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Hi Colin I use 1 motor to power both paddle wheels on my paddler like Roy but as the steering is a little challenging I have a clear plastic rudder extension that I fix onto the rudder with elastic bands only when sailing the craft. This assists steering and when the model is on display at home or whatever the extra bit of rudder is easily removed. Not a technical solution but it works and is almost invisible. Regards Chris G
I have only just come across these build photos and must say I really do admire both yachts the one shown sailing with the dinghy behind it particularly. I am not surprised that you were overwhelmed with request to buy the kits, to me they are simply lovely. I have a friend who purchased a real one some years ago and had it shipped to Leics and it was on the River Soar, lovely thing with a cabin roof that could be raised for headroom and canvas cabin sides. I am sure there would be lots of interest if you resumed production. Best regards Chris G
[Score: 8/10] 44"/5600g Doris Single Propellor (3 Blade 25mm) Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (6v) 4Amp/h Batteries - Comments: Doris is built plank on frame and is a copy of the Thames Bawley by the same name, number LO284. The original which is still afloat in Gillingham Kent was built in 1909 in Harwich by J & H Cann for Leigh on Sea publican Mr Choppin who named the ship after his favourite daughter. Dimensions of the original 40ft length 14ft beam 5ft 6in draft, weight not known. The model is a dream and looks really good, she sails well and the motor is only to help her 'about' when she is feeling challenging and to bring her ashore if and when the wind dies. I have no r/c control of the sails which is something I am still considering as a consequence she goes everywhere on a broad reach her best sailing position anyway. I do hope you like her thanks for looking Chris G
Hello Joe We seem to be of a similar mindset, my interest is mainly in sail although I have several tugs etc. I found a really useful reference book is 'Spritsail Barges Of Thames and Medway' which was published around 1948 and written and researched by Edgar J March. As well as being interesting and a good read has many illustrations and drawings of old gaffer rigs. May not be easy to find but well worth the effort. Another avenue for information is the Society for Sailing Boat Research I have contact details if required, it is possible to join and contribute to this organisation for £15 p.a. Best regards Chris G
Hello Joe Like you my interest turned a few years to sailing barges and East Coast sailing vessels in general, I was then given a first edition of 'Sailing Barges' signed by the author Frank G.G. Carr and was then even more 'hooked'. For beautiful drawings and a marvellous book try to get hold of a copy of 'Vanishing Craft' by the same author but illustrated by Frank Mason who in my opinion captures the essence of all things maritime in the 18 and 19 hundreds. They sometimes come up on Amazon but aren't cheap. As Nerys states there is lots of stuff out there, best of luck researching this most interesting subject. Regards Chris G
She looks to me like a scratch built project on the lines of Fairey Huntsman/Swordfish although from some angles has the look of an early Broads cruiser. Whatever with some TLC I am sure she will both look and sail well. The Fairey designs were very popular craft in fact still are and the designs were copied a lot 'back in the day' Good luck and please post some pictures when you have completed her. Regards Chris G
Hello Joe Many thanks for the reply and the offer of help. I have built several model boats of different styles and also a 'Bella' yacht kit from Aeronaut. I prefer building plank on frame and find it quite therapeutic especially as I love wood. My next step is to build a beautiful sailing boat hull and the 1mtr style would suit I think. I am not planning to race the boat and might even not rig it but just have the pleasure of the build. If you can help I would be obliged best regards Chris G
I am thinking of building a new sailing yacht from plans which I have yet to acquire. I have 8 A4 pages of drawings of a Goth-USOM from Frank Russell 2014, not sure where I got them from and if they are worthy of the time and effort. The size is about right at 1000mm length and about 1500mm deck to masthead. I have had dealings with Nylet in the past and am sure they would be helpful for rigging, sails etc. I plan to plank build the hull onto wooden bulkheads. Although I have built several model boat hulls using this method before I wonder if I could enlist some help or recommendations from any other members of this group ie choice of plans, how to do it books. Many thanks Chris G
Stupid me😋 Thanks Doug I will attempt to find a suitable photo in my photo box that will sit nicely along with my profile. I will have to do it soon so that the matelots recognise their soon to be Lieutenant unless I end up on a fizzer. Regards Chris G
Is it only admirals who receive a medal after a donation or two? Just curious although I am not sure that I could cope with the responsibility and adoration that so obviously goes with such a high position😭 Regards to our sesteemed colleagues Chris G
Hello John I got very similar from Maplins now sadly missed and they work well and look much like the tools featured on your website. Not sure they would cope with an 8 hour day 7 days a week but wonderful for the modeller. Not a bad price either. Regards Chris G
[Score: 8/10] 40" Loch Ranza Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 100mins Geared to a MFA 919D series Powered by Lead Acid (18v) Batteries - Comments: I bought an unfinished Graupner paddle steamer kit which was in a bit of a state and spent many happy hours making her look loved. The hull and paddle wheels were in an acceptable condition but the deck and superstructure left lots to be desired. The previous owner had purchased the motor which was 50.1 geared and pushes the boat along well all other bits including 'smoke' brass portholes and new superstructure added by myself. She was a delight to finish and looks an absolute dream on the water.
Beautiful boats and great workmanship, I think there is something wonderful about modelling in the same way as the original was built although it always seems a shame to only be able to enjoy the planking after lifting the hatches. 👍
Hello Richard As already mentioned it all depends on the finish required but if like most the hull is to be painted then the importance of having each and every plank trimmed exactly to fit is less important. Some years ago I spent many hours frustrated by my inability to complete a hull as it should have been then after what could only be described as a "bodge" ended up with one of the best looking boats I have built. The purists would shudder and disagree but after all 'life is too short'. This pastime is for enjoyment👍 Regards ChrisG
[Score: 5/10] 28"/3600g Wellard Capable of 1mph Single Propellor (4 Blade 35mm) Direct Drive Powered by Lead Acid (6v) Batteries - Comments: I decided to build a canal/river maintenance barge and had a Thames lighter grp hull as a starter. This was too long so I took a chunk out of the middle and joined the two halves. The decks, hold, cabin and the rest was very much scratchbuilt. There is a lot about this model that would make either the purist or the local H&S man cringe but it was fun and looks great on a shelf in the workroom or even better on the odd trip to the lake. The Hiab crane although in wrong place I think really finishes off the model well the crane and the loo paper haha. Hope someone out there likes it. Regards
This pond yacht was bought for me by my daughter in a pretty poor condition from a car boot sale, I decided to tidy it up and give it back to her as a model for her home. 'True Balou' was her much loved 'Staffie'.
Thank you for the info, I look forward to reading the article. I have recently spent a couple of weeks in Wherry land but was unable to see Albion as she seems always to be out on charter which must be a good thing for the fund. They are most interesting craft. Chris
Hello Martin I wish you luck in your search but I am sure that if you find a hull supplier he will have sales of more than one when the news gets out. There is possibly someone out there as we speak carving a hull mould. Good luck Chris