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.
Thanks Ken, from your advice I found a club in Australia who race Phantoms. One of the youtube posts showed a boat with the hatch enlarged which is what I am currently thinking of copying. Thanks again.
Hi Rod, sadly this site only accepts picture formats for uploading 🤔 To show a video apparently you have to go the roundabout way via U-tube. Shame, was looking forward to seeing the 'lime beast' in action. Cheers Doug 😎
Hi again, BTW: aren't you missing a row of Carley floats (double stacked) on the side of the island? In this pic the paddles are shown simply lashed to the bottom webbing, not in boxes! Also looks like some sort of container float lashed to the rail of the deck above. Which also seems to be an open gantry style, simply to hold the floats, not continuous solid deck as you have now 🤔 Cheers Doug 😎
Dear Rooky, I read and searched (in various search machines) exactly what was being suggested 'Sea Commander plans and templates' and that was the most common response! No other active entries on E-bay. Show us your link where these are still available! Regards Doug PS try searching for 'a guy on ebay' and see what offers you get!😉
Hi Les, what you have on that switch are JST connectors. Sometimes known as BEC connectors. The RX end will fit your receiver . You can plug it in any free servo socket. Just make sure red is on the middle pin and black towards the outside of the RX case. Then you only need to match the plug on the other side of the switch to your battery, which unfortunately you omitted to show us 🤔 Looks like the receiver has the standard JR type plugs. Cheers Doug 😎
Hi NPJ, Don't panic! 😉 Sure the two entries were there, but they didn't tell or show us anything about the vessels! The purpose of the Harbour Posts is show fellow modellers your completed projects. Anything just starting or 'in progress' belongs in the Build Blogs. Uploading pics is quite straightforward: click on the '+' sign in the box on the right and your Explorer will open. Go to wherever you have saved the photos of your boat, select the photo(s) you want to upload (highlight them with the mouse) and click on 'Open'. The photos then appear in miniature in the box on the right. Clicking on one will open it in a window on the MB site so you can check it before you save the post. Good luck, cheers Doug 😎
Hi Baggie, Sorry but you only have to look at previous entries to see what is intended! These were simply the latest of a long string of such entries which don't tell or show anyone anything! I see them in my notifications (Mailbox) and think,'That sounds interesting, log into the site and there's nothing there!!!😡 When I became active here a few months ago I posted off the bat two entries, with info and photos. Check 'em out: HMS Belfast and Graf Spee. When posting there is always a box on the right to 'Upload Photos'. Forget 'Files' it don't woik 🤔 If a project is just starting then it belongs in a 'Build Blog' or perhaps General Hobby Chit Chat'. Cheers Doug 😎
Hi All The is my idea of a cheap marker buoy system to fit inside a funnel with no smoke generator. Tested in a bucket of water with only two 20mm foam balls, a piece of string and a lead weight. Worked well as the pictures show. It's only to mark the sunken boat position. Canabus
I purchased a small Proboat Westward 18" sail yacht primarily for my young grandson, who is only two years old. So it looks like I'll being doing most of the training meantime. It's a great little boat and I've popped on a Lego Sailor and Seagull just to give a little humour to the sailing days. I hope to show som of the action in the coming months.
Batteries!, always a problem in the 50s on "paper round" money, used to cadge,"borrow" or steal batteries for our boats.Used to be able to buy a cheap kit and even a cheap Japanese motor (coupled to the prop shaft with bicycle valve tubing) but it would be unused for weeks until I could afford a battery, and then they did not last long.Used to borrow batts from my dads bike lamps,my grannies gas stove lighter and the door bell!.Also use to be able to remove cells from the "winner 120" batteries from my dads sky queen radio as the HV cells used to discharge first.This was the downfall of glowplug motors,we could start them at home but on getting to the pool the tall 1.5v battery would be flat.My dad showed me how to locate good cells on duff car batteries by putting a load on them and measuring the voltage across each cell,we then emptied the acid out into mums washing up bowl and sawed the good cells out,refilling them with acid filtered through a handkerchief!,this worked a treat for starting glow motors but my hankie and the pocket I kept it in suffered!I eventually sorted the power problem by using a clockwork motor removed from the family gramamphone to fit an autochanger.
Hi Norm, The whole Operation Pedestal story is incredible! What else could they do with Ohio? Broken back and had been sitting on the bottom for a few years! For some time the upper (dry) decks were converted to troop accommodation. Re Carley floats: "The Carley float was formed from a length of copper or steel tubing 12–20 inches (30–50 cm) in diameter bent into an oval ring. The ring was surrounded by a buoyant mass of kapok or cork, and then covered with a layer of canvas rendered waterproof via painting or doping. The metal tube was divided into waterproof compartments with vertical baffles. The raft was thus rigid, and could remain buoyant, floating equally well with either side uppermost, even if the waterproof outer was punctured. The floor of the raft was made from a wood or webbing grating. Boxes containing paddles, water, rations and survival equipment were lashed to the floor grating. Men could either sit around the rim of the raft, or, if in the water, cling to rope loops strung around its edge. The largest model could accommodate up to fifty men, half inside the raft, and the others in the water holding onto the ropes." By the way; the Carley rafts on the stbd side of Lusty seem to be at least double stacked and lashed! Pic 1 shows detail of Carley rafts on HMS Rodney. You can just make out the boxes with paddles an' stuff! Note what looks like an ER Artificer lounging in a doorway while the 'matelots' are swabbing the deck! 😉 Pic must be a fairly early one cos you can see a useless Vickers Quad 0.5" machine gun on the upper sponson. These were rapidly replaced with 20mm Oerlikons after the first experiences in action! Re 'round structure on mainmast': NO! No glazing, it doesn't seem to have been manned and certainly wasn't a 'Fighting Top'. Seems more likely it was a canvas protection ( from weather and curious eyes!) for a radar antenna. Best pic I have of it shows it as not really round but 'panelled'. No openings at all. Access to it is by a short ladder at the rear from the small deck just below it, see pic 2. From the uniforms of the MPs I would guess that this was taken during her repair / refit in the US. Curious is that it is difficult to ascertain when she had this 'thing' and when it was removed. Probably during one of the many radar upgrades. Most early pics seem to show it, by 1945 in Sydney it was gone (pics 4 & 5). Re rebuilding the island; a razor saw would help to remove it, then sand the deck flat. But sometime we have to decide what date and refit / repair status you want to depict!! 🤔 Have fun in UK, say hello to 'Blighty' and sink a pint (or two😉) of 'Spitfire' and/or Breakspear XXX for me. 😉 Cheers Doug 😎
Hi, Sounds good, but where are the pics?? Oh how I remember the Lantern batteries big square lumps with two conical (or comical?) springs on top. And the flat pack 'Bell' batteries which no one used for bells! These were the staple diet of my 1/72 HMS Hotspur when first built in the mid sixties. No RC, just set the tiller, hidden under a depth-charge rack on the stern, and let her go. Often had to be rescued by Mum and I walking 100yds of fishing line around the lake🤔 Ooops! Sorry madam 😲 Pics show her on sea trials in Radnor Park Folkestone ca August 1966. Captain must have been just 15! Last pic is how she looks now - currently undergoing complete engineering refit. Cheers Doug 😎 PS Portimoa!! Nice place to live. I remember the market hall on the harbour front well, and the great fish restaurants on the other side of the inlet😋 "I'll have that one please - grilled" delicious.