Ben Ain
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About the model

Ben Ain is another model that has great scope for further detailing, and is a very popular model in our range.


The model is ideal for converting to steam power due to its excellent access and guidance is provided on motor and propeller sizes along with stand section drawings.


A truly authentic looking model on both the water and static display.

Prototype history [click]

Ben Ain was one of 4 vessels to the same basic design by Manchester Dry Docks company Ltd, Ellesmere Port. Starting her long career as Yard no. 73 being laid down to the builders own account in 1919. She was launched as the Doris Thomas in March 1924. She was later sold in 1936 and renamed Dennis head. she was sold again in 1938, and was renamed Ben Ain in 1939. Her eventual demise was in 1963, being one of the last single hatch steam coasters on the Irish sea.


There is a photo of her in service in the slideshow opposite, which although of poor quality gives a good representation of the full size.

Model specifications [click]

Scale: 1:32

Length: 47 inches (1194 mm)

Beam: 8 inches (203 mm)

Suitable for static display, free running or 2 plus function radio control

What's in the kit [click]

Kit contains:

  • GRP Moulded hull, superstructure and lifeboats complete with superb surface detail
  • Printed wood
  • Over 900 white metal fittings
  • All necessary wood, cordage, wire etc
  • Full size drawing & instruction book, photographs of the working model and historical notes.
  • Propshaft & propeller

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