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Member postings for Tony Hadley

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Thread: Vosper rttl
13/12/2019 19:44:27


I've just posted the original December 1958 magazine item on the Vic Smeed Vosper RTTL. It is in the thread 'Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs'. There really isn't a great lot of information about building the model, as was the case with many of these older designs.

Good luck with the build,


Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
13/12/2019 19:40:32

Vosper RTTL, plan number MM530 (still available from Sarik). Came as free plan with the Bumper Christmas edition of Model Maker magazine. Ripmax advertised fittings for the model on the magazine's back cover.

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13/12/2019 19:32:52

Hello Roy,

Apologies for the late reply, things have been hectic, which is no good for me as a youngster.

Dabchick was one of Vic's designs MM1024 and is still available from Sarik. At 24" it's a neat little design. It was interesting to read your post and I liked the mention of Bustler. This is one design I've always fancied having a go at this one. Never having built a bread and butter hull, the design offers a good beginners model to this type of construction.

Dabchick -


The original magazine article for Dabchick from August 1963 -


Thread: Philip Connolly
13/12/2019 09:07:01

Sorry to hear of the passing of another great modeller from the 'golden days' of the hobby. Phillip did some excellent designs and written work.

R.I.P. Philip

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Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
11/11/2019 10:26:06

Whilst looking on Modelboatmayhem's facebook group site, I noticed these two models built from Vic's designs on display at the International Model Boat Festival at Warwick 2019. Photographs by kind permission of Martin Davis.

Cervia MM567

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Pirana MM620

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More photographs from the show are on the Modelboatmayhem site -



Edited By Tony Hadley on 11/11/2019 10:27:28

18/10/2019 09:38:06

The Glynn Guest revision from the WH Smith Special Edition -

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18/10/2019 09:32:06

Moonmist, from originally from September 1960 and updated by Glynn Guest for the Commemorative issue Model Boats magazine.

Plan MM610 is not currently available from Sarik.

The original 1960 magazine item -

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17/10/2019 22:20:35

Hi Captain Haddock,

I've just had a read of the Moonmist Revisited item in the Model Boats magazine commemorative edition. The Glynn Guest revised Moonmist used a Mabuchi RE 385 motor powered by a 6 cell sub-C Ni-cad pack. The equivalent would be a 7.2v Nimh AA or Sub-C pack. Glynn's comments are - "In this case a top speed was about 2.7 ft/sec (0.8 m/s). Not exactly racing along but it produced a nice bow wave and looked just right for this sort of model".


Thread: First build MV Arran
15/10/2019 10:04:39


I've just added the original magazine item, from February 1956, on M.V. Arran in the thread 'Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs', should this be of any help.


Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
15/10/2019 10:00:56

Model Railway scale M.V. Arran from February 1956 Model Maker magazine.

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The plan is available from Sarik Hobbies, number MM415


06/10/2019 10:15:35


Attached is the information to build Sparker, should you decide to go ahead with the model. The plan was never added to the plans service, it came as a free plan in the August 1966 edition of Model Boats magazine.

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05/10/2019 19:34:25

Hi Matt,

Wishing you good luck with the sailing of Sparkler.

Is the second of your posts a photograph? If so you need to create an album. Colin has detailed it all in a thread.



27/09/2019 10:00:31

Vic also designed many aircraft models, his last was 'Gamine', it is featured in the 2019 R.C.M.E. Special Issue (due in the shops 27th September).


Thread: Second Model HMS Sherbourne?
18/09/2019 22:34:30

A build log of the model is in the 'Build Features' section of this site.


Thread: Question About V. Smeed's 'Starlet'
03/09/2019 16:18:58


Attached is the relevant page from the original build item, which may be of help.

Back in July, I received your message for a copy of this model's build booklet. I subsequently replied and said it would need to be emailed, as it is 19 pages long. I received quite a number of requests for this booklet and once consider asking admin (Colin Bishop) for advice as to where to post it on the site. Further thoughts were that the document is too dated and many of the build practices and material are no longer used.

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Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
29/07/2019 11:31:49

Vickers Vedette, came as a free plan in the Dec 1975 Model Boats.

Ray and HMS Cossack mass build team, thought the last paragraph may be of interest.

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Thread: Clyde Paddler
26/07/2019 19:03:42

Before selling my Glasgow paddle tug, I was considering changing it to an independent paddle drive, with a system similar to the one shown by John W.E. earlier in this thread. My thoughts were to control the motor drive with a mixer, such as the Action Electronics P94 from Component Shop.

The system is better described in the Hints, Tips and Technical section. Scroll down to the heading Motor Mixers.


If in any doubt with this, you could contact forum member Dave Milbourn (who wrote the article).

Thread: Miranda steam launch
26/07/2019 11:17:56


The August 1983 edition of Model Boats magazine, with part two of Miranda, is currently for sale on ebay.


Thread: Clyde Paddler
17/07/2019 10:27:09

Hi again John,

I found the relevant item about the paddle shaft in the book Lancashire Coast Pleasure Steamers (above).

As previous post, the vessel in concern is the Queen of the North built in 1985 by Lairds of Birkenhead and the text under one of the photographs reads -

"The Main Shaft of the Queen of the North was divided, and was connected by a sliding coupling. The paddle wheels could therefore be operated independently when required. Queen of the North also had two boilers places side by side and a noticeable feature was the twin steam pipes that are clearly visible in this photograph. The vessel was considered to be 'over engined' and it was difficult to maintain a speed of 19 knots over a long distance. Presumably, her lightness towards the bow cause some 'lifting' when driven hard'.


17/07/2019 08:45:14

Hi John,

I also noticed the Greyhound's paddle drive, i.e. one paddle revolving whilst the other is stationery/slowly reversing. I did read somewhere that her rival, the Laird built Queen of the North had independent paddle drive. Just wish I could remember where, will research and let you know. I also was under the impression that the paddle shaft couldn't be split.

Queen on the North, which isn't shown in the film wasn't a good looking vessel and not quite as fast as Greyhound, but she had her positive points and was very popular with the Central Pier customers. Research shows at the time, the passengers from the North Pier who sailed on Greyhound (and others) were from a higher social standing than the passengers on the Queen of the North (Bickerstaff and others) from the Central Pier (Riff Raff). There was a huge social divide at the time. Queen of the North was used a minesweeper in WW1 and was lost. The crews who manned her during the war were surprised by how powerful she was.


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