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Andy F28/06/2019 01:43:45
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Some may have seen from my post in the beginners section that I am returning to boat modelling after about 35 yrs or so (wife, family, etc - the usual suspects) with my rebuilding of a 34" cruiser.

Anyway, it got me thinking about things I'd done in the past and one that really sticks in my mind was this, or almost this because I have no photos of the real thing and this is the closest I can find off t'interweb:


I found some interesting plans in an old copy of Model Boats (I think) way back in the early 80's.They used to do full size pull out plans in the magazine back then, do they still?

Sitting on the back seat of the 184 bus home from Oldham one day, it was one of those "I bet I could build that" moments but being me I decided to go a stage further and have a REAL steam engine powering it, an old Mamod I had in my bedroom (I was in my early 20's so it's excusable).

At a shade over 36" long and 8" beam, I had hours of fun building it with all the fancy bits here and there, just like in the picture above in fact and actually sailing it several times whilst trying not to set it on fire every time I fired the boiler up. The steam engine drove both paddle wheels by way of a large Meccano wheel and a strip of sheepskin off my jacket sleeve (it was the 80's) and it was radio controlled in as much as it went forwards and left or right when I wanted it to but that was about it. No more control than that. That was it. That's all.

Even though I say it myself, it did look rather stunning when it was finished.

It's a bit sad really because my last memory of this boat is about 1990 and me removing all the valuable stuff and sending it off on a Valhalla style voyage on our local pond while I took pot shots at it with my .22 BSA Meteor air rifle.

It didn't end well for the boat.crying 2

Ray Wood 228/06/2019 13:27:49
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Hi Andrew,

I remember seeing Monarch out of the water at Chatham dock yard a few years back she is quite new of steel construction.

I recommend you start buying MB's magazine, particularly good free plan in next month's issue 😀

Regards Ray

Edited By Ray Wood 2 on 28/06/2019 13:28:40

Andy F28/06/2019 17:03:41
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Posted by Ray Wood 2 on 28/06/2019 13:27:49:

....I recommend you start buying MB's magazine, particularly good free plan in next month's issue 😀

I'm intrigued...

Dave Milbourn28/06/2019 19:42:29
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Posted by Andrew Fallows on 28/06/2019 17:03:41:
Posted by Ray Wood 2 on 28/06/2019 13:27:49:

....I recommend you start buying MB's magazine, particularly good free plan in next month's issue 😀

I'm intrigued...

I imagine it's one of Ray's... ;o)


Ray Wood 228/06/2019 21:32:02
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Hi Andrew,

Dave is on the money 😁, a small balsa cabin cruiser, my last take on the trilogy of Keilcraft boat kits most of us saved our pocket money for in the 1960's 😀

Probably not as much fun as an Xbox, but much cheaper !cu 210119.jpg

Regards Ray

Edited By Ray Wood 2 on 28/06/2019 21:32:45

Tony Hadley29/06/2019 20:03:24
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Got my copy today, a nice little model Ray - well done.


Ray Wood 229/06/2019 21:58:22
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988 photos

Thanks Tony,

I enjoy these little models 15" long Silver Must is on the list to build 😀

regards Ray

Andy F02/07/2019 09:42:46
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101 photos

Here's some treasure from the garage.


Heather Elf.

Bought new in 1948 by my grandfather for his 8 yr old son (my dad). It's 20 inches long and I'm told it has an automatic steering system whatever one of those is. It's had some remedial work done over the years, new sails, ropes, etc and to be honest, it could do with a bit more.


HMS Clifford.


Built by my grandad's brother, Uncle Clifford (hence the name) some time between 1938 and 1960 when he was serving in the Merchant Navy. I know absolutely nothing about this boat, I don't even know if it's a model of a real ship but I don't intend to do anything with it, it's exactly as it was left - unfinished, on the day he died.

It's 32" long and the hula girl has nothing whatsoever to do with it.

The small white boat in front is actually made of cardboard, again by my Uncle.

Edited By Andrew Fallows on 02/07/2019 09:44:53

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