Welcome to BFT1250.nl

BFT1250.nl produces 1/1250 scale waterline ship models. It is our honor to welcome you as a visitor to our online store. Here you can find – and buy – the result of years of research, design and craftsmanship. BFT1250.nl originated from pure love for shipping and ship models.

The ship models are made of high-quality plastic and have metal parts as well. If there are any questions, we as BFT1250.nl are looking forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,
Willem Johan & Anders

Free shipping > 50 euro orders

For the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany free shipping (including track & trace) is now possible when spending a minimum of € 50 in our web shop. For orders under € 50 the shipping costs are € 5.50 (The Netherlands) or € 8.50 (Belgium / Germany) including track and trace.

Newsletter

We like to keep you in touch about BFT1250.nl. In our newsletter we let you know about our new ship models. Also, we inform you in our newsletter about upcoming events. For example when BFT1250.nl attends a 1/1250 meeting somewhere.

New ship models

Check out or new ship models Prins Willem-Alexander, Oost-Vlieland en Friesland (1956).

Dutch icons

The strongest and most iconic Dutch tugs Smit Rotterdam and Smit London are now available in the 1:1250 scale.

BFT1250 on Instagram

Want to know what BFT1250 is up to in the future? Get some insights on Instagram in our process of creating new ship models. Follow us on Instagram and get regular updates about our ship models.

Happy Hunter

The bright yellow iconic Happy Hunter certainly does appeal to one’s imagination, even after 40 years.

Scale 1/1250

Scale 1:1250 is very popular among collectors of waterline ship models. In short, 1 cm on the ship model is 1250 cm on the real ship. A tug such as the Elbe in scale 1:1250 is approximately 4.5 cm long, a ferry such as the Prinses Margriet is over 8 cm long. Because the ship models are very small – but still have a huge resemblance to reality – collecting them is not a hobby that takes up a lot of space. An entire fleet can easily fits into one showcase. View all our 1:1250 scale ship models in the webshop.

About BFT1250.nl

BFT1250.nl is a new Dutch manufacturer of ship models in scale 1:1250. The name is a nod to Beaufort (BFT) 12 and the 1:1250 scale. The BFT1250.nl team exist of Willem Johan Hoendervanger and Anders Hoendervanger. Our goal is to launch well-known and less well-known Dutch ships in the 1:1250 scale which is loved by collectors all over the world. However, BFT1250.nl is not only limited to Dutch ships, although that remains our main focus. The ship models of BFT1250.nl are made from high-quality plastic with metal parts and are professionally painted by our visual artist. Read more about the people behind BFT1250.nl here:

Designer

Anders Hoendervanger is a creative jack-of-all-trades and has his own communication agency. Besides this work, he is the founder of the websites PSDnet.nl (a website dedicated to the Dutch PSD (Provinciale Stoombootdiensten in Zeeland) ferries and Schulpengat.nl a site about TESO (Texel’s Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming) ferries. Anders is the main designer of the BFT1250.nl ship models and finds it very challenging to convert the complexity of the ships he designs into the 1:1250 scale.

BFT1250.nl has set the bar very high in terms of what is possible in the 1:1250 scale. Our lifeboat series, for example, has unrivaled details. Please check out our President Jan Lels model and convince yourself. This level of detail is of an unprecedented order in the world of 1/1250 ship models. Anders is responsible for the balance between the level of detail and the feasibility of the models. After all, the ships in this scale remain extremely small.

Visual artist

Willem Johan Hoendervanger is a renowned maritime artist who has an excellent track record in providing maritime art to shipping companies and private individuals all around the globe. Because of his work, Willem Johan has a lot of experience in painting ships. Because of his work, Willem Johan has a lot of experience in painting ships. He uses this knowledge for BFT1250.nl to bring the ship models to life with his professional painting skills.

Painting a ship model may seem easy (‘you look at the original colors and copy them’), but that is not how it works for Willem Johan. To get a perfect ship model, all colors must be perfectly matched, just like in a painting! Whoever sees a BFT1250.nl ship model for the first time must see the real ship at the first place. More info about his maritime art can be seen at www.oceanlinerart.com.

Look at that details!

Our smallest ship models have unrivaled details and set a new standard in the world of small 1:1250 ship models!

TESO collection

BFT1250.nl has included the TESO ferries Molengat (1980) and Texelstroom (1966) in its model ship fleet. This is a perfect couple for your showcase! These two ships are an fantastic pair for you own ship collection.