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Member postings for Bob Abell

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

Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
12/08/2020 09:04:04

I reckon, that Plastic Kits produce models of perfection, but are frowned upon for some reason

It`s a funny old world


Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
11/08/2020 18:24:20

Hi Paul

Not a problem really, I will modify the stand to make it into a smooth bottom sledge and slide it downstairs on a rope and vice versa for getting it upstairs

As I did with the Myford Lathe

Just out of interest.....How do other Boaters get their models down stairs?


11/08/2020 14:06:08

Thank you, Doc

Very unimpressed with you shooting, old boy

I could have done better with my BSA Airsporter in the 60`s

0.22" of course with the Abell multi shot magazine

You couldn`t hit a rowing boat in a month of Sundays

Only pulling your leg old chap.......As you would be aware of?

Getting a bit concerned about the weight of the model now, Capt and getting it downstairs, and then getting it upstairs

Not to worry, we`ll sort it somehow


11/08/2020 11:34:35

Many thanks for our suggestions, Ashley will them more thought later on

It makes me wonder why some country`s have gone for hundreds of little armed four man vessels ?

If they all carried small guides missiles.....Mmmmmmm>


11/08/2020 07:16:22

Thank You Paul

Food for thought indeed?

I've been thinking a lot about Warships of the Future lately and there is no obvious answer

The problem is confused with so many possibilities

Why even think about a super ship?

Why not stay at home and send Drones to any part of the world and let them do the dirty work?....etc


Thread: Pond Yacht
09/08/2020 18:34:24

Now then, Paul, tell us please..........

What`s the story, and how have you acquired it ?


09/08/2020 08:02:59

Hi Paul

Is it radio controlled or a free sailer?


Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
09/08/2020 07:58:43

They look very realistic, Neil

The seats look very comfortable too

You are doing a great job, keep up the good work, Captain

Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
08/08/2020 16:49:09

Some progress

Beefed up the Bulwarks to provide the crew some protection from a Drone attack

The forward area is where the Missiles are stored

I like adding such features.


bulwarks 2.jpg

bulwarks 1.jpg

08/08/2020 07:46:59

Hopefully, all these tricks and novelties will be added eventually

Finaaly got the white Primer spray paint to seal the inside of hull

Then the motor and controls can be fitted and have a play

Glued on the first of the forward bulwarks, for the crews safety when refilling the missile silo's etc

Keep the comments coming chaps


Thread: Todays Boating
07/08/2020 09:57:46

Get crackin`, Ashley

Show us picture please


Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
07/08/2020 09:13:20

Thank you Ashley

Food for thought?


07/08/2020 07:56:44

Hi Paul

The Artist who designed the latest Battleship of the future, inside the mag, has done a splendid layout, not too futuristic, as 2050 is not that far away, hence.....No Death Rays etc

I can imagine lots of Missiles and dozens of Drones would be the order of the day?

Not forgetting a super computer controlled enemy weapons detector inside that cavernous hull

Not forgetting the latest explosive armour plating etc?

This reminds me of a clever chap at a factory I once worked at.. Dan, he was called, had a most boring job, sawing up bars of steel all day. He spent his time wisely, inventing gadgets all day long. He once proposed a Battle Tank of the Future! Somehow, the War Dept got wind of it and was actually visited by the Men in Black!

The matter was closed by him having to sign the Secrets Act!........Wow!

Exciting stuff, eh?

That little story would make a nice film, one day

Bob.....Keeping a low profile at the moment

Hey up!.....There`s somebody knocking on the front door!....Ecky thump!

06/08/2020 20:35:14

Thanks Paul

Will have to give it some thought now

I liked your cover picture


06/08/2020 18:21:06

Hello Paul

Have looked into taking the bulwalk all the way down the hull, but it hid the elegant curve of the hull top area

So I`ve done a mockuo with a short forward bulwalk ending at the front of the top section with a doorway etc

Can you comment on this idea and suggest improvements etc

We can mess about with the stern section to look like your Title photo later



06/08/2020 13:57:31

How`s this looking?

Not bad really, I think we are heading in the right direction?


man on deck plus.jpg

06/08/2020 10:54:01

Here we go chaps

HO chappie 11/16 " tall with a 1/2" bulwalk

Up in the superstructure, I propose similar dims......1l2 " wall with 3/8" openings

Any comments?


size matters.jpg

06/08/2020 07:29:36


On your very excellent opening illustration, your ship has bulwarks

I rather fancy the idea with lots of gussets etc

What height would be about right?

12 mm ?.....We may then be able to to use 00 gauge railway staff?

The size would put the idea of scale of the model

06/08/2020 06:22:47

Thanks Chaps, a few good ideas there

A few years ago, a chap in the club built a vintage battleship, with a cannon that fired broadsides of pond pellets, using the now banned Brocock cartridge, the compressed air looked very realistic to

Still waiting for the spray paint, before I can fit the motor drives into the hull


Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
04/08/2020 19:41:11

That`s more like it Neil, I understand now, matey. You should have said that in the first place!.....Only pulling your leg, old chap

The crew look very realistic and lifelike

Really splendid


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