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Thanks for your comments, I have built the Terrier, Mermaid and one other in addition to the Curlew, I didnt carry on with the other one whose name escapes me because I felt it was too narrow in the beam. Personally I think the Curlew and Mermaid are the best of the group. I dont think Mermaid would take rough water even though I sailed it on Loch Ken when I was on holiday up in Scotland, using small motor, Mtronics speed controller od 10 amps it copes with the weight rather well. I did make an en;arged version but I wasnt too thrilled with how it looked when enlarged, so no further work was done on it. I've also made the tug boat Beaver and even enlarged that to 150 %...its enormous..:-) The original is a nice little thing...I've made use of a lot of cardboard and balsa skins on these models. Its my personal effort with re cycling of materials, as they say what is one mans scrap is another's raw material.
Tortola at rear, Curlew in foreground. Tortola plank (Balsa, tissued and dope) on frame, the keel and bulkheads from 10mm plywood. It has a small electric motor fitted but will have sails as well. Curlew from the Eezibuilt range. Material ply wood, Some of it from fruit crates. The stand for Tortola made from 3 ply cardboard to my own design, stuck together with PVA glue.
I'v made 4 versions of this boat Curlew, I did one at 75% of original, 125%, 150% and now I'm in the process of making one at 200%, plus the original size. I've made quite a few of these models using cardboard as used by photographers, and then skinned in Balsa plus tissue and dope, so they are sealed from the effects of water. The twice normal size is being made from plywood and balsa wood, I'm also doing a Tortola sloop, I havent seen any drawings other than a line drawing which I got from the magazine and enlarged, so the model is roughly 27 inches in length and 8 inches beam. I've fitted a motor but it will have sails as per original. Not sure about the deck layout so I have employed modellers licence, not having a proper drawing. It has balsa planks on bulkheads which are plywood as is the keel. I'll post a photo of the two boats....as I am working on each one doing a bit at a time. One thing I found with the Eezibilt models was the keels always seemed not deep enough. So I used to add a little...
Hello Boatshed, Thanks, I noticed the web site address after I had posted my request..:-) but thanks Just the same. I have in the past posted photos and comment on this site, one item was about Mermaid. If you check out the first Mermaid item with the photo of it sailing on Loch Ken, thats yours truly..;-) I've also built 5 sizes of Curlew, the last one is under construction at this time, along with a Tortola sloop, I'm working from the line drawings I got from the Model magazine...but dont really know how to use them, so it may be a bit of a Barry bucknal job..:-) Cheers, Modbot ( David)
Boatshed, What is the address for the plans of Ezeebilt models? There used to be a web site with all the ezeebilt models on there and a few updated models of a larger size. For some unknown reason the site just vanished? Modbot.
Does anyone know where I can get in touch with Harry Duncan, last known to be in vietnam...tried his email address but not had a reply, might have changed his email address? I am building a Tortola sloop, and he was interested in my progress, still working on it.
Just kind of stumbled across this site as I was trying to find out what had happened to eezibilt web site. I am in the process or should that be building a Tortola sloop, well it will be my version as it seems there are variations on the theme..( as in music) , I'm also making a X2 version of Eezibulit Curlew, I've done the original and a 75% version. 1.5 X version, so now I'm going for the big one, TWICE the size, comes out at 20 and a 1/2 inches. might be a bit more once the skins are on? I made a larger version of Mermaid but thought it didnt look too great...the original I have sailed on Loch Ken in Scotland, a long way to go to sail a boat but I was on holiday up there. I think along with Curlew they are nice little boats. Just one other question Does anyone know the whereabouts of HArry Duncan I was emailing him up to a while ago but now he seems to have gone awol? Dont forget to ring 5 and go sideways... 💭