We sadly have to note the passing of one of our members.
Roland Duffett (1947- 2019)
Roland, who passed away on 29th December 2019 served SMBC as chairman from 2007 until 2013. Roland had been a boat modeller since his teens and had a variety of models. Many were naval ships and all were very detailed. As well as building the models Roland was a keen historian and researched the history of his models and this enabled him to produce articles for the model boat magazines. Roland will be greatly missed by all in the model boat hobby for his knowledge and warm generosity.
Welcome to 2020...
SMBC has been 'open for business' since the start of the year with a few hardy people braving the cold weather... there was even some sunshine early January and good wind for sailing.
Nov 9 & 10th - International Model Boat Show, Warwick Exhibibtion Centre
Once again SMBC had a stand at this show, which this year only ran for 2 days instead of 3.
We had about 20 boats on the stand and attracted a lot of interest. 2 TVs were running slide shows and occasional videos of our boats on the lake. There were several retailers at the event, so plenty of items to spend money on!
See the mighty Canard in action... Click Here
SMBC was at the St Albans & District Model Engineering Society open day...
Club 500 Round 6...
Results can be found HERE
A few new videos on our YouTube channel Stevenage Model Boat Club
Club 500 Round 5 races...
Results can be found HERE
New videos on YouTube channel... Club 500 Round 4 races.
Results for round 4 are here on the results page
Only 2 more rounds to go... Will Martin keep his lead???
SMBC Fun day / Open day. A good event with Luton & District MBC bringing some members & boats. The morning was mainly I.C boats & fast electric, the afternoon being more scale craft.
We have a 20 min video on our YouTube channel
New videos on YouTube channel... Round 3 races.
Results are here on the results page
New video on YouTube channel... Andy's Ikarus 2.2 compile from 2 sessions at the lake...
New video on YouTube channel... Joysway ARTR Mad Flow Formula 1 boat with on-board GoPro camera tries to get round the lake, although fitting a GoPro to the top of the outboard motor does make it a bit unstable at times...
SMBC together with St Albans RNLI and Luton & District MBC held an all day fundraising event at Fairlands lake.
Lots of boats to see - lifeboats obviously, plus ICs, scale and yachts. RNLI gifts on sale together with various model kits, books, etc.
We have a 10 min video on You Tube of the day's events...
May 25-26 2019
SMBC had a stand at Wicksteed 2019... skilfully running IC boats in a very small space! check out the video at
May 22nd 2019
I downloaded some 'old' footage from one of our members online albums to share with everyone... It's a quick trip round the lake a few times! (includes underwater footage!!!)
May 11-12th 2019
SMBC had a stand, together with WGC SME, at the Stotfold Steam & Country Fayre...
May 4-5th 2019
SMBC had an invite to Beale Park from MTMBC... There were Club 500 races, tug towing, Submarines, and general free sailing.
Here's a video of a random selection of what was there, including some tug towing!
April 14th 2019
Club 500 round 1 took place with 9 competitors, so 2 groups racing.
April 12th 2019
NEW video on our YouTube channel of fast electric 'Mini Starship'
April 2nd 2019
NEW video on our YouTube channel of I.C Boat 'Manta Ray' shredding the water on the lake... with on-board cameras!
March 28th 2019
Bring a yacht day went well, although the wind was a bit infrequent. There were around 7 yachts on the lake. Next 'themed' day will be tugs & towing on Thurs April 4th
March 17th 2019
Andy's Thunder 3 was in good form at the lake... we had an onboard camera to capture the boat in action!
You can see the video on our YouTube channel - click here - Thunder 3
March 2nd 2019
NEW video on Barry's steam tug Asgard now LIVE on our YouTube channel. click here to view
February 20th 2019
NEW video on Hywel's IC raceboat now LIVE on our YouTube channel. click here to view
February 14th 2019
HMY Britannia model yacht took to the water on a maiden voyage, in lovely sunny February weather at Stevenage Model Boat Club, located at Fairlands Valley park. The yacht sailed very well.. watch the YouTube video of the maiden voyage.
February 5th 2019
SMBC YouTube channel launched. Only a couple of videos there right now, but over the next year we will have some great content for you.
If you have a maiden voyage of a new model, or want to have a video on your favourite boat featured on the channel, get in touch!
Email email@example.com for further details
January 31st 2019
HMY Britannia recently arrived at the lake, on a freezing cold day. This was handover day, from builder Barry to the new owner, Jeff.
Unfortunately the lake was frozen so no maiden voyage.
Scale 1/96 Length 1.3m Beam 178mm Sailing weight 4.3kgs
The model of HMY Britannia is based on a fibreglass hull with bulwarks, portholes, propshaft tube exits and bilge keels moulded into the hull. The kit is available from Deans Marine of Peterborough.
This model runs on 2 motors, powered by 6 volt batteries. The superstructure is of printed plastic and this model has had lighting fitted, although not part of the kit. Vac-forms are provided in the kit for the funnel. Also included as an option are a complete set of the ships motor boat hulls with all detail moulded into the castings. All included fittings are cast in light alloy or plastic.
There’s a comprehensive instruction book to aid assembly with sketches and pictures. Full details are supplied for the fitting of motors and radio equipment. Comes with a full size plan. Watch out for pictures or video of the maiden voyage!
HMY Britannia - Some facts & figures...
Builder: John Brown & Company, on the river Clyde, Scotland
Launched: 16 April 1953
Commissioned: 11 January 1954
Decommissioned: 11 December 1997
Tonnage: 5,769 GT
Length: 412 ft (126 m)
Beam: 55 ft (17 m)
Propulsion: 2 Pametrada steam turbines, 12,000 hp (8,900 kW)
Speed: 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)
Range: 2,400 nautical miles (4,400 km)
Capacity: 250 guests
Troops: 1 platoon of Royal Marines
250 Royal Yachtsmen
Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, is the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 until 1997. During her 43-year career, the yacht travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe. Now retired from royal service, Britannia is permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is a popular visitor attraction with over 300,000 visits each year.
January 17th 2019
A few sailors braved the cold weather to bring their navy boats out for a photo-shoot & sail on the lake on Thursday17th...
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