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Thread: Vic Smeed's Hobo
05/05/2018 20:44:31


I have placed the magazine article (from March 1957 Model Maker magazine) in the thread, Vic Smeed's Model Boat designs. The article is quite basic as S.S. Hobo was a follow-on from the Painted Lady design. Painted Lady was a detailed build over three months, September, October and November 1956 and I have also posted these pages which will give a lot more information.

The forum images are quite small, if you click on the image an enlarged version is shown, which can be further enlarged.

Hope this is of help and I wish you every success with the build for your grandson.


Edited By Tony Hadley on 05/05/2018 20:46:26

Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
05/05/2018 20:35:16

S.S. Hobo from Model Maker magazine March 1957. Plan number MM465, available from Sarik.

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05/05/2018 20:32:52

November issue -

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05/05/2018 20:31:11

October issue -

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05/05/2018 20:28:08

From Model Maker magazine, September, October and November issues was Vic's Painted Lady. Plan number MM442, sadly no longer commercially available.

September issue -

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Thread: Hobbico
18/04/2018 09:09:28

Horizon Hobbies recently bought the r/c part of the Hobbico business. Plastic kit manufacturer, Revell (Germany and U.S.) has now been sold to the German investment group, Blitz.



Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
15/04/2018 11:44:46


Just read on Model Boats magazine facebook that your 'Silver Mist' is featured in the next Model Boats magazine (June 2018), looking forward to the item. Some good on-the-water shots in the facebook taster.

Nice One!

keep the faith.

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12/04/2018 09:57:04

Pleased you like the little outboard design Ray.

Pirana, a modified design was mentioned in #11 of this thread and Colin added the article to the website. I came across this photograph of Vic's original 'Pirana' in his early book, Working Models. The paintwork would look good in colour.


Pirana (MM620) is described as an Express Cruiser, 28" (711mm) and the plan is available from Sarik.


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Thread: HMS Queen Elizabeth
11/04/2018 10:02:11

BBC 2, Sunday 15th April 8pm - Britain's Biggest Warship. Observational documentary 1/3.


Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
22/03/2018 08:50:29

In the Flotsam & Jetsam item, April 2018 Model Boats magazine, John Parker discusses the Elmic Sprite outboard motor. In the article, John makes reference to Vic Smeed's 'Slipper'design (Model Maker magazine March 1959), which was a design suitable for the Sprite outboard.

The article and plan for 'Slipper'

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Thread: Antique steamboat on tv
20/03/2018 14:59:33

Found the programme good, the model/toy sailed well on the water. It was nice to see the model wasn't over restored and re-painted. How many Bowman or Bassett-Lowke or other vintage model boats (such as this) have lost value by being unnecessarily re-painted?

Thread: Vic Smeed's Model Boat Designs
18/03/2018 16:41:21

Forum member and magazine contributor Dave Milbourn built this 'Moonsong', which was presented as a free plan in February 1964 RCME. The model was shown in #1 of this thread, the photograph has disappeared and I'm sure it's one of these here. This 20" long cabin cruiser was powered by a 385 brushed motor. Dave, if you read this, I think you have made a superb job, very impressed with the cabin windows/windscreen.

Interesting artwork on the front cover of the magazine to accompany the model.

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15/03/2018 14:29:09

From Model Maker magazine, May 1956. Plan MM424 (no longer available) M.V. Pateke.

A GRP hull was available from Metcalf Mouldings and later Models by Design, this now seems to have disappeared from their sales listings.

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22/02/2018 19:48:11

Finally, the article about the rig from February 1955 Model Maker magazine.

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22/02/2018 19:44:38

'Sea Urchin' (MM361) a hard chine model yacht for the 25" MM Class. The item is from January 1955 Model Maker magazine.

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22/02/2018 19:38:37

Small MM Class yachts designed by Vic. 'Water Baby' - A, available as MM354 for bread-and-butter or glassfibre construction and 'Water Baby' - B exactly the same boat except the hull was rib and plank construction.

From what I understand, the MM Class was a 25" half sized Marblehead class yacht intended for racing. The other designs in the class were Vic Smeed's 'Sea Urchin', D.A. M'acDonald's 'Husky' (MM366) and 'Drake' (MM376).

Attached is the item about 'Water Baby' from December 1954 Model Maker magazine.

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Edited By Tony Hadley on 22/02/2018 19:49:50

20/02/2018 09:21:36

A couple of photographs of a 'Pathfinder' seen at the MEX exhibition 2018 and featured in the show report, see Model Boats magazine March 2018. This model was seen and photographed by Graham Ashby, magazine editor.

The text in the magazine reads "Built by Bill Cocking, and displayed in his memory, was this lovely example of the 1954 Trinity House pilot tender, Pathfinder. Bill was clearly a fastidious builder."

Builds of Pathfinder (MM393) have been previously shown in this thread #8, #14 & #20.

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The use of these images is with the kind permission of the editor.

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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