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Vic Smeeds Plans

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John Raine04/11/2013 16:39:09
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Waiting for plans for Vic Smeeds - "Scudder".

Has any body built or seen any pic's of the above?


Tony Hadley05/11/2013 10:18:38
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Found this in an old plans handbook which is not the best by modern standards, but good luck with the search. Original item was one of (the four) of Vic's airscrew designs which were featured in Model Maker magazine Dec 1953 & Jan 1954.

It would be interesting to see photographs of your build.

scudder (1).jpg


John Raine10/11/2013 11:20:09
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Plans have arrived.

Studding plans and deciding if this could be built in plastic sheet or a bit of both. Twin pontoons could be easily be made in plastic with hull balsa construction.
Any comments would welcome.
Balsa & ply on order + I have plastic sheeting If I decide to go that way.

This project would obviously lend itself to using a Brushless Motor, which is new to me so any advice on size etc. again will be welcome.
Also note this is my first Hydroplane, but I like unusual project and this very early design caught my eye having never seen anything like this before.

Picture of build will be forth coming in the near future..

Telstar14/11/2013 16:27:44
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"This project would obviously lend itself to using a Brushless Motor, which is new to me so any advice on size etc. again will be welcome."

Hi John The plans say up to 3.5cc ic, thats 0.2 cu in or a 20 size motor in todays parlance. Looking on a model aircraft site **LINK** they say 0.2 i/c is about 300watt electric equivalent.

So up to 300w motor is a starting place. Also remember the original was not designed to carry "heavy" batteries

Hope this helps cheers Tom

Edited By Telstar on 14/11/2013 16:28:49

John Raine15/11/2013 21:18:42
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Thanks for information Tom a great help.

Pics of progress.

Tracing / copying pontoon profiles

Tracing Profile.jpg

Cutting out


Start of pontoons.Start assy.jpg

Steamed / bend ply to fit front end pontoons


My method of assembly..


Starting to take shape

assy potoons.jpg

Next the hull the Hull Assy.. more to come.

John Raine22/11/2013 10:27:05
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More progress..










As shown I am using plastic as well as plywood strip and balsa.

Any comments / questions please ask.

ashley needham23/11/2013 19:12:42
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John. Comments; looks good. What a lovely vintage build! A dark matt blue I fancy would look particularly vintage.

Brushless motors !!! yer on yer own there.

A call to a model aircraft shop may be warranted.

I see the large lumps or balsa at the back. I am think more like a bulkhead to secure the rear moto mount of a brushless and Blue styrofoam outer for the shape? Styrofoam is easy to shape and very light. An outrunner brushless motor needs a rear (of engine) mount.. It may be an idea to purchase your chosen motor before continuing the build around the motor area....

If I was building this, a test would be warranted before any more sculpting took place.. Finish the hull and then get it running properly before finishing the top part.


Telstar25/11/2013 16:27:26
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Hi John Build is looking good. I was browsing on the internet, came upon this e-bay listing,**LINK** Some of the comments and specs on this item could be food for thought .

cheers Tom

John Raine25/11/2013 18:00:12
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I am awaiting this from amazon price at £16 (Free post) when I ordered.


Newbie to brushless motors, so its suck it and see if it OK

ashley needham26/11/2013 07:59:52
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John. looks good and I think that this would be great in ana nice vintage matt blue colour.

The large lump of balsa at the rear is probably unwarranted nowadays see my earlier post.

Tom. That link is exactly the sort of thing a newbie needs, a package all matched up.


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