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Member postings for Tony Hadley

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Thread: Guardsman by Vic Smeed
05/02/2013 14:14:40


Your Guardsman looks excellent. Looking forward to seeing the sailing photographs soon.

What drive are you using? rerop/motor/batteries etc.


03/02/2013 08:32:54

Hi Bob,

You are quite right, one of the bulkheads is slightly out of square and a (couple of) temporary aligning piece(s) at the top would allow this to be corrected. It would add stability as well. Thanks for the help and advice.

This hull is going to need a lot of sanding to shape.


02/02/2013 20:19:00

Started to plank the central part of the hull at the bottom. Due to the radius of the bulkheads 1/8" planks are being used. As planking progresses 1/4" or 3/8"planks can be used. Time now to start to taper the planks at the ends.

guardsman (11).jpg


Thread: Larry`s project
19/01/2013 19:55:38

Hi Larry,

Your model is progressing nicely and looks like it will be on the water soon - well done.

Thanks for posting the photograph of the real vessel.


Thread: Some of My Steam & Motor Ship Models
10/01/2013 19:32:59


They are all stunning models, or should I say works of art. My favourite one I can't seem to find in your album - Glenmoor.


Thread: Loss of Practical Skills
31/12/2012 14:46:51

The ideas posted on this thread are all to enter a beginner to model making by omiting the first stage ---- plastics, Airfix, Revell etc. Most model builders started by building these kits and then progressing to balsa etc. Very few tools needed to start and an acceptable model is built in a relatively short time. Plastics never feature in the magazine (other than Dave Abbott's superb plastic magic conversions), there is no slot for them on the forum, other than with statics like Bob Wilson's fabulous miniatures. Even the specialist magazines (like Airfix) are more geared to a 'top notch' builder illustrating a conversion (mainly aircraft), rather than advising a beginner.

Just my thoughts, Tony.


Edited By Tony Hadley on 31/12/2012 14:51:36

Thread: Guardsman by Vic Smeed
30/12/2012 13:37:17

Bob, a temporary top keel is an excellent idea until planking is complete - thanks. Slow progress and likely to get slower, it will soon be time time to start using model making time to carry out maintenance to existing craft, prior to the spring time when a visit to the lake will be possible. Really enjoying building this one though, so much that I was looking at Vic Smeeds Pilot II, after reading one of the Model Boats specials.

Larry, I plan to plank it in balsa, as it will be covered in card to replicate plating. Yours is progressing nicely, you should be on the water long before me.


30/12/2012 11:14:04

guardsman (8).jpg

Bread and Butter bow and stern now complete, bulkheads glued in place. Hull now ready for planking,


Thread: Project Glasgow
29/12/2012 17:38:22

Had a look Bob, most impressive, remember watching the model on TV. Was the programme Coast?


29/12/2012 15:47:32

glasgow steam 4.jpg


Bob, don't forget a model will never replicate a full sized paddlers wash, don't know the maths behind it.

The wash from the Glasgow as against the much smaller paddler, which is a modified SHG Lady Janet.


Thread: Late Richard Webbs plan for a Paddle Steamer
23/12/2012 20:31:49

I also had this problem and finished up selling the book.

However PS Prunella MM 1233 from myhobbystore could be easily modified to suit the building methods Richard uses. Prunella has similar dimensions but the Mamod steam plant would need replacing with a modern electric installation. Further detailing could be added as to what standard of model is required.

pm sent.


18/12/2012 14:32:11

Seasons Greetings.


Thread: Carol Moran
18/12/2012 14:30:20

I like the style of the American Tugs, chunky superstructure and heavier hull belting/bumper.

Most impressive, well done.


Thread: Project Glasgow
17/12/2012 19:22:06

Thanks Bob,

It will come in for future use plating the hull of Guardsman. Excellent quality, value and as usual it is always best to buy when available.


16/12/2012 19:18:56

Looking really good now Bob, I like the crew member in the wheelhouse.


Thread: Jenny
15/12/2012 20:06:31

Hi Rod,

Douglas McGhee's item indicates the model is a replica of a 1930's pond yacht which the 'better off' would be able to buy from the Clyde Model Dockyard or Bassett Lowke. Thus I interpreted that the model is a model of a model rather than a model of full sized craft and decided that the 1930's model would have had a printed deck, as against an individually planked deck. A deck of individual planks would further enhance the model but I would question as to whether the 1930's type of model would be indivdually planked. Perhaps someone could comment further.

Sorry I couldn't remember how much lead for the keel, I do remember taking the keel to a divers supplies shop who poured the in lead shot. It was the weighed and sold to me. I followed Mr Mc Ghee's advice and mixed it with paint.

Found a further photograph of the deck in archives.

jenny rc 1a.jpg

Both yourself and Larry have inspired me with this model, to get it out of its wraps and give it a sail when the weather gets a bit warmer.

Any photographs of your progress yet?


Thread: Project Glasgow
13/12/2012 08:24:30

Any further progress, Bob?

Ashtons of Salford - remember them well, suppliers of pipe fittings, valves etc.


Edited By Tony Hadley on 13/12/2012 08:24:51

Thread: Jenny
11/12/2012 08:37:31

Hi Larry,

You are really testing my grey matter, trying to remember from all those years ago. Here is a photograph I found in archives of the deck lining. From what I can remember, it was a trial and error design on a scrap piece of card first, then drawn in pencil on the deck and finally inked over before a coat of varnish. Photograph also shows my interpretation of the removable sail arm.

jenny sail arm.jpg

Hope this helps, Tony

Thread: Sovereign of the Seas
10/12/2012 14:36:36


Apologies for not keeping up with this thread, for a weekly magazine build, it is excellent. Is it more building work than expected?


Thread: Guardsman by Vic Smeed
10/12/2012 14:32:49

Bob, I think you might like this built at Southampton University - the future of our hobby?



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