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Member postings for Tony Hadley

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Thread: Brave borderer scratch build
13/11/2018 22:14:16


I've scanned and attached the magazine item which accompanied the plan (MM609) from September 1960 Model Maker magazine. There are a few basic notes on building in the second page, obviously things have moved on since this article. To enlarge, click on the photograph and then enlarge.

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There is information on the full sized craft at the British Military Powerboat site -


Thread: Ryde Paddle Steamer
13/11/2018 11:38:53

To add further to Colin and Ashley's post, a restoration of this vessel would need more than a lottery win. Two other paddlers, Medway Queen and Maid of the Loch are still not ready despite investment. The Medway Queen had a new hull but still needs massive investment.

The currently in-service Waverley had a paddle wheel and shaft problem back in 2008. I read an article about the repairs needed - they needed specialist machining facilities to one of the paddle wheels and after a series of phone calls it looked like they were going to have to loose a lot of sailing time to send the wheel to Poland for machining. It would require six weeks to complete the paperwork first. Luckily a company in Manchester was located, who make tunnel boring machines and they were able to carry out the work.

To undertake a project such as this, it has been mentioned many times about the skills not being there, but lets not forget this is a heavily de-industrialised country and would probably involve parts being made abroad e.g. the famous steam locomotive Tornado had the boiler made in Germany.

Waverley paddle wheel repair can be seen in the link -


Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
20/10/2018 20:04:05

Photographs of a stunning Starbaby by Paul (Mr Zippy on Modelboatmayhem). One of his club members built the lovely gaff rigged Starlet.

Starbaby (MAR3295) and the larger Starlet (MM1048) are available from Sarik. Starbaby also has a laser cut woodpack.

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Thread: Model Boats November 2018
04/10/2018 19:50:53


Your Sun Tug plan and model look good.

Knew I had seen a model of Sun XXI before, one appeared on the front cover of Model Boats and Cars Plans Handbook 1978/79. The description reads "Sun XXI built by Alan Waller which won the premier Model Engineer Exhibition award, the Duke of Edinburgh Trophy in 1974. Model features opening doors, sliding hatches and a crew. A similar model can be built from plan MM899. Photographed by Ron Moulton at Welwyn Garden City during Naviga Championships." Plan MM899 is Philip Connolly's 35" (890mm) design.

I've also posted an article from November 1960 Model Maker by Arthur Pollard about the Sun Tugs.

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Edited By Colin Bishop on 21/10/2018 11:31:14

Thread: Back Copies of Model Boats
12/09/2018 22:06:21


The magazine articles covering the build of Starlet were also published in the 1970 A5 MAP book, Simple Model Yachts. I have the book scanned if you are interested in a copy.

If so, send your email in a personal message. It will be over a number of emails as it is a 19 page item.


Thread: Brutus
08/09/2018 20:06:47

Interesting item to read and some good photographs to support the plan. Well done Paul and Bob.


Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
01/09/2018 07:53:20

Noticed the British Railways ferry, MV Arran (MM415), is back in in Sarik's plans. The accompanying magazine article was from Model Maker magazine, February 1956. Interesting to see the plan is model railway scale, 4mm (00).

Colin's model is on #10 of this thread.

Sarik's plan - **LINK**

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Edited By Tony Hadley on 01/09/2018 07:54:26

Thread: R2 Whalecatcher
29/08/2018 11:35:22

Here is the article Trevor.
(To enlarge click on the photo, when it opens click again.)

Wishing you every success with the build.

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Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
07/08/2018 12:39:37


Haven't found an article to accompany plan V110 to date. I think the plans with the prefix V were drawn at the time Vic was working freelance. The magazine items from the range which I have found are V112 Cormorant (April 1989 Model Boats) and V104 Tiddler (March/April 1989 Radio Control Boat Modeller). Martin Davis of Modelboatmayhem gave me the information about Tiddler. Perhaps there are others, but I haven't come across them.

V110 looks an excellent design. A similar design is St Elmo MM1207 designed by P.N. Thomas.

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Thread: Self starting steam engines
26/07/2018 19:06:55

Two thoughts -

Send a copy of your message to Richard Simpson who writes the monthly Boiler Room column in MB magazine. Contact would probably need to be an email to the magazine editor or as a message to Colin Bishop, website editor.

As you say, 90degrees (quartering) is the normal method for self-starting a steam unit. For sailing in a high-risk environment, might it be worth fitting an auxiliary electric drive system. These were a simple on/off system fitted to some i.c. powered models as a 'get you home'. Whether a separate drive line or as some kind of clutch/gear system to disconnect the steam and engage electrical drive to the existing propeller shaft.

Thread: Vane Sailing
23/07/2018 15:37:45


Some years ago, when the MM398 vane gear was made, I was considering building the MM631 Moving Carriage vane. The advice was to avoid the moving carriage unit unless it was for a larger boat, such as an 'A' Class. The Moving Carriage unit needs a large boat due to it's weight and whether this would apply to one made with modern materials, I don't know. Although I have never seen one of these, I understand it is a superb piece of engineering.

My vane unit, earlier in this thread was silver soldered (access to workshop facilities then), whether this is overkill for normal lake sailing again, I just don't know. There could be a strength issue, but at the time I had the occasional trip to Fleetwood or Fairhaven which were sea water and the advice was to use silver solder. Had a discussion with Malcolm Frary who had a model with a soft soldered rudder which he has sailed in sea water lakes for many years without any problems.

In the thread, Vic Smeeds Model Boat Designs, #23 shows two small designs for half sized Marblehead models, Sea Urchin and Waterbaby. These plans show a small vane gear which would be suitable for smaller yachts.

Thread: Barge
19/07/2018 12:37:33


I've just posted an article from Model Maker magazine, July 1956 in the Vic Smeed thread. It provides information on M.V. Frank Rayner and it's barge which may be of some help with your build project.

The plan for this design is no longer commercially available, but I have a hi-res digital image if it would help.


Edited By Tony Hadley on 19/07/2018 12:43:30

Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
19/07/2018 12:32:09

From Model Maker magazine, July 1956, M.V. Frank Rayner and it's barge.

If anyone has the plan or magazine information about Vic's other similar design, Canal Narrow Boat (MM1170), It would be good to hear from you.

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Edited By Tony Hadley on 19/07/2018 12:41:43

Thread: Thames Tug Cullamix
05/07/2018 08:55:13

What a lovely model Ray, very impressive.

Had to go and read the original articles in 1952 Model Maker magazine and noticed a GRP hull available back in 1959.


Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
04/07/2018 08:56:37

This lovely Bardic Ferry (plan number MM636) was spotted by Colin Bishop on the Liphook Model Engineers stand at the Midhurst Modellers Exhibition. The photograph was in Colin's report, Model Boats magazine, June 2018.

Also attached is the original two part item, March and April 1961 Model Maker magazine. The plan MM636 is no longer available from Sarik.

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06/06/2018 08:41:53

Roy's mention of Sir Gele de Isle in Meccano magazine, brings thoughts of this other design "Corker" from the magazine.

Another design, which I think was Vic's (but can't be 100% sure without a name on the plan) is "Corker". "Corker" was featured in the September 1969 Meccano magazine's Radio 4-2 supplement. The model has a very similar hull design to "Sparkler" (which was featured in RCME August 1966) yet offers the builder a choice of superstructure.

The November 1969 Meccano magazine gives a free aircraft plan, "Cracker".

The designs can be found in the link.


05/06/2018 21:51:06


With the "Painted Lady", I should have said not commercially available i.e. from Sarik. Recently I was sent an electronic copy of the plan. As to whether Sarik would be interested in it being re-introduced, I wouldn't know. Some time ago, Colin Bishop had Vic's Magga Dan and S.S. Hobo re-introduced into the plans for sale by myhobbystore. I think at the time, the plans were printed by Traplet and ordered from Model Boats. Paul Freshney was then the editor.

The Star Baby which you mention in your second posting looks a lovely little yacht, obviously no match for a modern RG65's performance, but with these vintage type designs they just look good on the water.

The Gele de Isle which you built sounds fascinating, originally from September 1961 Model Maker, repeated in April 1971 Meccano magazine this is the first one I have ever heard being built.

18/05/2018 08:56:49

Spotted this kit for sale on Old Model Kits, Akron Erie Railroad Tug at 245.00USD by Model Shipways.


This kit is from Vic's American Tug, plan number V109 from Sarik. The Sarik plan makes into a model 25.5" long whereas the kit is 37.5" long. The kit was originally made and sold by Marvon Models of Doncaster from 1987 and was also sold in the United States by Model Shipways.

Thread: Sail suppliers
13/05/2018 22:10:32

Reading this review on Moonbeam, a traditional model yacht sailmaker, Apex is mentioned in the Sails section. They are also mentioned on the Vintage Model Yacht Group website. No email but a phone number is given.



Other thoughts would be to ask racing yacht suppliers PJ Sails and Housemartin. Easy found on the internet.

Thread: Editor change again
05/05/2018 21:03:40

Wishing you every success for the future, Graham.

As you have probably guessed, I like Vic Smeed's designs. Perhaps I should think about building his little flying boat design 'Damsel Fly'. I am ok with aircraft, but boats take a preference.

The youtube clip is an enlarged r/c version from Australia


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