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Thankyou Nerys for your very kind words 😊👍 'One does what one can!' 😉 HMS Manxman is one of my favourite ships and the subject of my next major project. I have the 1/96 scale Deans marine kit. Her history has always fascinated me. Built my first 1/600 Airfix model of her many many moons ago! Should you happen to have any photos of her in the Medway I would be most grateful if you could post them or mail them to me👍 Re 'the wealth of information'; comes from having spent over thirty years working in naval communication systems for navies and shipyards around the world. Many of the projects were refits of ships which were built towards the end of WW2. Such as the ex RN Colossus class carrier I worked on in Rio de Janeiro. Ex Vengeance then NAeL Minas Gerais. Pics show her as built as Vengeance and as rebuilt / reconfigured as Minas Gerais as I knew her in the nineties. Through that work I developed a knack for research; if I didn't know something about a ship or a COMMS process that a customer wanted I damn soon found out. Was essential to stay ahead of the competition 😉 It also gave me an undying interest and insatiable curiosity about the history of the ships and the men who sailed and fought in them. My first working model was a scratch build of the H class destroyer HMS Hotspur which I built at 1/72 from measurements taken from a 1/600 Airfix kit, when I was 15! 52 years ago now 🤔 See penultimate pic, shows her alongside my 1/72 Type IIA U-Boat. A contemporary of Hotspur, both commissioned in 1936. Last pics are of her maiden voyage in Radnor Park Folkestone in 1966. Sorry, only had a Brownie 127 camera back then 😁 Her history, from Narvik to Dominican Republic was also very chequered and eventful. Like Manxman, despite being severely damaged several times she survived until the early seventies. Apart from the Manxman kit I have recently found a 1/350 kit of the Colossus class carriers. So I promptly bought two of 'em. One I will build as the original HMS Vengeance, the other I will try to reconfigure as NAeL Minas Gerais with an angled flight deck etc. Wish me luck 😉 Good luck with all your projects Nerys and All the very best for 2019. Cheers, Doug 😎 BTW; footnote to SS Peking; German TV recently showed the old Miss Marple film 'Murder Ahoy' in which the Peking was used for the external scenes as the Training Ship Battledore. An amazing coincidence, following so soon after your enquiry!
No Martin, I don't think so. Once again; it's not so much what you say but HOW you say it. If your chat with the 'only geezer' was in the same vein as your recent posts I can fully understand that the reaction was 'don't call us - we'll call you'. Patience is NOT an excuse for wasting time. It is an essential component of successful negotiation. During my career I was often involved in systems design and contract negotiations for COMMS systems for ships yet to be ordered and built. Many of such projects took 5 to 7 years or more to come to fruition. My perseverance and patience paid off. I was the one who signed the contracts! I often heard from the shipyards and/or navies involved that they were put off by the 'pushy' tactics used by my competitors with less patience. Tolerance is also not a weakness. Lack of it IS. Differing opinions are fine, just depends how they are expressed. Denigrating and insulting others who have differing interests as morons is not the 'fine English art' ! Re: Dumbphone control Apps; YOU don't necessarily need to know (a Luddite wouldn't want to or need to anyway!) but the parents of your grand kids SHOULD in this day and age. Tell 'em to look for Apps like 'Quiet Time'. This enables them to define times that the kids can access the web online via smartphone and when it is blocked. And no, the kids can't normally get around it. If they can; leave 'em alone to make their millions! Re: Woodies; Super duper. You have seen that I have put a tremendous amount of effort into renovating the Sea Scout that my Dad built in the early sixties. I enjoyed the process and learned a lot doing it. But I am not fixed on that particular line of model boat / model ship building. If that's your only thing - fine. But why berate those of us who take a wider view and also have an interest and find challenges in making shipboard functions work in miniature in all sorts of ships? "I really couldn't give a sh*t if I was the only person left in the world making woodies. I do it for me only these days in the absence of any clubs. But I don't have to pretend to like all the other stuff. In another place are people who not only do sail, but specifically model barge racing and good on 'em. I don't ask that they do all the other stuff" No, of course you don't have to pretend to like 'all the other stuff' but you also don't have to decry those that DO like the other stuff, as you often do the tug aficionados for instance. OK, I can understand an aversion to warships as such if someone is a died in the wool pacifist, but nevertheless some appreciation of the skills involved in producing such outstanding warship models as seen on this site is not out of order, or...? (Bye the bye; I've often noticed that 'pacifists' have a particularly aggressive way of expressing themselves!?) After 30 odd years here in Germany I'm out of touch with the ground roots in UK, but over here things don't look so black. There are thriving model boat clubs all over. W.r.t. 'exciting aspects'; there are clubs in Germany, Holland and France and Italy also I think who happily and skilfully re-enact sea battles and convoy battles. There is at least one club in South England that also does that I believe, in Southampton or Portsmouth? Don't get Channel 4 here (re Battle of Britain re-run you mentioned) but I do get DMAX, which shows a series called 'Die Modellbauer'. In this the crémé de la crémé of German model making is depicted and judged for the annual cup at the International Model Show here. It covers everything from fire trucks, excavators, boats and ships of all kinds, and aircraft of of all types including turbine jets. Criteria for the competition being: 1) Shall be externally identical to the original in every detail (down to the rivets!)l, 2) Shall be able to perform each and every function of the original. 3) 150 days to design, complete and demonstrate the model. The point being that with extremely few solo exceptions the models are almost always built by a father and son partnership. So, sorry if the situation is drastically different in UK but 'over here' it ain't so black as you paint. Maybe it's a question of the attitude of the parents? BTW: for a fantastic example of 'modelling on a mammoth scale' pop across to Hamburg and have a look at the 'Miniature Wonderland' in the old Hafen City. All 1/87 scale, the largest model railway layout in the world, but also all types of aircraft and ships in action as well. Also shown from time to time on various documentary TV channels. BTW2: don't worry about the brass bashing, I'll work it out for myself. Have fun with the Taycols. Cheers, Doug 😎
Mornin' All, had wondered about that 3rd antenna on the model! UHF on board is only used by the military. The two longer (VHF) antennas are for the IMM band (International Maritime Mobile). Two are fitted according to the SOLAS/GMDSS regulations; one for transmission, one for reception. SOLAS = Safety Of Life At Sea, introduced after the Titanic disaster GMDSS = Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. Applicable to all ships of 500t or more and boats / ships capable of carrying 50 or more passengers. These regs were part of my daily working life for 30 odd years. They define the COMMS equipment a ship should carry according to the Sea Area they will sail in. Area A1: close to shore within LoS range of VHF IMM radio. Roughly 30 miles, depending on height of antenna above sea level. Area A2: off shore within the north and south 70° latitudes, beyond which SATCOM, esp INMARSAT is not possible due to the earth's curvature. INMARSAT and/or MH/HF must be carried. Alternative means of long range communication must be carried. A3: Worldwide. MF / HF radios must be on board for operations beyond the 70° parallels. Cheers All, Doug
[Score: 5/10] 22"/600g Christian Radich - Comments: My model of the Christian Radich a Norwegian full-rigged ship. I don’t recall the manufacturer’s details of this model kit but I believe it was of Spanish origin. Construction of the model is a double plank hull and deck with most of the small fittings being supplied in the kit of parts, the build time was 680 hours. The vessel was built in Sandefjord, Norway and was delivered on 17 June 1937. The owner was The Christian Radich Sail Training Foundation established by a grant from an officer of that name. The vessel is a full-rigged three masted steel hull, 62.5 m long, with an overall length of 73 m including the bowsprit and a maximum width of 9.7 m. She has a draught of about 4.7 meters and a displacement at full load of 1050 tons. Under engine power she reaches a top speed of 10 knots, while she can make up to 14 knots under sail. In 1939, the ship sailed across the Atlantic to visit the World Trade Fair in New York. The ship and the voyage created huge press coverage and made Christian Radich famous. When the ship came back home in September 1939, she was taken over by the Norwegian Navy. After the German invasion, the Nazi’s used the ship as an accommodation ship. At the end of the war, Christian Radich was towed to Flensburg in Germany where it was later bombed and sunk. At the end of the war, Christian Radich was hoisted up and towed to Kiel with a minesweeper as a protection ship. She was later towed to Norway and fully restored in 1947. There is a rich source of information about this beautiful ship on the internet if anyone is interested to learn more about her.
Ready with the search party Doug🤓 will hold off for one week..... the decaperm is the one with gearbox, going for £50 to £60 on Ebay at the moment, bought the card model for my old age!!! not my scene really, thought at that price would be able to double it when selling it.😉 Yes! rather silly about the swastikas when you can put the rising sun on ships flags and red sun on planes, both Germany and Austria are worse than the rest of the world regarding the Hakenkreuz, it has it's beginnings in Sanskrit many years ago so nothing new there😁 regards, Peter
I'm with you there Skydive 👍What Boatshed means is the part of the rudder in front of the stock. Thinks: are you building an Offshore Power Boat or a scale Lifeboat? If the former then follow Boatshed's recommendation. If the latter and the rudder is 'scale' then leave it alone. Any braking effect, which usually is only significant in a fast racing boat model or other fast planing types, can be diminished by reducing the rudder servo throw at the TX. One should also consider how the original behaved, maybe they did 'dig in' maybe not. There has to be a reason why such rudders were developed, and surely not just to annoy modellers 😁 One more minor point that struck me - Ouch 😭 Your prop struts! "not that it provides a huge amount of support but adds to the scale appearance." Even in a model they can be important. To help reduce potential whipping of the propshaft, especially if the model is overpowered. Actually in the originals they were vital, especially in larger vessels. The purpose of these struts, in larger vessels 'A' frames, is to provide support to the end of the shaft which carries the prop weighing several tons and, more important, to carry the bearing for the outer end of the shaft! Actually in the originals the shaft tube, or 'Stuffing Box' would not extend significantly beyond the hull. Thus the strut or A frame was vital for the shaft end bearing, fitted immediately in front of the prop for maximum stability. Attached pics of my HMS Belfast (sorry don't 'ave nutt'n smaller with this feature🤔) show the arrangement. Have witnessed such construction in various shipyards around the world. Last one in UK was the first T45, quite an experience! 😲 In the end she's your boat, if it feels good do it! 😉 I would leave the rudder alone if it is 'as fitted'. 👍 I make my struts and A frames from brass sheet and tube. Cheers Doug 😎 PS Stick with the brass Donnie! 👍
Westbourne is a Port of London Authority steam Tug from the Caldercraft Mini-Fleet Range - it is 1:48 scale. This model was discontinued a few years ago but I did manage to purchase a brand new boxed one via ebay a couple of years ago. During her time Westbourne was hired by the Royal Navy as a rescue tug. She saw service with them between October 1916 and July 1919 in the HM Dockyard. Prior to that she was on general towing service duties on the Thames. She can be found mentioned in “SHIPS OF THE ROYAL NAVY, 1914-1919 - by TYPE & CLASS Section 3. SUPPORT and HARBOUR VESSELS” Following the first world war ‘Westbourne’ was one of three tugs attached to the Port of London Authority (PLA) Dredging Service, they were the "Westbourne", "Thorney" and "Brent", they were all fitted with a drag and under running gear.In 1940 during the Battle of Britain. ‘Westbourne’ and many other tugs were used in assisting the berthing of these large ships that entered the Thames. The photos show from box to construction plus her on the water.
Not quite RH! But similar heritage. Brave Swordsman P1012 was one of two Brave class, the other being Brave Borderer P1011 (see photo taken on the Rhine river). Both were built between 1958 - 1960. The Danes ordered 6 (Søløven-class) to a similar design, 4 being built under license in Denmark. Replaced ca 1990 by the 'Flying Fish' class. The Royal Malaysian Navy ordered 4 boats in 1964 which became the Perkasa class, ca 6 years after the Braves. Class ship being KD Perkasa P150. The other 3 were KD Handalan P151, KD Gempita P152, KD Pendekar P153. They were delivered in 1967 some 7 years after the Braves were delivered. The Perkasa design was based on the Søløven-class which itself was based on the Brave class. So the model (to my mind) is Brave Swordsman. With 3 Perseus gas turbines the Braves were at the time the fastest naval ships in the world at 52 knots. The Søløvens and Perkasas used the same set up. Cheers Doug 😎 PS The Braves could be equipped as MTB or MGB with two 40mm. Borderer in the pic seems to be in that configuration.
Hi Boaty, Apparently so! 😊 There was some discussion about this here a little while ago https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peasholm_Park "Events Naval Warfare event The Naval Warfare event, Battle of Peasholm, has been played out for half an hour three times a week during the summer season for over 80 years. The model boats used are mostly man powered earning the fleet the title of "The smallest manned navy in the world". All the boats were man powered, until 1929, when electricity was introduced, and now only the larger boats need to be steered by council employees. In the early days, the models were First World War battleships and a U-boat. Then, after the Second World War, the fleet was replaced with new vessels and the battle that was recreated was the Battle of the River Plate." http://www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/Scarborough-Naval-Warf... Pics attached!😉 Cheers Doug 😎 (Don't get shot😡)
I'm just getting started In the wooden model ship hobby and really like the Tall Ships of history. It seems that they are going out of favor and the RC boats are gaining popularity. You have merged both worlds quite successfully. (except for the open gun ports 😊 Get her out of dry dock and back to sailing ! Good luck.............
Howdy! I too, am new to the site altho I have been building for some time. Like you I have built a lot of model aircraft, and have transitioned Into boating. I guess I was tired of picking up pieces, and the expense. I have several scale kits to build (Colin Archer 414 Is one), but I think with the never ending wind here In Texas a RC land sailer would be fun. Maybe something solar %uD83D%uDE0E! One resource for RC sets, parts, fittings, building materials, kits, tools,etc., Is Tower Hobbies.com. I know that they do ship world wide. Dumas Boats has a variety of fittings for most any scale. For LED lighting I found a web site MiniInTheBox, and still exploring what It has to offer. I have traveled quite a bit, but I have not made It to Germany, or GB. Still on my "bucket list". How Is your boat project progressing?
[Score: 5/10] 57" CCGS Polar 8 Capable of 12mph and a runtime of 120mins Triple Propellors (4 Blade 30mm) Geared to a Mack Marine (4 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) Batteries Controlled Through Novak (50Amps) ESC - Comments: Scratch built model of the Canadian Coast Guards Polar 8 Project. Program was canceled before real ship was build. would have ben to this day, biggest and most powerful Icebreaker In the world. Model has three Mack Marine 12V motors, making 60watts each on a 200Amp Hour Lawn tractor battery. Wood frames and hull plates under fibre-glass. has bow thruster, bubbler system, two working radio controlled cranes, and many ore Items to come.
[Score: 8/10] 55" HMS Princess Beatrix (LCI) converted Dutch Ferry Twin Propellors (3 Blade 30mm) Powered by Lead Acid (6v) 4Amp/h Batteries - Comments: Based this model on the Ship my Uncle sailed on throughout the Second World War, as an AB Quartermaster Coxswain, HMS Princess Beatrix (LSI), to 1/100th stand off scale. She and her sister ship HMS Queen Emma where Dutch Ferryboats converted to Carry up to 8 LCAs or 6 LCAs and 2 LCM Landing crafts on many of the raids of that conflict, as far as the Far East, returning to Ferry duties after war until scrapping In 1968/9, Mainly scratch built - Fuller story to be found at my website - https://sites.google.com/site/hmsprincessbeatrix/ and photos at https://sites.google.com/site/hmsprincessbeatrix/ mainly Albums 1 to 5 , Feel free to check other albums for other boats.
Wicksteed Park model boat club and Model Boat Mayhem cordially Invited you to our 6th annual model boat sail at Wicksteed park June 2, 3. The Wicksteed Park model boat club have literally moved heaven and earth to get the show back on, thanks guys! This Is a real come and sail your boat event, after all; a. You've spent enough time on It, b. You've spent enough money on It! c. You're wife doesn't 't know how much you've spent on It anyway! d. Everyone want to see your pride and joy. So what's on? Free sailing most of the time, Springer Tugs games, Club 500 racing, Footy and yacht sailing, Thames barges, Warships from all over the world, Tugs and towing of every kind, Merchantmen, Ferries, Ocean Liners, pleasure craft, sports boats, British Model Powerboat Racing Society, power boats, Demo run of Bill's Honda powered Arun Lifeboat, Steam boats, Straight running, Plastic Duck Games!!! ALL forms of boats welcome even IC! (we can't run power type IC boats on the water, our Insurance doesn't cover us.. sad) but slower type IC boats are welcome to come and have a run ( please check In with Bill D203 ) Other entertainment over the weekend, Flying Tent display. Inter club Gazebo erection competition. Burnt bacon / sausage gala. The 'Tug Kenny' best sinking award.