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Excellent boats. i have scratch built a vosper 510 1/24 scale known as the long boat. Im also building a 73" vosper 379 which has become a bit of a project? Its a bit big and i am not looking for trying to sail it in my local pond. last time i tried it i nearly chucked myself in the pond to the delight of some onlookers.
[Score: 8/10] 37" Vosper Crash tender Capable of 8mph and a runtime of 40mins Twin Propellors (2 Blade S Type 40mm) Direct Drive to a 540 X 2 (2 Blade S Type) Powered by NiCad (7.2v) 3Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through mtronics 30amp x2 ESC - Comments: Built from a plastic hull, with light ply superstructure which is totally removable for access to batteries and motors.window frames cut from plastic self adhesive sheet. Nav lights and search light operated from transmitter.
great video, I could watch it over and over, for the eagle eyed amongst us, notice no RAF roundel on the pennant, as it was still in trials, hence crew not in an RAF uniform, they where probably Vosper employees. Also the pennant flying under the ensign was blue/white signifying vessel may deviate from true course being under test. All of the pictures etc bouncing around are pre RAF handover, if you look real close the clues are there!😎 I'm watching these over, I have a plan for an engine sound unit coming along, just got to finish an rc plane project that Stephen has helped with, that's for another discussion!
All of the above suggestion should work fine, but a good idea to remove as much H2O as possible after every sail, and leave hatches etc open at least over night, to allow for any remaining dampness to dissipate that may have by-passed the waterproof coating, Have a 1/24th scale Vosper Motor Torpedo boat, constructed using balsa with tissue cover, which is some 30-40 years old, hull still sound using the above mantra. 😎
Hi Vosper. The next blog will be about the port and starboard nav lights and the associated switching circuitry for all the lighting...so stay tuned 😋. Sorry to hear about you near miss on the 'G plan' 😱 Robbob.
Hi Ian. Just seen your eBay sale of your kit, now that is a bargain 😲 If I were not building one myself I'd snap it up 👍 If anyone is interested, have a look at: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vosp er-46-RAF-Crash-Tender-Kit-95- of-bits-to-complete-Brand-New- Cost-560-/361874487554?hash=it em5441667902:g:yk4AAOSwa~BYcro h If you're not interested, tell your friends... Get well soon Ian. Rob.
The British Power Boat MGB 449 belongs to a good friend. The Vosper 73' Type I MTB is scratch-built in 2016 and took 6 months. Both boats are 1/24 scale. The location is Albert Park lake in Melbourne, Australia
This is the bit that I have not been looking forward too very much as I recall making a real hash of it on my last attempt as an enthusiastic teenager . I had read a few blogs and forum topics on this and there seem to be a number of techniques employed to do this including the use of pencils on blocks, bathtubs and talcum powder and lengths of elasticated string all of which I’m sure will eventually achieve the desired results but I think I’ll adopt a slightly more ‘Hi Tech’ approach. First of all I don’t really know how the boat will sit in the water until it’s completely fitted out and finished and even then the waterline could look wrong so In the interests of scale accuracy I have decided to work from the Vosper drawings and do it ‘to scale’ because in reality this model will spend more time out of the water than in it so I’m not too bothered if the true waterline is a bit off. As I’m quite a ‘DIY’ buff and I like tools and gadgets so I decided to treat myself to an early Xmas present and invest in a Bosch laser level, the model I chose has a self-levelling feature and projects very fine and totally accurate ‘cross hair’ lines. I know I will find this gadget useful for lots of DIY projects so I don’t mind the expense, (as I decided in self-justification!) The Vosper drawings were used to scale from to accurately mark the waterline points on the bow and the stern and then the hull was placed inverted on the bench. The laser level was clamped to a stepladder about five feet away and then the hull was raised/lowered on blocks fore and aft to get the horizontal laser line to hit the bow and stern marks accurately. The point at which the laser line crossed the rubbing strakes seemed to correspond with the same positions as per the Vosper drawing so I’m quite confident with the measurements. A pencil was used to make a series of dash markings on the hull following the laser line. The hull was then spun 180 degrees and levelled and the ‘laser guided’ marking process repeated. Joining the lines across the transom and some measuring confirmed that the waterline was the same on both sides at the stern. A final check was made by standing the hull on it’s transom and projecting a vertical line along the keel so that the projected horizontal line intersected the points at which the waterlines crossed the rubbing strakes, happily they did so within a couple of millimetres. I applied some good quality masking tape around the hull, paying particular attention to the points where it crosses the strakes, in preparation to masking and spraying the ‘anti-fouling’ red oxide paint.
Vosper 46 RAF Crash Tender Kit plus 95% of the items required to complete the model. Brand new kit, motor, prop shaft, batteries, controller, glue’s etc. Cost has been £560. Only needs transmitter/receiver and paint. Unfortunately due to an unforeseen illness It’s looking like I may not be able to start the build so if anyone would be interested in buying the lot at a discounted price please message me? I could travel up to 50 miles from DE15 to deliver or meet to complete a deal if anyone is interested? Thanks, Ian. I have now had chance to list everything included (see pic attached) and I am looking for offers around £395. I will also include a few clamps I purchased to help with the build. NOW AVAILABLE FOR £365 -A MASSIVE SAVING OF £195 OR 34.5% 👍 MAY SPLIT
Right Rob, I'm insisting you do this! You are really doing a very accurate model, as I did, so here is the story about the ensign. All the pictures that are available are pre handover to RAF. All the permanent RAF roundals etc where painted as part of the prep, but the ensign did not have the roundel until after handover to RAF, then there are no pictures available, for obvious reasons. Mike, at scale flags, made me an ensign with the Vosper logo on it, he knew someone, who knew someone, and so on, that served on one of the boats, and Vosper flew the logo until handover, along with a blue/white flag that at the time meant "boat under testing might deviate from a true course" or something like that. A few years ago, I rang Vosper, and eventually spoke to someone who confirmed all this. So, if you speak to Mike, I know he will do another, we talked about it at the Blackpool show, and he showed me one he had made for himself. Apparently, nobody else has ordered one, as all go for the ensign with the roundel, so now you have a decision to make. Also, they are silk, and flow/hang real nice once shaped, unlike the cardboard looking "other" brand 😁
Thanks for your kind thoughts, keeping my mind busy up dating my various boats, HMS Princess Beatrix, Duke of York, RAF Fire boat, Vosper Gunboat now as its Torpepo tubes, to name a few and a couple of experimental boats and if that was not enough, doing photo repair and colourization mainly on Facebook although just done one for Ethrow Club site.