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36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Come on Rob give me a break I have nowhere near finished the Crash tender yet and the Freeman cabin cruiser, not sure I can tell my good lady that this is the next project Ill give it a month or two The launch looks great I look forward to some detailed instructions to follow

The next project........... by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 days ago
Since completing this model have started work on a new boat and I promised those following my Crash Tender build blog that I would post an update here. The new model is a ‘Thames River Police Launch’ constructed from a kit by Vintage Model Works. The new blog is here: I'll try to update the blog regularly as I have plenty of 'photos detailing the construction since June 2018. I hope that you will enjoy following this new build and I welcome all comments and suggestions...... and if you like the updates please hit the 'like' button 👍 Robbob.

36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 days ago
After the successful build of the ‘Vintage Model Works’ RAF Crash Rescue Tender I was asked by Mike Cummings of VMW if I would undertake to build a prototype of their new model with the aim of checking the construction method and the assembly instructions for accuracy before the kit is put into production. The model is a ‘Thames River Police Launch’ and is based on the original design by Phil Smith for the Veron company, this was a very popular model kit in the late 50’s and 60’s and sold for the princely sum of 43 shillings and tuppence, approximately £2.15 in today’s money but an equivalent cost of £48.50 in 1960. This design has been updated to accommodate electric propulsion and radio control by Colin Smith, the son of the original designer and it has been re-scaled to be 36” in length where the original was 24” which gives much more scope for detailing and provides more ‘hiding room’ for the drive, control systems and all the associated wiring. The kit produced by VMW uses the same construction techniques as the original and the materials are a combination of balsa and plywood both of which a laser and CNC cut for precision. The ply and balsa materials supplied are of very high quality as one would expect from VMW and all the stripwood for the chines, rubbing strakes and deck detailing is included, even the dowel required for the mast is in the box, very comprehensive! The kit also includes white metal fittings such as the fairleads and stanchions, and the searchlight and horns. The glazing for the windows comes in the kit too. The instruction sheet supplied is in need of revision as it is largely taken directly from the original as written by Phil Smith and some of the terminology needs updating, for instance the ply bottom and side skins are referred to as ‘strakes’ but I understand that a re-write of the instructions is in hand along with an updated plan showing the best positioning for the motor, prop-shaft, battery, ESC, receiver, rudder and servo. During construction I have added a few additional pieces of ply or balsa as reinforcement or supports and substituted some balsa parts for ply where I thought a stronger material would be better. I also added some hatches to give access to the wiring at the bow and the rudder & servo at the stern but largely I have not gone ‘off plan’ to any extent. The pictures show the model in it’s present state (Nov 2018) and is ready for painting and finishing.

Search light by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
It's a great shame that Maplins have gone, they were once a good source of electronic components but in later years turned into more of a 'toy shop' than an electronic hobbyists shop. The high power LED is nevertheless available from Hobbyking but the lense will prove more difficult to source now. Midas Components in Norfolk used to be an importer of the 'HJ-HPH2' lens and I also found this after a quick Google: The 'Peter Jones' mentioned could be the chap from the Dragons Den programme? I'm very flattered by Doug's epithet 'King of Crash Tenders' but it is undeserved and should be attributed to the likes of Paul Devlin (pmdevlin) and the late Peter Henshaw (HS93) both from whom I took great inspiration, (and stole lots of ideas from 😜). It is nevertheless very pleasing the the Crash Tenders still appeal to modellers who want to make them and detail them as much as Mike Turpin here.

Search light by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
A small tip and word to the wise Michael, When I take shots for posting I first load 'em to the PC and view in full size before going any further. If there's anything wrong I can reshoot before carrying on, either with the assembly or the post. Doesn't always work out that way, depends on how carried away I am with the job in hand 😁 'The word' 😉If you can try to get the photos in proper relation to the horizontal and vertical. You're making some of us seasick! 🤐😱😲 Nevertheless, very nice work, Hat Off Sir 👍 The comment from Robbob (King of the Crash Tenders) is praise indeed. I once spent an entire afternoon reading his astounding build blog and picking up tips. I just got 'hooked' 😊 Cheers, Doug 😎

just need cable (wire)... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
No, not dioramas, Doug. Dioramas use forced (false?) perspective and therefore must be viewed from one point. I made a diorama of Shelseley Walsh hillclimb to show slot car models. It was quite effective. This is all new for me and I am gathering engine models (I hope) from various hot rod sources. It will save me time on building these. I have a Merlin coming from Holland and a few others from contacts. First model in this series will be Hornet II, the wonderful gar Wood Speedster which had an all aluminium deck and fin added and its Packard replaced by a Rolls-Royce Meteor, which was just a Merlin sans blower. Interestingly, the Rover Meteorite was a V8 version of the meteor and fitted in pairs in the Crash Tender. Martin

Who's at the helm? by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 days ago
Your excuse to get the Mrs. involved, Steve. Get a dolls' house doll and redress him/her. 1/12th is a pain for non period figures. 1/8th ain't much better. I've redressed some 1/16th figures with Milliput to make four crew for my Crash Tender, but it took a while and you still need a base figure to save time. Martin

34" RAF Crash Tender Windows by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 21 days ago
This was supposed to be a full and true restoration according to the blurb given on our trip, I thought at the time it looked a bit too blingy. But wow what a great trip, and a tribute to the people who served in her and the lives it saved. Cheers Colin.

34" RAF Crash Tender Windows by Ianh Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 21 days ago
Hi Colin H I bet they didn't have interiors like your photo. I wrked fo David Brown and we used to own Vosper I can only remember some of the cabins detail.

34" RAF Crash Tender Windows by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 days ago
Correct Colin, 👍 BRITISH POWERBOAT COMPANY 64ft HIGH SPEED LAUNCH TYPE 1. 1936 - 1947. Cheers, Doug 😎

34" RAF Crash Tender Windows by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 days ago
Absolutely Martin, 👍 As I did with my Sea Scout above, with 3mm tinted perspex. There are such wonderful crystal clear acrylate plastics available these days in various thicknesses from 0.5mm up, and scratch resistant, it's dead easy to make super windows. Takes a bit more time and effort that's all. Just use the frame 'oles as a template to mark up the window 'glass'. If 'time is of the essence' (as the lawyers say) then just buy an ARTR or RTR in the first place. Cheers, Doug 😎

34" RAF Crash Tender Windows by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 days ago
Yes, 102 is a different boat altogether. Nice prize though, Colin. Martin

34" RAF Crash Tender Windows by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 days ago
I had a ride on it 2 years ago, 102 was the number on the boat. I think it might have been an HSL. Sorry for the confusion but it was advertised on TV as a fire boat rescue launch. I won the ride with a local radio station phone in quiz while on holiday in Somerset. Cheers Colin.

34" RAF Crash Tender Windows by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 days ago
Really, chaps, make them! It's piss easy. Come on, why should everything be available off the shelf for you? A sheet of 60 thou. Plastikard, a piercing saw (which, as modelmakers you should have anyway) and a few evenings or a weekend of free time. Get the frame how you like it and then scribe round the inside onto a piece of thin Perspex and cut that with the same piercing saw, cleaning up with Swiss files. The cheap Lidl's diamond dust ones are very good for plastics as they don't tend to leave cut marks. Colin, are you sure there's a crash tender restored? As there were only 2 built I find that very unlikely. Cheers, Martin

34" RAF Crash Tender Windows by stormin Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 22 days ago
Yes, good luck Mike, I too will continue looking, could always use another set🤞 Norman.