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Martin Field 110/07/2016 18:39:41
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I was just browsing the Editorial in the magazine ad. by somebody called Paul Freshney and was shocked to read the rubbish, "canal barge". For heaven's sake, if the leader of a specialist magazine for model boats can't get it right what hope have we of ever getting the public to regard them correctly?

A barge, is over 14 feet wide. The quite obviously narrow subject matter of the free plan is equally obviously a boat. A term used by canal people to refer to any craft that will fit the narrow locks used on some canals. Seven feet wide and up to about 13 feet -6 is a boat or, if you want and it's around 7 feet wide, a narrow boat. Just canal boat will do, but NEVER a barge!!! I

I haven't a care in the world about Warships, Nelson's stringbags or endless tugs, but I would make damned sure to name any of them or their bits and bobs correctly if I were writing about them. If I were an Editor, I would be even more concerned. To make such a common and frankly ignorant mistake is unforgiveable. if you can't be accurate about such a popular subject, please, be silent!


Dave Milbourn10/07/2016 18:54:34
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For heaven's sake, if the leader of a specialist magazine for model boats can't get it right what hope have we of ever getting the public to regard them correctly?

Rather begs two questions, Martin.

1. Why would the general public seek detailed information about the nomenclature of full-sized river traffic from a model boats internet forum? and

2. Why suffer apoplexy about it anyway, especially when many folk still refer to ferries and aircraft carriers as "boats"?

Did you never make a similarly trivial mistake? Would you like me to comb all your posts to find one?

I know Paul Freshney personally. He is the Editor of Model Boats magazine and a fine scale modeller (a previous National Champion) and to call him ignorant is not only wrong but offensive.

Wind it in, mate - there's no room here for stuff like that.


Edited By Dave Milbourn on 10/07/2016 18:57:46

ChrisB10/07/2016 21:40:04
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As usual, the sage considered observation and advice of DM pours cooling water on a potentially overheating post!


mark6910/07/2016 22:36:06
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Martin can't believe how narrow minded your being and once again you need to be corrected read a dictionary and by definition everything you have written is wrong, maybe it's time to join in or jog on !!......mark

Charles Oates10/07/2016 23:48:47
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Blimey Martin, you got very cross there. May I respectfully suggest that a better way to to raise this sort of issue is to raise it and question it. Getting personal about a skilled and respected member is not ideal.

I hope you can see this and blush,

your posts are valued, just not that last one.



Edited By Charles Oates on 10/07/2016 23:52:38

Ray Wood 211/07/2016 09:02:21
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Hi Martin

I am disappointed to see your criticism over such a small matter, when taken in context of the efforts made by the Editor to bring you such a monthly good read. As you incorrectly described my latest design Invictus of Allington as a "Free Plan" its not ! see what I mean ?

Regards Rayinvictus of allington oct 15 005.jpg

Bob Abell11/07/2016 10:26:38
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Nice Barge, Ray


Ray Wood 211/07/2016 10:33:22
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Thanks Bob

I like some variety, I'm lucky to have the river Medway at the bottom of my road, plenty of subjects for modelling

Regards Ray

Bob Abell11/07/2016 10:53:57
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Hello Ray

The River Medway!..........That brings back a few memories of my working days at...........

CAV Rochester.........Alas, gone forever!

I can clearly remember the Fire Barges full of water for emergencies


Edited By Bob Abell on 11/07/2016 10:57:32

Ray Wood 211/07/2016 11:18:44
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Hi Bob

We are close to the Allington Lock, near Maidstone the only emergency here would be if the Malta Inn runs out of beer ! also my test pool

Regards Rayeden 120516 014.jpg

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