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    (Hover Craft) SRN 4
    Scratch built 2nd hover scale. Lite ply and 1mm ply skin. Ball raced marine motor tube essential for max efficiency in propulsion. 9x4 prop. 6x4 4 blade prop used for skirt inflation. Very pleased with this project, Drift on cornering can be interesting! (Motor: Brushed & brushless) (5/10)
    (Tug Boat) Hector Read
    Scratch-built scale of the 1960 Hull built Hector Read, A Gt.Yarmouth harbour diesel powered tug. Drawings loaned by harbour authority. Modelled 18 years ago, retrieved from back of garage. Needs some TLC. (Motor: Speed 600) (8/10)
    (Working Vessel) Kiwi
    This New Zealand Trading Scow was an unfinished project given to me by a fellow club member to complete. Unusual craft apparently based on the American Great Lakes Scow. Has provision for electric drive. (8/10)
    (Working Vessel) 527
    Model of typical trading junk in S.China 40 years ago,now no more alas. Scratch-built after much research. Ply & balsa used. Sail arm control. Picturesque on the water. Sails well with detachable keel. Crew added to give life and scale. (10/10)
    (Yacht) Moonlight
    This is a pond yacht which I inherited 70 odd years ago. The hull must be over100. A treasured model restored many years ago. (10/10)
    (Working Vessel) Excelsior
    Scratch built model of the last surviving Lowestoft sailing trawler which is managed by a sailing trust. And a much loved vessel. Model sails well with drop keel and rudder extension. 12 years old. Working drawings kindly supplied by the Trust. (8/10)
    (Hover craft) SRN3
    Scratch built hovercraft model of the SRN 3 used by USA in Vietnam. Model made with liteply structure and 1mm ply skin. The inflatable skirt from kite rip-stop nylon. interesting, fast. (8/10)
    (Tug Boat) HERO
    Scratch built scale from original recovery/tug. Used by a Norfolk broads boat hire firm. This was originally steam powered,now diesel. Unique in the tug world. (Motor: Speed 600) (8/10)
    (Other) Flying draggon
    Scratch built after some research into the type. A pirate Junk circa 1780.. Something unusual. Sails well. A hit with the kids. The wheel on deck moves with the rudder via pullies and tackle. (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) Lady Dapne
    Scratch built model of one of the famous Thames barges here sailing quitely at Eaton park Norwich looking fairly realistic. Hull plank on frame. (5/10)
    (Other) Albion
    Scratch built with ply and balsa with a detachable keel. One of 4 wherries built. Albion reputed to be the only wherry that was carvel planked instead of clinker. Sails really well in light airs and in a good breeze. (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) Hathor
    Scratch built scale model of one of the restored wherries managed by the Wherry Trust. Model clinker planked with balsa. (5/10)
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    πŸ’¬ Excelsior
    3 months ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Joe,
    In answer to your queries, Hull was built in the bread and butter system using deal sealed inside and out with coats of yacht varnish and painted using acrylic. Subsequent models of Wherries and Chinese Junks were plank on frame using 1/8” balsa strips sealed with resin,varnish inside and out, with again acrylic paint.
    Balsa easier to work with to gain experience - reasonable effectiveness both in carvel and clinker planking.
    All the best and good sailing.
    Gascoigne

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    πŸ’¬ Billings Samson
    10 months ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The hull looks in good shape from the photo. Have fun with the restoration though. Plenty of scope...Could be steam powered?

    All the best. Brian

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    πŸ“ Help Needed new Builder Billings St Canute
    12 months ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    .In this case, I do believe you are meant to complete the hullconstruction first then drill out the holes for the rudder stock and the propellor shaft. Alternatively lay the profile of the stern flat, draw an outline of the shape. Cut out the channels, leaving two halves. Secure the two halves flat over the profile and glue pieces of balsa wood across the channels either side, thus joining them together again preserving the profile now with a clear channel which you can now use in the hull construction. Do have another careful look at the instructions though as I am surprised the answer isn’t there.
    Good luck.

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    πŸ“ Thames Barge & Norfolk Wherry Open Regatta.
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hope your Dad can bring his wherry along for the event. We had a good chat together at the broads museum. Will be very interested to see him at the event with the new wherry.

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    πŸ“ Steam,Tug & Hovercraft Day
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Club open event. 10am - 4pm Join us with your model. Parking alongside lake. Club facilities. Disabled access.

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    πŸ“ Thames Barge & Norfolk Wherry Open Regatta.
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    From 9am - 4pm. Free parking alongside the boating pond. Access through manned gate. Join us with your barge or wherry.

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    πŸ“ Agenora
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    A scratch built model of a working wherry the skipper/owner was the great grandfather of a near neighbour. Used to work the rivers Wensum and Yare here in Norfolk. Model hull clinker built. in balsa with resin inside and out. Sails really well with a detachable keel. One of four model wherries built.

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    πŸ’¬ Hector Read
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Dave, Hector Read model powered by a speed 600 brushed electric motor with an electric speed controller. This gives plenty of oomph when it comes to rescuing stranded craft large or small on the pond, which is always a challenge I can never resist.

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    πŸ’¬ Hector Read
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks for that Marky. Good to think she is still afloat. An engineer who once worked aboard related a hair raising experience he had years ago involving restarting a failed engine during a hazardous attempt to get a line aboard a drifting coaster in heavy seas off Gt Yarmouth. it gives an added interest and life to our models when hearing from seamen who actually worked aboard the real vessel. I am sure there must be many modellers with similar tales.

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    πŸ“ New build
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    A working board 24” x 16” in 1” medium density fibre would be about right for you Billings static model of a Thames barge, although a large tray would help in containing everything between building sessions. Some suggested tools in the photo including wood glues and sandpaper (rough and smooth). Always worth reading and understanding the kit instructions, and keeping to the building sequence given. Billings have a reputation for producing quality well equipped kits. I know you will derive much satisfaction from making your first model and I wish you well.
    Enjoy. Never be shy in asking advice.

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    πŸ“ (Hover Craft) SRN 4
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Scratch built 2nd hover scale. Lite ply and 1mm ply skin. Ball raced marine motor tube essential for max efficiency in propulsion. 9x4 prop. 6x4 4 blade
    prop used for skirt inflation. Very pleased with this project, Drift on cornering can be interesting! (Motor: Brushed & brushless) (5/10)

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    πŸ“ SRN 4
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    An old favourite from my hovercraft phase. Runs really well on land and especially water. Although no reverse, it will auto-rotate on the hover, so when pointing in the desired direction on with the propulsion with the brushless motor and away she flies.
    Realistic in operation. Looking a bit work worn now. Could do with up-dating with Lipo batteries which would make it even lighter. Seen here with lift motor running with skirt inflated. Steering
    interesting, with twin air rudders. Must get some videos of the action.

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    πŸ“ Model Boat Club's Ponds/Lakes
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Vast expanse of concrete at Munich pond when it is drained!
    Eaton pond was built between the wars primarily for sailing large vane control yachts, hence the long shape,and as such is said to be one of the best examples in the U.K. We have a perennial weed problem-common to any large expanse of fresh water-which is currently controlled with application of chemicals. I am sure most clubs have this problem and I would be interested in their experience with weed control.

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    πŸ“ Hector Read
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    e Hector Read was built in Hull in the 60s for the Gt Yarmout port and Haven as their new Harbour tug to be moored at the pilot station in Gorleston. Giving many years service, was finally sold on when most working ships were fitted with bow/stern thrusters. Much missed as part of the river scene. A scratch built model I made 18 years ago from photo’s and drawings from the Port Authority. Anyone know her ultimate fate?

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    πŸ“ (Tug Boat) Hector Read
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Scratch-built scale of the 1960 Hull built Hector Read, A Gt.Yarmouth harbour diesel powered tug. Drawings loaned by harbour authority. Modelled 18 years ago, retrieved from back of garage. Needs some TLC. (Motor: Speed 600) (8/10)

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    πŸ“ Kiwi\
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Sailing well in the sun and sparkling waters. A NZ Scow scratch built from plans. Unusual trading schooner based on those from the Great Lakes, USA.Actual vessel now restored as an example of an early NZ coastal trader.

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    πŸ“ (Working Vessel) Kiwi
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This New Zealand Trading Scow was an unfinished project given to me by a fellow club member to complete. Unusual craft apparently based on the American Great Lakes Scow. Has provision for electric drive. (8/10)

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    πŸ“ (Working Vessel) 527
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Model of typical trading junk in S.China 40 years ago,now no more alas. Scratch-built after much research. Ply & balsa used. Sail arm control. Picturesque on the water.
    Sails well with detachable keel. Crew added to give life and scale. (10/10)

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    πŸ“ Moonlight
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This free sailing pond yacht has remained a treasured model from childhood. it β€œescaped” one holiday and sailed out across the bay at Tenby. it was retrieved a mile out to sea by persuading local boatman to pick it up. Hull carved and hollowed from wood. Must be well over 100 years old now. Sails well without rudder fitted.

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    πŸ“ (Yacht) Moonlight
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This is a pond yacht which I inherited 70 odd years ago. The hull must be over100. A treasured model restored many years ago. (10/10)

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    πŸ“ Submarine weekend
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Norwich model boat club. 28/29th July 2018 Submarine weekend. This is fast becoming a must annual venue for submariners.
    Parking alongside the pond. Excellent club facilities.See you there?;

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    πŸ’¬ Excelsior
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Excelsior has a very active life giving youngsters a taste of the sea with the Trust and does get about around Britain even taking part in the odd Tall Ships events. Been aboard with my camera at her home base in Lowestoft but but not sailed on her yet.

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    πŸ“ SRN3
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    A challenging project 10 years ago. Scratch built model of theSRN3 built under licence by the US for use in the Mekong delta against the VC in Vietnam. Very light construction with liteply.
    Two ESPs control brushed and brushless motors for lift and propulsion. Motor tube ball-raced at each end with a 9x6 pusher prop. Realistic performance and sounds like a turbo prop. Tricky to control in anything stronger than a light breeze. Best on water.

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    πŸ“ Excelsior
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Here is the last of the Lowestoft sailing trawlers. Model built using working drawings kindly supplied by the Sailing Trust. Model about 12 years old. I got a little carried away on detail! As expected she sails and handles well as all the old work sailors do.
    Drop keel and rudder extension added when sailing. I was intrigued to discover that the deck winch was steam powered,no doubt to help with taking in the trawl net.

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    πŸ“ (Working Vessel) Excelsior
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Scratch built model of the last surviving Lowestoft sailing trawler which is managed by a sailing trust. And a much loved vessel. Model sails well with drop keel and rudder extension. 12 years old. Working drawings kindly supplied by the Trust. (8/10)

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    πŸ“ HERO
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Scratch-built semi-scale from images of a unique vessel used for tug and recovery work on the Norfolk Broads. Was originally steam powered with a fire pump engine,now using diesel. Funnel is hinged to go under low bridges!

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    πŸ“ (Hover craft) SRN3
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Scratch built hovercraft model of the SRN 3 used by USA in Vietnam. Model made with liteply structure and 1mm ply skin.
    The inflatable skirt from kite rip-stop nylon. interesting, fast. (8/10)

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    πŸ“ (Tug Boat) HERO
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Scratch built scale from original recovery/tug. Used by a Norfolk broads boat hire firm. This was originally steam powered,now diesel. Unique in the tug world. (Motor: Speed 600) (8/10)

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    πŸ’¬ PS Waverley
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Truly a beautiful model. Electric drive? Waverley underwent extensive refit and repairs at Gt Yarmouth here in Norfolk many years ago when I saw the paddles up on the quayside. Grand old girl still going strong.

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    πŸ“ Eating Park Norwich
    1 year ago by Gascoigne ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Heartily endorse. This club has some of the best sailing and clubhouse facilities in the country. Disabled friendly in every way complete with stairlift and helpful members.

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