Confederation Marine Modellers

Recent events - Hamilton Hi-point, 7th July 7 2019.

I attended the Saturday - a perfect weather day - good member turnout and effortless set up thanks to the Museum providing the tent and pond, tables, chairs - great  parking close by for early birds and even refreshments and food delivered to the tent during the day and to all exhibitors. Many interesting exhibits close by and a good crowd of visitors all day. We all got a chance to see the sights at the Canal Street with lots of vendors, food and historical displays - including the famous real Buffalo fire tug (that Garth built and was running at our display) and the Tall ship Empire Sandy. I finally won a balloon boat victory in one of the "battles" lots of action, laughs and minor damage to most of the 4 boats participating. The pond was perfect for our smaller more sedate models - I highly recommend this event and look forward to attending again next year 

Seven of our members participated in this show, selling the sailboat kits and running boats on the pond.


We did not sell all the boat kits. Estimates are that we sold about 2/3 of the 300 odd kits available. We collected $587.70. 
We incurred some expenses on the markers, and some extra fittings for the trailer and pool. 
The balance of the kits have been left in the trailer.


Rick took the opportunity to test run his new steamboat.

See the latest videos added to the club's Youtube channel here: Club videos

They include Roy's catamaran ferry "Manannan", Rowen's motor torpedo boat HMS "Brave Borderer", Bill's "Atlantic Conveyor" in her Falklands War outfit, and Peter F's sternwheeler "Thomas A Edison".

Recent events - Maker Faire at the Steam Museum, 25th August 2019.

The clubs represented included: Confederation Marine Modellers, 
Golden Triangle Marine Modellers, Metro Marine Modellers and 
Buffalo Model Boat Club.

A total of 24 boats were registered for competition; down from last year but still a great turnout. The weather was good, except for a steady wind that left a chop on the pond, affecting all the competitors equally. This year we roped off a designated free sail area at the east end of the pond, in order to help bridge any gaps in the action.
The day launched at 10 a.m., thanks to the help received from all in attendance who pitched in to set up the canopies, tables, and the course markers. By noon we had completed the Precision Steering portion of the regatta. We broke for a pizza lunch provided by CMM. The Predicted Log heat ran in the afternoon, and went much more quickly.  By mid-afternoon the question was put to the attendees whether to try and run another heat, or be satisfied with the results at hand. The decision was to end that portion of the event and open up the course to a free sail while the results were tabulated. 

The results of the Precision Steering (PS) were: 
1st place result for Don Speilberger of BMBC, and a 
three way tie for 2nd and 3rd between John Brokenshire, Paul Speilberger and Peter Fulcher. A coin toss resulted in John placing 2nd and Paul placing 3rd, with Peter just out of the awards. 
In the Predicted Log (PL) event there was a tie between Peter and Don for 1st and 2nd, with Paul Speilberger placing 3rd. This time, Peter had a hotter hand with the coin toss and was awarded first place.
Our congratulations to all competitors. Each of the six was presented with a certificate and cash prize.

It has been reported previously that Fred had donated his model of a stonehooker to the Stonehooker Brewing Com. and more information has been provided about the brewery's grand opening.


Fred was led into the tap room by 2 bagpipers, carrying his Papier Mache Stonehooker. He placed it on a mantel in pride of place above the beer taps. This will be his Stonehooker’s  last resting place. As part of the ceremonies Fred was asked to give a talk to the crowd about the boats and the industry on Lake Ontario in the 1800’s.
The picture shows Fred under the tent with microphone in hand, the gentleman to his right is the Owner and to his right is the Brewmaster.

You can see a very short video of this at: Club videos. The other models are East Coast schooners which also decorate the taproom.




Morley's new model is of the Minnow ​of Gilligan's Island. Morley received the plans and hull from Andris. He did some modifications to it.The hull & decks are done in mahogany & also the anchor works.

Club meetings this quarter will be on Tuesdays at 7:30pm on 10th September, 8th October, 12th November and 10th December.

Pictures and text by Peter F.

On a recent very calm day at Spencer's, Peter F brought out his sternwheeler Thomas A. Edison ​for one of its very few sailings. Almost any amount of wind makes it uncontrollable so these calm conditions were ideal.





On the same day, Bill M. sailed his container ship SS Atlantic Conveyor. Owned by Cunard, and completed in 1970, she could carry containers on deck and on trailers. She has been modelled in her Falklands War outfit, with Harrier jet fighters and helicopters on deck.

Member's models - Morley, Peter F. & Bill M.

Recent events - Stonehooker Brewing Co. Grand Opening, 22nd June 2019.

Recent events - Port Colborne Canal Days, 2nd to 5th August 2019.

Pictures by Snapd and Peter F; text by Paul.

Member's models - Video updates

There was representation from Metro Marine Modellers (MMM) who are hoping to organize a Hi Point Regatta next year, who attended our event not only to participate but to also learn about the work that goes on behind the scenes in order to put on the event. We had several participants new to the event, and they seemed to enjoy themselves. 
Again the thanks of the CMM Executive to all of those who helped out in a variety of ways, including Bruce and Gary who moved the club trailer from the farm to Spencer’s and back again, to all the help we had in setting up and packing up our canopies and tables, to those who helped out by judging, to Doug for his guidance based on past years that he was involved, to Dean for manning the "board" and to all the participants from Buffalo, Kitchener, Toronto, and of course our own club members.
Ray Peacock from MMM dropped by and took a wonderful selection of photos.  The link to view them is attached below. Our event was photographed by ‘Snapd Burlington’, a publication that draws attention to local events and activities. A lot of photos were taken. Let’s hope a few make it to their publication. Will let you know what comes of that.

Pictures by Steve, Garth and Roy.