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    πŸ“ Guardsman
    5 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Guardsman is cracking little Vic Smeed design from the past.
    The only difficulty I had with the balsa hull was the rudder linkage, just hadn't cut enough balsa out of the stern block before fixing the deck on. All ok after the third attempt. Obviously this problem won't happen with a moulded hull.
    Wishing you every success with the build,
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    πŸ“ Vic Smead or Smeed?
    6 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    From the States, Vic had a couple of his designs featured in American model aircraft magazines, Sunga Marutham (a patrol boat from Ceylon) was in the July 1957 Flying Models and Hydro-bat an airscrew hydro was in Grid Leaks July/August 1957.

    From his range of plans which we would be more familiar with, his American tug and St Louis Belle are readily available.

    American tug plan is a slightly smaller version of the old Sterling Models kit from the past, whether he designed the Sterling Models tug or used the design to produce the smaller plan, I guess we will never know.

    St Louis Belle is highly detailed sternwheeler, not of any particular vessel, but would certainly build into a superb model.
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    πŸ“ Vic Smead or Smeed?
    6 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Found this about the sale of ST Cervia.

    Tony
    https://prestonservices.co.uk/item/steam-tug-cervia/
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    πŸ“ Vic Smead or Smeed?
    6 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Scout13, a double sized Guardsman sounds good, I remember reading about a large size steam powered one in the September 2004 Model Boats magazine, don't think it was double size though. Guess you might have seen the photograph of the full sized cutter which Vic loosely based the design on, HM Revenue and Customs 'Enterprise'. Couldn't find out anything further about this vessel, other than the photograph attached.

    John, your Cervia looks superb. Got wondering whatever became of the full sized tug. The last I heard, she was in poor condition in Ramsgate, the hull was leaking badly and sandbags had been used to minimise the leakage. Afterwards the vessel was listed for sale.
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    πŸ“ Vic Smead or Smeed?
    6 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Some really good designs from the pen of Vic. I love his little 1982, Guardsman design and one of my current builds is his small paddler, Royal Falcon. Guardsman is a good on the water, plenty of power, no stability issues and easy to transport. Hope it's been ok in the cold shed this winter.
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    πŸ“ New project "Patria Paddle Steamer"
    6 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Here is the link to the Pocketmags copy available from Magazine Exchange.

    Tony
    http://magazineexchange.co.uk/cw/model-boats-magazine-march-2020-issue.html
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    πŸ“ New project "Patria Paddle Steamer"
    6 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Andrew, the second part of Patria wasn't included in the January 2020 edition of Model Boats, for whatever reason it was in the March 2020 edition.
    If you are ok with a digital edition, pocketmags have it listed. It is also listed by The Magazine Exchange.
    https://pocketmags.com/model-boats-magazine/mar-20
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    πŸ“ R.N.Dark Class
    6 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Thanks Rowen,
    My hull is buried deep in the shed somewhere. It's been embarrassing how slow this one has been. The model was built to a level where I could give it a test run with a couple of 540 motors back in the 1990s. It just got shelved and damaged as other projects took higher priority, which was a great shame.
    A club member built one some years ago and although his wasn't a detailed model, it looked very impressive on the water. These are the last photographs of the hull taken back in 2015.
    I am considering replacing the two motors for brushless and the exposed prop shafts now have a thrust collar where they exit the hull.
    As previous, I wish I could get back on with the build, just too many other things going on.
    ATB, Tony
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    πŸ“ R.N.Dark Class
    6 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Looking at the Coastal Forces Veterans site, the last one P1120 Dark Scout was the only one with an all aluminium hull. The photographs in the link show her with the feature fitted.
    Another site worth looking at is the British Military Powerboat Team.
    Wishing you every success with the build as this should build into a good model. I have a GRP hull in the shed and hope to re-start building some time in the future.
    http://cfv.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=215
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    πŸ“ New radio- strange behaviour.
    10 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Ian, I have heard of a similar problem which one of our club members once suffered. When the motor was running off load all was ok, however when the motor had was under-load and in the middle of the lake it produced interference to the radio.
    The club member's model it occurred with was a three motor Titanic and it was just one of the three motors which caused the interference. It took some finding as it only happened when the motor was at at a certain operating temperature. It was only solved with the help of an electronics technician who put monitoring equipment in the model.
    What's different is that your friends model is on 2.4ghz, when it happened at our club it was in the days of 27mhz and things have moved on.
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    πŸ“ Wingsails
    11 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    The accompanying magazine article for Wing Ray wasn't featured in a model boat magazine. It was published in model aircraft magazine RCM&E, August 1980. The plan number as you know is MM1311, simple balsa and ply construction. Should be a good model if anyone decides to build.
    http://magazineexchange.co.uk/cw/rcm-e-magazine-august-1980-issue.html
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    πŸ“ The Way to Produce Authentic WW2 paintwork on your model.
    12 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Oh no - the mention of distemper! Had a terrible job removing it from the bedroom ceilings in our house. Soaking with warm water time after time. Some have sealed it rather than remove, but it's just as difficult so might as well put on a disposable overall and remove. The bedroom ceilings are coved which made the job even more difficult.
    If anyone still wishes to use distemper, it is available from specialist paint supplier Lakeland Paints and probably others.
    https://www.lakelandpaints.co.uk/wall-paint/distemper/distemper/
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    πŸ“ Paddle Steamer Waverley
    12 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Youtube clip of the Waverley steaming down the Clyde yesterday (13/08/2020) after her Β£2M+ re-fit.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=Wxy-ScUv6NQ&fbclid=IwAR1Tyq4D94GuIK59mFUsZPg_GPMWdDC-dnk855iBo86o1f1jXsUXhvk-ruc&app=desktop
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    πŸ“ Mayflower II Restoration
    12 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    A superb restoration of the sailing ship, Mayflower II has just been completed, the cost was over 11 million USD and took over three years.

    Originally Mayflower II was built in Brixham, Devon, England in 1955 and gifted to the Americans by the British in 1957.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8615149/Mayflower-II-sails-Plymouth-Massachusetts-restoration.html
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steam Yacht Minnow
    12 months ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Thanks Ian, it was also good to see the impressive tug in the other video.
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    πŸ“ Starlet yacht.
    1 year ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Daniel,
    If you would like the rest of the magazine items about Starlet, they were also published in a booklet Simple Model Yachts. Send your email in a message should they be of any value. The problem with many of these old magazine articles are that finishing materials, adhesives, electrics and r/c have all moved on. Nevertheless there could be something of value.
    I wish you every success with the build
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Magazine
    1 year ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Cash, I used to subscribe to the magazine, Ships in Scale by Seaways, from your side of the pond. This was always a good magazine and I've just noticed they are now available on disc (or flash drive) from the Nautical Research Guild.

    The NRG are offering a free digital read of their Spring 2020 magazine. The NRG magazine is 'high end' model making and looks to be similar to the now out of print quarterly Model Shipwright magazine. There is a lot of good model making in the magazine with an interesting item for military historians about the Canadian Flower Class corvettes.

    https://thenrg.org/
    https://thenrg.org/
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Magazine
    1 year ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    There is now a news article on the Model Boats magazine about the return date.

    https://www.modelboats.co.uk/news/article/model-boats-return...
    https://www.modelboats.co.uk/news/article/model-boats-returns/27296
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    πŸ“ Nostalgia
    1 year ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Ian, I had a look at the ebay listing of 'Sirius Star', a design by Max Coote.
    The accompanying magazine article was in June 1954 Model Maker. It included one of those small plans which back then were only suitable to build a miniature. Nowadays with modern copying facilities they can be enlarged. I will email the magazine item over later.
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    πŸ“ Model vertical boiler
    1 year ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Back in 2016, Model Boats magazine's Winter Special edition featured an item about building Vic Smeed's River Queen open steam launch design, using a dummy horizontal boiler and mock steam engine. Incorporated into the model was a smoke/steam generator. The clinker hull was GRP.

    https://pocketmags.com/model-boats-magazine/winter-special-1...
    https://pocketmags.com/model-boats-magazine/winter-special-16
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    πŸ“ R.M.S.Olympic 1911
    1 year ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    During an r/c build, which can take years, I like to "throw in" an occasional plastic kit. One of these was Revell's 1:700 RMS Olympic (now no longer available).
    Whilst building the kit, I read Mark Chirnside's book about the ship and what a fascinating history she had.
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    πŸ“ Starlet yacht.
    1 year ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Ian,
    If you can't locate a suitable outboard, it shouldn't be too difficult to make one. Attached is an old W.P. Holland design from 1957. Would need some modernising and no doubt there will be others designs.
    Wonder what happened to W.P. Holland (Peter Holland). He was mainly an aero modeller who also designed wacky robots and a few boats.
    Is Starlet on your website? couldn't see it, did it go under another name?

    Colin, wishing you every success with the smaller 'Star Baby'.
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    πŸ“ SY Minnow water test
    1 year ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Ian,

    The model looks absolutely delightful both on the water and on display - well done. It is a lovely example of your modification to a Vic Smeed designed hull.

    Reading about the full sized SY Greta, in one of the Model Boats magazine specials, these were designed for the "well to do" in society.
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    πŸ“ Lesro Sprite
    1 year ago by tony29h ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Russell,
    The Sprite Mk II, in kit form, is available from Lesro Models, currently at Β£55

    http://lesromodels.co.uk/product/lesro-models-sprite-mk-ii-b...
    http://lesromodels.co.uk/product/lesro-models-sprite-mk-ii-boat/
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