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    (Trawler) Milford Star
    This is my latest build and is from the Caldercraft range. It has taken me 3 months during the Covid 'lock down' period. It was challenging at times due to the poor information in the so called instruction book and not to scale drawing. The parts list in areas bore little resemblance to what was included in the contents however it makes up to be a very good model and it does help if you have your own stash of materials that you can substitute or make the parts you need or replace. I used an MFA geared motor at 2.5:1 ratio and a Viper 15 Amp ESC. I installed an electronic switch for the navigation lights and it should give a good effect during the darker afternoons/evening later in the year. In all it was a very satisfying build.
    Dragon Flite DF95 (Yacht)
    The DF95 yacht by Joysway is a great introduction into sailing a racing yacht. Easy to sail, not too expensive compared to IOM's and 36R's and you can change the rigs in about 5 minutes as the weather dictates. The standard A Rig supplied is perfectly acceptable for a lot of wind ranges on an inland lake but you may need to change down to a B rig if you sail in exposed locations. There is a great racing scene around the country and internationally as DF 95's in their own special class. I had the opportunity to sail mine in very high winds last Sunday (01 Feb) and had some fantastic sailing especially on the downwind legs where it was 'flying' but not submarining. (10/10)
    (Naval Ship) Sir Kay (T241)
    This is my Sir Kay (T241) - Round Table Class Minesweeper. it is from the Caldercraft range and I was fortunate to recently acquire it - I would have much preferred to have built it but couldn't miss the opportunity of it being given to me by an old retiring modeller. it just needed new RC throughout, a good clean, a tidy up and some fresh paint here and there plus a bit of rigging renewal. Not tried it in the water yet but will do tomorrow at our Club meet. (Motor: MFA Geared 2.5:1) (ESC: Mtroniks) (5/10)
    (Yacht) DF65
    The DF65 range of yachts by Joysway are an exciting introduction into sailing a racing yacht. Easy to sail, not too expensive and you can change the rigs in about 5 minutes as the weather dictates. I also sai lother yachts incuding my IOM Class but the DF65 is so easy to transport in the car to the lake. I usually use either my A or A+Rigs and find them perfectly acceptable for a lot of wind ranges on an inland lake but you may need to change down to a B rig if you sail in exposed locations. There is a great racing scene around the country and internationally as the DF 65 and DF 95 in their own special class or within the RG 65 class. (10/10)
    (Fire Boat) Vosper Firefloat
    This is one of my oldest and favourite boats - as you can see it is a Fireboat but it is not a Vosper Mk 2. it was kit built at one time but I haven't been able to track down what it is. is like a Vosper Firefloat Mk.2 but it is different. The bridge section of my boat is different being longer, the mid-ship section having three windows in lieu of two and the stern is completely different in profile. I first wrote about my boat on the Model Fireboat Website back in 2010 and asked for any help in identification but despite lots of good comment but I was none the wiser. I contacted Terry Holtham who is an acknowledged expert in RAF Marine craft having written many books and he provided me with a lot of information and said "It bears an uncanny resemblance to the drawing I received which was an official Vosper drawing but not with a number or date I have presumed it to be what I believe is the Mk 1 version of the 46ft Firefloat". However this is not definitive and I still have no real answer. Great fast little boat that 'turns on a sixpence' though. (Motor: Graupner 600 Turbo) (ESC: Torpedo 30 Amp) (8/10)
    (Yacht) Koh-i-Noor
    I bought this yacht via a well known auction website. it was owned by an old gent who had passed away and was covered in dust and the ABS white hull had yellowed with age. I cleaned the yacht up, rubbed the timber decks down and varnished them, re-painted the superstructure, rubbed down the hull and spayed the hull a grey/brown colour. it came complete with auxiliary motor, batteries, sail winch servo, ESC and navigation light switching unit. The yacht sails perfectly and looks great on the water. A real bargain buy. (Motor: Robbe) (ESC: Hitec Gold) (9/10) I have now made and fitted a fin to the keel to imprve the handling of the yacht in higher winds. Robbe used to supply one as an accessory but not avialable now of course so I made my own using layers of lead sheet wrapped in plasticard then filled, sanded to shape, fitted and painted to match the hull/keel. Certainly improves the sailing and the yacht doesn't heel over in high winds or gusts as it did previously.
    (Working Vessel) Northlight Clyde Puffer
    The Clyde Puffer is a Caldercraft kit of 1:32 scale. it is a representative model of a typical small coaster from the Western isles of Scotland, known to many ship lovers as a 'Clyde Puffer'. it has a GRP hull which has full external detail, riveting, strakes etc. and a plywood superstructure and decking plus over 200 white metal fittings. As usual for Caldercraft you need to have your thinking cap on as the A0 plan and the 'instruction book' do not match up but of course they do expect you to have a little bit of experience in model building. it has taken me about 6 months to build, but working on and off over this time. it has a large hull which is easy to house the motor, ESC, RC and batteries, etc. (I installed 2 lead acid 6 volt batteries, one on each side amidships) which gives stability and ballast. Being a large deep hull it needs a lot of ballast, even in its short length. I have only tested her in the big white test tank at home so do not know how it will perform on our lake. I have sailed her many times on our lake and she certainly sails well. I installed an electronic switch for the navigation lights and gives a good effect during the darker afternoons/evening. (Motor: MFA) (ESC: Viper Marine 15) (9/10)
    (Tug Boat) 'Westbourne' PLA Tug
    Westbourne is a Port of London Authority steam Tug from the Caldercraft Mini-Fleet Range - it is 1:48 scale. This model was discontinued a few years ago but I did manage to purchase a brand new boxed one via ebay a couple of years ago. it has taken me about 18 month to complete but only working off and on for some time until recently when I decided I needed to get a move on with it. The hull has limited access for the RC, batteries, steering servo and motor but I have managed to fit it in neatly with access to all parts, I have fitted batteries on both sides amidships in the hull acting as both ballast and stability. I have now run my tug on our club pond and she sits perfectly on the water and no other ballast required. I originally installed a geared motor at 2.5:1 and I thought that the tug was sailing a little faster than I wanted so I changed to my 6:1 setup but the speed and control was poor, so I went back to my original set up. On the whole I am very pleased at how she has turned out. Now started on my Northlight Clyde Puffer. (Motor: MFA) (ESC: Viper 15 Marine) (9/10)
    (Working Vessel) Paula III
    A great little boat from Graupner, plenty of detail and sails/handles very well. it was sunk on our lake by one of the other larger yachts but I managed to retrieve it and dry it out - the only issue was that I didn't have too much low speed control in forward from the ESC but nevertheless still worked well. I gave my Paula 3 a makeover - just used some spare bits and pieces that were left over from othere builds, plus a good rubbing down and re-spray. (Motor: 540) (ESC: Mtroniks Viper) (8/10)
    (Working Vessel) Lady Laura
    This was a scratch built boat made of ply which I based on a hull from Model Boat Magazine but modified. Wheel house and superstructure to my design. Not yet completed in full but sails well with no leaks. Great little general purpose fishing vessel suitable for my grandchildren to sail as slow enough for them to learn to handle and control the boat properly. (Motor: Graupner 600 ECO) (ESC: Hitec 10 Amp) (8/10)
    (Naval Ship) Perkasa
    I have just completed this model - just waiting for the new prop to arrive along with a flag for the main mast. it was a Precedent all wood kit and not too Impressed with the materials but you only get what you pay for. Overall I think it has turned out not too bad and it seemed to get better the more I worked on it (or is that psychlogical)Tested in the Marine testing laboratory (white bath) and floats OK with no sign of a leak (fingers crossed). Boat finally completely finished 30/12/12 and new 2-blade prop fitted and great turn of speed. Now got the ESC working properly and she has taken on another dimension in terms of speed - no more taking turns at high speed !! She is planing on just the stern and very skittish at heavy turn of the rudder so gently does it. (Motor: Graupner 700 Speed Turbo) (ESC: Tornado 50 Amp) (9/10)
    (Other) Bruma
    Bruma is a Ketch based on a converted trawler. it is a plank on frame model by Mantua. (Motor: 2 x MFA 400) (ESC: Viper Marine) (9/10)
    (Tug Boat) Alte Liebe
    My tug Alte Liebe is from a Caldercraft Kit. She weighs about 30 lbs including ballast. She sails really well at a realsitic scale speed. I keep adding bits to her (adding to her beauty - in my eyes !!) as and when I feel the need to or when I am bored of working on my other boats. (Motor: MFA) (ESC: Hitec SP-610 RF) (9/10)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aero Naut Jenny
    2 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    It looks a quality build and finish - well done you.
    Alan
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    ๐Ÿ“ Model Boats Magazine August 2020
    2 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Rob,
    Go to the Model Boats website and it is there, don't use the magazine website which directs you to Pocketmags.
    The offer is for direct debit on either debit or credit card but not a lot of info of terms, etc.
    Alan
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    ๐Ÿ“ Model Boats Magazine August 2020
    2 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Cheers Graham, I will have a look.
    For years I had it on subscription and they did some good offers with it like a Planet 2.4 Gus transmitter, soldering iron, etc.
    Alan
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    ๐Ÿ“ Model Boats Magazine August 2020
    2 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The August edition of Model Boats magazine was in our local Tesco stores today - only one copy though. I had a look and the content looked OK and I thought about treating myself to it as a holiday read but at almost ยฃ6 for a magazine decided against - 'cheapskate' I know ! That money could be more wisely spent on more bits for my boats.๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ“ Arduino and model boats - zero to hero the easy way!!
    2 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I don't disagree with your comments but to get people to start using this type of technology you have to keep it simple to start with. Not everyone has an electronics or programming background so you need to take gentle steps and consider what they might want to use the Arduino for in most of their boating applications. I hope I am not generalising but not all modellers build boats that are crammed to the gunwales with electronics and apply control systems to every part of the boat. Draw people in slowly and use plain language and then you might get them 'hooked', other than that they switch off as they feel it is too 'technical' for them.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Arduino and model boats - zero to hero the easy way!!
    2 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Nothing
    needed at the Tx end - just think of the Arduino as a PLC(programmable logic controller) that interfaces between the receiver and relays, servos, speed controllers etc. in your boat. It is good for when you have an array of different items you want to control in the boat - something you might not be able to do with a standard 6 channel TX.
    One thing that is useful is that you can control multi- motors without using a conventional mixer - you can programme it to do exactly what you want for steering and drive without using the rudder if needs be. It is extremely flexible for switching lighting on and off, in zones, in sequence - in fact the world is your oyster so to speak.
    The Arduino Nano is a compact multi-output device that is very reasonably priced and there is so much free tools and programmes on the web to download and use or modify to suit your own requirements.
    If you just want simple control of throttle and steering plus a relay to switch lights then stick to existing conventional equipment.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Trawler) Milford Star
    2 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks Peejay. There were a couple of other build blogs on the web that I looked at for clarification or their interpretation of the build. I managed to find 2 old photos of Milford Star which were good from a historical viewpoint but that was all. As I said, I am pleased with the finished article - a fellow Club member gave me some old sail material at our lake last Sunday so that is complete now.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Trawler) Milford Star
    2 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks Bill for your comments. A few photos attached of the 'workings below deck' as you asked.
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Many thanks Pete - these look even better.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Doug
    Many thanks for the link - looks interesting. I have built up a collection of figures for my other boats (some spare) that Lemax do for the model Christmas village scenes - they have large fixed displays in our Garden centres at Christmas and when they finish with them I usually ask if I can have some of the people figures as they usually just bin them. Easy to re-style and paint but are mostly about 1:24 and 1:36 scale so no good for my 1:48 requirements.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Crash Tender
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Attention to detail is excellent - well done !!!
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    ๐Ÿ“ (Trawler) Milford Star
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    This is my latest build and is from the Caldercraft range. It has taken me 3 months during the Covid 'lock down' period. It was challenging at times due to the poor information in the so called instruction book and not to scale drawing. The parts list in areas bore little resemblance to what was included in the contents however it makes up to be a very good model and it does help if you have your own stash of materials that you can substitute or make the parts you need or replace.
    I used an MFA geared motor at 2.5:1 ratio and a Viper 15 Amp ESC. I installed an electronic switch for the navigation lights and it should give a good effect during the darker afternoons/evening later in the year. In all it was a very satisfying build.
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for the comment - as for the crew, Caldercraft have always included scale figures in previous models I have built but not for the Milford Star. I have looked on-line for 1:48 scale crew figures to no avail at the moment and agree that it would 'complete' the boat build.
    I did have some comments from my members that I didn't show any rust or weathering but as I explained I am not experienced in this 'art' and would prefer to strive for a decent normal finish rather than make a 'pig's ear' of the painting.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Firefloat refurbishment
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    A very good refurbishment and look forward to seeing a video of her sailing - ah, I bet it would sound lovely with and ED running in it instead of a quiet old electric motor.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Many thanks Bill, Much appreciated.
    Alan
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well, I have finally finished my Milford Star albeit I am waiting for a small piece of red sail material to finish off and to complete the rat lines on the shrouds. On Sunday I took her (no not the wife) to our Club water and she had her maiden sail. She looked good and sailed well with no ballast adjustment needed and I received some great comments from members of the public and fellow members. Now a little deflated as I haven't anything to do, so cleared out my work room today and did some battery maintenance. So here are some final photos.
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks guys for your comments. It has gone reasonably well but you do need to be a reasonable modeller to get over the small issue of lack of decent drawings, supplied fittings and timber/rod, etc. At least I have a good cache of most things already to use or adapt as necessary. However, it has been a satisfying build and a welcome part of my collection of Caldercraft model boats that I have built.
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    A quick update as things are moving on apace. A couple of weeks should see my boat completed and ready for its maiden sail.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Grain filler
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Glad you got it sorted - i have n ot used Rustins but usually use HMG sanding sealer. A couple of coats with sanding in between does the trick. I will keep an eye out for the Rustins though.
    Alan
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    3 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Another little update. Progress slow due to having to refurbish the bathroom - all finished now barring fitting the window blind unless my Clerk of Works (Wife) says otherwise.
    I manage to grab an hour or so each day if I can and the superstructure is completed and painted and all handrails made, fitted temporarily then taken off for painting. There lies a tale ! I was going to batch spray them with primer, having fitted them on cardboard first. Started to spray them this PM and my spray paint can, already used it a few days ago, suddenly emitted paint that came out like soot. It was very powdery and when dry rubbed off easily. So I had to clean all the paint off - 10 sets of handrails ! Never had this problem before with Halfords primer so don't know what had gone wrong. Another can of primer required and start again ๐Ÿ˜ฅ A case of 1 step forward and 2 steps back.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Bought !
    4 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    There was 182 built numbered up to 183 but no number 13 as it was considered an unlucky number. Good history at this link http://www.steamtugbrent.org/history-of-tid-class-tugs.html
    It makes a lovely model tug and i will have to build one some day.
    http://www.steamtugbrent.org/history-of-tid-class-tugs.html
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    ๐Ÿ“ Starlet yacht.
    4 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks guys. I will certainly pass your comments on. He is a perfectionist and all his boats are built to an extremely high standard. He hand paints and varnishes his models and thinks nothing of doing up to 20 very thin coats to get a fantastic mirror or satin finish. Not to mention making all his own brass fittings ! Envy - certainly not but we love his work and passion. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    4 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Cheers Doug.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Starlet yacht.
    4 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I have attached a couple of photos of my friend's Vic Smeed Starlet that he was given in a poor condition and that he refurbished - a before and after view.
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    4 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just an update - still working on my Milford Star, slowly but surely. I have basically given up with the so called instructions and just working things out looking at the drawing. Not working in any particular order and am constructing bits as per the time i have available each day. It should make a fine model in the end, I hope.
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    5 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Beautiful day today and a having a rest from work on the garden so decided to fettle and drill where necessary all the white metal fitting for my Milford Star. I then set to work on building the Anchor Winch which was easy and very similar to others I have done, then I turned my hand to the Trawl winch. What a pain it was - I have read the instructions time and time again and tried to relate them to the small drawing they provide ( I enlarged this and printed it out). I assemble it loose and had so many goes at it but finally ignored the instructions and worked it out for myself.
    Lovely warm day sitting on the patio doing a little modelling - who says this lock-down is boring.
    Alan
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    ๐Ÿ“ Caldercraft Northlight Clyde Puffer
    5 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I have built 3 Caldercraft models including the Northlight Puffer and am presently building the Milford Star. All their fibreglass hulls need trimming as no mould produces a finished edge of the final dimension. If I remember correctly I had to remove about 6mm all around on my Northlight The easiest way to do this is to use a Dremmel tool with the sandpaper/grit roller bit to sand the edge to the level required - do it outside and wear a mask for the resin dust.
    Alan
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    ๐Ÿ“ My New Build - Milford Star
    5 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    My wife has said that I have too many boats already (0nly 16) but during this Covoid 19 issue I was getting bored with working on the house and garden so after a chat she says "why not build another boat ?" Quick, she might change her mind so I didn't waste any time and ordered a Caldercraft Milford Star trawler at 1:48 scale from Cornwall Model Boats (delivered next morning).
    So made a start and here are a few photos of progress to date. Hull cut to shape, ballasted out (barring minor final adjustments when finished) and now planning where to install all the electrics. I only do a couple of hours working on her each day (no, not the wife !) and no need to rush. Will update on progress as and when.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Graupner 6v Smoke Generator
    5 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So it says in the links you provide that they have been in the business for 60 years and you can see that their range are identical to what Graupner did - in fact a much larger range. One wonders if the Graupner ones were/are a 'badged' version of the Seuthe.
    Alan
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    ๐Ÿ“ Graupner 6v Smoke Generator
    5 months ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Seuthe also manufacture a range of smoke generators and are available in the UK at mainly Model Train Dealers on the web. They also do a 6 volt one which is very much like the Graupner one both physically and dimensionally, however the price is also the same as Graupner at Leeds Model Shop.
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