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36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
Rookeysailor. The kit is, I understand, due for release by Vintage Model Works any time now. I think that they are awaiting some of the white metal fittings from the manufacturer that are included in the kit. RE: price, probably best to contact Mike Cummings at VMW to confirm the above and the pricing. rolfman2000. I'm afraid you'll still need to carve the bow, but I bet you can get a better result than uncle Cyril now! I hope you enjoy my blog. Robbob.

36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by rolfman2000 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
The original Veron kit of the Thames police launch was the first kit I ever made, and as I was only 12 at the time, my Uncle Cyril was called in to carve the balsa blocks on the bow (and a right mess he made of them too). So I had to do a bit of filling. But the boat is still sat in our garage some 53 years later, and is still available. I often thought of bringing it up to date with a new one, so maybe the time has arrived. I'll keep a watch on this build, and bide my time. Thanks Robbob. Next wishes, Dave W 😊

36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by Rookysailor Commander   Posted: 7 days ago
Hi Rob, Is there a date when the kit will be available? and have you an idea of what the price will be.....😲 cheers, Peter

36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 8 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

36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 days ago
Hi Peter. It shouldn't need ballasting very much if at all. As I won't be able to adjust the position of any heavy components I'll use small pieces of lead to adjust fore/aft and port/starboard trim. Robbob.

36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by petercbrown Lieutenant   Posted: 9 days ago
It looks smashing on the bench. 😎😎 Look forward to seeing the project as it moves on. What will you use to weight the boat for trials?

The next project........... by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 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: https://model-boats.com/builds/view/47891 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: 10 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.

Thames Police Launch by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
[Score: 8/10] 36" Thames Police Launch Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type 40mm) Direct Drive to a Turnigy 3548 outrunner (2 Blade S Type) Powered by LiPoly (11.1v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Turnigy 30A watercooled ESC - Comments: Constructed from a kit by Vintage Model Works, based on a design by Phil Smith for Veron, started June 2018......work in progress.

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by Nerys Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 18 days ago
Thanks very much Doug for that wealth of information which I hadn't found. I never knew there was so much information available and am extremely grateful to you for bringing it to my attention. I will also pass it on to my sister who has all his personal records, published writings, drawings and cartoons etc. As a matter of interest, there is a drawing of LST 368 on a beach somewhere, by my father, in the D Day museum in Southsea. An LST is on my list of future builds, but at the moment I have a Dutch coaster, a Thames barge and the restoration of a pond yacht on the stocks. I feel I owe it to my father to build an LST, but equally should I also build one of his previous commands?, a tramp Ship, S.S. Ashbury or the last ship on which he served?, the training ship Arethusa, perhaps in her original guise as the four masted barque 'Peking' Fair winds, Nerys.

Tug "Joanna E" by Ballast Admiral   Posted: 23 days ago
Partial rebuild project. It is a 1/24 scale Thames Tug which has a superstructure that is wrong and out of scale. I intend to rebuild the superstructure and make it more like a Thames Tug but not replicating any particular Tug as there are too many discrepancies in the build up of the hull which I do not want to alter as I am on a tight budget. I am building her and naming her in tribute to my long suffering partner to my hobbies, Jo. Photo of her as is. More photos to follow as progress is made.

Thames Barge - "Kitty" by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Sky, Look for issue 581 April 1999. "49 581 April 1999 Kitty R Webb RC Thames Barge 1/40 25" 63cm" Here's a listing 😉of the MB Free Plans from the 'Mayhemmers' http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5735.... Good Hunting, hope that helps a little. Cheers, Doug 😎

Thames Barge - "Kitty" by Skydive130 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
I know this is an old thread but help! I’ve managed to source the plans for this model from eBay and was wondering if anyone has the build article from about 1999? I live not far from Maldon Essex and able to visit the full size kitty anytime for photo detail reference. If none can help with the article, please pm me so we can discuss a solution, happy to pay costs if reasoanble

Brass bashin' Chris Craft deck fittings... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Colin, these are to fit in with my Chris Craft, which is roughly 1/8th scale, so they just look right. I don't have any dimensions as there are no Chris Craft Special Race Boats in Britain. Not that anyone would dare to question you anyway as nobody gives a toss about classic speedboats over here. We never had those types of boats. The Thames had one or two nice Brookes and slipper launches, but our attempts at speed were never as elegant as the Yanks and were all a bit boxy and unembelished and generally sat upon by authorities who didn't like speed, except at Windermere and Oulton Broad and they were mainly outboard powered with one or two exceptions in aluminium, and paint. Mahogany was strictly for furniture for the English. I will get all these bits cast and will have spares, so if you need any that are among my bits, just holler and I'll see what I can do. May have to charge for metal weight, but that's about it, as I will have to pay for that, even if I can get the bits squeezed in other peoples' moulds. I reckon you could use these on a 1/12th scale model without any doubt being caused. Most boats used two of those vents. A couple of cleats, a light/cum staff holder and screen supports, which I'm also doing but haven't got a picture of. That will comprise left and right, short and central, longer. The glass will slide in cast in grooves. A filler and steering wheel and instruments finish it off. Can't do a bow piece as they are all different and must fit the boat exactly. That's down to you and you can only foil that for the chrome look. Just wait till I have to do some of these! Ain't they gorgeous? Cheers, Martin

Wellard by ChrisG Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 months ago
[Score: 5/10] 28"/3600g Wellard Capable of 1mph Single Propellor (4 Blade 35mm) Direct Drive Powered by Lead Acid (6v) Batteries - Comments: I decided to build a canal/river maintenance barge and had a Thames lighter grp hull as a starter. This was too long so I took a chunk out of the middle and joined the two halves. The decks, hold, cabin and the rest was very much scratchbuilt. There is a lot about this model that would make either the purist or the local H&S man cringe but it was fun and looks great on a shelf in the workroom or even better on the odd trip to the lake. The Hiab crane although in wrong place I think really finishes off the model well the crane and the loo paper haha. Hope someone out there likes it. Regards