This 44-foot Coast Guard is a very seaworthy lifeboat, designed to carry out
search and rescue assignments in poor weather and water conditions.
With a skilled and experienced crew, this vessel can carry out the most
demanding of rescue operations. The vessel is self stabilizing.
Kit includes plastic hull, stern tube with shaft, rudder, fittings set, plan
Plastic hull 1:40 scale, measures: 9.29" H 14.29" L 4.21" W (23.5cm x 36.5cm
Note: Suitable for beginner modellers and up.
Billing Boats History
In the early 50s Mr. Ejnar (Ed) Billing, a former RAF pilot during WWII, was
working as an Architect in the town of Esbjerg in Denmark. His wife was running
a Hobby shop called Vestjydsk Hobby and Mr. Billing was proudly displaying his
build up model of a Danish Fishing Boat. At that time there were no actual
modelboat kits around, from which you could make a boat. One day a Danish
magazine saw this beautiful model in the window of the Hobby Shop and were very
interested in buying 50 “build ups” of this Fishing Boat for a competition
the upcoming summer. Mr. Billing was very keen on the idea, but it was a huge
undertaking making 50 models, so he came up with the idea to make the model as
a kit, exactly the same way you would build a real ship. This was when the
concept “plank-on-frame” was invented by Mr. Billing, which is now used by
all modelboat manufacturers around the world. Up until 1958 the kits were
produced under the name “VHT” Vestjydsk Hobby Teknik, but this changed as
Mr. Billings products became known outside Denmark. August 1958 the Billing
Boats logo and name was a reality, and the company started to be known around
the world as the first and the finest manufacturer of modelboats.