Created by Mzee on 20/09/2013 17:29:42
POLICE LAUNCH In 2001 Hampshire Constabulary purchased three Mitchell 31 launches for police duties in and around the Solent. They were given a service ‘life’ of ten years and only this year, twelve years later, are they up for auction and to be replaced by state-of-the-art double hull boats and RIBs. These boats, although considered sluggish by the police who manned them, have all the looks of a great model subject. I have always liked the lines of the Angelo Lavranos designed NSRI Capt. Bell but wanted something with a little more ‘zip’ so I took the Capt Bell jelutong plug and planed down the bottom hull portion to give a constant deep “V” planning hull. This model is very loosely based on these Mitchell 31s and made to an approximate 1:15 scale – the Capt Bell hull is of a 13m boat while these police boats are only 9.5m so a fair amount of ‘juggling’ had to be done to make them ‘look right’!
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