METCALF MOULDINGS is owned by David Metcalf, we manufacture scale model boat kits, model boat hulls, model submarines, model yachts and model sailing ship hulls. We manufacture a total of over 100 model designs. As one of the United Kingdoms best known model boaters I have over the last 25 years had many successful model boat designs (with accompanying construction articles) published in "Model Boats" magazine.
My involvement with model boating began nearly 40 years ago when I constructed my first model of a Vosper MTB from an M.A.P. plan by Vic Smeed, my first interest was, and still is, a love for scale model boats. I was active in the MPBA being involved with the setting up of the scale section and the scale nationals, for some years I wrote the MPBA scale column for the Model Boats magazine and held the position of MPBA Southern Area secretary and National Scale Secretary where I helped set up the Scale seminars.
Through my writing in 1977 I met John Cundell the editor of "MODEL BOATS" magazine, then in 1978 I designed my first scale model for the "Model Boats" magazine, this was of the stern trawler Boston Blenheim
Over the following 22 plus years I have designed , drawn and built over 50 models for the magazine, all have been accompanied by a series of illustrated articles describing in detail the construction of the model, from the laying of the keel to the maiden voyage. The subject I have chosen have ranged from Harbour Launches (HDML) to Battleships (Warspite & Invincible) to paddle steamers (Lulonga) to Motor Yachts (Bluebird of Chelsea) in fact any type of model boat one can think of.
My involvement with the more commercial side of the hobby began in 1984 when I first met Frank Hinchliffe (formerly of Hinchliffe Models) who had just started Calder Craft with the launch of the tug Joffre. I did much of the drawing and development work for Calder Crafts extensive range of model boat kits for the next seven years until the company was sold to Jotika.
I then became one of the founding partners in The Model Slipway this company I formed with Laurie White, here again I undertook the drawing work, plus most of the development of die-cut and printed parts sheets and the writing of the instructions. We built-up the company starting with my selection as the prototype for our first model boat kit of the tug "Yorkshireman" through the complete range to my selection and introduction of the "TRENT" class Lifeboat. Towards the end of our partnership we purchased the large range of GRP Hull mouldings of Martins Model.
In 1997 When I decided to end my partnership involvement with the Model Slipway I took the GRP Hull business as part of the "dissolution of Partnership settlement".
Included in METCALF MOULDINGS large range of GRP hulls and plans will be many familiar to many model boaters, it incorporates hulls and plans from the ranges formally owned by J & B Mouldings, ABCO, Martins Models, Slipway Mouldings & Wyrelight Models.
In 1998 the Introduction of our HMS Bulldog saw the first of our Hull & Material pack range launched, this range has actively been increased, and will continue to be so with the release of at least 4 new Hull & Material packs a year for the foreseeable future.
In 1999 we purchased "Wyrelight Model" and revised and re-introduced their highly successful lifeboat kit of the "ANN LETITIA RUSSEL" bringing in new moulds for all the white metal fittings, revising the drawings and re-writing the instructions. This kit has proved to be very successful and we are currently working on several new and exciting model boat kits for introduction in the months to come.