FAQ

What’s the best way for me to stay up-to-date with any new products offered by Blackway Boat Models?

Click here to go to our Contact Page, where you can provide us with your name and address. We’re happy to add you to our mailing list. And don’t worry, we only mail one or two postcards per year. We won’t bombard you with mail and we won’t pass your contact information to any other company.

Are your models kits that I have to build?

All of our models come fully assembled. We do not sell kits. With our models, you simply remove them from their packaging and put them on display in your home, office or elsewhere, for you and your friends and family to enjoy for years to come!

What materials are used in the creation of your models?

Most of our models are constructed of wood. Custom models are constructed of wood or fiberglass, depending on the details of the model. Most of our detail pieces are made of wood, metal or resin.

Can I get a personalized name on my model?

Yes. This is a VERY popular option. About 80% of our boat model customers desire a name on their craft. We will install your name on the bow or transom (or both) of your model. We can also include a hailing port (city, state) on the transom, if desired. Some customers desire registration numbers on the bow, instead of a name. We can do this, too. Personalization is an accessory item. There is an extra charge for this. It also adds about two weeks to the time it takes to ship the model. Personalization details are listed in our Accessories category. Please let us know if you have special requirements in this area.

Do you make CUSTOM MODELS?

Yes, we are happy to tackle special, one-off, custom models. We get many requests for custom models each month and this is not an area we ignore. Please be aware customs are priced higher than our regular models and the time to ship can range from 1-3 months, depending on the complexity of the model. The starting point for a custom boat model is for you to send us (email or regular mail) 2-3 photos of your boat, along with some basic specs (brand, year, length, beam, etc.). If you know the scale, or size, you want for the model, tell us this too. If you are unsure of this, we will gladly assist you in determining this information. Please contact us to further discuss a custom boat model.

Can I get my model in a different color?

In the real world, most Chesapeake Bay workboats are white and this is why most of our regular models are white. Custom models however, can be built in a wide range of colors. Just let us know what you want.

How big are your models?

Dimensions for our boat models are listed on the individual description pages for each model. In general, most of our workboat models are 24-32” long, though our skiffs and half-hulls are shorter than this.

What scale are your models?

The approx. scale for each model is listed on the individual description pages for each model. We use a few common scales but most of our boats and accessories are close to 1:12 scale. This means 1" of model equals one foot of real life boat or accessory.

Can I actually float my model or adapt it for radio control (R/C) purposes?

Our models are “static” models, designed for display purposes only. We do not encourage attempts to float them in the Chesapeake Bay or your local pond or swimming pool, nor do we encourage you to attempt to convert them to R/C models. Among other things, R/C models need epoxy or fiberglass on the hull to make the vessel waterproof.

How can I obtain a price list for all of your products?

Prices for boat models and accessories are listed after the individual description for each item on our website. We will gladly send you a complete price list for all items if you request this through our Contact Us page.

What payment methods do you accept?

Through our website, we accept PayPal and all major credit cards. We also accept checks and if you want to mail us your order, with a check, please click here for a printable Order Form.

From where are your models shipped?

We ship from Berlin, Maryland (near Ocean City, MD).

Do you ship worldwide?

Most of our customers are in the U.S. However, with a few exceptions, we will also ship to the rest of the world. Thus far, we have shipped products to Canada, England, Sweden, France, Spain, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. Seems it is a small world when it comes to beautiful boat models! Please contact us to discuss shipping to locations outside the U.S.

What are your packaging standards?

We take great care in packaging all of our boat models and accessories. Heavy duty cartons are used, along with extra internal padding materials. We do our best to eliminate potential damage in transit (which is an extremely rare event). Most orders ship via UPS or USPS.

Will you deliver my order or can I pick up my order?

If desired, you can arrange pick-up of your order at our facility. We are located ten minutes outside Ocean City, MD. Please make sure to contact us prior to arranging pick-up (we do not have a showroom or retail store).

Do your display cases come assembled?

Our display cases are packed in a sturdy carton and shipped unassembled. It takes a screwdriver and about 30 minutes of your time, along with a bit of patience, to assemble a display case. Easy step-by-step installation instructions are included with each case.

How long does it take to ship?

Re: our boat models, the estimated lead time to ship is listed after the individual description for each item. Most boats ship in one week or less, while certain models require more time. If you add a NAME to your boat model, this adds about two weeks to the time it takes to ship. We design and source our names from another company. It takes time to receive the name, then schedule the installation. Almost all of our accessories ship in only 1-2 days.

How can I get answers to questions not listed on your FAQ page?

Please get in touch with us (bruceblackway@gmail.com) or phone (215-290-3722). All of your questions will be answered. Thank you for your interest in our innovative line of boat models and accessories.