat clubs, who are a great deal closer, can not be bothered to make the effort.

6 out of 27 - where are the other 21 ?? Hide your heads in shame why don’t you.
The Scottish Fisheries Museum Model Boat Club in conjunction with the Scottish Fisheries Museum are proposing to hold an exhibition of Scottish Fishing boats to be held within the museum, Anstruther at some time to be arranged later possibly during 2016.

The SFM MBC are looking to circulate all of the Model Boat Clubs in Scotland to seek entries to this exhibition. The exhibition will showcase the building of model fishing boats in Scotland. These can be of any vintage covering all of the industry to date.

In the first instance anyone interested in having their model exhibited should send a photograph of the model, along with a note of who built it and any other detail thought to be of interest. Please mention the affiliated club and contract details of the donor with email addresses if appropriate.

On receipt of the applications and if sufficient applications are received, a panel comprising the Curator and other staff of the Museum, along with the Executive of the MBC will select (without fear or favour) the models that should be invited to exhibit in the Museum. Entries will be selected relative to the space available within the Museum.

When a date has been set for the exhibition it will be the responsibility of the selected owners to deliver to and uplift from the Scottish Fisheries Museum the model in question. During the time the model is with the Museum it will be fully insured with the museum collections. The models will be cased during the exhibition.

If this goes ahead it will be a great promotion of our hobby at the highest level.

Just because this is a museum please do not be put off in sending photorgaphs of your models.

In the first instance entries should be sent to - Attention of Iane Duncan; Secretary Model Boat Club; The Scottish Fisheries Museum; St.Ayles; Harbourhead; Anstruther; KY10 3AB. Photographs submitted will not be returned. While photographs are preferred an email would be accepted to

Full progress updates will be made using the web site of the SFMBC.

Please assist me to put on an exhibition we can all be proud of.
Iane Duncan

Iane Duncan
Scottish Fisheries Museum MBC
KY10 3AB
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13th August 2015

Message from John McAllister (Event Organiser):

I have been advised that we can have access for off-loading until 9pm on the Friday night. If anyone intends to use this facility, please advise me so I can update Summerlee Staff.

John can be contacted on 

5th February 2016


The Annual General Meeting of The Scottish Federation of Model Boat Clubs will take place on Sunday 28th February 2016 at The Royal British Legion premises, 50 North Bridge Street, Bathgate, EH48 4PP.

Please note that the meeting will commence at 1.30pm and further that any items for discussion under Any Other Business should be notified to the Secretary, in writing (email accepted) no later than Sunday 21st February 2015.


1. Apologies

2. 2015 Minutes.

3. Matters Arising from 2015 Minutes.

4. Presidents Report.

5. Secretarys  Report.

6. Treasurers Report and Presentation of Accounts.

7. Election of Office Bearers: President. Chairman.

8. Webmasters Report.

9. Any Other Business.

AOB will include proposed amendments to the SFMBC annual regatta competitions.

The post of Chairman is still vacant and, in an ideal world, it should be filled by a candidate from one of the west coast clubs.         
                          Nominations please.

If you have matters to discuss regarding the 2015 minutes please let me (the Secretary) know if you require the full minutes or a relevant section to be read out otherwise I shall call for the minutes to be taken as read.

This calling notice has been sent to all Club Contacts


Issue 6 of this document is available for download from the Federation Information page of this web site

Issue 6 was approved and adopted  from the 1st March 2015.


Remember that we can only post those events we know of so tell us about them please.
Start and finish times are very important for visitors as is information on any constraints or limitations. (no i.c.; Yachts only; no fast electric and so on.)

Please note that, unless told otherwise, we will assume that events are open to visitors.


12th February 2016


Lang Toun Model Boat Club have offered to host this event in 2016.

The proposed date is Sunday 19th June  and the location will be the Beveridge Park  Boating Pond in Kirkcaldy, Fife.

I feel sure that everyone will thank Lang Toun for this opportunity to visit Beveridge Park and in particular will thank the Club for their commitment to support of this annual event.

Please NOTE the change to the 2016 Events Programme published on this site.

25th February 2016

Model Steamer Club - February 2016 Newsletter

The Club newsletter is now published LINK courtesy of Tom Ewing.

Seems as though the Electric Glen Event has, once again, been a great success.

Well done the Model Steamer Club and all who participated in this event.

Most certainly an example that others might follow …

Huuum …….. Hope springs eternal in the human heart.


I feel certain that all those Clubs who support the ideals of the Scottish Federation of Model Boat Clubs will do their utmost to find it possible to attend the Annual General Meeting  in Bathgate on Sunday 28th February.

But then again I have been known to be wrong …  (or at least so my wife tells me !)

On a serious note however I feel it is important that model boating clubs do everything possible to enhance their standing in the community since, given the financial squeeze on Council expenditure, public sailing water will come under ever increasing threat.

Unfortunately wild fowl have a great advantage ……. The less you spend on them the more they like it.
Rats love rubbish so again, the less spent the greater the benefit to the rat population.

Of course if you happen to live in the vicinity  (and pay taxes !!!!) You will have a different view on all of this.  And I suspect wild life will not feature very strongly in it.

Regardless it does no harm to remind those elected officials of their obligations to those who elected them and to re-iterate that swans, geese and rats etc have no voting rights.

Model Steamer Club - March 2016 Newsletter

The Club Newsletter is now published LINK courtesy of Tom Ewing.

It is worthy of note that at the Electric Glen event  the RNLI, aided by the Model Steamer Club, raised the sum of £2092.02 from public donations despite the inclement weather.

Once again ……….. Well done the Model Steamer Club and its members !!

Maritime Heritage Exhibition

Well worth a visit, especially if you have never been aboard the Glenlee.

How to get there ?


Knightswood Model Boat Club.

Start of Season Sail - Sunday 3rd April starting at 13.30

The club plans to run the following activities:

A radio shack will be in operation to register any 24Mhz and 40 Mhz sets.

Refreshments (tea, coffee, cake, biscuits etc.) will be available.

25th March 2016

Scottish Clubs Events Listing

The listing has been updated so please check.

Remember, if your Club has an event that you want to publicise … all you have to do is email the WebMaster with your information.

14th April 2016

Carlisle Model Boat Club

The Club is holding a celebratory event to mark their 25th Anniversary.

This will take place on the 6th August 2016

In Talkin Tarn Country Park

Brampton  CA8 1HN

And it will run from 10 am until 4 pm

Irvine Model Boat Club

Brian Goodwin  (club museum liaison member) advises that the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine have built an outdoor pond which is free to use by any modellers during normal museum opening times which are 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, seven days per week.

He tells us that the more people use it the happier the museum will be as it should attract more visitors to the museum.                                                       

Scottish Clubs Events Listing

The listing has been updated so please check  (Revision 3).

Remember, if your Club has an event that you want to publicise … all you have to do is email the WebMaster with your information.

Access the Museum web site at

4th May 2016
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2016
Knightswood Model Boat Club.
On the 15th May the Club will host an Open Day at  Knightswood Park
 This is a fun day where the following activities will be organised :
#    NIP sailing on a “coastal route”
#    Tug towing using our barge/super tanker
General sailing
Refreshments will be available
14th May 2016
The Club has a new President Dave Ellis and a new Secretary Edmund Faulkes.
Contact details for these gentlemen can be found on the Dundee Model Boat Club <Affiliated Clubs> listing.
We wish them all success.
18th May 2016
Knightswood Model Boat Club
Please note the correction to the Affiliated Clubs master page.  Knightswood MBC was incorrectly shown as having membership covered by the Federation insurance.
This has now been corrected, the club being affiliated only and covered by their own insurance.

30th July 2016

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2016

Here we go again.
You have known about this event  for a year (you know .. Like 365 days?)

And here we are, one month (like 30 days from the event date), trying to persuade all you model boaters to consider taking part.

Wow …

As at past shows, those displaying may attend on the Saturday, the Sunday or on both days.

If attending both days, models etc. may be left overnight this being a highly secure location.

Getting your models into the show area.

    Friday 9th Sept.  From 4pm to 6pm

    Saturday 10th Sept  From 8am to 9.45 am

    Sunday 11th Sept  From 8am to 9.45 am

Collecting your models from the show area.

    Saturday 10th Sept  and Sunday 11th Sept  - 4 pm to 6 pm.

The museum is open to the public between 10 am and 5 pm.


Primary Contact:
Stanley Sutherland, Summerlee Museum, Heritage Way, Coatbridge, ML5 1QD
Tel: 0777228751                  Email:

Secondary Contact:
John McAllister, Taigh Mhor, Creganterve, Kilmartin, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RQ
Tel: 07946604173                Email:

Sailing on Thursday evenings and all day Sundays at the Canal in Summerlee Museum, Heritage Way, Coatbridge, ML5 1QD, No web site at present. contact either John or Stanley about joining.

We wish them all success.


A NEW Club and an affiliate.

Model Steamer Club

              August Newsletter

Submitted by Tom Ewing …

Really worth a read.

4th September 2016

I sincerely hope that this event is successful.  
If not I guess its continuation is questionable.

How sad would that be ..…………..

To those who are attending, sincere thanks for your support, both Clubs and Exhibitors.

You are what attracts the Visitor and I’m sure that, over the years you have together converted many ‘ .. No .. I couldn’t do that!’ folk to committed model makers.

Model Steamer Club

                      July Newsletter

Submitted by Tom Ewing …

Really worth a read.

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2016

I guess if you are coming along you’ll have decided already.

If you are not coming ………………… shame on you.

9th September 2016

MY apologies to the Model Steamer Club for tardy publication of their monthly Newsletter.

I feel shamed by this admission .………… so few Clubs make this effort to keep their members informed of happenings in their area of involvement (sheesh, thats crap - can’t find the right words) but I’m sure you know what I mean.
From the dim and distant past -  “
must do better” comes to mind.

Model Steamer Club

             September Newsletter

Submitted by Tom Ewing

22nd September 2016


Sadly, if this years show is a measure,  support for this type of event in Scotland seems to be rapidly waning.  Apathy ?  Lethargy ?  

There would appear to have been a range of complaints, comments and observations regarding this years event, all of which are simply excuses for a lack of attendance (support).

It is notable that year on year the same clubs make great efforts to put on displays to the great pleasure of visitors.

For those of you who do not visit the Forum, I note below the response of the organiser to some of the issues raised.

In my view this shows a remarkable degree of constraint on his part.  

Thanks are due to those model boats clubs who put in the time and effort to attend and display boats.

Due to the lack of interest by many model boat clubs, next years event will be hosted by Summerlee and be open to all aspects of modelling.

Now a few answers to clarify things for some people.

Some of the things asked and said about this years show …….

QUESTION: why are there things like Air Force Cadets at a boat show.

ANSWER: Because without them and other different areas of modelling the place would be half empty.

QUOTE: I could not bring any boats as I am only here for the one day.

MY ANSWER: Rubbish, this like previous years, Items could be brought on either Saturday or Sunday and taken away again the same day.
NOTE particular and special arrangements were made by SFMBC and the Museum to allow this to happen.)
For example ..Die Cast modellers from Lochgilphead managed it on Saturday, a round trip of about 196 miles, for one day.

Heard at Glasgow club, ‘I did not go because I was told it was not that good’.
Perhaps if you and others like you got of their lazy a**** and made the effort to attend, you would have been able to judge for yourselves.
(Naw … ah’ve goat tae have sumwan tae blame.  Certainly the East Coast has the same saying - not sure quite how it may be described but ..)

I find it strange that travelling to Coatbridge is too far for some, however the same individuals can make the effort to travel to shows in England.

Finally, whether or not anyone wants to organise a purely Model Boat Show in the future is up to them.
My only regret about this is the effort put in by the same clubs every year, who are let down by those who turn up and talk about how great their boats are, but have yet to display as much as a photo of one of them.
So to those clubs who have supported the event year after year …  thank you.

17th October 2016

AFFILIATED CLUBS  -   Club Information pages

Corrections & additions


Details of Contacts, Telephone numbers and eMail addresses have been corrected/updated.

Our failing - NOT the Clubs.

Sadly , other than the above, there is little of any consequence to report since it appears that communication, one unto another, has fallen out of fashion and even my trusty crystal ball has become cloudy (advancing years or waterfalls or whatever).

I sincerely hope that this does not reflect the happenings at Club level.

If it does, model boating, in Scotland at least, is in deep doo-doo.

But then perhaps I have become, as some predicted, a grumpy old male cynic.

Regardless I wish you all well for the remainder of the year, in silence or not, in your own little cubbyholes or elsewhere.

This is a measure of  the feelings of those who do their utmost to help and support and despite this are rebuffed.


20th January 2017


The Club advises that it has held its’ AGM on the 15th January and that the Committee for 2017 is shown below.

Arthur Wilkins


Norry Mason

Vice Chairman

Murray Wilson


Michael Loney


Members of the Standing Committee are as follows :

Brian Cowell

Susan Faye

Robert Forman

Neil McCarron

Joe McKinney

Ronnie Morlan

Hugh Stevenson

All Committee Members may be contacted at

Thanks to Eddie Haig for submission

See Events Calendar for 2017
Club Page has   been updated   
5th February 2017
Annual General Meeting
Sunday 26th February 2017
Glenavon Suite
The address for the hotel is Edinburgh Road,  Bathgate,  EH48 1EP

If you need it,  a Google map may be found HERE
The Agenda for the meeting may be read in full by clicking HERE.

Please be aware that  ANY ITEMS for discussion under Any Other Business should be notified to the Secretary,  in writing (email accepted), NO LATER than SUNDAY 19th February 2017
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23rd February 2017
Glasgow Richmond Model Boat Club
CHARITY SHOW - Date Change

In order to avoid any clash with the Summerlee Show, the Club has changed the date of this event to -
10th September.
Location and timing will be as before.

The Events Programme has been updated to reflect this.
Borders Model Boat Club
Edinburgh Model Boat Club
Our thanks to David Jack, the club Secretary, for giving us  dates for the Club sailing programme for 2017.

These have been added to the Events Programme.
John Gowers (club member) tells us that Roddy Beatson, the Club Secretary, has fallen ill whilst in the Wirral.
He is confined to hospital having suffered what is believed to be a stroke.

I feel sure that everyone would wish him well and hope for speedy recovery.

In the mean time John has offered to be the contact for secretarial matters.
He may be contacted at :  OR on  07903969996.
I guess the first real challenge for John will be the Club Annual General Meeting which has been arranged for the 28th March in St Boswells Village Hall.
I feel sure the meeting will be entirely to the satisfaction of the Club members :-)
2nd March 2017
The Model Steamer Club
Tom Ewing, Club Secretary, has copied us the Club Newsletter for February 2017.
This can be viewed from the Club Publications page .

He has asked that the poster page for the “Doon the Watter” Spring Show be made available for viewing and/or printing as a single A4 sized page.
Other Clubs are invited to participate in the Show and so distributing this poster around clubs would be very helpful.

The other Club events have been added to the 2017 Events listing.
CLICK to see and/or Print Poster
8th March 2017
The Model Steamer Club
It has been pointed out that there are three Newsletters from 2016 missing from the NewsLetter page on this site.
Whilst these had been posted at  appropriate dates last year, it appears that a failed update of this page (amongst others)  in mid October did the damage.  Subsequent repairs did not spot the deletions ….  
Very unfortunate;  we are in the process of  restoring the missing newsletters but very carefully ………..  Just in case one of these was the cause of the original problem.
Knightswood Model Boat Club
Donald Morrison, Secretary of their newly formed Events Team, has sent the Club events programme for this year.

This has been added to the Events Calendar  (Rev. 4)

A new event has been added to their programme - a Merchant Navy Day - scheduled for the 14th May.  This is open to ALL NON MILITARY boats.
As ex MN (& a Yarrows, Rowans,  Fairields and Weirs apprentice) I feel sure it will be a success.  If not … you mean I wasted 6 years of my life ?  Joking of course.  Never was nor never will be a waste !!!!

Also of note is their Search and Rescue Day being run for the second year.
16th March 2017
Carslile Model Boat Club
Derek Potter  (Club secretary) tells us of a change in the Club Committee.

Maurice Suddaby (Chairman)  is replaced by RAY ROBSON.
I am sure we all wish him well.

Furthermore, should any of you be using the following email address for the Club ………..  PLEASE be aware that this address is NO LONGER AVAILABLE having been closed down.
Model Steamer Club
Update of the Club Newsletter postings (Club Publications/Newsletters) has been done.
No problems were encountered in so doing.  However we would ask that , should anyone have problems viewing these updates, would you please let me (Webmaster) know of this.
Thank you.

Once again, apologies to the MSC for the delay in sorting this out.
Edinburgh Model Boat Club
The Start of Season sail is on the 14th May.

This was incorrectly shown on the Events Listing as taking place on the the 4th May.  
The Event Listing has been corrected.

23rd June 2017


It is with great regret that, owing to an almost complete lack of support for the event, the host Club has found it necessary to cancell the Summerlee 2017 show.

I feel sure you all appreciate that in order to secure a booking for any event, there must be an assurance of at least a minimum level of support.  
Sadly that was not the case for this event.

Summerlee Model Boat Club are to be thanked for their willingness to undertake the hosting of the show.

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Glasgow Richmond MBC.

The Club had a surprise visitor to their weekly sailing sessions recently!!
Click HERE to reveal more!!

It is very unlikely that they will cap this in the near future  

Submitted by Ed-the-Web (AKA Eddie Haig)

Sounds like MSC have managed to agree acceptable financial arrangements allowing them to remain at their present home water.
Congratulations are due to the Committee for their hard work on behalf of their members.
If anyone is in any doubt about what being a committee member is all about …read these newsletters!!
        Other Clubs who occupy or have the use of Council owned property should take heed.
View Newsletter from HERE