Welcome to the Burnaby Association of Marine Modellers or BAMM

A Word from the President

On Behalf of the members of the Burnaby Association of Marine Modellers, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website and the world of Marine Models.

Our home is the beautiful pond in Central Park located in Burnaby B.C. surrounded by beautiful trees and walkways. Burnaby allows us exclusive use of the pond Sundays and Wednesday mornings.  Club members come from all over not only to run our boats, but most importantly to meet as friends and promote our hobby.

Whether you have purchased a ready to run boat or are a scratch built modeller our club welcomes you.  You will find that members are more than willing to share their knowledge and help everyone build the model of their dreams.

See you at the pond!


Rick E.

At the Pond slideshow:

Last run of 2019

December 29, 2019

Photos by Steven C. and U. Gaede

(Click the photo above for a slide show.)


Calendar of Events

The BAMM Regatta this year may be held on Sunday, August 16 depending on the progress of the Covid 19 situation.

Events will include:
-steering course
-barge course
-team towing course
-sailboat race
-tugboat race
-static judging













Hello Everyone! 

If you have come here for information and have questions and/or want to be put on the e-mail list for updates and info just head over to the "Contact" page and send us an e-mail message to that effect.

Any thoughts, corrections, complaints, or constructive criticism will certainly be greatly appreciated.  Just go to the "Contact" page and drop me a note.  I am also looking for content.  Photos, videos or articles will be appreciated. 


Thanks - Ulrich

Announcements and Current Events

Re: Covid 19 Virus

Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2020

BAMM Members and the General Public

As we all know we are in unprecedented times due to the Covid 19 outbreak.  Yesterday Burnaby Parks & Recreation advised us that Burnaby has suspended all allotments for user groups in their facilities both indoor and outdoor.

We must be responsible for protecting not only your members but the general public from this rapid spreading virus. Therefore effective immediately our Sunday morning event is cancelled until further notice.

I want to be clear this is not a decision taken lightly.  We don’t want to jeopardize our relationship with Burnaby Parks but most importantly we need to all take precautions to protect our members.

WE will all get through this together. Please don’t hesitate to call fellow members if you need anything.


BAMM President

At the pond:

The last run of the year on Sunday Dec. 29 saw a very good turnout and even a little sunshine.  There were lots of tugs on the pond as you can see in some of the photos in the slideshow.  Gord got caught by the boat eating island and had to don the hip waders since his speedboat was so deep in the bush no rescue tugs could attend.  Have a great 2020.

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The weather was bright and sunny on Sunday, March 10th, 2019.  There was just one big ice flow left on the pond in the shadow of some trees so Lorne M. and I decided to push it out into the sun to melt. It was attached by some thinner ice so I was able to break through and get it going. Many thanks to Mel for breaking the flow free from shore and of course my lovely cameraman Rick.

There is video evidence here.


Shell Welder

We have added a very nice model of the Shell Welder to the BAMM fleet.  With surprisingly little TLC she has become fun to run and fun to tow.


In 1976 the 10 foot 8 inch long (that is 3/4 in. per foot or 1/16th scale) highly detailed RC tanker "Shell Welder", formerly “AARDVARK”, was completed by BAMM members Bram and Alex Deruiter.  Bram is shown in the slideshow here (first picture) posing with the model at her official re-launch on May 6, 2018.  For many years the tanker sailed the BAMM pond before being sold and moved to Bowen Island.  She was also featured in the RC pond at Expo 86.  Recently, Dave Tarvin of Burnaby Hobbies acquired it and it was subsequently sold to Bram Deruiter returning it to one of the original builders.  Our president Rick Evans saw an opportunity to bring the vessel back to the BAMM pond and we have recently purchased it from Bram. It was in very good condition and only needed a gentle refurbishment and running gear update.  Here is a link to some information on the original 170 foot long Shell Welder the model was based on.

Lorne towing the Shell Welder with his tug Gillfoam.

A time lapse of the Shell Welder being hauled out of the pond.


Below you will find a profile of Lorne Scott.  This is the first of what we hope will be many such profiles which will have their own page here on our website.




BAMM Dec 29-2019 Steven C 5