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    Brixham trawler IBEX
    Edward, Yes - thinking out problems is half the fun๐Ÿ˜Š My first build was a Vic Smeed
    starlet
    - just completed. Pretty straight forward but I over engineered it to try out some ideas - thinking the ideas through was great fun. So although I will not start the Cariad until January I'm trying to explore problems now. The angle of the rudder shaft is one that I think I have a solution to. Take it right through the deck then put a handle onto it, hinged at the shaft so that it does not rise and fall as it is turned. Then a Bowden cable from each side of the cockpit to power the steering. I will enjoy building a mock up and trying it out! As to the rudder, I am thinking of a detachable extension - downwards. I'm also thinking about placing the prop to one side - perhaps more authentic but also well clear of the rudder. One thing that I'm still thinking through is the access hatch. I see some builders move the dingy to the centre and create a hatch here but I like the clean decking on the original, with the dingy to the side. A hatch to the side would work for everything but the top screw for the detachable keel. Some more time dreaming up a solution. Thanks Sam
    7 months ago by sam
    Forum
    Old outboard motor...
    Evenin' Martin, agree the prices do seem to have gone North sharply since I last looked. Was looking something potent for an RHIB fast interceptor. Know what you mean about restoration. A bug I got in my late teens when I started restoring old cars. Had no choice, could only afford old wrecks! BTW: aren't we a little long in the tooth and out of practice for chasing
    starlet
    s!!?? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰ Bit like dogs chasing buses; if they catch one they don't know what to do with it! ๐Ÿค” Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Old outboard motor...
    Hi Doug, I do have a Hobbyking CNC ally one and now have a brushless inrunner for it. I got it when they were very cheap a while back. Wouldn't pay what they now want for them and Graupner are always way overpriced. I could be tempted with 7 quid for a Hobbies one though, just to see how it goes together. The K&O are gorgeous but collector money and the Alterscale are dummies, albeit nice dummies and also bloody expensive. I sliced the little vintage jobby I bought down the joint line with a fine saw blade in the minidrill today and all is well. it just needs new wires and some grease when I can find some good styrene/nylon grease. The motor is a two magnet Kako, many examples of which I have in store. Even has a nice little built in switch. I reckon 3 volts is probably all the transmission can take. The gears are not, as I assumed bevels, but 2 spur gears! I now have to find a way of making the prop shaft stay on the motor shaft! I'm loving this restoration stuff. Painted the red on my Star yacht today with my best chisel headed sable and got a special 1/4 litre of the emerald green mixed in HMG enamel (the very best there is). Tried to win a lovely
    starlet
    off ebay, but some sod beat me to it last minute. I hope it leaks Martin
    8 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    SuzyQ
    Hi Martin The
    starlet
    is the only one of vics sail boats that i have built, but if she is any indication of his otjer designs she will handle a good blow and stay dry
    11 months ago by Grumpy1949
    Forum
    SuzyQ
    I have built a few of Vics plans and found them very easy to construct. He does build them a bit heavy an underpowered but.....they are solid and safe.......
    starlet
    , Hydro bat, Scudder And currently got the Zing Ray under construction. The
    starlet
    is a dream to sail. Hydro bat very fast and very responsive to water rudder input. A favourite with the grand kids. Scudder looks quite weird but it lives up to its name. Grandkids love this as well. Another water rudder model. If these are used in really weedy lakes the rudder will pick up some trailers so i have fitted a 3mm rod running from mid keel to lower rudder pivot point. The weeds simply slide off. The Zing Ray is a shovelnose hydroplane still under construction. The biggest source of quite a bit of discussion is the conversion from ic to electric. Using a base of 3.5cc produces 400w or about 1000grams of thrust, these models seem to work ok. And yes i am a Vic Smeedfan ๐Ÿค“
    11 months ago by Grumpy1949
    Forum
    Hard chine / multi chine sailing yacht
    The Vic Smeed
    starlet
    would be a reasonable place to start. The plans are available from Sarik and a part kit is available here http://www.belairkits.com/detail.asp?id=873. if you fancied something slightly smaller, Vic's Star Baby sails well and a wood kit is available from Sarik along with the plans.
    1 year ago by tiggy_cat
    Forum
    Wanted - Vic Smeed
    starlet
    Sails
    Nylet www.nylet.co.uk/sailz.pdf list a set of sails for your yacht. http://www.belairkits.com/detail.asp?id=873 do a part kit so they may be able to supply mast and booms failing that the original plan is still available I believe Plan Number
    starlet
    MM1048 https://www.sarikhobbies.com/product/
    starlet
    -mm1048/
    2 years ago by Haverlock
    Forum
    Wanted - Vic Smeed
    starlet
    Sails
    Has anyone got a set of
    starlet
    sails ideally with mast and boom going spare, alternatively would consider complete yacht.
    2 years ago by ModelHover
    Response
    Shelduck
    Many thanks to all the "Likes" and you Doug for kind words. She sailed yesterday, on a rather blustery day and performed beyond expectations, As for me " like a dog with two tails" or something alike. Chuffed. The sails are from a
    starlet
    . So not to full specification in size.. I have more pics around here somewhere of this build and will post soon, I hope.. Regards Muddy....
    2 years ago by muddy
    Directory
    (Yacht)
    starlet
    starlet
    , built from plans, Bigger brother to the Starbaby. Very easy build in wood and a pleasure to sail.. Roomy yacht. (10/10)
    3 years ago by muddy
    Directory
    (Yacht)
    starlet
    Vintage style yacht designed by "Vic Smeed" all plywood construction, 11" beam x 34" length, sail area 465 Sq inches. Recently purchased secondhand with sail arm large servo and rudder servo already installed. Refurbished by myself, mainly cosmetic work, installed receiver, general tidy up all that was needed. (8/10)
    3 years ago by lhpen
    Directory
    (Yacht)
    starlet
    New build from Vic Smeed free plan,Model Boats magazine December 1966. Mast and fittings used from previous build c 1970. Original hull consigned to local tip during a mad clear out many pull years ago. (5/10)
    3 years ago by Rex3644
    Forum
    Sail boat
    Hobby King do replacement sails for there yachts that could be adapted to fit your build I have used them on the
    starlet
    & Duckling I still have the plans for both of them & also the Gosling Hobby King Sailboat Surmount - Sail Set (2pcs) for GBP3.35 post
    4 years ago by Northumbrian
    Forum
    Sail boat
    Thanks for that. I had seen Belairs website and did wonder about the
    starlet
    . I've just ordered some glue stands from them and saw the boat sets. Unfortunately won't be able to get to Warwick this year. Food for thought. Jeremy
    4 years ago by jeremy
    Forum
    Sail boat
    Belairdigital offer a set of laser cut parts for Vic Smeeds "
    starlet
    " which you may find is what your looking for. You can purchase the plans from My Hobby Store, you will also need to supply some strip wood and thin ply for the hull. Nylet can supply a set of sails Traplet offer a plan and wood pack for a smaller version of
    starlet
    called "Star Baby" another design from Vic Smeed. Again Nylet can supply the sails. Belairdigital and Traplet will have stands at the Warwick international Boat Show, so you could check out both models. If you do consider the
    starlet
    is the yacht for you, I do have a copy of Model Allied Publications booklet called "Simple Model Yachts" which covers the complete building instructions for
    starlet
    . Which first appeared in Model Boats over several months in the Mid Seventys? Bear in mind the sails provide the power, so a set of ready made sails from a professional sail maker is to be recommended. I hope the above is of use Roger - Fullsteamahead
    4 years ago by Fullsteamahead
    Media
    starlet
    - MM1048
    Designed by Vic Smeed in 1966 for the Magazine, Model Maker. Plan No. MM1048. Bought plans from Member and decided to build it as an upgrade to Wee Nip I.e. one sail to two sails. Sailed well. in strong wind had problems with mainsail so fitted a kicking strap which really made a difference.
    5 years ago by JediErn


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