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The mission of the MPBA is to promote all types of model boating and to encourage members to compete in the various competitions held throughout the country. 

 

Membership is normally via an affiliated club, but the lone boater is catered for by membership via the Countrywide Club.

 

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

 

The Model Power Boat Association, MPBA, was founded in 1924 by clubs in the London Area. Since that time it has grown into a national body, which represents all types of model boating; including static scale and a small number of yachtsmen. 

 

The other interests included are scale models, radio control racing, known as multi racing, fast electric models, straight running, tethered hydroplanes and radio control hydroplanes. These interests are grouped into sections, which control the organisation of the discipline; i.e. make rules and organise the programme of regattas etc. 

 

The sections are each represented on the MPBA committee together with the officers of the organisation. 

 

 

The Model Power Boat Association (MPBA) exists to promote all forms of model boating in the United Kingdom.  The aim of the MPBA is to encouraging all aspects of model boating and in particular powered models. It provides a competition structure leading to National Championships in all the sectional disciplines supported:-

  • Scale models - both electric and steam driven

  • Multi models - i.c. powered racing craft

  • Hydro models - tethered i.c. and steam models

  • Fast Electric models - r/c controlled electric racing craft

  • Circuit Racing models - r/c controlled i.c. models

  • Straight Running models - any powered craft for straight running competition

The MPBA supports domestic clubs arranging competitions for the above interests and assists individuals wishing to compete in World Championship events.  The MPBA provides third party insurance for paid-up members and endeavours to ensure that safety for competitors, officials and the general public is paramount at all times. The MPBA is keen to support public display events and demonstrate to the general public the various facets of model boating.

 

A Yearbook and a quarterly newsletter help to keep members informed of forthcoming events. The MPBA is a member of the Joint Radio Consultative Users Committee (JRCUC) and endeavours to ensure model makers interests are always properly considered.

 

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MPBA Affiliated Clubs

 

The usual way of becoming an MPBA member is through membership of an affiliated club. Usually this is through a suitable local club or one of the specialist national clubs. The Countrywide Club provides direct MPBA membership for those not wishing or able to join another club. In case of difficulty contact the Membership Secretary.

Why join a club?

 

Clubs will usually have access to their own water. Even where the water is available to the public the club will often have additional facilities provided for their exclusive use.   Clubs are able to provide insurance through MPBA membership. You would not generally be allowed to operate a powered model without insurance. Frequently owners of water insist on insurance for all types of model boat.  


Other club members will provide advice and help on all aspects of building and running model boats. The encouragement and assistance gained from members can prove invaluable in overcoming the difficulties that arise especially when building your first boat.  Lakes are few and far between in the UK. They are being lost to Fishing & Wind-Surfing. By supporting your local club and the association in general, we are more likely to be able to hold on to these lakes.

 

How do you find a club ? [National] [Northern] [Midland] [Southern] or [all venues] for a full list. If you run into problems the Membership Secretary will try to help.

MPBA membership includes insurance cover on your clubs water and also when competing in Regattas held by other clubs, the MPBA or organisations anywhere in the world. You will also be provided with a number of other services including the MPBA's magazine Propwash and this Website.

 

The MPBA also promotes the interests of boat modellers in any way it can including exhibitions and affiliation to a number of organisations including NAVIGA and the UKRCC. The MPBA provides a framework for competitions to be held anywhere in the UK.

 

NATIONAL CLUBS

 

Countrywide Club   Electra   NFERC   Model Hydroplane Club   National Oval Racing Club   Retro Racing Club

MIDLAND AREA

 

Anglia M.M.C. .   Bournville M.Y. & P.B.C.   Burton-on-Trent and District M.B.C.   Caldicot M.B.C.   Cheltenham S.M.E   Cotswold M.M.C.
Coventry M.B.C.   Daventry M.B.C.   Derby M.B.C.   Grantham and District M.B.C.   Hartsholme Electric M.B.C.   Kingsbury Water Park M.B.C.
Leicester M.B.C   North Birmingham M.B.C.   Northampton & District M.B.C.   Nottingham M.B.C.   Peterborough Area M.B.C.   Peterborough M.P.B.C.   Rugeley Power Station M.B.C.   Sandwell M.B.C.   South Wales M.B.C.   Telford M.B.C.   West Wales M.B.C.

NORTHERN AREA

 

Birkenhead M.Y. & P.C.   Blackburn and District M.B.C.   Bolton M.P.B.C.   Bridlington M.B.S.   Bury Metro M.M.S.   Conisbrough and District M.A.   Darlington and District M.B.C.   Dewsbury M.M.S.   Featherstone M.P.B.C.   Goole M.B.C.   Heaton and District M.P.B.C.
Huddersfield S.M.E.   Hull M.B.C.   Humber Marine M.B.C.   Keighley & D.M.E.S.   Leeds & Bradford M.B.C.   Manchester R.C.B.C.
Northern Fast Electric R.C.   Peterlee M.B.C.   Seahorse M.B.C.   Sheffield S.M.S.   Silksworth M.P.B.C.   South Shields M.Y.C
Wearside M.B.C.

SOUTHERN AREA

 

Ace M.P.B.C.   Alpha M.B.C.   Basingstoke & Deane M.B.C.   Blackheath M.P.B.C.   Brentwood M.Y & P.B.C.   Bromley M.P.B.C.
Capstan M.B.C.   Chichester Lakeside M.B.C.   Coalhouse Fort M.B.C.   Cygnets M.B.C.   Dolphins M.B.C.   Eastbourne M.P.B.C.
Elmbridge M.C.   Gipping Valley M.B.C.   Hanwell and District M.S.   Herne Bay "Heron" M.B.C.   Hertford and District M.S.
Leighton Buzzard M.B.C.   Marches Model Boaters   Mayesbrook M.B.C.   Mid Thames M.B.C.   Moorhen M.B.C.   Portsmouth and District M.P.B.C.   South Ham   Southampton M.P.B.C.   Southend S.M.P.B.C.   St. Albans & District M.E.S.   Stevenage M.B.C.
Swindon M.B. & E.C.   Victoria M.S.B.C.   Warminster M.B.C.   Watermead M.B.C.   Waterside M.C.   Welwyn Garden City S.M.E.
Willen M.P.B.C.   Woodbridge M.B.C.   Worthing and District M.B.C.   Yate and Sodbury M.B.C.

 

Links to other Websites

 

Please Email us with links to other websites. If you have trouble with an obsolete link please tell us.

 

 

 

MPBA Affiliated Clubs and Organisations

 

 

Bridlington Model Boat Society

http://www.bridmodelboats.co.uk/

 

CADMA (Conisbrough)

http://www.cadma.plus.com/

 

Coventry M.B.C.

http://www.cmbc.org.uk/

 

Chichester Model Boat Club

homepages.rya-online.net/ChichesterLMBC/

 

Cygnets M.B.C.

http://www.cygnetsmbc.com/

 

Elmbridge Model Club

website.lineone.net/~elmbridgemc/

 

Naviga

www.naviga.org/

In German language

Nottingham M.B.C.

http://www.nottinghammodelboatclub.co.uk/

 

Rugeley Power Station MBC

website.lineone.net/~tony-hough

 

Southend MPBC

www.smpbc.ukf.net/

 

Stevenage M.B.C.

www.stevenagemodelboatingclub.mainpage.net/

 

Woodbridge M.B.C.

http://www.woodbridgemodelboats.org.uk/.

 

Capstan MBC

myweb.tiscali.co.uk/capstanmbc

 

Sandwell Model Boat Club

http://www.smbc.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/

 

Waterside Model Club 

watersidemodelclub.users.btopenworld.com/

 

 

 

 

Independant Organisations

 

Offshore Model Power Boat Association

OMRA

John Kerr

Surface Warship Association

www.warships.org.uk/

 

Norwegian Model Speed Boat Association (NMSBF)

http://www.nmsbf.org/

 

Corby Model Boat Club

corbymodelboatclub

 

Model Yachting Association

www.radiosailing.org.uk/

 

Luton & District Model Club

www.lutonmodelboat.freeuk.com/

 

Scottish Federation of Model Boat Clubs

modelboating.org.uk

 

Dundee Model Boat Club

http://www.modelboating.co.uk/

 

Model Warship Site (US)

http://www.steelnavy.com/

 

Fast Electric World

http://www.fe-world.org.uk/       

 UK Fast Electric Scene              

Joint Radio Control Users Committee (JRCUC)

http://www.bmfa.org/JRCUC

 

South West Association of Model Boat Clubs

http://www.swambc.org.uk/

 

modelboatracing Website

http://www.modelboatracing.co.uk/

Information about Multi (FSR-V) racing

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Frequencies

 

 

There are three bands available for Model Boat use. The UKRCC represents the modelling community to the regulatory authorities.

 

27 MHz is the traditional band allocated to all Radio Control users many years ago. Much of the lower cost radio equipment produced still uses this band. Since the introduction of CB radio and radio controlled childrens toys, the 27 MHz band has been subject to interference problems. Improvements are being made to equipment to reduce channel spacing in the future ( See UKRCC announcement ).

 

40 MHz is the latest band to be allocated and is for the exclusive surface models. When purchasing new equipment the 40 MHz band is the best choice for model boats. Equipment is still more expensive than the 27 MHz band but the difference is shrinking.

 

UHF band (459 MHz) is once again a band allocated to all Radio Control users many years ago. It is rarely used and little commercial equipment has ever been produced. Equipment for the UHF band is hard to obtain and expensive.

 

On NO ACCOUNT may the 35 MHz band be used. This band is reserved solely for the use of aeromodellers and its use for surface craft is forbidden.

 

Other countries have frequency bands that differ from those in the UK. Increasingly these bands are being rigidly enforced. Regattas have been cancelled because of problems and there have also been instances where the authorities have confiscated equipment. It is essential that you check before you travel.

 

 

 

 

Non-Commercial Web Links

 

 

 

UK National Circuit Racing

www.ukncra.com

Multi Racing

www.modelboatracing.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Commercial Web Links

 

 

 

AABT Collectibles

www.aabt collectibles.co.uk

Abergavenny Model Shop

www.modelshops.net

Action Kit Electronics

www.actionkit.co.uk

Accurate Armour Co

www.accurate-armour.com

Admiralty Ship Models

www.admiraltyshipmodels.co.uk

A.M.C Direct

www.modelshops.uk.com

AsTec (models & Electronics)

www.astecmodels.co.uk

Anglia Model Centre

www.modelshops.uk.com

A Model World

www.amodelworld.co.uk

Arkowood France

www.arkowoodfrance.de

Bagnalls Models

www.bagnallsmodels.co.uk

Battleships-Cruisers Co

www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk

BECC Model Accessories

www.modelflags.com

Boat Kits & Steam Engine Plants

www.steamengines.co.uk

BocaBearings

www.bocabearings.com

Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd

www.skipper.co.uk

Bow Wave Marine Models

www.bow-wave-models.co.uk

Cammett Ltd

www.cammett.co.uk

Chatham Publishing

www.chathampublishing.com

Cheddar Valley Steam

www.cheddarvalleysteam.co.uk

Cheshire Models

www.cheshiremodels.co.uk

Conway Maritime Press

www.conwaymaritime.com

Dateline Marine Services

www.datelinemarine.com

Dave Worth

www.manxlink.com

David Leftley Graphics

www.davidleftleygraphics.com

Dawnmist Electronics

www.dawnmist.demon.co.uk

Deans Marine

www.deansmarine.co.uk

Derby Marine Models

www.online-hobbies.co.uk

D.J's Models & Hobbies

wwwdjmodels.net

D.J.Parkins

www.djparkins.com

Dockyard Models

www.model-dockyard.com

Display Cabinets

www.displaycases.co.uk

Electronize Quality Electronics

www.electronize.co.uk

Euromodels

www.euromodels.co.uk

Fibre Glass Marine modelling Supplies

www.cfsnet.co.uk

Fleetscale Hulls & Semi Kits

www.fleetscale.com

 

 

Gee Dee Models - Nottingham

www.gee-dee.co.uk

George Turner Models

www.georgeturnermodels.com

Greene Marine Ltd

www.greenhobbymodel.com

Green Man Dancing

www.green-man-dancing.co.uk

G.T.Sitek (formerly E.Radestock)

www.gsitek-prpos.co.uk

HP Engine Bearings

www.bocabearings.com

Hobbico Aquacraft

www.hobbico.com

Hobby Stores

www.hobbystores.co.uk

Hobbies (Dereham) Ltd

www.alwayshobbies.com

Hovercraft Models

www.Hovercraftmodels.com

HSL Mouldings

www.hslmouldings.co.uk

Hunter Systems

www.huntersystems.co.uk

Ian's Boats

www.iansboats.co.uk

In 2 It RC Yachts

www.in2it-rcyachts.com

JJC Electronics

www.jjc-electronics.com

Jo Tika Ltd Mono Hulls

www.jotika-ltd.com

John Lambert Naval Illustrator & Author

www.johnlambert-plans.com

John Hemmens Steam engineer

www.steamengines.co.uk

Kingston Mouldings

www.kingstonmouldings.co.uk

KMB Kehrer Modellbau

www.kehrer-jet.de

Lesro Models

www.lesromodels.co.uk

Liskeard RC Models

www.liskeardmodels.co.uk

Manufacturers Association Marine Modellers

www.marinemodels.net

Marine Modelling magazine

www.traplet.com

Marine Dateline Services

www.datelinemarine.com

 

 

Marcle Models

www.marcle.co.uk

McLaren Books Ltd

www.mclarenbooks.co.uk

Meridienne Exhibitions Ltd

www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk

Metcalf Mouldings

www.metcalf-mouldings.com

MFA/Como Drills

www.modelflightaccessories.com

Midwest Products Co. Inc.

www.midwestproducts.com

Model Boat Mayhem

www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk

Model Boats magazine

www.modelboats.co.uk

Model Junction

www.modeljunction.com

Modellers Mate

www.modellersmate.co.uk

Models Built to Commission

www.modelboatbuilder.co.uk

Modelpower

www.modelpower.co.uk

Model Slipway

www.modelslipway.com

Mtroniks

www.mtroniks.net

Nimrif Models

www.nimrifmodels.co.uk

North Seas Fleet

www.northseasfleet.co.uk

North Sheilds Model Centre

www.modelkit.co.uk

Newport Model Centre

www.newportmodelcertre.co.uk

Onethewire

www.onthewire.co.uk

Palaform Ltd

www.modelhovercraft.co.uk

Pandan Models

www.pandanmodelboats.co.uk

Peatol Machine Tools M.O.D.B.

www.peatol. com

Pegasus Models

www.pegasusmodels.co.uk

Perma-Grit Tools

www.deluxematerials.co.uk

Phills Models

www.phillsmodels.com

Pen & Sword Books Ltd

www.pen-and-sword.co.uk

Premium Woodcraft

www.premiumwoodcraft.com

Prestwich N Direct

www.prestwich.ndirect.co.uk

 

 

Prop Shop

www.prop-shop.co.uk

Punctillo Model Spot Ltd

www.modelspot.com

R2 Model Marine

www.r2modelmarine.com

Radcliffe Models

www.radcliffemodels.co.uk

RCM Direct

www.rcmdirect.co.uk

Reade Plastics

www.readebusiness.com

Riverside Models

www.riversidemodels.co.uk

Scale Hobbies

www.scalehobbies.net

Scale Model Boart Yard

www.scalemodelboatyard.co.uk

SCI-HULL 2005

www.sci-design.co.uk

Servoshop

www.servoshop.co.uk

Scoonie Hobbies

www.scoonie-hobbies.co.uk

SHG Model Supplies

www.shgmodels.com

Space City Gifts

www.modelsandcollectables.co.uk

Sirmar Model Ships

www.sirmarmodelships.com

Stuart Models of Guernsey

www.cheddar-steam-club.org.uk

Subtech

www.rcmodelsubs.com

The Model Centre

www.the modelcentre.4t.com

The Model dockyard

www.model-dockyard.com

The Peatol Lathe

www.peatol.com

Trains and Hobbies

www.trainsandhobbies.co.uk

The Model Slipway

www.modelslipway.com

Ultimate RC

www.ultimate.co.uk

Waverley Models

www.waverleymodels.co.uk

Westbourne Model Centre

www.westbourne-model.co.uk

Whitchurch Models

www.whitchurchmodels.com

Wiltshire Models

www.wiltshiremodels.com

X List Plans

www.xlistplans.demon.co.uk

 

 

 

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