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    redpmg
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    Colin that's a marvellous old boat you have there - and its still around after over a Century. Don't think many modern plastic wonders will be.

    Amazing what people used to make models from when you think of all our modern glues etc - which we all seem to take for granted. Even when I was a youngster Dad still used the glue you melted with hot water in a special double pot for his woodwork - smelled awful - probably made from some kind of fish..........

    Many years ago read about a club that moulded have-a-go boat hulls for youngsters from newspaper & house paint - wonder what the builder of your boat used?

    A wonderful collection you have altogether. Looking forward to seeing the details of the rest of the boats - and how you aquired them.
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    Nerys, when I purchased it from the auction it was listed as a model of SS Great Britain .
    Although I'm sceptical about that, the general shape is pretty good.
    Cheers Colin.
    Fair winds and calm waters, COLIN.
    Nerys
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    Your oldest boat looks very interesting, presumably she had a bridge and a funnel at one time. Think you must have a most unusual collection spanning the years if this is an example.

    Cheers, Nerys
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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
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    Agree with Nerys keep rambling Colin.Wonderful pictures of an old boat .
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    Colin.
    Classic,absolutely classic.
    What a wonderful exhibit.
    Regards Bill.
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    Never give up.It will come right in the end.
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    The Oldest Model in my collection was built around 1914 using newspaper over a card frame with wooden bracing stiffeners and a wooden deck and masts, with a clockwork motor driving a small tin prop (possably home made).
    What you see in the pictures is basically how it was bought from a local clearing auction from a deceased estate in Monmouthshire.
    The date of build is based on the newspapers it was built from, sadly the motor had rusted so badly that when i was removing it it fell apart.
    The hull is about 3 feet in length and 5 inches wide by 6 inches deep. the two masts are 3/8" dowel 15 inches long.
    Although originally when i got it home the paper laminations were coming apart, but I remedied this by spraying the inside with dluted Ezekote and allowing it to soak in and air dry.
    Even though its not in a condition to use, many people are curious about it when i take it to the vintage shows.
    Cheers Colin.
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    Fair winds and calm waters, COLIN.
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    Colin, half the fun of this site are the ramblings we all come up with, at least you and I think so.

    Cheers, Nerys
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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
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    Nerys, you clever girl, I couldn't remember the name, I remember in the late 60's early 70'sdad managed to get a job with Avon testing ribs, and mid 70's he was testing Metzler ribs. I'd already left home by then but still joined him at weekends when he was testing the compatibility of various RIB and Motor combinations.
    Great fun sometimes dangerous in the winter months.
    Only ever went overboard once when we hit a sandbank at speed, boat stopped as if we'd hit a wall. I was sat in about 6 inches of water, we couldn't stop laughing.
    Happy Times lass, my son and I are now looking for a fishing boat project that we can trailer to the coast for fishing trips.
    God knows how the rest of the members put up with my ramblings.
    Cheers Colin.
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    Hi Colin,
    When you say 'the big boat show on the South Coast' in the years after the war, do you mean the 'Pavillon d'Or', which was the major event of the year for motor cruisers. I used to read about it, with all due reverence, in 'Motor Boat and Yachting' magazine. Those were the days.
    Interesting you should talk about your father keeping a boat in Aberystwyth Harbour. We were there this afternoon and was it hot!

    Cheers, Nerys
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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
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    Glad to hear it Colin - good luck with finding a boat . Look forward to hearing of your exploits in it.
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