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Bob Abell22/07/2008 13:30:00
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Well done...Well done PAUL!

What a nice new subject to cackle on about!

Looks to me as though you`ll need a drop down keel?

Your model looks very tidy!

Best wishes.........Bob

Bob Abell22/07/2008 13:40:00
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Forgot to ask..........What length is your model?


Paul T22/07/2008 13:46:00
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Hello Mr Abell

I am Paul's wife Jane and I have logged on to keep him updated on what is happening.

Paul did not make this model as he is ill at the moment and confined to bed but he told me that he wanted to make a simple "plank" model to prove your theory, I,m sorry but I don't know what theory he is talking about.

Paul has a few plans of boats that he has drawn up over the years on his cad programme so I took the easiest to build and just cut the bottom off.

I am very happy that you like my little attempt and in answer to your question it has a removable weighted keel.

Thank you for your kind comments.

Jane Thomason

PS The model is 2ft long

Bob Abell22/07/2008 14:16:00
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Dear Jane

I am very saddened to read that Paul is incapacitated at the moment. Please give him our very best wishes and regards for a speedy recovery...........Take it easy, Paul

I dId suspect that something may be wrong, as he hadn`t posted for a few days.

I must first congratulate you on your skill in modifying the vintage launch.....I`m sure all the readers will be quite surprised too!

My theory goes back a few years. We have members in the club building large bulbous boats that require masses of lead to get the model to float on it`s correct waterline.............65lb of lead is common!

I had the theory that if a bulbous model was built on a PLANK, then very little lead would be required.

Paul, at first, didn`t think the idea was feasible.......but after a few trials and tests, he came to the conclusion that the idea had some merit afterall.

The plank yon our model will require a waterproof sunken section to accomodate the motor drive and battery to avoid being top heavy. The rudder can be below the plank line.

Paul fancied the hull sides to descend below the waterline for appearance purposes only

I`m sure that many readers will follow your efforts with great interest, and if the idea works to Pauls satisfaction,  it would make an interesting article for the Modelboats magazine.

All the best and also kind regards to Paul

Bob Abell

Vinnie Branigan22/07/2008 14:19:00
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Hope you're well enough to get up and about soon Paul! My best wishes.


Paul T22/07/2008 18:09:00
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Hello to Mr Abell & Mr Branigan

Thank you for your kind words which I have passed onto Paul he is quite ill at the moment but hopes to be better in time for the model show in Birchwood.

Paul has explained the basis of your discussion about the "plank" and has asked me to say that Bob Brunel was right.

I will keep logging on and reading the listings as Paul likes to know what is happening on his favourite web site.

Thank you both again.


Manxman22/07/2008 18:10:00
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Hi Jane,

Give Paul our regards - we all wish him a speedy recovery.

The site's just not the same without Paul and Bob having a go at each other - the banter between them is great.

I don't recall Paul mentioning you were an accomplished modeller, the vintage launch above looks excellent, Paul had better watch out, he's got competition in his home port.

Take care Jane - regards Ken

Paul T23/07/2008 10:43:00
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Hello Ken

Thank you for your very kind comments and I have passed your regards onto Paul. He is having a bad day today and I am worried that he might have to be admitted to the coronary unit but I am waiting for the Doctors opinion.

I enjoy building the occasional model but I prefer constructing dioramas so I am used to making flat bottomed craft. Model building is just one of the hobbies that we share and we spend a lot of time in our hobby room having a great time together.

Thank you once again.

Jane Thomason

Bob Abell29/07/2008 08:28:00
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Hello Jane

We trust Paul is on the mend still and resting..........medicating and meditating....

Now then.........Any progress on the plank launch?

Bob and the Boyz

Len Ochiltree29/07/2008 13:58:00
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Hi Jane,

Just heard that Paul is not well again, I have only chatted to him on this Forum and we have Plumbing careers and boat building in common, Please pass on my best wishes for a speedy recovery and I hope he is a good Patient for you to attend to.

Best wishes to you both,

    Len the concerned.

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