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50ft River Steamer

  • 50ft O scale paddle steamer
  • O Scale river steamer - looking mighty fine in traditional black white and red livery
  • plenty of detailed pipework to make a stunning model
  • Sternwheeler freight deck - waiting to pick up your 1/48 scale cargo!
  • 50ft River Steamer O scale kit
  • 50ft River Steamer O scale kit - port side
  • 50ft paddle steamer kit. starboard side
  • 50ft paddle steamer kit. Port 3/4 view
  • paddle steamer starboard rear view. This photo is from the completed first pass proto. 
The final kit has a rear toilet window
  • Capstan, bow chocks, and rope cleats on the bow deck
  • 50ft river steamer - hull, deck, roof and cabin during first proto build
  • Sub-deck on hull frame during first pass prototype development
  • hull framing for the water-line model. Makes for a rigid flat base.
  • Hull subframe parts.
  • deck, engine well, rear cabin and wheelhouse.
  • simple jigs keep the paddle wheels in the correct alignment during assembly
  • sternwheel paadle assembly fitted. complete with cranks and drive rods.
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Product Description

50ft River Steamer. O scale laser-cut kit.



Below is a shot from the first proto build.


A small freight sternwheeler from the 1902 catalog of the Marine Iron Works of Chicago.

This water-line model will make an interesting addition to your waterfront layout without taking up a large space.

Total length = 370mm (14 1/2")

Beam (width) = 80mm (3 1/8")

Check out the proto pictures as the kit goes through its development stages. click through the pics below the main product image.

First kit is released with everything that makes it look good that can come off my laser and lathe, and basic casting of boiler shape - but not fiddly detailing features the modeller can find/make himself. For example,rope, headlight, crew, decktools, fire buckets, cargo etc.  Basically I'm here to manufacture, not be a shop selling other folks castings with an add-on cost we could all do without.

That said I'm quite pleased with the way simple "boaty" details like the bow chocks and cleats have come out. Because mine are laser cut I can afford to be generous with the quantity in the kit. (always nice to have spares)


Below are some photos of US modeller Mike Nataluk's "Songo River Queen". She is loaded with freight and building up steam. Mike has modelled coal firing, but split logs were common fuel too.

mike-2of-7.jpg songo-river-queen-1of-7.jpg

 mike-4of-7.jpg  mike-3of-7.jpg

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  1. A Masterpiece kit! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Feb 2024

    About all I can say. And what a pleasure to make and present on the layout! The best, Simon.

  2. Can't say enough... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Nov 2017

    Outstanding kit. Builds into a beautiful model.

  3. Lovely kit 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Mar 2017

    Great kit with easy to follow instructions finished model is superb

  4. Nice kit 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Oct 2016

    This is a kit I would happily recommend for anyone with a water front. Precise parts making assembly easy. Instructions are clear and easy to follow. Simon has included enough extra parts for those ooops moments.

    I spent an enjoyable 2 weeks on the kit.

  5. Kitwood 50' stern wheeler 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th May 2016

    Super detailed kit. Easy to follow, step by step directions. Plenty of photos to confirm the process. Turn in to a beautiful model. I spent 9 days on this kit to finish. Only working in the evenings. I have to say that if you are looking for a paddle boat to fit into a small place or maybe always wanted a wharf and you are into detail. This is it.