Looking around for next winter's project, found M.V. VELARDE. A nice looking small reefer used mainly on the U.K. - Mediterranean trade. Decided to build the vessel using a Deans Marine glass-fibre hull and ordered one, planning to bring it back to Canada after a September visit to the U.K. The Deans documentation is designed for a kit rather than a a scratch build, I prefer to build as much as possible myself as enjoy the challenge, so started to accumulate the necessary drawings and photos. Looking though reams of pictures and other information began to think this vessel was not quite as attractive as first thought. Too late though, the hull had been ordered and paid for. Encouraged by other modelers who have adapted proprietary glass-fibre hulls to build different models, began to explore the possibility of using the Velarde hull for another vessel. Reviewing a book on cargo liners noticed M.V. TEAKWOOD, built in Sunderland in 1962. She had an attractive and unusual flowing look to her superstructure and rear deck. A comparison of scales and dimensions showed that a 1:96 scale Velarde hull would closely resemble a 1:133 scale Teakwood. Intrigued by the similarities, started to examine the two vessels in more detail. The length/beam ratio is almost identical and, as the Velarde hull is slightly taller, it could be trimmed down into the Teakwood. The Teakwood bow is steeper, the LBP longer and the counter stern fuller. Not sure about the hull sections, but freighters tend to be similar to other type vessels of the same era. Thus felt encouraged enough to further investigate modifying a Velarde hull into the Teakwood. Continued to search for an elusive General Arrangement of the Teakwood to confirm my initial thoughts.
[Score: 8/10] 42" SS Great Britain Capable of 2mph and a runtime of 75mins Single Propellor (6 Blade 50mm) Direct Drive Powered by NiCad (7.2v) Batteries - Comments: Entirely scratch built to 1/98 scale, from builder's drawings from Greenwich and photos of ship in Bristol. Hull carved in basswood, deck planked.
I agree Les Rowell did know his stuff and all his models sailed well. I do believe he designed and built from personal experience so there would have been much testing and modification before the final kits were released. I can appreciate the tests were undertaken in test tanks but for commercial ships the aim was to make them efficient for their designed purpose. Any help is always welcome if you are building from scratch but for a model I suspect the best way is to make some assumptions and then try out in the water. Most modern kits and plans have already done this so it is not normally a problem except for restorers and scratch builders. Dave
I have seen this done a few times online and figured it would be a quick turn around; I was wrong. Every time I think I have it licked, another problem arises. I am at two pumps, one motor, two micro switches and three servos. I do not have batteries or cooling for the motor figured out. But when I get tired of my scratch builds I go back to this. I did my math and six vessels await my attention plus these two fine examples. Then, I start looking at plans for another one. I may have a problem. Latest picture is the ballast tank sealed with fittings.
Hi Canabus I agree but I retired for the second time in 2009 and have no wish to return to employment. I do scratch build so make lots of fittings. My purpose in buying the 3D printer was to speed up the production of masters that I could take a mould off to then produce in fast cast resin. Used this on the Olympic and Titanic and have the hull for the Mauretania at 1:96 so plenty of fittings required there. I also have fittings for the KD Perkassa so am not restricted to any scale. This is the real benefit of CAD design as you can quickly rescale to anything (within reason) and the SD printer will produce the masters. 3D copiers are still a bit in the development stage for hobbyists and I am waiting for the cost to become more reasonable. I have seen a demo but its only good for figures in 1:12 scale with an affordable 3d printer. You could use a professional print service but its dear and rather defeats the object of designing and printing at home. Stephen does produce a range of fittings in the site model shop so they are available. Dave
Does anyone know what make of gun this may be? I'm after a 1/24 scale version for my latest project. I have scoured the web with no success so will have to scratch build the turret but an already made barrel would be a good start. I have been led to believe that it is either a 40mm or 76.2mm Bofors, but have also been told that if it is 76mm, Bofors don't make one and it could be an Italian job.
[Score: 8/10] 36" Midwest Cranberry Isle Single Propellor (3 Blade) Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (7.2v) Batteries - Comments: Recently purchased this boat built by Don Sutton, Scale Captain, Metro Modellers Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦. Don built the boat about 15 years ago, but to make room for a larger new model he is selling older models. This style of Yacht has long been a favourite of mine which will be my winter scratch build project. Having this working model in my workshop will assist me with the project.
I just purchased a Midwest Lobster Yacht which was built about 15years ago. The figures are for it. Looking for male and female passengers and family. I have the full sheet plan which says it is drawn on a 3/4"=1"scale. My forth coming winter project, is to scratch build a second one of these beautiful boats using the model as a guide and template along with the plans.
I've been impressed with the Poundland glues, my project is nearing completion and with bargains like this and scratch building all the detail I have stuck to and come in under my build budget of £150...
An international informal newly formed group of scratch-built and kit-built RC boat builders based in the Southern German alpine region. 1 hour south of Munich, 45 minutes from Innsbruck, Austria. Crystal clear water ponds and clean lakes around. Welcoming any kind of boat builder of any age. Just a passion for the hobby is required.
This Motor/Sailor was started in 2014 after a pal went on holiday to the New Forest, and arrived on the day when the Setley Pond MBC were there.. He Photographed two of these models, and when they were viewed, I was hooked. Plans and a CD were organised from the club/members, What a great set of Guys at Setley Pond Club. Scratch build was the order of the day . She was built with whatever materials i had here, mainly 5mm ply and Obechie strip, 3mm x 5mm.. The keel is laminated , three pices of 5mm and the bulkheads are 5mm. Some bulkheads had patterns made but most was traced then pin pricked onto the ply. A lot of dry fit's took place before the bulkheads were hollowed out , egg-box fashion framing was fitted to the top of the frames again in 5mm ply with some strip Obechie 10mm x 20mm forming the hatch openings. The prop shaft was slotted and built in as the keel was laminated. Regards Muddy....