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    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ChrisG
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    My BOC which is 1/24 scale was built from the plan drawn by D Metcalf in 1991. She was built originally for Sir Malcolm Campbell and was completed in 1931. She saw service in WW1 on the beaches of Dunkirk rescuing allied troops and became one of the "Dunkirk Little Ships".
    She was years later beautifully restored by Martin Summers the owner, the restoration was completed in 1986.
    I think she still lives on the Thames.
    A quite comprehensive Build Blog can be found on this website, the model was not built with any intention to get her bottom wet but instead has pride of place in my harbour.

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    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Lieutenant)
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    Thank you scratch Builder, your reply led to me looking up Clearview screens and there was a wealth of information. I'm embarrassed to even have had to ask as one of my prior careers was in the Canadian Coast Guard
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    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Rod.
    In my day they were known as โ€œThe Kent screenโ€
    There are many other derivatives mainly by makers name.
    They certainly work and give. Clear view in most conditions.
    The attached picture is a straight lift from the web,not one of mine.
    Regards
    Bill
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    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Lieutenant)
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    The circular "windshield wiper" on her wheelhouse ... what is the technical name for that itemโ€ฝโ€ฝ๐Ÿ˜”
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    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    I really enjoy seeing boats being built plank by plank, quite literally with a plank on frame model. Whilst starting off with a Tupperware hull is easy and convenient it is no substitute in my mind for making the hull yourself. Not only do you know every nook and cranny, and every slight glitch that had you awake at nights, but you get a heightened sense of achievement and satisfaction, especially when first showing it the water and subjecting it to comments from fellow club members or onlookers.
    This particular craft, Bluebird of Chelsea is so well known that it demands a very high standard of workmanship, and Chris, you have risen to the challenge. She looks bloomin' marvellous ! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Doogle ( Commodore)
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    That's a beautiful model Chris, I can certainly appreciate why she's a static for viewing ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ‘
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    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง DuncanP ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Chris,
    You have created a beautiful looking boat that you should be very proud of. I followed your build with great interest through all your trials and tribulations building the wheelhouse but you got there successfully in the end!. I exhibited my Riva Aquarama at The Blackpool Model Show this last weekend. A member from my club won the best leisure craft category with his Bluebird of Chelsea and then also won Best in Show with his same model! There is a photo attached from the show. Also a photo of my Riva on the stand. As you know I'm currently building the Mantua Bruma and there were a couple on display at the show. The main difference is that I hope mine will also be able to carry some sails with the addition of a detachable keel!๐Ÿ˜Š



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