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I remember convetting the Elmic Sprite in the model shop window, but it was five bob more than the Mabbuchi! For those wondering why I put an outboard on an aeroplane, I mean't Vic Smeed's Skipper. His Flipper was a plane!
Many years ago I built Vic Smeed's Flipper hydroplane from a Model Maker free plan. I fitted a Mabbuchi outboard motor. This didn't use bevel gears, but had a flexible "spring" drive shaft. Eventually it stopped working and on dissection I discovered that the spring had rusted through. I tried to replace it with a piece of Mamod drive belt, but it was never the same.....
I have a 25" R/C Pond Yacht built to a 1950s designed by Vic Smeed. I'd like to hear from fellow 'Water Baby' owners. One issue of interest is the keel weight which seems a little too heavy so the boat lies a little too low in the water. Has anyone made modifications to the keel? What is the best way to do this and how do you maintain good fore and aft trim?
I am interested in getting in touch with anyone who has built a sailing model of "Empress of Britain" or "Empress of England" to Vic Smeed's plan. I'd like to know if they built to scale draft, and if the model was stable and sat at waterline depth. Roy
[Score: 10/10] 35"/3000g Vosper RTTL 2754 Capable of 10mph and a runtime of 25mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 30mm) Direct Drive to a 600 brushed (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (7.2v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Chinese 320 amp ESC - Comments: Scratch built from plan (Vic Smeed) in the mid 60s by my brother in law I have been aware of this model from the mid 90s sitting on a top shelf in disrepair in his workshop in Wales. Being a reasonable frequent visitor l had looked at the hull of this model and at the end of march on a weekend visit I offered to take the hull and separate deck home with me. I obtained a set of plans off eBay an set about renovating the hull fitting the portholes and keeping as many original bits as possible.Some new deck vents and motor vents were 3d printed by my nephew. The Davits made from plasticard and plastic tubing sadly succumbed to damage during transit so again the 3d printer was put to use deck scuttles an cabin vents were also made Whilst making the super structures and mast I decided to make two of each with the veiw to making a sister vessel but this will be finished in white more on that to follow. 2754 was duly completed ready to return on our summer trip to see family again. We ran the boat on the Teifi estuary to complete a most enjoyable refurbishment and now my great nephew will have the joy of powered model boats having been brought up with yachts both large and small
Help required, I have just started to look again at this boat which I partly built the hull and upper works for many years ago from a model boats extra publication. Has anyone built this model as I have a number of questions re finishing the balsa hull, modern control and running gear for this model. It currently has a Graupner Jumbo 540 motor installed but nothing done to the balsa hull or upper works or control
Thank you Onetenor Looks like nobody have that beautiful boat build, not in Facebook Groups, not in RC groups , other forums and nothing on Google. The real Speranza was a Renato "Sunny"Levi design, he was know for his fast deep vee hulls, Levi help by the Vic Smeed Scale plan. She is a very fast Boat and i build with 2 brushless 😊.
Dampfgerd sorry no pics Too long ago aged 15 in '58 No camera then.👍 Vic Smeed ? could have been but thought it was a Veron kit which would likely as not have been Phil Smith. P.S. try Googling for the Speranza model boat John
Speranza is a lovely boat and handles nicely but don't undepower it. Vic's Pond Skater is a good flyer and can be converted to leccy and rc. I put a half circle of piano wire across the tips of the front float as a buffer in case of striking an obstacle. My motive power Was 1.5 diesel a prop cut down from a heavy nylon 9" one so just clears the hull/frame . Free running was loads of fun. Air rudder not water. If it is sluggish and won't plane increase the downthrust. The opposite of what you might expect. Regards John Pond Skater can be found on Web Google Vic Smeed Model boat plans. BTW an original thread can be found on here with the title Scudder👍
I have built a few of Vics plans and found them very easy to construct. He does build them a bit heavy an underpowered but.....they are solid and safe.......Starlet, Hydro bat, Scudder And currently got the Zing Ray under construction. The Starlet is a dream to sail. Hydro bat very fast and very responsive to water rudder input. A favourite with the grand kids. Scudder looks quite weird but it lives up to its name. Grandkids love this as well. Another water rudder model. If these are used in really weedy lakes the rudder will pick up some trailers so i have fitted a 3mm rod running from mid keel to lower rudder pivot point. The weeds simply slide off. The Zing Ray is a shovelnose hydroplane still under construction. The biggest source of quite a bit of discussion is the conversion from ic to electric. Using a base of 3.5cc produces 400w or about 1000grams of thrust, these models seem to work ok. And yes i am a Vic Smeedfan 🤓