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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Water Cannon
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi all. The STL files for the water cannon, both working and non-working are available in 3D Trader. Other ships items (Anchor Winch and Fire Hose on Reel) are also available.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Water Cannon
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    From Photograph to 3D to Resin Print. Working water cannon in 1:31 scale.

    ๐Ÿ“ Mount Washington
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Old Dumas kit dug out from pile of forgotten rubbish in a shed (with many missing pieces) resurrected and now ready to sail. 1:48 Scale

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Trap Play
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    If anyone is interested I've designed lobster pots and cages in 3D for 3D printing. Available as stl files and can be printed at any scale.

    ๐Ÿ“ Alwyn Vintcent Launched
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Finally launched Alwyn Vintcent at Gauteng Model Boat Club facility, Johannesburg, South Africa. Unfortunately, green and choppy water.

    ๐Ÿ“ Alwyn Vintcent Steam Tug 1:32
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Originally scratch built in 1:50 scale using plans drawn from photographs. Obtained copy of Constructors Drawings to verify dimensions and details (dated 1959) and completed 4 more display models (scratch built). Rescaled all my drawings and plans to 1:32 scale. Computer Designed and 3D Resin printed all fittings (winch, portholes, anchors etc.) verifying accuracy against photographs and drawing supplied by current restorers of actual vessel (Villiersdorp Vintage Tractor and Engine Club). Designed and produced 2 1:32 Scale Model Kits (including hull, laser cut structural elements, all fittings etc.). I've just completed a "proof build" on one of the kits to verify accuracy and fit of all components.

    ๐Ÿ“ Water up prop shaft.
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I love this mix. Thanks for sharing

    ๐Ÿ“ Alwyn Vintcent Steam Tug 1:32
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Having finished all components for the "Alwyn Vintcent" 1:32 Scale Tug Kit I'm now proof building the "kit" making sure everything fits.

    Model is detailed scale replica of actual tug (currently being restored in Villiersdorp, South Africa.)

    Kit includes full set of plans and reference photographs, detailed Fibre-Glass Hull, laser cut 3mm birch ply structure elements, laser etched and cut deck and all fittings (designed from original drawings and photos and 3D Resin printed).

    Have completed the hull, including raised lettering, installation of deck and gunwales and installation of power-train.

    Now working on superstructure.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 3 "Robbe" Classic yachts
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Just checked. I have the Robbe Skandia. Lovely sailing boat.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 3 "Robbe" Classic yachts
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    So lovely to see. I have a Comtesse that I bought 40 years ago, and still sail on the occasional weekends.๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Alwyn Vintcent Steam Tug 1:32
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi. Model is 857 x 190 x 510mm. Please see the PDF files for all the details. Alan

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    ๐Ÿ“ Alwyn Vintcent Steam Tug 1:32
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Using plans I drew using photographs and origional constructors drawings I've created a 1:32 scale kit of the Alwyn Vintcent, the last operational steam tug in South Africa (see attached pdf). I'm now building the kit to ensure fits of all the structural components.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Atlantic Tug "Amsterdam"
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Awesome. A beautiful model of an iconic tug ๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ“ Building a Tug
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Enjoy. Once you've built one you will be hooked. ๐Ÿ˜€ I started with a model kit ("Sanson") and have since built 6 more from scratch, all at 1:50 Scale. "Anteo", "JR More", "Eland" and x3 "Alwyn Vintcent's".

    My current projects are the "Alwyn Vintcent" at 1:32 Scale for RC (all previous boats primarily for display).

    I've cast 2 hulls, one of which I've already sold, and am now in the last stages of completing the kitting of a second model for sale. Unfortunately the kit is not designed for the novice.

    It is a pity that you are so far away, postage or courier would be exorbitant and would put the cost way above what you would pay for an equivalent model in the UK.โ˜น๏ธ

    Enjoy your model making. ๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ“ Building a Tug
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    If you are feeling truly adventurous and would like to do a "scratch build" I have plans for the "Alwyn Vintcent", the last operational steam tug in South Africa. I can also supply the 3D models of all the fittings for you to have printed.

    Alan

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: S Boat
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Really love all the detail. Great job ๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Brent
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Great job. Looks awesome on the water. Similar lines to Alwyn Vintcent, South African Tug. Last project was 1:50 scale scratch build, next project same tug 1:24 scale for RC

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Update of project
    4 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Awesome. Love the detailing, especially considering scratch built. I applaud your patience, perseverance and attention to detail.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: AWLB PENLEE
    4 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I love the waves. Excellent job, done like a pro ๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Steam Capstan
    4 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Great job. I love the detail, especially the mounting bolts.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMT Resolve
    4 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Awesome job. Love the detail and admire the patience you must have had. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    ๐Ÿ“ Alwyn Vintcent Build
    4 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Scratch built 1:50 scale model of Steam Tug Alwyn Vintcent. Last operating steam tug in South Africa. model.

    Having completed Sanson (Artesania Latina kit) and Anteo (scratch built using plans from internet scaled to 1:50) I had the "Tug Bug".

    Wanting to do a South African tug I scanned the internet and found the Alwyn Vintcent. Not only did she "have the look" but there were numerous photographs, and as a bonus I found she was being restored in Villiersdorp, South Africa. Alas I could find no plans.

    Using photos resized to 1:50 scale I traced all lines (using MS PowerPoint) producing a set of plans to scale. The photos I used for reference attached.

    I finally found a set of plans, but only after I completed the model. My plans were nearly a perfect match ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Hull was plank on frame construction, using balsa, which was then used as a blank to make a fibre glass mold. The hull was then cast using the mold to facilitate converting the tug to RC.

    The rest, with the exception of the anchor chain, was scratch built.

    Balsa for all structural elements, 1mm brass rod for all railings, 0.5mm for handles, hinges, portholes, hydrant wheels, pill containers for barrels, wood dowel for vents, liferafts and tyres.

    Detail photos posted in Harbour.

    Took just over 3 months to complete. My next challange is to scratch build the JR More (South African Steam Tug) in 1:50 scale.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat Alwyn Vintcent
    4 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Build photos posted in Alwyn Vintcent Build Blog. Please advise where I can post reference photos I used to drawup plans and find details

    ๐Ÿ“ Tug Boat Alwyn Vintcent
    4 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    1:50 Scale scratch built model of last operating steam tug in South Africa. Built using plans I drew up using photographs as reference.

    Alwyn Vintcent currently being restored by Villiersdorp Vintage Tractor and Engine Club in Villiersdorp, South Africa.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "ANTEO" Italian Tug
    4 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Awesome. Well done, a beautiful model

    ๐Ÿ“ Alwyn Vintcent Steam Tug
    5 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alannicholls ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have plans I made off photographs on internet. From these plans I completed a 1:50 scale model of the Alwyn Vintcent. Alan



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