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    RAF Crash Tender - need to seal deck hatches, mid-deck and aft cockpit
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    ChrisR
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    I was there in 1958 /59 on HMS Birmingham. Then on HMS Shoulton in the 60s for 3 Years and the later on HMS Ashanti first of the Tribals doing helicopter training until we lost it!!! Small choppers don't float!!!
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    ChrisR, very likely, I am trying to remember 65 years ago and it is surprising how things can get blurred by the passage of time. The one thing I am sure of is that there was a corvette moored their wearing the RAF ensign. I spent several months swinging round a buoy there on the aircraft carrier HMS Implacable..

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    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
    ChrisR
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    I have only seen those two Crash tenders based at the Sea Plane base on Southampton water. I was stationed in Portland on the 3rd MCM Squadron (HMS Shoulton).
    I think you may be confused with the Gay boats (Gay Charger, Gay Cavalier etc) which were in Portland for a short while before they returned to Plymouth. The Gay boats were used for target towing.
    Cheers, Chris
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    Nerys
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    I may be an idiot to enter the arena of RAF crash tenders, but I recently acquired a part finished model from one of our members who was about to flee the country. I've looked at a lot of pictures on line and there appears to be a lot of variation in the colour they were painted, so, I'm not sure that I want to be too dogmatic about colours and how I will finish mine. I have vaque memories of Portland Harbour in the fifties, when the RAF maintained a base there complete with their very own corvette, grey hull, and seem to remember various high speed craft with hulls painted grey, RAF blue and I think white. Or, is my imagination running riot?
    Cheers, Nerys
    When the winds before the rain, soon you may make sail again, but when the rain's before the wind, tops'l sheets and halyards mind
    mturpin013
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    I be going on the 18th Feb but I met this chap last year and had a conversation at an open day. I hope I can remember him and indeed if he is there I will make some enquirers
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    Apropos contentious Mike,
    I've often wondered why this particular boat, of which only two were ever built and before they were even completed the task they were intended for had evaporated, has come to be known as 'iconic'!
    Iconic for what actually? Lesro kit designs? There are many others to choose from, the originals of which actually did, and still do in some cases, what they were designed for!
    One of the mysteries of the universe!
    Muse muse๐Ÿ˜
    G'night All, Doug ๐Ÿ’ค
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    Young at heart - slightly older in other places ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers Doug
    RNinMunich
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    Great Mike๐Ÿ‘
    I look forward to the report, esp. when and where he worked on 93!
    This debate seems to have been going on for years๐Ÿค” That's why I started digging back then.
    I thought we'd put it to bed a couple of years ago when the Vosper drawings turned up.
    Someone on the site has a clearer copy than mine, which I was sent by Martin (Westquay).
    I hope your 'informant' actually worked at Vosper and not some later repair yard.

    If I were silly enough to try to compete with you, Ed, Graham and Rob & Co think I might go for all fire engine red with a blue LED light bar and red strobe on top๐Ÿ˜ At least me old eyeballs would be able to see it on the horizon better than whatever shade of grey.

    If I did one 'properly (๐Ÿ™„) I think I'd have to go for CERRUX grey all over for the cabins.
    BUT I'd do the roofs non slip, not 'smooth', so the monitor operators don't slide overboard๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    A chaque un a son goรปt mes amis!
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    Young at heart - slightly older in other places ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers Doug
    RNinMunich
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    "seem to end up there quite a lot and mostly without a paddle๐Ÿ˜ฅ"
    Hang in there Marky,
    I'll send you a few of my recently acquired 6mm balsa planks so you can make a paddle or two๐Ÿ˜‰
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    Young at heart - slightly older in other places ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers Doug
    pmdent
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    Great - gues I will wait to paint my cabin tops until we can get it from the horses mouth ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ˜Š When do you visit the York club? Peter
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    mturpin013
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    Hi Doug I didn't realise this was such a contentious subject, I am about to join the York model boat club soon where I have visited a few times. During my visits last year I was told that one of the members actually worked on No 93, so I am going to find this person and ask the question. I will let you know
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