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    GRAUPNER CHRIS CRAFT CONSTELLATION
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    5 months ago by 🇧🇪 hermank
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    this model was the first boat i have built when i was 15 years old. unfortunately no more pictures anymore 💔💔
    The model was equiped with a variophon grundig 2 channel
    with a kinematic servo that controls the rudder and forwards/stop/backwards. It has given me a lot of pleasure and gave it away to a young boy living in Italy who was the sun of my boss sister
    And even today i still have the equipment in the original boxes

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    5 months ago by 🇮🇹 AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    Hallo Hermank.

    I am very interested in any pictures and information you post in the future.

    I congratulate you on the results and placings obtained at the races, even if a lot of time has passed since then.

    I'm glad to hear that you've been modeling since you were a boy.

    When I was a child and then a young man I did modeling with 1:72 plastic planes and some tanks.
    No boats and ships, because they cost too much but I loved them.

    As a child I actually played with my models.
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    5 months ago by 🇧🇪 hermank ( Captain)
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    Alessandro
    A good evening, I m TERRIBLY sorry and there’ s another one coming your way……. The following boat I made was the Dachs from Graupner with the same problem no photographs left. I was quite successful with this model. I ended on the 6 th place in the competition organised by the national federation of Modelboat builders…. And I was 18 at that time.
    So more info about the boat will arrive soon. After this model I started making all the models for an Antwerp import company for model boats,plaines, cars, motors
    The models were shown at exhibitions. So watch the coming info
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    5 months ago by 🇮🇹 AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    Hallo Herman.

    What a pity!
    It is a real regret that you have no photos of this naval model.
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    5 months ago by 🇩🇪 RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Evenin' Roy,
    "some consternation" I'm not surprised.
    The RAF, or 'Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe', were still active in 1992.
    From 1970 to 1998 they were responsible for a whole series of bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, bank robberies, and shoot-outs with police. Their atrocities were constantly in the news back then🤔

    On a lighter note, what's an NVQ? Non Valid Qualification?😁😂
    In my job here in Germany I was responsible for worldwide sales & marketing of Naval COMMS systems, from RFI/RFQ analysis through to contract negotiation, which fortunately was done in English (Probably why I was hired in the first place!), except with German shipyards of course. Even then the contracts were in English as I only worked on export contracts. I didn't have (or want) the clearance to work on German Navy projects. I preferred globe-trotting😉

    Ref the restaurant, most probably IL Punto Italiano.
    Only Italian I know of close to the Rathaus.
    😎


    https://www.google.com/maps/place/IL+Punto+Italiano+M%C3%BCnchen/@48.1374244,11.
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    5 months ago by 🇩🇪 RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    " not much English makes sense to me"
    Don't believe that for one second Colin.
    Unless you are referring to 'modern youth' English and slang.
    In which case I concur🤔
    I did English Language and Literature, Applied Maths and Physics.
    Got 1s for E. Lang. and Physics, and 2s for E. Lit. and Applied Maths.
    (I dipped out of Pure Maths😉, too abstruse for me. I obviously have the practical engineers brain😁)
    As non exam sidelines I took Production Engineering (learned a bit about casting, welding and brazing) and German.
    After the first semester the German teacher (nice lady😍) asked me
    "Doug, your German is quite good. Would you like to switch to the GCE O Level course?"
    I answered; 'That's very nice of you thank you. But no thanks, I already have one'.
    Gute Nacht, schlaf gut.💤💤💤
    BTW: I'm English too, born in Folkestone, Kent, but have now spent more than half my life here in Munich.
    😎
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    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Doug during the late '90s I was introduced to our son's future in-laws.
    He was living and working in Munich from 1992. (My wife and I were visiting travelling by a lovely airline called Debonair, flying HS 146's.)

    He had been introduced to his future wife who was a doctor in one of the Munich hospitals and they both hit it off.
    So I was introduced to her parents and mentioned I had spent 2 1/2 years in the RAF in Germany.
    This was met with some consternation as the RAF as far as Germans were concerned was a terrorist group. The Red Army Faction it was soon cleared up and we all got on well.

    My wife refused to speak German but after several drinks she suddenly got quite voluble all her 'O' level German coming back.

    On my 80th. birthday everyone came including a German contingent. I did remember some German but put daughter in laws father and friend over to a niece who has a degree in English and German law (cambs).
    Her dad (my nephew) does well and I just grunt a few words, our son is fluent but in the Munich German, Bavarish?

    I have an NVQ 1 in German business language, but I just rely on guessing now, we were all over in Munich again 3 years ago last month for a wedding.

    When we arrived we had an evening meal in an Italian restaurant near the Munich Rathaus. My grand daughter and I were at the end of the table when our German lady driver (friend who I had met before) was saying she had to leave as this was the first night of her Spanish language evening class.

    I said stay and Ellie and I will give you your first Spanish lesson which we did and we all had a good time. Also ensuring we had a ride back to the hotel!

    Regards
    Roy
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    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Well Doug, I am English and not much English makes sense to me as I only did English literature and language at along with maths and engineering college so that I would be able to understand engineering instructions.
    Cheers Colin.
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    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 DuncanP ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Doug, Perhaps my wife deliberately distracted me whilst walking around the Xmas Markets so that I wouldn't see it!!! Otherwise I would have been tempted to go in - not only to have a good look round but also to get warm!! It was quite cold! Cheers D
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    5 months ago by 🇩🇪 RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Yep, that's gist of it Colin.
    But somehow the rhyming and phrasing just does not work in English☹️
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    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Here is the English version Doug.
    Cheers Colin
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    5 months ago by 🇩🇪 RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    'ladies of short acquaintance' and no doubt doubtful propriety!😮🙈
    Yet YOU remembered them. Naughty boy😁🤣
    They'll have been long since banished to the outskirts of the city, as in all major towns and cities here. In Munich since 1981.
    The group Spider Murphy Gang made a hit record out of the event back then.
    About a 'lady of the night' 'Rosi', who refused to be banished causing a scandal. (Rosi not the group😉).
    Just another of my 'useless facts' that I've assimilated along the way😁
    Tschüss, Doug😎



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    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Doug further inspection of the label on the cover of the plans say 14/16, not 15 as first thought.
    I also seem to remember the neighbours close by with 'ladies of short acquainance' even nearer to the cathedral.

    Roy
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    5 months ago by 🇩🇪 RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Roy,
    They musta renumbered Kleinkölnstraße!
    14 and 15 are on opposite sides of the street.
    15 appears to be residential, a 'flock of bats'😁
    and
    14 has gorn all Oriental. Tempus fugit🤔
    Nevertheless, if Duncan had trotted ca 100yds across to take a shufti at Markt Straße he'd have found the Shodel Mop.
    (Damn Rev. Spooner sneaks in everywhere 😠)
    Cheers, Doug😎


    https://www.google.com/maps/place/L'+Artisan+-+Orientalische+Wohnkultur/@50.7767
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kleink%C3%B6lnstra%C3%9Fe+15,+52062+Aachen/@50
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    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Doug I remember a very small shop just one window. Address was KleinKoln Strasse 14/15 Aachen.

    It must have all got bigger! Or maybe they moved?
    Roy
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    5 months ago by 🇩🇪 RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Duncan,
    You didn't wander very far did you😉
    The chap Roy 'chatted' with (schnackt) may be gone (RIP) but the shop is still there, less than 100m from the cathedral.
    Model Center Hünerbein!
    Cheers, Doug😎


    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Modell+Center+H%C3%BCnerbein/@50.7759302,6.082
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    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Duncan, The gent with the model shop must be long dead now anyway. But he was a nice guy and my poor German just about made for a conversation.

    I wonder if the model shop in Munich is still there, trains on the ground floor and the rest upstairs. I remember as you walked in there was a transparent section of floor with a model railway running beneath.

    By then (1990s) the foreign exchange rate was not so good for visiting Brits and it was more of a viewing experience.

    Roy
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    5 months ago by 🇧🇪 hermank ( Captain)
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    Duncan P
    even in Germany where modellboating is still very popular shops disappear because people love to buy in China. It' s cheap and that's the only thing that's matter. People are not interested in a chat at the local shop, an advice when you have a problem, or when they have a quality issue.
    You see this happening all over Europe and i m shure also else where.
    It' sad to notice but that's reality
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    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 DuncanP ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Roy -went to Aachen for the Christmas markets last year. Didn't see any model shop near the cathedral so perhaps another outlet bites the dust!😔
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    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    I was in the RAF in Germany and bought several German made RC items. I had a kinematic unit. Tricky to use but when mastered great.

    Robbe also did a similar mechanism but much smaller and I had one of those as well. All lost in moving etc.

    I still have some plans I bought from a little model shop in AAchen near the Cathedral, Graupner Condor, Graf Zeppelinn, SMS Emden, that was in 1957.
    I built the motor yacht Condor and still have it, now on its 3rd re-fit. Picture taken this year so she is currently nearly 60 years old.

    Last re-fit included replacing the prop tube and shaft but that was 20+ years ago. I had foolishly gone cheap and fitted an alluminium tube with swaged ends to form the bearings.

    Nice memories of Germany.
    Roy



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