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Manxman was about when I was in the RN in the sixties. She was involved in an exercise with the Yanks. The yanks were controlling things and designated Manxman as a hospital ship . She was restricted to ten knots or so. At the end of the exercise about the middle of the Atlantic. The whole fleet were heading for Pompy for some shoreleave. Cin C USN told Manxman to make 15 Kts. Then later make twenty if she could! Now Manxman was one of the last RN ships that actually LOOKED like a warship. Captain of Manxman had by now worked out what was transpiring.He sent a signal to Whitehall explaining what was what. Signal to Manxman.... Flash boilers three, four, five and six and proceed independently to Portsmouth. Shortly after this she circled the whole fleet twice at forty knots and disappeared over the horizon in a cloud of spray and steam! Her crew where home on leave for at least two days before America's finest turned up in Pompy! Regards Nick Viner.
Evenin' John, HMS Manxman was an Abdiel class fast minelayer. https://www.wikiwand.com/en/HMS_Manxman_(M70) She wasn't much bigger than a destroyer leader at 400ft or so, but had the power plant of a cruiser 😲 There is a wonderful 'anecdote' that she was once steaming through the Med from Gibraltar to Alexandria when she ran across an American carrier group, which she shadowed for a while. The US Admiral increased speed to 30 knots to 'shake her off' whereupon Manxman accelerated to 40 knots and swept by signalled "See you in Egypt". When I first saw this story the signal was "See you in Alex"! Curiously the Wikiwand entry mentions the Pacific! Which can't be right cos the incident was supposed to have occurred in the Med during the Suez schemozzle in 1956! Here a bit of her history http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-07ML-Manxman.htm Despite getting bashed about in WW2 she survived and remained in service in various guises until 1970 - when we still had a navy! Cheers, Doug 😎 Here the Dean's link. like I said; not cheap but comprehensive! http://deansmarine.co.uk/shop/product_info.php/products_id/4...
I came across the Wild Duck by chance, as I bought the June 2017 Model Boats back issue for Glynne Guest's Nomad Tramp Steamer article. There is an ad for the July 2017 issue with a picture of the Wild Duck, the construction article with plans in the upcoming issue. I really like the looks of Wild Duck, so I ordered that issue and the January 2010 issue from the Magazine Exchange. I got a confirmation of the order and notification of the sellers. The January issue arrived a couple of months ago, but Wild Duck's July 2017 never arrived. I have contacted Magazine Exchange 3 times requesting status, by replying to the address on the order confirmation e-mail with no reply. I also note that the July 17 issue with plans is no longer available. I have found a source for a copy of the plan, only, but I would prefer the article and plan. if anyone here has that issue, I would gladly reimburse them for copying costs and postage, or you could email me a scan of the article, and I would buy the Sarik Hobbies copy of the plan. I would really like to get a response from the Magazine Exchange, so if anyone has a contact address, I would really appreciate it, since I have already paid them for the issue and postage. The least they could do is give me a digital copy of that issue. Rant aside, I would also be interested to hear from anyone who has built the Wild Duck. Thanks for listening!
My cabinet maker Granddad always said to stain the finish , never the wood, as stain can kill a grain. He would always use shellac/French Polish and then stain over that with a stain filled further coat of french polish. The same is done with real Rivas and no other boat can claim the finish that Riva always got with stain over Epiphanes varnish. I use cellulose sanding sealer on the wood, then a spirit based stain (NEVER acrylic water based muck) on the sanding sealer and then varnish, proper spar varnish to get that lovely glow. I have always used steamed Pear to represent mahogany in scale, but it does need a little darkening and that's how I do it. That way you control the colour, but don't "kill" the grain. Grandad also said , "always cut wood, boy, don't scratch it, make it bleed", so I became a dab hand with a cabinet scraper and use very little sandpaper. Here, as they say, is one I made earlier using exactly these methods. Martin
GRP dinghy, ancient outboard separated into it's halves. The dinghy was made by a company that had done a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter which a friend was working on before he died suddenly. He decided that he wouldn't use the dinghy and gave it to me. I was thinking of using it for a mini steam plant as a river launch, but that's too far in the future. I think I may have a suitable dolly for the boatman. Martin
Captain's Log: I finally got the Steam Whistle for the Brooklyn! It's made by RAM! It's a RAM80 to be exact! It's not a bad device at all. It sounds quite loud! But I haven't tested it outside yet! I left all the Portholes opened on the Brooklyn. So, that helps a lot with the Steam Whistle sound!
Hello Colin Good to hear from you again. I am not desperate to sell it and November is only about five weeks away ! I am just turned 80 and have had. a few Hospital visits myself so I can understand what you are saying ! I am still driving however and could bring it to you to see. Where would that be ? Just a thought ! I have a few boats which I sail at the Knightcote Club where I am a member and my better half says that I need to reduce my fleet somewhat ! So the paddle steamer has been put on the transfer list ! Keep in touch Regards Doug
Thanks Doug, I am very interested in purchasing your boat, but can't get to collect it till early November as I can't drive at present, going into hospital for new knee and the surgeon said I should be able to drive again 1st week of November. But please don't wait for me if you need to sell before then. Cheers Colin.
Hi Colin Thank you for your inquiry. I live in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, I am looking for £200 o.n.o It is a great model. You would need your own receiver and transmitter. The other parts are all there but would need checking over before sailing.
Not sure your correct when you say ply doesn't bend in two directions. when building my crash tender the roof panels are a compound curve, I steamed them and let them set in a jig. I agree this will be somewhat more difficult when dealing with a full length skin but with some thought and appropriate jigs and clamps I think it can be done. Ill give it a go on my next build.
Hi Richard, Unless you are planning to finish the hull with varnish, to show off the wood, the easiest way is to fit hard balsa or obechi blocks and cut, file and sand to fit. This is the 'way out' I chose on the renovation of my Billing fish cutter. See pics. Pic 1. The mess I started with, Pic 2. Block fitted and shaped, new keel fitted, whole hull then covered inside and out with glass fibre tissue and EzeKote, Pic 3. Preliminary priming prior to final filling (minimal) and sanding, Pic 4. Nearly there 😉 Otherwise you are faced with some tedious steaming, bending and pinning😲 Hope this helps some. Good luck, keep us up to date with progress please👍, Cheers, Doug 😎
Hi, many years ago I was approached by the man who ran the Chateau Margot delicious wine factory to make a model of Water Pipit, one of the smaller Gelyce class yacht tenders built by Camper and Nicholson. They di some at 50 foot and a few at 38 foot. Currently out there and nicely restored is Islay, which I think may be Water Pipet in a later itteration, since it was once restored and subsequently neglected by Ugo Baravalle, at the time Italy's 5th richest man and a gent who actually offered to show me round his vast collection on Elba very graciously. I never heard from the wine mazn again and so couldn't tap him for a deposit to finance the trip to Italy. Project cancelled, Baravalle apologised to, life went on. Now, I find I would rather like to do the model for myself, with all the lovely golden interior work. To do this, the construction would have to be more like the original steamed timbers and double diagonal planking, rather than my usual 3mm ply bulkheads. So, my question is...has anyone ever built a hull in this way, as a shell, more than a glorified Aerokits/Veron kit? I haven't, so I'm looking for any hints, tricks, warnings you may have. Here's the boat. You can see the appeal. Cheers, Martin