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Member postings for Tony Hadley

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Thread: Duplex 575
03/06/2020 13:07:41

There was a good photograph of a 575 on the cover of Vic Smeed's 1979 book Model Ships. I like the Model Boats decal (or sticker) on this yacht.

Never had a 575, but really enjoyed my two 590 class models. The first, back in 1991 was the basic 590 and the second, which I had in 1996 was the 590s. They were a pleasure to sail. Wonder what ever happened to them.

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Thread: Midwest fantail steam launch
30/05/2020 08:06:20


Just had a look at the Midwest Fantail and it was 19" long. Vic Smeed's River Princess is a 24" long open steam launch. The plan gives construction details for a clinker built hull using thin plywood (or other). The plan was presented as a free plan in the April 1989 edition of Model Boats magazine and never made commercially available. The model is a smaller, modified version of the 35" River Queen which is available from Sarik.

If this design would be of interest, message your email and I will send the magazine article and plans. Admittedly there is more work involved than the Fantail, but a lovely little model could be achieved.


Thread: August 1989 issue with free plans Santa Ana stern wheeler
03/02/2020 22:31:05

Came across these two photographs.

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Thread: Vane Steering for Model Yachts
23/12/2019 21:01:25

Hi Dave,

I can remember starting a thread on vane sailing some time ago in the Sailing Models section of the site. Attached below is a link. Under the thread 'Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs' #23 there is a plan for the 25" MM class models Waterbaby and Sea Urchin. The plans show details of making a vane for smaller yachts.

In the Vane Sailing thread the moving carriage vane gear is mentioned, these are a superb piece of engineering, but only suitable for larger yachts e.g. "A" class due to their weight.




Thread: January 2020 issue: Test Bench Revell PT Boat
23/12/2019 16:43:06

Hi Ray,

I also like to give some model building time to plastics. I don't have a stash (for loft insulation), but like to buy to build with a couple of exceptions. The cargo liner Benledi is in storage, an old Revell kit, which dates from when Revell had a manufacturing plant in Great Britain. Not sure whether I will build or not, the old saying "when in doubt, do nowt" seems to apply.

My current plastics build is Revell's 1:90 'Nina' from the 1990s when Revell were in Illinois USA.

Pleased the new editor, Martyn has found space in the magazine for these (plastic) models.

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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 -


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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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