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I have a Robbe Smaragd Yacht. 1/10 scale. This is quite old now and could do with a ‘make over’.
I would like to see some plans or instructions from the build before I start and would therefore be grateful if anyone with knowledge of this model or better still, copies of any paperwork that came with the kit contacted me.
A few pics attached of this very ‘forgiving’ yacht............
Hi Neil, Well you wanted info!! 😉 I have a digital subscription to Model Boats and remembered seeing the article. I don't build yachts but can still admire the craftsmanship and techniques used. Some come in handy for other projects, e.g. winches. No idea about MYA classes, I'm not a yachter! Dave_M most likely knows. Happy over-making, cheers Doug 😎
Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug
I am no expert on MYA but I suspect it doesn't fit into any class. it's a great scale model and sails well but those two assets don't normally go well with racing yachts. If you do wish to enter into this very competitive part of model yachting I suggest you find a local club who race under MYA rules and see what is required. I'd still restore your yacht as they are great fun to sail
Hi Neil, your yacht still looks pretty tidy to my 'untutored' eye! So if it ain't broke ....! Suppose you could invent your own fictional pennant number if you wish. As you say, there's enough going on with the tug upgrade - which also wasn't broke! 😉 Or was it? Cheers Doug 😎
Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug
Hi Guys. I have recently dug by Robbe Smaragd out off its hibernating spot in my shed, and presently cleaning and servicing all the running gear. It has been a few years since it developed a problem on the Genoa switch module, mounted inmy Futaba F-14 Marine transmitter. I also had a look round the web, for any like minded people, who I could chat with. I was so glad to come across this site and forum, so I have signed up as a member. I still have all the original documents and plans that came with the kit. If anyone would like to borrow them, or make copies. I have the full Genoa, and Blister kits fitted, and have had many years sailing Her. The model is perfectly balanced between sails and rudder, with only the slightest adjustment to the trim to keep her on a straight line tack. Not that I have raced her against one of the 1Meter racers, but I would say faster by a good margine over a standard triangular course. My kit was purchased and collected in the spring of 1998, it was launched the following year. The Genoa was fitted while I was working in Dublin, and sailed on a local lake at the hotel where I was staying. The Blister kit, was added about 2004. Frequent summers out on the local lake and Gloucester Dock with the local model club. I look forward to chatting and getting to know you. I am willing to answer any questions about this particular model. East RN
Hi Doug. Yes, I plan to take some pictures/video and post them. Primarily, I was hoping to help NPJ with his request for original plans etc. I realise it was last October when he requested them. I have made some changes to the main sheet control, planking and windows on the Cabin and an auto bailout on the cockpit wells. He may be interested in those as well. I have not met any other owners of this Classic model. It would be good to meet up with other owners and get them Cruising across a reasonable sized stretch of water (Not Racing). I have sailed and raced Dingy's and Catamarans, and this model is as close the real thing as I have experienced, and a good trainer for anyone learning how to manipulate and set sails, as well as use of the rudder.
Ahoy NPJ. I can copy them and send them to you. There are 4 plans, and they are full size A0. The full instruction manual is a booklet of A4 size. A separate instruction manual for the Genoa/Blister addition. It has some good points on how to manipulate and set the sails, even if you don't have them. I did use a higher while I was building the yacht, so there are marks on the text and diagrams. However, this does not hide or cover the text and diagrams, and you will be able to follow them. It will take a few days to copy, and get ready to post. Ray
Neil I have all the documents scanned to pdf files. Could I post them on this web site, so anyone can download them. Are you able to get them printed. There are 4 full size A0 plans and two Construction Manuals. I Separated the English text, and reconstructed the pages, to be copied on A3, double sided, then put in order and Folded to make the A4 Manual.
Remember to print these pages double sided. Cover with Inside Cover on the back. Page 1 with Page 2 on the back. Page 3 with Page 4 on the back. Page 5 with Page 6 on the back. The Sailing map was in the middle of the book. The Genoa Document has all 3 pages within the file, and can be printed and assembled in the same way.
No worries Neil. I see you are working on a RAF Fire Tender at the moment. When you start on the Emerald (Smaragd), I will be here if you have any questions. I did post some pictures of my model recently, and am doing some maintenance myself. Hopefully I will be able to get her out on the water soon and get the Genoa up and in full sail. Yes, it would be good, if a few other owners of this model joined us.👍😎
On the original kit, there were no portholes or windows. It was all done by transfers. Grey pieces of paper, slid onto the cabin sides. I cut the holes to the shape of the transfers. Then I planked the sides around the window frames, from deck to roof. Then I used some old cd cases, to cut and shape the window glass. It worked quit well. 👍
Because of the size of the sheets, I went to "Office World" a local stationers, that have a copy and print section. They scanned the documents for me, and put them on a stick. I would suggest taking the files to them, and they can print them for you. Take a note of the sheets to be printed on the back of other, on A3. So you can assemble them in an A4 booklet. The page numbers on the left hand page is the sequence to use, as that is the first section of the book, assembly method. The later section is the parts lists etc.🤔 Ray
With reference to the deck hand rails:- 1. With the model being so heavy and large, I found that transportation to the sailing venue, and the possibility of a reasonable walk from the parking area to the launch/waterside, that the handrails were the first items to suffer. 2. With the Mainsheet extending out over the railings, sometimes it would get snagged on one of the stansions. 3. The Genoa sheeting is really long and loose on the Lee side. It too could get snagged at times. I am looking at getting new stansions and looking at installing them again, but with the Genoa fully rigged and sheeting operational, to see how it can be installed securely and reduced risk of snagging.😱
I bought the model boat kit new from Bournemouth Models in 1998. They were the main suppliers of Robbe models and parts in the U.K. at that time. It came in several boxes and a lot of room in the garden shed. It took some time to assemble all the separate pieces into their respective components. Then final assembly as per the manual and diagrams. Yes the hand rails were there at the beginning, and remained there for the first couple of years. With the standard jib and main sails, there was very little interference with the sheeting. The problems were with the transportation, as they are exposed on the edges. The stansions would catch on clothing while lifting and walking with the model.
Just for information. While I was browsing through the Yacht section of pictures, I came across another Smaragd yacht. The pictures were posted 2/3 yrs ago. I wonder if they are still active members, and have seen any of our chats and pages. It would be good to hear from them. Still looking through the many archived pictures. Best Regards Ray.