Lifeboat class Jan Lels

The famous lifeboats of the ZHRMS type President Jan Lels can now also be found in scale 1/1250. Our scale model (1.4 cm x 0.32 cm) of the President Jan Lels has unrivalled details and sets a new standard in the world of 1:1250 ship models!

1,40 cm


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Quality Product

Designed, produced and hand-painted in The Netherlands. No outsourcing, no mass production in China.

100% Accurate

We only use the original General Arrangements. We look at many photos to get all details and colours right.

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Unlike mass production, we only produce small series. Don’t wait too long before ordering.

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We’ve designed our own way of keeping the ship models safe during shipment. No glue or tape!

History rescue vessels type President Jan Lels

When the NZHRM (‘De Noord’) lifeboat company developed the first self-righting ship Insulinde, the ZHMRS (‘De Zuid’) was also developing its own type of self-righting lifeboat. A logical development, since a number of Dutch lifeboats had been turned during heavy storms in the 1920s, which caused many deaths. The solution was to build ships that were able to self-align after capsizing.

In 1927, the ZHMRS commissioned the Koningin Wilhelmina lifeboat for the Stellendam lifeboat station. The design of the Wilhelmina was improved on a number of points and the ships President J.V. Wierdsma and President Jan Lels were the result. In appearance, the only thing that really stands out is the shape of the wheelhouse cover. Famous rescues of this type of lifeboat are those of the Faustus at Hoek van Holland and the radio-ship Uilenspiegel at Cadzand.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Koningin Wilhelmina and President J.V. Wierdsma were replaced by the new lifeboats of the Javazee type. Only the President Jan Lels (1930) remained in service until April 1985. In the last weeks of service, the Lels replaced the Koningin Juliana for a while. Until 2019 the Jan Lels stood ashore in Hoek van Holland. There is also a street named after this famous lifeboat.

Ship name Year built Station Time in service
Koningin Wilhelmina 1927 Stellendam 1927-1967
President J.V. Wierdsma 1930 Hoek van Holland, Veere, Breskens, Stellendam 1930-1972
President Jan Lels 1930 Hoek van Holland, Burghsluis, Neeltje Jans (Noordland) 1930-1985


The lifeboat type Jan Lels is a fantastic addition to your model collection.


Free shipping > 125 euro orders

For the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, free shipping (incl. Track & Trace) is possible when spending a minimum of € 125. For orders under € 125 shipping costs are € 6,95 (NL) or € 8.95 (BE / DE). Shipping costs to your country not listed? Contact us for a custom quote.