Hafenschlepper "Fairplay" (JFS 71251, 1965) - Download








 

Information about this card model (written by Axel Huppers)

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!

Currently there are no photos photos of a built model; the author would therefore like to take the opportunity to ask for help in this regard. If you would like to build this model, which would include the design of the missing parts, please contact the AGK. As a reward we can only offer to show the results on the homepage of the AGK.

Information about this card model

Hafenschlepper "Fairplay V 600 PS" (JFS 71251)
J.F.Schreiber-Verlag, D-Esslingen, 1965
Scale 1:50
Offset print
Cardboard wrapper 50 x 35 cm, 12 pages of instructions
6 cardboard sheets (2 x framework, 4 x model sheet)
Length of the model: approx. 50 cm

Download of the model sheets

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  • In older browser versions click with the right mouse button on the link and select "Save Link As..."
  • All sheet images have a size of 11759 x 8323 pixels. In the original size (50 x 35 cm) this corresponds to a resolution of approx. 600 dpi.
  • After scanning, all sheets have been enhanced in two small points: they were made a bit lighter to remove the traces of paper aging, and some color artefacts that resulted from the scanning were cleaned up.
Hints for printing
  • Choose scaling option 'Fit', to fit the print out into the page.
  • Print sheets 1 - 2 on thick card board (or reinforce the prints)
  • Print sheets 3 - 6 on thin cardboard of 160 - 220 g/cm2
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