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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.
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.
[Score: 5/10] 40"/1300g SRN 4 Capable of 12mph and a runtime of 15mins Twin Propellors Direct Drive to a Brushed & brushless Powered by NiMH (7.2v) Batteries - Comments: 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!
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.
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.
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?
[Score: 8/10] 29" Hector Read Capable of 7mph and a runtime of 40mins Single Propellor (3 Blade) Direct Drive to a Speed 600 (3 Blade) Powered by NiMH (8.4v) 3Amp/h Batteries - Comments: 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.
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.
[Score: 8/10] 38"/3700g Kiwi Single Propellor - Comments: 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.
[Score: 10/10] 44"/4400g 527 - Comments: 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.
This free sailing pond yacht has remained a treasured model from childhood. It “escaped” 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.
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.
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.
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.
[Score: 8/10] 34" Excelsior - Comments: 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.
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!
[Score: 8/10] 32"/1400g SRN3 Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type) Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (9.6v) 13Amp/h Batteries - Comments: 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.
[Score: 8/10] 30"/2500g HERO Capable of 5mph and a runtime of 20mins Single Propellor (3 Blade) Direct Drive to a Speed 600 (3 Blade) Powered by NiMH (9.6v) Batteries - Comments: 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.
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.
[Score: 5/10] 40" Flying draggon - Comments: 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.
[Score: 5/10] 36"/2700g Albion - Comments: 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.