Order 1:64 Fifie ‘Lady Eleanor’


The kit

The Fifie was a very attractive and numerous fishing boat that was commonly seen around the waters off the east coast of Scotland from around 1850, and in operation for around a century. These were very popular and successful vessels and real workhorses for those Scottish fishing communities, particularly in landing herring. Unlike the Zulu (Vanguard Models kit #03), the Fifie had more of a traditional layout, with no steeply raked sternpost, and she was almost symmetrical in side view, with quite a wide beam for a relatively short vessel.

The model kit is designed to be as accurate as possible for a commercial kit in both scale and detail and has been developed with the beginner to intermediate modeller in mind, with some aspects simplified for ease of construction. More experienced modellers can modify the kit how they wish. This kit is an ideal introduction to the world of Plank on Bulkhead (POB) modelling, and the modeller will learn many valuable lessons through its construction.

Length: 380mm
Width: 105mm
Height: 327mm

The instruction manual is full colour and will take you through the hull building stages step-by-step, and assumes the modeller is a complete beginner with little to no previous experience.

Download the Manual

The are also 8 plan sets containing all the information for making the masts, yards and very simple rigging layout.

  • Laser cut and laser etched materials
  • Double planked hull in lime wood and pear wood
  • Laser cut and engraved deck with all nail detail
  • Photo-etched brass sheet
  • Fittings in wood and metal

A pre-sewn sail set with bolt ropes already attached is an optional extra.


Recommended tool list

(All items listed were used by the designer to build the Lady Eleanor prototype model)

1: Craft knife (or standard Stanley Knife, which is robust enough for most jobs)

2: A selection of needle files

3: Razor saw

4: Small wood plane (for rough tapering of masts and yards before sanding smooth)

5: Pin vice or small electric drill (the latter is the more recommended item)

6: Selection of drill bits from 0.7mm to 1mm

7: Selection of abrasive paper and sanding block (typically 120 – 240 grade)

8: Selection of good quality paint brushes

9: Pliers/wire cutters (Good quality side cutters are excellent for trimming rigging ends)

10: Good quality set of fine tweezers (For small parts and rigging)

11: Steel ruler (300mm – for providing a straight edge for tapering the planking)

12: Clothes pegs or small clamps

13: Good quality pencil or drawing pen

14: Masking tape (Tamiya or Tesa masking tape are highly recommended)

15: Waterline marking out tool, such as the one from Amati.

16: A Pin Pusher (Or you can just use a pair of pliers to push pins into the planking and bulkhead edges)

17: Cutting mat


Paints, stains and adhesives

1: White PVA wood glue or Titebond.

2: Cyanoacrylate (superglue) thick and medium viscosity 3: Natural colour wood filler

4: Matt polyurethane varnish (Not satin or gloss)

5: Green, Red, Black Red-Brown paints (recommend either Humbrol, Vallejo or Tamiya)

6: Red Oxide (Hull below waterline) (Recommend Plastikote Red Oxide Primer)

7: White Paint for ‘Boot Topping’ above waterline (Recommend Plastikote Super Matt Spray)





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