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In general, we charge about $1,000 for the labor and electronics for a medium size model boat (about 3' long.)  Labor includes making  the boat model waterproof,  installing RC hardware and electronics, and testing the model on water.  RC parts include motors, propellers, shafts, ESC...  Radio system (transmitter and receiver) is not included because you might have had that already.  A radio system for basic RC function (going forward/backward and turn) is $200.

Models that have special features such as smoke, sound, anchor are about $1,800 extra.  Again, this price does not include the radio system as many RC enthusiasts already have one that can be used on many models.  A transmitter that is preprogrammed to work with an advanced RC ship model is about $300-$500, depending on the number of RC functions.

If you know to install RC parts, we can make the model "RC ready" for you.  This means making it waterproof and installing working propellers and shafts and rudders.  

Those of you who are new in the field of remote control boat and concerned about possible future breakdown, don't worry.  The RC area is highly accessible, and replacing RC parts is relatively easy.  Within 1 months of purchase, in an unlikely event that a part (motor, ESC...) is not working, we'll send you the part for free.   Again, changing them is easy, and we always give instruction and support.  After the warranty lapses, you can buy parts either from us or at any hobby stores.  A motor, for example, is about $50.  Battery: $40...  Not expensive at all.   The only thing that is a little expensive is the transmitter but those last virtually forever.  In fact, our Germany-made (Graupner, Robbe, RB...) parts have NEVER broken down unless damaged by water.

And here are some samples of RC ships we have built (Please click on the name for more info):

Drillship SERTAO

N scale remote control crane

Jacques-Yves Cousteau's Calypso

MS Oasis of the Seas

USS North Dakota Submarine

USS Dallas SSN-700

HMCS Huron

SS United States

1/144 scale USS Ticonderoga

RC ready battleship USS Arizona

N scale container ship Maersk Alabama

Large Typhoon Submarine

Small Typhoon Submarine

Ro Ro ship

RC Tugboat

RC Queen Mary

Research vessel PRINCE MADOG

Delta Queen riverboat (with real steam engine)

CSS Teaser with real brass steam engine

USS Fort Hindman

Batman's Boat (Batboat)

Calypso II


To get a quote, please copy the following form onto your email, complete it, and send it to services@modelshipmaster.comPLEASE DO NOT CALL FOR QUOTES, AS WE WILL HAVE TO REDIRECT YOU TO COMPLETE THE FORM.  IF YOU LEAVE A MESSAGE, WE WILL NOT CALL BACK.  EFFICIENCY IS OUR MOST OBSERVED VALUE AND PLEASE HELP US TO ACHIEVE THAT.  We need only a commitment deposit of 40% of the amount to start and finish the model.  

(Instruction on how to copy the form: Click in front of the "1/", then hold down "shift" key on your keyboard.  While your left finger is on the "shift" key,  simultaneously click on the down arrow key  until the end of the form is highlighted.  Then lift both fingers from the keyboard.  Now put your left finger on "ctrl" and while it's there, click on "C".  That action copies the whole form.  Now you can place the form in your email by putting your left finger on "ctrl" and while it's there, click on "V." )


1/ Name of the ship/boat:

2/ The length of the model should be longer than __inches and shorter than__inches
Note that in order to accommodate RC components, a RC model should be relatively large.  Those with wide hull such as tugboats, riverboats... should be at least 24" (61cm) long; narrow hulls such as those of ocean liners should be at least 40" (1 meter) long.

3/ What is the purpose for this model (Sale presentation, general trade show, public or private display, gift...)

4/What is your relationship with this vessel:

5/ Preferred quality:
      - Museum quality. Click here for samples
      - Good quality

6/ What do you have?
      - Very detailed construction plans  
      - Fairly detailed plans  
      - Photos showing many angles of the real vessel
      - Not much, Model Ship Master will do the research

7/ How fast do you want it to be completed:   
      - Three months (rush)
      - Four months (average time)
      - About six months 
(lower price for you)

8/ Cost should be in the range of (the higher the price, the better the product):

      - $3,000-$4,000 
      - $4,000-$6,000
      - $6,000-$8,000
      - Over $8,000

9/ Special Note:


Please note that all quotes are good for 10 days.  If we don't feel your enthusiasm or more orders have been received during that time frame, prices and time will change. 


If you are a private model boat builder (not commercial, as we only make parts for fellow craftsmen) and want us to custom build some RC parts (virtually anything imaginable except motors), we will try to find the time to do it for you.   Some of the popular items are listed below:

- Props (exact scale, type, ship's type)
- Couplings and shafts
- Bow thrusters
- Azimuths/Azipods
- Smoke generators in different configurations
- Gearboxes- with drive belts or with simple gears.
- Sound generators, mixers, channel expander for RC systems, different types of switches

We at Model Ship Master is honest hardworking artisan, not businessmen or skilful communicators who can make good money using capital or verbal persuasion.  So if you find that our price is surprisingly low for a true nautical art piece, please help us live a little better with a small donation.  Thank You.

Below is some samples of our RC work:



Following is a list of ships that are on our construction tables.   Please visit our site often to enjoy progress photos.



This does not apply to commercial ship builders, ship designers, and the navies who have trade shows or a ceremonies coming up.  We can work overtime for those important time-sensitive projects.  

All in-stock models once sold out won't be made again until all custom orders are completed.

If you find photos of a nice model on the Internet and you want us to build a similar one but with quality materials, realistic appearance, and authentic construction method, just let us know.  Our models never feel like heavy toys that are full of dark color decal.