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    I remember going to look at Bassett Lowkes shop on a visit to London during the war. I was very much into scale model aircraft building jn those days. There were two model shops in Cardiff and I visited them most weeks. An aeroplane kit would consist of a number of squared off blocks of wood that one had to carve and sandpaper to shape then glue together and hope it resembled the plane it was supposed to be. There would also be wheels, a 'plastic' cockpit cover and some water slide transfers of the insignia. I also made model ships, but used scrap wood from the local timberyard for those.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    I remember Beatties but then I am old enough to remember Bassett Lowke!
    Like you Red in SA we don't get anything for a Rand anymore!
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    "this might be the origin of the Lesro Rescue RIB..........That itself is now extinct of course"
    It WAS Red, until Sy did his Jurassic Park magic on it and revived it!😊
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    And another one which might be of interest - believe this might be the origin of the Lesro Rescue RIB.......................That itself is now extinct of course..............
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    An ad for a steam set from 1979 - love the price - could afford one or two of those !
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    Posted this on a build blog but of interest here - check the price of the one board - its in SA Rand not GBP at a time when the Rand was worth half a GBP and US $ was worth 3 Rand ......... Round about 10 times the price now ! Both of these firms went out of existence many years ago ! . Anyone else still got Balsa etc this old ?
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    My first R/C aircraft came from that book. My Father built the Single Channel R/C Unit with a rubber band driven Escapement 1 blip one way 2 blips the other.
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    Ianh,
    Thank you for posting that great book/catalog in pdf. I really enjoyed looking through it and was amazed at how much vintage building tips there are. Saw some reference to Jetex models and I remember having a Jetex engine in the late 50's. It had solid fuel pellets and lit with a fuse. It really worked well and we were building rockets with it!

    Liked the hovercraft too!
    Joe😊
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    Wow, JB, even nicer in real life, will check Sarik for the plan, Ta very much.😊


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    Hi Pete, I think its an early nod to a Bates Starcraft. Not a bad looking boat at all (a full sized Bates would get a few looks in NZ I'm sure,- NZ and Aust boats are quite different to Northern boats) I need to do a bit more to mine at some stage, - chine strakes, safety rails, lift up cabin top access flaps etc. I've added quite a bit to mine as it was very basic (and rotten) as received. My boat came from a farm rubbish bin so I have no idea when or where it was originally made, (very old either way)

    Took me a few years to find out what it was, (eventually from memory from a vintage model boats company, -very helpful chap there).
    Plan is apparently still available from Sarik Hobbies (X list plans -MM709) 13GBP) I actually thought of buying a plan and scaling it up to 40" and copying a Bates as there are lots of photos available to go off for detail. It would make a lovely model I think, if it came out like the pic.
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