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    Vosper MTB 379
    This model was built with the occasional help of my grandson. It was constructed from plan
    RIVER POLICE LAUNCH circa 1950
    METROPOLITAN POLICE THAMES DIVISION RIVER POLICE LAUNCH circa 1950 MODEL BUILT BY MICHAEL P TURPIN 2021 TO 1:12 SCALE FROM VINTAGE MODEL WORKS KIT At this scale, the model represents a launch measuring 30ft in length and 8ft 9โ€ in the beam. It is one of the standard types as built by Tough Brothers of Teddington, employing the partially diagonal planking system which produces a lightweight but strong hull. The engine was of sufficient power to provide an efficient speed of 12 knots in the tidal waters in which it operates. The cabin and seating has been designed such that it is possible to keep an all-around look out whilst on patrol, as well as an open stern area capable for carrying equipment and the recovery of bodies from the water. Operating from their headquarters at Wapping, London the River Police are responsible for law and order on the river. Previous to 1964, they patrolled the Thames from Erith to Teddington but subsequently this range was changed to cover from Dartford Creek to Staines. The model has some construction differences. The hull is ply-sheeted and not planked, and has a box construction for the main internal space. The deck is planked using walnut, as are all its wooden fittings. All metalwork and above-deck fittings are scratch built, the spotlight illuminates and the mast head carries flashing red & blue lights. Power - Turnigy 3548 840KV out-runner brushless motor. Electronic Speed Controller โ€“ Hobbywing Quicrun 16BL 30 water cooled. Brass propeller -55 mm 3 blades. Battery pack - Turnigy 2200mAh 3S 25C Lipo Pack. Radio โ€“Flysky FS-I6X 10 channel. Main power switch is the steering wheel and has a dash board which is illuminated. The battery pack, which powers the main motor and the lights through a voltage reduction unit, is housed below the front panel Receiver, ESC and steering servo are all housed beneath the rear seat and back bulkhead.
    Freeman 22
    The Freeman 22 was a luxurious cabin cruiser built for the holiday trade. It was moulded in glass fibre in a choice of colours and had an insulated superstructure, with a double berth and two single berths. It was powered by an in-board petrol engine. Length - 22ft Beam - 7ft 6ins Draft - 2ft Cruising speed - 8โ€“9 knots Weight - 26cwt Engine - Ford 105 E watermota with a 2:1 reduction gear on a flexible drive The model of the Freeman 22 was a free plan given in the Model Boat magazine and was a project for my grandson who actively worked on all aspects of the build, the parts were all cut using a fret saw and trimmed with a sander and then built up on a building board. The hull is sheeted in ply as is the deck and superstructure. The hull was fibre glassed for additional strength and then painted using acrylic paints. Length โ€“ 23" Beam - 7" Power โ€“ MFA Como 457RE540/1 brushed motor Electronic Speed Controller โ€“ Viper Marine 15 Brass propeller 30 mm 3 blade Battery pack โ€“ NiMh 9.6 V 5000 mAH Radio - Turnigy Mini CH5 D/R
    Crash Tender
    A 3 year build yet to have its maiden voyage a little more detail:- HobbyKing 90A Boat ESC Turnigy Aerodrive SK3 - 5045-660KV Brushless Outrunner Motor HobbyKing Boat ESC Programming Card 9.6v 50000 mah Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) Battery Packs x 2 Later replaced for longer run time by Turnigy High Capacity 5200mAh 4S 12C LiHV Pack w/XT60 x 1
    Freeman 22 Norfolk broadsโ€™ cruiser
    This little boat was done for my 5yr old grandson alongside doing my crash tender. Its from a free plan issued in Model Boat magazine.
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    13 hours ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy that looks really impressive, the chrome pen looks interesting.
    I'm currently experimenting with Nickle plating the fittings on my Inga Yacht project.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Paper clips helpful when planking
    10 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Great tip on โ€œtight boardsโ€ paper clip is so simple, most good solutions are simple
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: More cabin work
    10 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Great work Sy your attention to detail is beyond compare. So please share the sources of your scale nuts and bolts so we can attempt some fine detailing
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    ๐Ÿ“ Does anybody have any information about this steam engine?
    10 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    As to the spirit burner itโ€™s simply a tin oblong box filled with cotton wool and a wire mesh over the top very easy to make.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VOSPER MTB 379
    10 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks for your guidance JB , l have made the rudder throw smaller so we will see if that helps, if not we will try the prop sizes , Im away at the moment but I will check the prop rotations
    Again thanks for the help
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    18 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    To start this restoration it may help to see what I was presented with when I first purchased the model. I have to say that the pictures make it look a lot better than it actually is and many may be horrified at what I have done in the next few posts but its all necessary to finish up with a structurally sound model.

    The deck is discoloured and cracked and will have to be planked to strengthen it and make it look the correct colour, the cabin structures are all veneered and are unfortunately suffering from delamination so will have to be re veneered.
    On the plus side the wooden parts of the masts are all in excellent condition and will need little attention, however all the metal (brass) fittings are in need of restoration, at some point they have been plated (nickel) so they will all have to be cleaned and old plating removed and re plated. The rigging wires are all in varying states of twist and kink so again will have to be replaced.
    So there's a lot of work to be done over the coming months
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    18 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    That's a nice piece of brass work, its a pity that these nice polished brass bits are underwater.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: More Deck Planking.
    19 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Great work Steve as usual, a weathered model is always an eye catcher, its going to be a level of effect that we will all be very jealous off.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: INGA IV
    19 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Roy thank you so much for pointing me to this mine of information, it will be invaluable in my restoration it shows so many things that aren't on the kit version.
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    ๐Ÿ“ INGA IV
    19 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    This is a sailing ketch called โ€œInga IVโ€. It is German kit of a sailing ketch which is now out of production. The model is approx 52โ€ณ in total height and 43โ€ณ from bow to stern. It has a traditional full length keel and almost sails itself when on the lake. All decks and superstructure are plywood with much of it being mahogany veneered and coated with many layers of varnish.โ€

    I have just purchased an Inga IV which is in reasonable condition, however it looks as if its not been touched for a great number of years so I intend to repair and replace fittings and wood as required.
    This is a picture from the web
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    ๐Ÿ“ VOSPER MTB 379
    20 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    The MTB is finally finished and sails really well apart from its maiden voyage when my Grandson (who's the boat owner) did a rather sharp turn at top speed in choppy waters which resulted in an upturned boat. However, it just floats so no damage just had to retrieve it with the rescue boat.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Vosper MTB 379
    20 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    This model was built with the occasional help of my grandson. It was constructed from plan
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Y-Boat compartment and other thingsโ€ฆ.
    20 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    I really like the electrics being mounted on a single board presumably it can be easily removed as a unit.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Chris Craft 35' Sport Fisherman - 1954
    20 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    That's a great looking boat, Ill follow this with interest as I will be doing a similar craft from that era
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Y-Boat compartment and other thingsโ€ฆ.
    20 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Nice and grubby Sky
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    ๐Ÿ“ Battery placement
    20 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    just a thought you don't say what length your crash tender is. Mine is 46" version, is your 36"? therefore smaller cabins
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    ๐Ÿ“ Battery placement
    22 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    The batteries you have will fit if you put them in the same place as mine, I have 8cell 2x2 configuration 2 sets one either side
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hello again
    23 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Its good to see the some of the regulars coming back
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    ๐Ÿ“ Does anybody have any information about this steam engine?
    23 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    "what you see is what you got"?
    That's about it, but steam it up and enjoy it for what it is
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    ๐Ÿ“ Battery placement
    24 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi there MartynB Most Crash tenders have the batteries as the Photo
    Have a look at my blog, most things are covered about the build of a crash tender
    https://model-boats.com/blogs/37275
    blogs/37275
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    ๐Ÿ“ Vintage Sea Commander Sea trials.
    25 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Great to see a positive outcome of your labours Colin
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    ๐Ÿ“ Flysky 18 channel rc.
    27 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Happy Birthday
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    ๐Ÿ“ Does anybody have any information about this steam engine?
    27 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi there this is a very basic steam engine using methylated spirit as a fuel (not ideal in a boat) in its present form it would not have any control on speed or fuel/water consumption so if your just looking for a model with just rudder control then go for it but be careful with the fuel.
    Spares are readily available here in the UK, I have just refurbished a traction steam engine with the same steam plant in it.
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    ๐Ÿ“ York Model Boat Club Regatta
    30 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    I wil post them when I can gather them in
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    ๐Ÿ“ York Model Boat Club Regatta
    1 month ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    What a fantastic turnout lots of boats sailing and a great display for "Best lakeside model" trophy the weather was perfect with light winds and sun all day.
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    ๐Ÿ“ York Model Boat Club Regatta
    1 month ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    We will be holding a regatta on Sunday 24th April
    The lake is situated in the countryside the address is -
    Laytham Park Lake, YO42 4PS
    The post code gets you near the lake but its a few hundred yards from this position depending which way you come along the road.
    Its a great day out starting at 11:00 until 4:00, all are welcome
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Deck Planking, Take 2.
    1 month ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Great work Steve,
    I'm not sure I would attempt this but I'm pleased you are so we can all see the results and maybe give us the confidence to have a go
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    ๐Ÿ“ Holding screws for hull gluing
    1 month ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    You should be using brass pins, these can be tapped home fully which will hold the ply in position and can be left in position, You should first fit the skin dry using the pins but not tapped fully home when satisfied with the fit you can then apply glue and tap the pins fully home. you can see the process on my Crash Tender @
    https://model-boats.com/blogs/37275

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1311&_nkw=brass+panel+pins&_sacat=0
    blogs/37275
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    1 month ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Stephen for all that you do in keeping us entertained
    A great site
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Making a Start, Deck Planking.
    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    "a glue + black artists acrylic + a filler all mixed together to simulate the caulking, this mix glues the planks together while filling gaps, and it remains slightly flexible even after a couple of years,"

    I cant wait to see what this glue is that your intending to use. you say it stays flexible for a couple of years what happens after that ? I assume this what the author of " Tree to Sea" says.
    Is this book you would recommend?
    Is there a chance of it leaking without a subdeck, and finally what are the plank sizes width x thickness?
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