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I’ve always wanted to build a WW11 oil tanker of the type my father skippered during the war. It’s named after a tanker he left to go on leave. The crew didn't want him to leave as he would take their luck. It lies off the west coast of Scotland, the captain, a friend of the family, going down with her. It's not the actual Cadillac as it was an older ship, artistic license!
Indeed, the whole history of tinplate toys mirrors the last 100 years, Bassett originally used the German stuff but after ww1 it all went anti jerry that's how Hornby,Triang and Meccano all got going and now we don't make anything, hats off to Mamod though,they're still plugging away. cheers Neil
Not forgetting that other WW11 gem,' The Yangtse incident', bought the DVD a couple of months ago and still not had time to view it, but makes me fancy HMS Amethyst from deans marine, but that will have to wait till I finish the USS Kidd cheers Peter😊
Hi Marky, Your interest in the Bustler design is correct. I have a relatively basic model of this class of vessel, built my late father and it is a superb runner. Earlier on this year, my partner Maggie spent some time in Liverpool for the Tall Ships rage. We found this example in the Royal Albert dock dry dock. It has been painted in a WW1 dazzle camouflage and modified to serve as a pilot boat.
HMVS CERBERUS story on ABANDONED ENGINEERING now. World's first turret armed battleship. Also the wooden hulled steamers built in WW11 .Never used then burned out and sunk to form a nature reef in the Potomac River, U.S.A.
Hi Martin, Damon is in Basingstoke. He is trying to build a 6foot model of HMS Lion, the WW1 battlecruiser. He has some difficulty I'm afraid. Here is his first plea for help from a year ago. " Help Me Please by Damon Lieutenant Posted: 1 year ago I have a rather expensive dilemma and am really hoping that somebody might be willing to help me please…I have a £100, HMS Lion hull and £200, driving gear made specifically for this ship. I used to make RC Ships with a close friend, but he passed away beginning of this year. The problem I have is I was in a road accident a long time ago and as a result I damaged my brain, fracturing my skull. My friend use to be my memory for me explaining what has/had to be done because I forget after a very short while. I am not asking you to pay anything, it was our ship, his uncle or something served on her just after Jutland and Bill wanted to make as much as he could, this is now I want to make as much, I realise that I am asking a lot, but I’m not that bad and it might be fun, I’ve already built 4, ships with Bill, if you’d like a chat my email is email@example.com or leave a message here I’ll then give you phone numbers…Thank you Damon😁 PS. After all the above I forgot to mention where I'm located, sorry...I live in Basingstoke, Hampshire I apologise for not replying folks but I'm afraid this is part of my problem, I forgot I'd placed the request & I now need to remember how to reply to each response 07706,439865 this is my mobile...thanks, sorry I have plans of HMS Lion, but there isn't any measurements on the plans, I've tried converting the plan to the size of the hull I have, it's about 6ft in length" A sad tale but Damon seems to be doing his best to get through. Wish I was close enough to Basingstoke to be able to lend a hand 🤔 Basically he needs someone to be his memory and guide. Best regards, Doug
I sold an EXPLORER steam boat kit to my mate Bob and look how he painted it !!!! He intends to call it HUMBUG .....and i wonder why !!! I think he is fitting a WW1 gun to the front of it soon. My red and white boat is far more refined dont you think !! Video taken at TILFORD rural life center Easter Saturday ......an annual toy steam up. Les Breame
Two models seen at the Plymouth Gin Factory in the Barbican. Whilst there I had to sample the product and chose the Plymouth Navy Gin, which is gunpowder proof at over 57% and like drinking a single malt compared to a blend. Recommended. We were in Plymouth for the IMASS shipwreck conference the next day, which ranged from Byzantine to WW1 Naval shipwrecks, including HMS Hampshire and HMS Vanguard.
Hi there Thanks for the question, It was the Lion from WW1, had a gun cover blown off at Jutland, was the flag ship to that dick head Beatty, who got those ships & men blown through his incompetency during Jutland. Do you know the one, she was built 1912-1914, was flag ship throughout WW1, was scraped I think 1920-21?
[Score: 7/10] 35" HSRL 2507 Twin Propellors (3 Blade 30mm) Geared to a 555 (3 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 3Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through mtronics 20amp ESC - Comments: credited with the most northerly rescue during WW11 the picture is in ti's D Day colours
HI Seaman Blucher - shouldn't that be Admiral? Are you named after Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher of WW1 warship fame? Anyway, thanks for your comments, although my intention was never to put anyone off building these boats. I have looked at other peoples PT109s and seem to recognised the same stability problems that mine exhibits. Mine can look quite alarming when turning to starboard - I can't help thinking it's going to 'dig in' and submarine, even after the turn signal is cancelled. I have to admit that I probably installed the rudder a few degees off vertical - not much really, about 3-4 degrees - and wondered if it was that. I should get around to straightening it up one day. I have tried multiples of lower batteries and more ballast up front or at the stern but nothing has improved it. The boat isn't plastic, it's plywood and you can see its very robust construction on the build blog I did for it on this site. Your idea of a false keel or keels might work but seems very drastic when you think how many of these kits have been made, and presumably they don't suffer from the same stability problems that mine does. At least I haven't heard of it if they do. I have also thought about fitting trim tabs which I expect will fight any tendency to roll the boat at speed. Obviously more work is needed but my Perkasa works so well the PT109 is on the shelf for the moment!
He was certainly a character and a hard task master, he served in the Gloucester Regiment in WW1 he was a sniper. but apparently when he came home from war he never talked about it like so many others. when I was little he used to use his "tommy hard hat" to dip in the water butt to water the plants and cut his trench boots down for gardening. He spent some of his service in Ypres and they had it rough there , I have only learned how bad since my dad died and I came into possession of my Granddads "small book" and diary, his time and his muckers was horrendous. As you say though, he was a character !!! They don't build them like that anymore !!! Hard as nails !!! But very pationate about life.
Does anyone have the lines plan for a twin-screw cargo steamer built between WW1 and WW2? I'm looking to build a model of Canadian Pacific's "Beaverford" 1928. NMM have copies of Barclay Curle's GA drawings, but the lines plan Is In too poor a condition to copy. Need something similar. Roy