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>> Home > Forum > Boat Specific Chit Chat! > RE ads90's Vosper Firefloat
RE ads90's Vosper Firefloat
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RNinMunich
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1552
23rd Jan 2018 06:36  
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Hi ads, maybe you can find some info about her or a sister ship here,
http://www.rafboats.co.uk/
Happy browsing, cheers Doug 😎


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
Grant me the Serenity to accept things I can't change,
the Courage to change things that I can, and
the Wisdom to know the difference!
Dave M
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1527
23rd Jan 2018 10:27  
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Hi ads
I have Terry Holtham's RAF Marine Craft Drawings book. Your model may well be the MK1 version, and if so never saw service as it was never accepted by the RAF.

The wheelhouse is clearly from a Sea Plane tender and many were converted to Firefloats.

I can find no kits marketed from the 1950's in my extensive magazine collection, so suspect this was a nice copy be a keen modeller from the 1960's.

Its a nice looking model and I am sure it attracts lots of attention whenever you manage to sail.


Live long and prosper

Dave
SelwynWilliams
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 40
23rd Jan 2018 10:32  
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do you have any sea plane tender ones?

Dave M
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1527
23rd Jan 2018 10:34  
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Hi Selwyn
The book has outline drawings so only really of use to identify the types. What exactly are you hoping to build?


Live long and prosper

Dave
ads90
(Commander)





Forum Posts: 32
23rd Jan 2018 12:40  
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Many thanks Dave and all.
The reason I think it was a kit is because of the superstructure and deck detailing which you cannot see on my photos. All of the window frames have raised rivets around them and the deck has deck raised deck strips. As a modeller I know that these can be recreated but they look too perfectly spaced, etc. Many thanks for looking through your back catalogues Dave.
Terry was very helpful and sent me quite a bit of information - he is a font of knowledge.
My boat is well used at our pond at Eastrop, Basingstoke where I am the Secretary and Treasurer of the model boat club. Every couple of years I do have to give the hull a rub down and re-spray as being made from balsa and when running fast, the vibration does tend to crack the hull along the panel joint lines, but it is an easy fix and I try not to abuse it as it is precious to me.

boaty
(Commander)





Forum Posts: 38
24th Jan 2018 17:29  
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I have done a bit of research into the possibility of it being a Mark 1 fire float but have not as yet come up with anything.

I have a theory about this boat as when the Mark 2 fire floats were "disposed of" around 1958 there is very little detail of what became of them.

Could one or both of them have undergone some modifications with the extension to the cabins etc but it was never recorded, ie not on historical records of R.A.F launches.

Boaty😁


Dave Keech
ads90
(Commander)





Forum Posts: 32
24th Jan 2018 21:13  
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Dave
There were only 2 Mk 2 Firefloats built, No.'s 93 and 94 and they had a very different hull at the stern to what my model has. The superstructure could have been modified quite easily but certainly not the hull, so I am certain that it is not one of them. The stern is very reminiscent of the 'Fairmile' design but I have looked at these but nowt turned up. The number on the side of mine '1104' is I believe related to the Marine Craft Unit 1104 at Bridlington which possibly also may have been an ASR.

Dave M
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1527
25th Jan 2018 10:05  
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Hi ads
Yes you are correct in that only the Mark2 was accepted by the RAF and were Nos 93 and 94.
The Mk1 was the initial design but was not considered suitable for purpose hence the modification to the MK2.

I do believe your model was built by a keen modeller who took or built a hull and placed his own top details based on the Crash Tender and similar designs from the period.

I did find reference to Bridlington MCU and this corresponds with the number on your model
https://www.pprune.org/archive/index.php/t-312866.html
They were active in 1969 and used Pinnace which does rather tie in with the front wheelhouse of your model.
I have a book somewhere that lists all the MCU details and when I find it I will see what I can find.


Live long and prosper

Dave
boaty
(Commander)





Forum Posts: 38
25th Jan 2018 10:06  
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Thanks for your reply and its very interesting.
Was your model based on an advanced Fire Float that little was known about outside of military circles?

Bridlington is only a short distance from RAF Elvington which was a bomber base in WW2. In the 1950s it became a V Bomber base and logically it would need to have improved marine rescue facilities to deal with aircraft that had ditched in the North Sea.

It could be that your boat was built to fulfil this role and there may be a possibility that other Fire Floats may have been constructed for similar uses but not disclosed. 😁😁😁.

Boaty


Dave Keech