The South Bay Model Shipwrights is a club to learn and share info on shipbuilding techniques using a variety of materials.  You will see member’s ship projects in plastic, wood, paper from commercial kits and scratch built vessels in resin and wood.  Club members have built ships ranging from 3’ to 56” in Over All length.  Members have built vessels from all time frames in human history.  This includes rafts, Viking Ships, Galleons, Clipper Ships, Japanese and Chinese Sailing ships, Steam Ferry Boats, and modern era combat ships.

We discuss maritime construction, current events, history, and archaeology.  Members have attended San Francisco Fleet Week and other Maritime events.

The Club has a variety of Ship Model Kits available from easy starter kits to advanced skill level models.  A collection of Ship Plans are available for scratch building a model or as decorative wall art.


Club History

  • Club founded by Jean Eckert in 1982 to advance the art of ship model building.
  • All ages and gender are welcome
  • We focus on static scale ship models but all forms of ship modeling are of  interest.

Distinguished Members

Jerry Blair – Professional Model Ship Builder and Researcher

Clayton Feldman - Author and Skilled Modeler

Jean Eckert - Award winning Modeler and Club Founder

Ed Von Der Porten - Historical Archivist, Nautical Archeologist, and Researcher

Charles Parsons - Established the San Mateo County Nautical Museum   


Membership Benefits

  • Access to resources, member support, and construction advice
  • Progressive review and discussion of individual shipbuilding efforts
  • Access to ship model plans, tools, and supplies from our members
  • Educational opportunities with local speakers​
  • Club excursions to the maritime sites around the bay area.