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    Okay. I have private messaged you my mobile number. Text me and we can discuss
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    Thanks Phil, it’s reassuring to know it will sail itself. Does that mean I can’t go wrong? I doubt it...... When are you next planning to be at the Pavilion Gardens? It would be great to get the chance to see one of your Wee Nips. I’m not far away. Graham93
    2 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Graham93 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    "...in the 60s there were four model shops within walking distance from my house......I would catch the bus there most Saturdays and go and buy a kit to see me through the next week....And now, model shops are few and far between.....To anyone with a grandchild who has the slightest interest in modelmaking then encourage them for all they are worth........" Yes. That was why I set up the EeZeBilt and Marinecraft sites - to enable this generation of kids to have the same experience that we had, of creating something that really worked on your own, with minimal adult help... I had thought that it would be quite easy for modelling grandparents to download the shapes, cut them out from balsa sheet, and present grandchildren with a small simple kit for Christmas. Making one of these simple kits is how many of us started, but kits like these are hard to find commercially nowadays. Unfortunately, few people seem to have done this. In most cases the sites seem to be a nostalgia-trip for adults. Which is a shame, because the original designer of the EeZeBilts, Ernie Webster, was a teacher, and put a lot of design lessons into his kits. Building a series of EeZeBilts (though they have a similar base design) will give quite a lot of experience in different constructional tweaks, and improve confidence in handling materials. We are coming up to Christmas. Perhaps now is a good time to remind people of this resource and the aim behind it?
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    Hi Doug, I guessed you would know all about tuica. Yes I knew about the plum production in Romania. I was travelling there a lot some years ago and took a keen interest in most aspects of life there asnd saw as much of the country as possible. It was always interesting to watch tourists tasting tuica for the first time, the tiny sip, the grimaces, then probably put it down. I learnt at a very early stage to knock it straight back, as did the Romanians. Don't we digress on this forum, great isn't it. Cheers, Nerys
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    MSM Ken. Apart from the committee meeting, we must discuss future operations for the Bristol Channel patrol. It seems so long since I was involved, just wish things could normalise and let me become a free roaming sailor girl once more. Not too long I hope. As things are, everything is in a state of abeyance. Ships to build, shipyard buildings to finish, it's dreadful to think how far behind we are with everything and these sickbay operatives are proving distinctly unhelpful. See you Saturday. (fingers and everything else crossed). Lt Cdr, Nerys
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    She has no motor as yet, she's empty at he present time except for a old prop shaft. That will need to come out. I will probably put in a small brushless after cleaning her up and repainting.
    Torro RTR - LCM3
    Just received new addition to the fleet. I am a lazy bugger....not a scratch builder....but very impressed after opening the box...all intact...Will look just a treat approaching the shore, dropping the ramp and unloading the Sherman...no troops running ashore with this one. 😎
    Latest acquisition !! A restoration and upgrade project. Approximately 40 year old plastic model of Oceanic. A German built and for many years operated Ocean Going Tug build 1969 Much to do as it needs a full mechanical refit, having just two 2mm shafts plus motors and a rudder but no other gear at all. On the cosmetic side the superstructure needs some serious work as it has transfers for much of the detail, like windows, portholes, doors and vents. Strangely she has no handrails or companionways between decks, plus many other bits. Have started a list of parts required to send off to Santa to see what may come at Christmas.
    A Veron Thames Police Launch
    In the process of renovating this very old boat. Stripped out the the box construction inner to leave the skins showing. I am going to try and make this as authentic as possible from old photographs of the full size craft.
    Gancia Dei Gancia
    This boat started life as a cheap chinese import with substandard radio and unfinished deck detailing. It was white plastic finish and the usual stern tube set up with i/c motor and flexible coupling. I recognised the boat configuration as the Gancia dei Gancia offshore racer and decided to make it just that. I set about fitting a flexible transom mounted drive with Octura x40 prop. The decals I ordered from Japan and luckily they still had these in stock as their own Gancia model kit had been discontinued for almost 20 years.
    Caltex Lumba Lumba
    The all-aluminum vessel was built at Erie, Pennsylvania in 1961 in the Paasch Marine Services yards for the Caltex Oil Co. She sailed between Malaysia and Sumatra for several years. The Lumba Lumba gained her name from the Malay for " Over the Waves". At that time she was known as Caltex Lumba Lumba, she is 75 feet long with a beam of 18 feet and a draft of five feet. She is powered by twin diesels with 1650 h.p. The sleek vessel has a speed of 18 knots. The vessel has accommodation for 30 passengers in aircraft type accommodation. When she came back to North America the vessel was transported as deck cargo aboard the Martha Bakke to Vancouver She was then lifted into the water and docked at Vancouver Shipyards Ltd., for an extensive refit then will deliver the Lumba Lumba to Prince Rupert. I lived in Prince Rupert and traveled on this vessel a couple of times as a teenager. I have added some photos of what she looked like back in 2014. She has been scrapped as far as I know now. This is the Sterling Models kit from the 60's which as you can see has old electronics and a single screw in her. Luckily she has easy access and I am hoping to make her twin screw as she should be and RC her. I will keep you posted...that will be in the future.
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