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Member postings for Tony Hadley

Here is a list of all the postings Tony Hadley has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Radio Caroline
18/02/2018 11:45:40

Radio Caroline are now offering trips to their 'Ross Revenge' radio ship from West Mersea CO5 8PB. Looks worth a visit at £25 for anyone within travelling distance.

The dates for 2018 are in the link.



Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
14/01/2018 12:27:53


A couple of yacht photographs which may be of interest.

The popular 'Genie' (MM1175), christened 'Black Monk' and from the Leeds and Bradford club. The photograph is from February 1975 Model Boats mag, the text says: Note the rudder position.

Marcie (MM1304) is described as a lightweight RM for inland or light weather waters. The photograph is from the March 1983 Model Boats magazine and the yacht is from the other side of the pond. This is the first photograph I have ever seen of this design.



Thread: Hobbico
12/01/2018 11:49:25

Looking at the Airfix website, they now only list one ship kit in their web shop, H.M.S. Victory as a starter set and it would appear that their main focus is aircraft.


The interest in plastics is that I like to 'throw in' a plastic kit in-between builds. Never built one as an r/c conversion, just OOB builds. The photograph is my latest, Revell's 1:700 R.M.S. Olympic, as said it is an OOB (Out of Box) build and their are inaccuracies. I've just started their Fairplay tug too.

Reading Thomas Graham's book 'Remembering Revell' their are few lines which sum it up - "a new product appeared in American stores: an electronic device that hooked up to TV sets and allowed youngsters to play games on their television screens, it was another straw in the wind signalling changes that threatened the model kit industry" then later - "We watched our charts, and the trends going down. We could see possible extinction coming". This was from the mid to late 1970s.

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12/01/2018 09:12:52

Spotted on facebook, Hobbico have filed for bankruptcy. Probably best known in the plastic kit section of our hobby.

Hobbico are owners of plastic kit manufacturers Revell (US and Germany), Haswega, Monogram and Italeri. These are shown in the link, click on 'our brands', 'Explore our Brands' and then 'Building Kits'.


Thread: Of all the model boat discipline’s that you’ve not yet tried, which would you most like to have a go at?
10/01/2018 16:33:45

A scale sail would be interesting. Either the Mary J. Ward (Schooner) or Ruby B. (Cutter rigged pilot boat), by Victor model products look interesting kits to build. They are expensive and the cost of shipping from the USA are off-putting.



Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
29/12/2017 10:04:15

A Vivacity is currently being built by David Cross, a member of the Modelboatmayhem facebook group. David tells me that since these photographs were taken, he is re-working the cabin superstructure. Nevertheless it's looking a superb build and the finished model should give good performance with the i.c. power plant.

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27/12/2017 09:59:05

MM652 Vivacity a large 54" x 17" cabin cruiser, the article is from August 1961 Model Maker magazine. Plans are still available from Sarik. A half sized model would make for a good manageable modern project.


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17/12/2017 20:58:30

In the July 1963 RCME magazine (Twinkler free plan), the Commercial Developments column shows the Vixtric hulls designed by Vic Smeed. These were large hulls 36" with a 12.5" beam designed for 15cc i.c. engines, they were available in red or blue.

I realise this is a long shot, but can anyone provide further information about them?

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Thread: Jenny
21/11/2017 15:12:32

Spotted this new kit, Lili, from German manufacturer Aero-naut. Looks very similar to Jenny, with similar gaff rig and model dimensions. Looks a really neat little yacht. Not sure of the availability in the UK.


I no longer have my little scratch built yacht Jenny, sold earlier in the year.

Edited By Tony Hadley on 21/11/2017 15:21:36

Thread: Braine Gear self steering
13/11/2017 21:54:22

Came across this article in February 1951 Model Maker magazine -

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Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
27/10/2017 21:23:25

There is a build of Vic's little tug design Bustler in progress on modelboatmayhem forum.


Bustler was the best-selling plan in the 1956 Power Boat category. Found this article in April 1957 Model Maker magazine.



Edited By Tony Hadley on 27/10/2017 21:44:05

26/10/2017 18:08:02

Hi Gareth,

Firstly, what a superb restoration of LaSwan by your wife.

I don't have any drawings of Harem, but managed to find a photograph in an old plans handbook. The photograph is in the middle of the attached page, it's not a good photograph but does show the sloping stern which shows that Ian Bell's Harem is correct. As Ian says earlier Harem was originally from model aircraft magazine Radio Modeller. Vic ran a series on model yachting in this magazine commencing March 1980 under the heading Sail-In. Off topic the other plan from this magazine was Witchwind, plan RM231 with the accompanying article in the May 1980 edition. I once thought about building this neat little 30" yacht, but a reality check and return back to work prevented this.

If you send me your email in a private message, I will send you the latest listing of Vic's designs and see if anything else could be a possibility, it's a word document. The first listing was on this site as a Members Contribution, then a second listing was featured in the Model Boats magazine special edition of April 2015, which Colin Bishop edited. Colin provided a great deal of help and support with this. Nowadays I just add designs to the list as they appear.


Thread: Suzie Q by Vic Smeed
25/10/2017 12:23:10

Just posted the March and April magazine articles in the Vic Smeed thread.

Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
25/10/2017 12:21:54

Suzie Q from item from Model Maker magazine March and April 1965.

Cover from the April edition.

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March edition

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April edition

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21/10/2017 09:08:35

I made a typo earlier, Harem plan number should have read RM258, not RM358.

Another of Vic's popular designs, Tiddler (plan V104), a small 20" TID tug, again built by Brian Rosserode.

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Thread: RMS TITANIC 1912
20/10/2017 18:37:22

A letter from the Titanic up for auction this weekend.


Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
20/10/2017 18:05:36

Ian, it's good to see some yachts posted in this thread. Your Panache looks good, as does the Star C. The Star C at 42" should make a good sailing model, your blue coloured hull is most impressive.

After our discussion on facebook, here are the three photographs of your Harem. Plan number RM358 from the 1970s, I can't seem to find a magazine article to accompany the plan. Described as a Marblehead with a cabin/cockpit. This model which you bought off ebay looks to be in a solid condition and well worth the planned restoration, I wish you good luck with this project. This is the first example of this design I have seen.

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20/10/2017 10:09:22

Brian Rossenrode, a member of the facebook group 'Classic Wooden Model Boats' built this Guardsman from the free plan in Model Boats magazine 1982. Brian is a member of the Durban Radio Boat Club and his superb little model took six months to build. A much quicker build time than mine.

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15/10/2017 09:26:36

Empress of Britain was featured earlier in this thread (#4 & 5). Attached is the magazine article from December 1956, Colin Bishop posted the magazine front cover earlier. Two photographs of the full sized vessel are also attached of the ship whilst in Liverpool in the early 1960s. These are extracted from an old family cine film which has been digitalised.

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Thread: Facebook Cover
13/10/2017 09:00:27

Here are my two

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Edited By Tony Hadley on 13/10/2017 09:07:40

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