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    RIVER POLICE LAUNCH circa 1950
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    METROPOLITAN POLICE THAMES DIVISION RIVER POLICE LAUNCH circa 1950
    MODEL BUILT BY MICHAEL P TURPIN 2021 TO 1:12 SCALE
    FROM VINTAGE MODEL WORKS KIT

    At this scale, the model represents a launch measuring 30ft in length and 8ft 9” in the beam. It is one of the standard types as built by Tough Brothers of Teddington, employing the partially diagonal planking system which produces a lightweight but strong hull. The engine was of sufficient power to provide an efficient speed of 12 knots in the tidal waters in which it operates. The cabin and seating has been designed such that it is possible to keep an all-around look out whilst on patrol, as well as an open stern area capable for carrying equipment and the recovery of bodies from the water. Operating from their headquarters at Wapping, London the River Police are responsible for law and order on the river. Previous to 1964, they patrolled the Thames from Erith to Teddington but subsequently this range was changed to cover from Dartford Creek to Staines.
    The model has some construction differences. The hull is ply-sheeted and not planked, and has a box construction for the main internal space. The deck is planked using walnut, as are all its wooden fittings.
    All metalwork and above-deck fittings are scratch built, the spotlight illuminates and the mast head carries flashing red & blue lights.

    Power - Turnigy 3548 840KV out-runner brushless motor.
    Electronic Speed Controller – Hobbywing Quicrun 16BL 30 water cooled.
    Brass propeller -55 mm 3 blades.
    Battery pack - Turnigy 2200mAh 3S 25C Lipo Pack.
    Radio –Flysky FS-I6X 10 channel.
    Main power switch is the steering wheel and has a dash board which is illuminated. The battery pack, which powers the main motor and the lights through a voltage reduction unit, is housed below the front panel
    Receiver, ESC and steering servo are all housed beneath the rear seat and back bulkhead.


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    25 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    First class model to a very high standard Mike.
    Well done.
    Regards Bill
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    28 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Absolutely stunning model Mike. I know that we have come to expect this from your builds but the finish is perfect. Super job.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜€
    Peter.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: RIVER POLICE LAUNCH circa 1950
    29 days ago by Madwelshman ( Warrant Officer)
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    What an absolutely stunning model that is.
    Love all of the attention to detail etc that has gone into this 😍

    A police launch is one model that I one day hope to add to my marina. I just think they're a lovely looking boat.

    Will
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    πŸ’¬ Re: RIVER POLICE LAUNCH circa 1950
    29 days ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Quite a nostalgic trip for me, I remember these police boats so well from the days when I was skippering sailing and motor barges on the Thames. Always looked smart and always around, to some, they were around too much, but I always found their crews to be friendly and very helpful.
    Forgot to say, nice model!
    Cheers, Nerys
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    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Mike, I think you have somewhat excelled yourself there and produced an incredible-looking model boat, absolutely spot on perfection in miniature. I now fully understand why you were otherwise engaged and making little or no progress on the steam front. Do you still have the info on the do-it-oneself boiler front? Regards, Gary.
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    1 month ago by stevedownunder ( Lieutenant)
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    I can't really add to the comments that Colin and Martin have already said, but you have made a beautiful model Mike.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: RIVER POLICE LAUNCH circa 1950
    1 month ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Exceptional model Mike, and a very interesting and informative write up.
    Cheers Colin.
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    She looks absolutely fantastic Mike.
    A show standard model without a doubt.

    Martin555.
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