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34" Vosper RAF Fire boat 1/16th scale. by Peter47 Commander   Posted: 8 days ago
Glad you like it, unfortunately, just had a message from Ethrow club, that they are banning fast electrics boats, after a number of complaints from public, about wildlife being harried by someone sailing their speedboat at them. I am not one of them try always to run in empty water, when at all possible. Need to check what they class as fast, or head to local canal and its weeds for my next speed rush.

34" Vosper RAF Fire boat 1/16th scale. by BOATSHED Commander   Posted: 9 days ago
Really nice boat, love the speed.

Miss Geico 29" by BOATSHED Commander   Posted: 12 days ago
It is surprising just what you can get a Crash Tender to do. They can be very fast and also handle very well on the water. Those Vosper hulls are amazing. That's why they were used for the fire tenders and MTB's etc. But then the Fairey hulls like the Huntsman and Spearfish also handle very well at speed.

RSS Sovereignty P 72 by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
See if you can find a Vosper archive site. You may have to look under BAE Sea Systems these days! 😎

RSS Sovereignty P 72 by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Hi Folks, think there is a bit of a mix up here! What Cpt. Cormorant seems to be building is the Coastal Patrol Craft introduced in 1970, and subsequently transferred to the Police Coast Guard, where they have long since been replaced. The boat in Cormorants pic was commissioned in 1971. See pic from RSN official site - History. They were a Vosper design, based on the 110footer, first boats built in UK the rest in Singapore. John: the class you are talking about is actually the 'Fearless' Class. RSS Independence being pennant number 87. They were built by ST Marine (Singapore Technologies) and commissioned from 96 (Fearless) to 98 (Independence). Pic 2 is of one of them, RSS Resilience. This class is now being replaced by 8 ships ( Independence-class littoral mission vessels) being built by ST Engineering. Our company helped ST with the Integrated Comms System design for both these classes! RSS Independence pennant number 15 (replacing #87 as you say John) is the only one currently in service. This info may not unfortunately get Cormorant much further but maybe it'll help prevent chasing wild geese! Cheers 😎

RSS Sovereignty P 72 by cormorant Captain   Posted: 14 days ago
My latest project is a 1/24th part built model of an Independence class fast patrol boat of the Singapore Navy, RSS Sovereignty. The boat was built by Vosper. The model is 52" long ( the real boat 110' = 1/24 scale?) with a wooden hull. The problem I have is lack of plans/drawings and detailed photographs. A build blog would be fantastic. Can anyone help please? Steve

Fireboat or similar by justintime2001 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 23 days ago
There are a couple on eBay if they are any good? Links below.

Crash Tender planking by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 24 days ago
Hi Martin. I'm pleased that my blog is interesting and helpful, but I don't want to mislead you on some of the details I have included on my model. I don't have any real hard evidence that there was any type of fancy decking on either of the fireboats, indeed I do believe that it's more than likely that the deck areas that I have finished with planking were probably just painted the same as the main deck and upperworks. These were working boats that would get harsh use and treatment so any type of adornment would be a waste of time and money. I do have a drawing of the tow hook deck that certainly shows an underlying planked construction of the rear decks but no finishing details. The only 'photo of the rear well that I have doesn't seem to show any visible planking so I suspect it was all just painted. My decision to plank these decks is pure 'modelling licence' as used by many other modellers of these boats and I think it adds interesting detail to what would otherwise be a very utilitarian vessel. Without access to the full original Vosper construction drawings and possibly other photographic evidence the decking question is open to speculation. Rob (Robbob)

Vosper 46" RAF Crash Tender Kit plus by colinstevens Apprentice   Posted: 29 days ago
ok, thanks for getting back to me promptly. Agree with you, collecting would be safer. Going to have a think about, not for long I promise. Will get back to with a firm decision before the weekend. But if I go for it would Saturday 13th of may be suitable? I don't get much free time, grand kids ect.

Vosper 46" RAF Crash Tender Kit plus by justintime2001 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 29 days ago
Hi, Yes the items are still for sale. I think a courier is going to be about £30. There would be 2 boxes and they are quite heavy. I would be more than happy to meet you on the M40 at the services somewhere between Oxford and the M25 if that would be of any help. It would be easier and safer that way. Thanks, Ian. Feel free to contact me at if you would like to know more.

Vosper 46" RAF Crash Tender Kit plus by colinstevens Apprentice   Posted: 29 days ago
Is this still for sale? I would be interested but live near Gatwick, so couriering would be preferable, do you have any idea of cost?

Vosper 46" RAF Crash Tender Kit plus by justintime2001 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 month ago
Now Sold Elsewhere

Planking…. part 3 by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
The aft cockpit deck has quite a few features that will test my novice planking abilities so I started the process by very carefully measuring off the drawings and marking out the positions of the main access hatch, battery hatch and the rear drain holes. I want the main access hatch to be removable so I cut this out from the 4mm ply panel with a Stanley knife and put it aside to work on later, the battery hatch will be non-opening and will have a false panel to represent it. I also pre-cut the drain holes but I intend to plank over these and then open out the holes later. The main hatch aperture was first bordered with 4mm maple strip with mitred corners, and the battery hatch with 6mm strip with mitred and radiused corners as per the Vosper drawings. The rear edge of the deck incorporates the two drains and I used some 2mm ply for the raised portion of this area. With these borders in place I then applied plasticard caulking strips to their edges and then proceeded to lay the 7mm maple strips onto the deck, working out from the centre line until the area was fully planked. Fortunately the spacing worked out quite well and did not requiring any narrow strips at the borders. After trimming all of the ’caulking’ flush to the planks with a sharp chisel the whole panel was sanded smooth. As I wanted a paint finish on the two hatches these were left un-planked so I shaped a piece of 1.5mm ply for the main hatch to bring it up flush with the planking and glued the two together after cutting out two small square holes that will form the lifting handles. A smaller 1.5mm panel was also made to form a false battery hatch cover, also with a lifting handle cut-out, and this will be painted before it’s glued down. A couple of bearers were fixed to the underside of the panel to support the removable hatch. After the glue had fully cured the whole deck was given a single coat of spray lacquer to seal the surface and two hatches were primed and painted the same colour as the main decks and then the false battery hatch cover glued down. I will add some brass fitting details in the next stage before the deck panel receives the final coats of lacquer. Thankfully that’s all the planking in place and I am extremely pleased with the way it’s turned out 😁

Planking…part 2 by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
After a successful first attempt at planking the tow-hook deck I then did the same to the mid deck. I placed a 5mm border of maple with mitred corners, but I stepped it out around the forward cabin access door so that the completed deck panel can be dropped and slid into place beneath the door threshold. The planking was placed working out from the centre line to keep the spacing even, and when the CA had fully set the black plasticard ‘caulking’ was trimmed flush with a sharp chisel and the whole surface sanded smooth. There is a small detail on this deck which is identified on the Vosper drawing as a ‘fuel tank sounding’, a sort of dipstick access point I suppose. This part is not supplied in the metal fittings kit so and I fabricated this from a piece of 10mm brass tube with a plasticard insert to replicate the detail. This was then painted metallic silver and let into the deck after cutting a 10mm diameter hole through the planking. To cut this hole I used a short piece of 10mm thin wall brass tube with a sharp edge filed on its internal bore so that it acted as a sort of ‘cookie cutter’ and it produced a neat and accurately sized hole in the deck planking. The ‘step’ formed by the door and frame was painted to match the door and then the complete deck panel sprayed with several coats of satin lacquer for the final finish. I'm getting the hang of this planking lark so confidence is high as I move on to tackle the far more challenging cockpit deck 🤔

Planking...part 1. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
As a novice boat builder I have never done any planking before but after seeing some fine examples on other crash tender decks and read other blog descriptions of the process I thought I’d give it a try as it would be more pleasing to the eye than a plain painted surface. I’m not sure how true to the prototype the planking is on a RAF Crash Tender as it’s not described in the Vosper documentation but I think some ‘modelling licence’ is justified for the visual effect. The choice of materials, planking sizing and the method of ‘caulking’ were all studied in detail in the blogs and discussions and I finally decided on 7mm x 1.5mm maple for the planking and some .7mm black plasticard cut into fine strips for the caulking. All the required materials were ordered from Cornwall Model Boats and all arrived remarkably quickly packed in a long cardboard tube two days later… very good service and quality materials! I made a practice piece to test the process and materials before committing it to the boat, I used a teak stain on the wood as a test as well but decided I preferred the natural colour of the maple after it was lacquered with a few coats of satin finish. When I felt I was sufficiently proficient to start for real I elected to do the relatively small area of the tow hook deck first. This was marked out to get the correct centering of the planks and I commenced with the application of a 5mm border with mitred corners and the plasticard caulking strips on the inside edges. The maple planking is very easy to cut and trim and Is also reasonably consistent in width and thickness. I’m using a medium cyano glue for all of this as it grabs very quickly so that I can work at a reasonable pace but my finger-tips unavoidably end up getting stuck occasionally too 😡 Working from the centre line outwards the maple strips and caulking were fixed down, the final outer pieces on each side needed to be slightly wider to fill the space but the difference is barely noticeable. The ‘caulking ‘ was carefully trimmed flush with the deck with a very sharp half inch chisel and the whole surface sanded smooth. Several coats of acrylic satin lacquer were then applied by brush as I decided it would be easier than masking up the surrounding areas. Buoyed by the success of this I think I'll do the mid-deck and the cockpit too 😁