Scratch Build With John

Whether your are an experienced scratch builder or someone just starting out in the hobby, the Scratch Build With John program has options for your specific level of expertise. This site provides you with everything you need to get into scratch building, helping you build projects from start to finish.  Before we talk about that though, let me be clear.

"Scratch building is the most fantastic hobby!"

It is not so much about any one hobby; it is about the process. I like to build everything I make from the ground up, using ordinary and cheap materials while taking enormous pride in what I do.  That is why I have so much on here, including building trains, submarines, scenery and mountain ranges, boats, pumps, propellers, rustic villages in outback Australia, moving cameras on a self-directing camera boats, automatic depth keeping on a submarine using arduino, and a gun on the front of a little corvette that squirts water with enormous precision and effect.  

With my program, you will learn to hone your scratch building skills by developing your own personal building style. I would never ask anyone to simply "copy" me. Instead, my program gives you the skills necessary to build what YOU want.

How does it work?

For just $15 per month you will gain access to my extensive library of over 300 training videos, materials and even receive a free copy of my e-book Scuffy the Tug Boat, which is an ideal entry point for the new starter or someone interested in building a boat. (Why membership?)

Did I mention, the membership also includes plans, circuit diagrams and even the Arduino coding for the submarines!


What do people have to say about Scratch Build With John?

Check out these amazing reviews below.

Hi John, hope things are well. I have been savouring your videos. Watching what you do and thinking, that's a good idea, or I can do that. I am reinvigorated and have re-looked at my models with fresh eyes. THAT'S what I’d hoped they would do. Anyway, I will take photos as I progress and send if you don’t mind.


As a former submariner and now an engineer with a fondness for history, RC subs, and robotics I've got to say I love this.


wonderful work, sir! David (Concerning the 'instructables' video)

David Merriman

Just superb! And you are so right, scratch building just satisfies the soul.


"Hello John, awesome tutorials and videos! I've been following you for a little awhile now. I am pretty new to the RC sub community. I just finished building my first ever sub, the 1/100 Typhoon from Engel. It was quite challenging, but very rewarding at the end."

Kwan Yee