This model of the harbour tug "Fairplay V" was published in 1965 by J. F. Schreiber (Germany). As of now, the exact circumstances of its development remain somewhat unclear and require further research. It seems that the initiative to create the model came from Hubert Siegmund, who also designed the model. It was the last of a series of four ship models from J. F. Schreiber that were quite large and were intended for the installation of a propulsion and remote control system.
The 1:50 scale of this model is very unusual for ships; it resulted in a very large model which, in turn, made it necessary to use an unusual cardboard sheet size of 50 x 35 cm. The model of the "FairPlay V" was never completely finalized by its designer, essential parts were missing. The parts list in the instruction manual recommended to acquire the missing parts from a model builders shop. It was a failed attempt to intrude into the market of wood or plastic ship models. There are no similar known attempts of such "hybrid" constructions. It seems that the print run was rather limited, because the model did not appear in many catalogues at the time. A friend of the author who acquired and built the model of "Chris Craft Futura" at that time reported several unsuccessful attempts to buy this model at his local shop.
In 2009, in a cooperation of the AGK, the Aue Verlag and the author a preprint of the model of "Chris Craft Futura" was published. Shortly afterwards we received first questions if the "FairPlay V" could also be issued as a reprint. Indeed, initially we planned to do this. However, drastic changes in the market made a reprint using conventional printing technique increasingly unlikely. The large size of the cardboard sheets and the cost for packing and shipping were against a reproduction in original size. In addition, the company that had produced the "Chris Craft Futura" sheets in 2009 vanished from the market, and meanwhile the Polish Publisher GPM had published a similarly styled tug model, also in 1:50 scale. On top of that a commercial reprint of "Fairplay V" would have needed to include all the missing parts. All this influenced the decision, in late summer 2017, against the reprint or reissue of "FairPlay V". On the other hand, the author and the committee of the AGK did not want to let all the already finished preliminary work go to waste. Therefore they set their sights on making the model available as a free download. Mr. Thomas Gauger of the Aue-Verlag kindly gave his consent. We thank him for this generous permission!
Extensive background information, a detailed construction report and numerous illustrations can be found in the article by Axel Huppers in ZGK 20 (pages 49-58). Unfortunately, there are still an unexpected number of adjustments and corrections in the implementation of the construction of the additional parts. But of course we would like to offer high quality so as not to diminish the model building experience. We therefore ask for a little patience until the additional parts are fully available - as shown in the model photos in issue 20 of "Zur Geschichte des Kartonmodellbaus".