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    Fairey Spearfish
    by ChrisF πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    7 months ago
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    My intention was to only build the wooden hulled Faireys but this came along and it was manners not too!

    The kit is semi-scale so what I'm going to do is build the superstructure in timber as per the first two Spearfish that were built before they became all GRP construction. Timber superstructure and GRP hull is a nice contrasting combination.

    Still in the box at the moment and will be for a while as other projects are underway.

    Chris


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    7 months ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Lovely boat Chris, had one myself some years ago,
    but don't use the marlin 850 as suggested, best way to go is brushless & Lipo's.😐


    Cheers, Peter
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    7 months ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Fairey made some nice real boats post war using the moulded ply system which was developed for aircraft building during the war. The Mosquito was probably the best known plywood aircraft

    Apart from their very successful dinghies, the Firefly was the single handed choice for the 1948 Olympics, I liked the Fairey Atalanta which was developed from the airborne lifeboats dropped to downed aircraft crews in the channel during the war. Haven't seen one for years, wonder if there are any still around.

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    7 months ago by ChrisF ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Peter. I'm a late starter to the hobby, about 3 years ago, so I've only ever used brushless (well apart from my Club 500 which was already built). The hull will probably be the only part that I use.

    Just realised that this build and the Huntsman 31 Sport will be very similar as the mould for the Spearfish GRP hull was taken from the wooden Huntsman one.

    Nerys - yes you still see Atalantas for sale. Building a model of one will probably be a future project - I've already got the original Fairey drawing.

    Chris

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    6 months ago by BOATSHED ( Midshipman)
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    In still ha a Fairey Spearfish in my shed. She's still in the box untouched. I plan to build her with a brushless now. I do have a SC 61 & 2 x 91 marine engines in my shed that I intended to use one of those in her. I will be putting in a brushless now due to the bans on most ponds by local bylaws on them. Not happy about it as I also have an Irvine 120 marine unused and a Zenoah 26cc all blinged up in purple with a centrifugle clutch and a Fema electric start built onto it that I have run in ready to fit into an old Pipedream hull with a z drive fitted in to it.

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    6 months ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Boatshed,
    It's a shame that you have all of those motors unused due to the bans.

    I do hope you do a build log on you'r Fairey Spearfish when you make it.

    Martin555.
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    6 months ago by BOATSHED ( Midshipman)
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    I keep adding to both my model boats and motors, no time to get onto building them or refurbishing them though, much to the horror of my wife😁. Too many other things to get sorted and a couple of health issues stopping me from doing certain things. Now starting much needed house decoratingπŸ‘ŽπŸ™„, that's now well overdue. So I do not know when I will get around to model boats again. I have added 3 boats to my collectionπŸš€πŸ™Š in this year. Three motors as well. One brushless outboard and 2 vintage electric motors. Both Taycol motors, I will probably put one on Ebay and I am hoping to fit one into one of my old Aerokit refurb's🀞. It's frustrating not being able to get everything done as I want to. I think decorating and getting my old Rover P4 back on the road will come first. Health problems depending thoughπŸ€”.

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    6 months ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Boatshed,
    That is the problem we practice our art of model making for many many years and then when we finally get good at it we are ether to old to do it properly anymore or ill health intervenes.LOL!!!

    Martin555.
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    6 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Rover P4 brings back memories my dad had a Rover 90( Black)and a Rover 100(Blue) (with overdrive) learnt to drive in the 100 with the bench seat fully forward and a cushion under me and one behind so I could reach the pedals I was 13 (I was not the tallest boy 5ft when I left school) we were shown what to do and my dad left us to drive around his works carpark this was on a Sunday when only the delivery lorries were parked up ,changed days my dad let my older brother drive from Edinburgh to Glasgow when he was 15 along the M8 motorway (early 70s).
    Your car looks gorgeous πŸ‘

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    6 months ago by BOATSHED ( Midshipman)
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    My dad had a 90 then a 100 then a 110, that one was the last ever car he owned before he gave up driving. Mine is the P4 80 model. She is 2.3ltr with overdrive. She has the 4 cylinder engine that Rover used in Series 2 Land Rovers. I have her off the road at the moment. Rebuilding all the front steering, braking system and suspension. Every thing I could buy new from a P4 supplier up in Acrington Lancs I have bought and all the other parts have been cleaned and are awaiting painting. I hope to get her all back together in the spring. She is far from original and will never be but I love her. I think This is enough for now on cars as others may not like the deviation. I just decided it was time to have a change of avatar.

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    6 months ago by BOATSHED ( Midshipman)
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    When I was in Great Yarmouth back in September I went to Anglia Model Shop in Gorleston and I saw this boat. I asked how much he wanted for it an he said it was his dads and that he had said try and get Β£10 for it. I gave it straight to him. I thought it was worth a go. It's very well built and solid, needs a little bit of work but I will get there sometime. I don't know what it is or the make.
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    6 months ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Novel little boat, what is the length? the rudder looks a bit on the small side, but depending on the length,
    it might be OK.😐

    Cheers, Pete
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    6 months ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    Re - That is the problem we practice our art of model making for many many years

    Model making and collecting are a form of mental illness Martin, I'm sure you know that!?πŸ˜‚
    JB
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    6 months ago by kevinsharpe ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi
    Nice boat and quite rare. I believe it to be made from the Nor Star range of wooden kits. She is I think she is Wave Rider. Nor Star also made a slightly larger cabin cruiser called Wave Princess. Both look great on the water and there is film of them on U Tube. Enjoy the model. Would suit a brushless motor and either Lipo cells or Nickel metal hydride.

    Regards

    Kevin
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    6 months ago by BOATSHED ( Midshipman)
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    She is 28" long I finally got around to measuring her this afternoon. I will be using a different rudder anyway, it will be a new one.
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    6 months ago by BOATSHED ( Midshipman)
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    Many thanks kevinsharpe for the information on her. I will check out the video's on u tube, I will look forward to seeing how she should perform on the water.
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    6 months ago by BOATSHED ( Midshipman)
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    I have just checked out the video and she is for sure the Nor-star wave rider. She rides the water well, but I wonder how evil she will be with either a brushless motor or maybe even the brushless outboard I have got. Well at least the smaller one out of the 2 of the ones I have got. I have a larger one and that's mounted on a F1 Tunnel Hull. The larger one ismthe one with the Johnson decals on.
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    6 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Thomas,
    May I suggest that you start a new thread for your Wave Rider?
    This is Chris' Boat Harbour and thus personal.
    Unless the owner of the Harbour gets involved himself in such side exchanges it can be rather discouraging. Same applies to Build Blogs, which are also a personal log and offer the possibility of creating and printing a personal memento of 'What's bin did and What's bin hid'. πŸ˜‰
    Just a word to the wise!
    If you do start a new Thread / Blog I have a couple of suggestions for the conversion of your hull to brushless. Did similar on a Sea Scout of similar dims.
    Can then see about shifting your posts here to the new thread.
    Cheers, Doug 😎
    @ Chris, your posts re the Spearfish may be better off in a Forum thread or as the start of a future Build Blog, since your boat has not yet left the stocks to sail to the harbourπŸ˜‰

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    6 months ago by BOATSHED ( Midshipman)
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    Hi RNinMunich,
    Sorry πŸ‘about that I started off with coming in with me having an unstarted Spearfish, and it has just fizzled on from there. Yes I will do that and get some ideas ready for when I get it further on from where she is alreaddy.
    Cheers
    Tom.
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    6 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    That's the way the cookie crumbles when we get carried away on the spur of the moment Tom πŸ‘
    Look forward to your new Thread / Blog as I have some serious suggestions for your Wave Rider hull upgrade, based on my own very similar experience a few years ago.πŸ˜‰ Cheers, Doug 😎
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