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    Italian "Pronto Intervento"
    This little boat was found under a pile of junk in an old cluttered bicycle shop which sold toys on the side. Was looking for a part for my sons cycle in the early 80's when it was found. One of the two relatively ancient (mid 80's) brothers who owned the place said they had had it for years and would sell it for R5. It was made in Italy of polystyrene as a kids toy - obviously there was a motorised version at one time and it had a rubber prop on a fixed shaft plus the top lifted off with three screws. It was quickly converted using a small (180flat) motor, small Graupner rudder, Billings 2mm shaft with the rubber prop and oiler tube, 4 AA batteries and 27mhz Futaba RC for a motorcycle . It was used for years at the Johannesburg MBC as a have a go boat for kids. Very slow so quite safe with them . Fast forward 20 years whilst living in the UK - strip it down - Speed 300 motor running on 6 x 2/3AA Nimh cells through the same RC setup. Now frighteningly fast for its small size (+-13") it leaps up on the plane almost instantly and has to be run in very smooth water (picture taken in its old mode). The few kids at the club water in the New Forest all want to have a go - sadly have to decline as its much too much for them to handle........ Its name on the stern is Guesta Festa which is Italian slang for Party Pooper (from a friend) - as its a model of an Italian 'Customs Interception Launch'............
    Despatch No 9
    This is a Lindberg Diesel Tug - originally from Pyro - built in the early 1980's . A little modified from original - brass railings - cabin roof altered - external piping on funnel - winch from lighter flint wheel etc lifts off for shaft oiler - cover plate lifts off for rudder access etc. Its very seaworthy - being able to run in what could be termed hurricane weather at scale size. Very watertight . Runs on 5 cell AA Nicads for over an hour. Motor is a 7 pole out of a early PC printer. Tam-tech 27mhz RC - uses the original kit prop - reinforced with paper washing up type towel. (Once ran it in our flooded back garden in Southbourne as it only requires a couple of inches of water). Overpowered - as tugs should be - runs at hull speed limit but can push/pull boats many times its own size..........
    Model Products - Patrol Boat
    Built from a Rhodesian kit - kit produced for Model Products by a friend Mervyn Ward in Salisbury. Made from 'mugongo' a very light weight pale yellow somewhat dry dusty wood - meant as a replacement for balsa because of sanctions (looks like Jelutong but very much lighter in weight) Uses a 480 type Overland BB motor and a Graupner P30 prop with 4mm commercial propshaft. Much modified over the years - built in the 80's . Has sailed in France (Normandy,Brittany) UK (New Forest , Beale Park and a few other places)and many waters in SA. Currently under repair . Hull etc cribbed from Les Rowells Aerokits Patrol Boat but slightly different superstructure which lifts off entirely
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    This is my latest acquisition - unfortunately just started its journey and got as far as my sister near Southampton. Still many miles to go before it gets home. When that occurs will be doing a refurbishment.......... As a blog no doubt
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    Bought from Maplins on a Christmas sale for a tenner including a reasonable 2 ch 27mhz radio (it sticks to one frequency) - cost was actually less than a spare set of batteries. Probably the fastest boat I have owned and probably the fastest at my old club. It has a strange underwater section - U shaped with deep triangular sections enclosing the U and a flexible 28mm 2 blade propeller - nick named Darth Vader by our newsletter/site editor the name stuck.
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    I have heard of the Headless Horseman JB - but the Headless Starkers Lady??????????????

    Not far to go now - looking good - when are the sea trials?
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    I think the meaning was with all due respect etc - but.............. Not actually sorry Rick

    JB was just being polite. Unlike some .
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    "One of the main problems that still continues are a couple of very loose cannons who seem to say what they want even though some of their comments are deeply personal and offensive. This has to be stopped. This, as I understand it, is the cause of all of the problems in the first place and the efforts of the moderators to try to stop it. It is a shame when one of the moderators was the main problem." quote from Mould Builder

    Unfortunately when the person in question continues to believe he is not the culprit and continues blithely posting things will not come right on the site - especially postings from someone who seems not to have built anything for many years and mainly offers advice......... A lot of that from other Googled sources and not his own records or experience unlike some of us.............
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    Could they have been called fenders ? Don't appear to have any period ship experts as members.
    Whatever the name as you say they look good - coming along well
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    And to think I used to believe Motor Bikes were dangerous - would have to know the river well to do that..........
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    And this would probably be an easier boat to build..................
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    This is probably a sign most of us should have
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Sshh Martin - you can use plastic curtain rings etc for lifebelts - depending on the scale - and here we are trying to wean you off the stuff............

    Sensible thing to do - but don't forget the ropes ..............
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    Hi Martin

    One of the good things about growing old is you no longer care about what people say regarding what you look like or any gossip either.

    Hope your Pa in Law was sensible enough to continue using them - hard to work when you are cold - the coldest winter for years here - 15c at my desk at midday ! and its raining..........
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Welcome to reality - last we heard about 3% of the population here is vaccinated. Started with care workers then 70+ - now asking 60s to register - Some 70+ have not yet received their shots.

    The rest of Africa is probably worse as the poorer countries cant afford the vaccines - even SA which is better off is finding it difficult to obtain them. Unlike Europe and the US

    Be grateful most of you live in the First World
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Yes JB - think that's the stuff - name rings a bell.

    Hate to think how much "Armstrong" you used on those two boats !
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Should we call you Chicken Man JB - you could always tell them you like to keep your legs warm..................

    Seriously we had a Minister of Defence that told the Troopies just that ! Ideal for cold nights..........
    You can imagine how that went down...............
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    House prices are in the millions usually JB except for some places you would not like to be - enormous squatter camps in most places - one of which in Capetown stretches for miles along the main road past the airport - and that's not the only the one there - many others - even this small town has a fairly large one.
    Vehicles are a minimum of around 200k - pension is a joke - but so much funding has disappeared its not really surprising. Since the recent troubles Emigration Agencies report a rise in applications of 150% .............

    Exchange rate is 10.12 so that equates to R 1113.20 - not much better than us !

    Governments everywhere will never change - think the people are their servants - not the other way around as it should be. One only has to read George Orwells Animal Farm to realise that................
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    Need to add the picture again it seems - the steamboat pictured is a version of Vic Smeeds River Queen - clinker built of real Asian Teak - for some reason he is reluctant to pass it on to me .......
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    When my steam enthusiast friend built his 22ft Bartender he used epoxy resin over that weight glass - but he also used some film which you wrap the hull in - reduces sanding to a minimum - which he needed as except for turning it over worked entirely on his own. Can you imagine the effort on a 22ft hull if it was all hard sanding............

    This was my beach buggy incidentally - and his boat - his models are usually large too
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Seem to have a similar problem Martin - checked on the price of a Revell 1/144 HMCS Snowberry - local minimum is R 1350 and up to R13,000 - which is absolutely ridiculous - In UK most are around 32quid or the exchange equivalent of R608 - and a lot found at 29quid or R551.....

    Govt monthly pension here is R1800 - so work that one out.............
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Sorry to hear about that Martin - hate it when people renege - but unfortunately some do.

    However you have made such a great job of it so far - you can certainly make changes & additions at this stage - including sound systems, lights and other operating features.

    JB will almost certainly chip in with suggestions for other stuff as well !
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Its only being sensible Stephen - the bug is still out there - sister in the UK is still using a mask as are most of her friends. Most youngsters recover quickly from it - its the oldies that are much more at risk - as most of us boat modellers seem to be.

    She has had the two doses - which should not really be called a vaccine as you can still get Covid - it only reduces the severity of it. True vaccines prevent the disease altogether as with Polio & Smallpox. Problem is with viruses is that they mutate so fast - much faster than any vaccine can be developed and tested - as can be seen by the fact there is already a delta variant here in SA making 4 altogether that we know of so far. Fortunately the Medical Council has passed a drug usually used for animal parasites which whilst not being a cure alleviates a lot of the symptoms - including breathing problems. Helped in a lot of cases - several elderly friends have greatly benefited from it.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Well done again Martin - you get better & better at this wood bit..........

    You definitely will find it hard to part with this one ..........
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Colin that's a marvellous old boat you have there - and its still around after over a Century. Don't think many modern plastic wonders will be.

    Amazing what people used to make models from when you think of all our modern glues etc - which we all seem to take for granted. Even when I was a youngster Dad still used the glue you melted with hot water in a special double pot for his woodwork - smelled awful - probably made from some kind of fish..........

    Many years ago read about a club that moulded have-a-go boat hulls for youngsters from newspaper & house paint - wonder what the builder of your boat used?

    A wonderful collection you have altogether. Looking forward to seeing the details of the rest of the boats - and how you aquired them.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Why such heavy cloth JB ? - you could probably jump up & down on the boat now without damage to the hull !!
    The only one I ever use is .8oz like the aircraft guys - more than strong enough - though its difficult to find here now as most full size boat builders use chopped strand mat - same goes for car body builders and the guys who make GF roofing. Not many aircraft kits built these days as most go for ARTR kits at much the same price........... So a lot of Hobby Shops are sitting with old stock.

    Get a lot of kit cars here - either Jeep types using Toyota 4wd bakkie components (Ute's in the land of Oz) or exotics like the AC Cobra's using Yank V8 motors & Jaguar rear ends / front suspension. Beach buggies died out mostly as there are no more Beetles to scavenge - only the old ones refurbished...........No longer cheap either.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Glad to hear it Colin - good luck with finding a boat . Look forward to hearing of your exploits in it.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    The speed makes the old 206 look like a real plodder JB - seem to remember it only did around 120knots max cruising speed - but the underslung bin was big enough to take lots of parts for Combine Harvesters (augers looked like long skinny crankshafts ) & other agricultural machines. Ideal for the country's John Deere agents..........

    Bonanza was much faster of course - but my mothers cousin was killed in an accident in his near our small town when flying for the Police Reserve, the sole survivor of three said he had slammed the throttle so the engine died - bad fault on those particular engines.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Friend in UK had to move his yacht to the Med because of astronomical mooring fees - not sure where exactly but sure it was not the South of France...............

    Never owned another boat after leaving the country I grew up in - for the same reason as Colin. Fortunate to have had the use of other peoples though - and when taking a sabbatical year after the kids finished varsity etc spent virtually every day at sea either in my friends tripper boat or in the little Cape Cutter belonging to someone from UCT. Sadly my friend of 65 years standing passed away earlier this year when working on a boat he & I were to use to go fishing here. Unfortunately cant do that on my own so no more full size boats.

    Apologies for hijacking your thread Colin.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Great model your Dad built Colin - and the memories it brings back must be priceless.

    Don't know where the yachts Dad built ended up - they moved when I was in the UK in the late 60's and a lot of stuff disappeared then. One was made from a hollowed out large lump of Meranti - more like a barge yacht but Bermuda rigged - sailed very well. We built a lot of full size dinghy's on the front verandah - Sister in the UK has all Dads photos so none available here
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    That's a ridiculous price for parking - suppose Woodbridge is not too bad.

    Fortunately for SRCMBC in the New Forest there are no parking charges . Still an honorary member although I'm far away.

    The way things are going we will be charged breathing tax next.............
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Very neat job JB - looking good
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    They made one mistake JB - should have taken a leaf out of the French farmers book - they brought Paris to a standstill and totally surrounded the House of Parliament - stayed there until the bill they disliked was withdrawn - thousands of tractors totally blocked streets . So if the EU issues a directive and the farmers don't like it - its ignored.

    Quite right in my view - some of the things that the bureaucrats in Brussels come up with are ridiculous - like destroying a lot of the old fishing boats in the UK - should have been classified as a criminal act.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    What motor does it have JB ? A lot of the kit built ones here seem to use either Rotax or BMW bike motors . Had one kit build at a hobby show a few years ago which was finally completed there. Young fella I knew was building one - got married and had to build a garage next to his house as the new bride complained about an aircraft in "her" lounge (sitting room ?). Not sure if they stayed married...............

    Have not heard of any with the new 4 cylinder BMW motor - but expect someone will try it.

    English registration is G I believe and Rhodesia was VP - SA of course is ZS . We had a V tail Beech Bonanza sharing a hangar with our company Cessna 206 - both had the same registration YFL but the Bonanza was ZS registered. Led to some confusion when we were both airborne at the same time - as you know pilots are inherently lazy with speech and only use the last three letters - Air Traffic Control used to get huffy as they did not know if we were coming or going..........
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Should imagine buildings are better - its difficult to find slab sided objects to make. Curves are a problem as other than my boats we use 3 & 6mm MDF, perspex, and various types of 22mm good timber to make our sales bits. Liteply, Balsa & Birch Ply etc is reserved for the boats as its relatively expensive. Make some labels out of Rowmark which is very useful - usually gold or silver with black engraving. Our real problem is marketing for the toys etc - not much demand for it here - could send you a couple of designs on dxf files for 3mm MDF if you wanted for a bit of fun including the Siege Catapult.

    Im a couple of years younger - also have a good eye - cant stand rivet counters and what really gets my goat is "True Scale Colours" - which are definitely not as they fail to allow for scale distance...............

    We clearly both achieve the same thing re the kerf using different approaches. For instance when inserting a window for a boat I always scale up from the cutout to give a precise fit.
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