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Vic Smeed's HMS Cossack MM500

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Ray Wood 229/06/2019 18:45:53
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Hi All,

Some of us fancy some light relief with a Mass Build thanks Roger, Tim & Eddie for your encouragement.

It's not a race but we hope we can build a flottila of Tribal Class destroyers and meet up for a Mass sail at some point in the future 😀

SARIK sell the plan for £12.50 mainly balsa construction.

Let us know if your up for it ?

Kind Regards Ray

Roger Clark29/06/2019 19:46:27
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Ooer it's a bit empty in here, kinda echoey. I'm up for it but you mentioned enlarging to 1/96th and I'm not very good at that kind of thing so will there be help offered?


Tony Hadley29/06/2019 20:01:30
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The magazine article which accompanied the plan was published in the January 1958 edition of Model Maker. I've attached the text but had to avoid the small page size plan which was also published (whilst the plan is still on sale, I don't think I could show it when someone is trying to earn a living!).

The scans aren't the best, they were sent to me.

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Ray Wood 229/06/2019 20:32:03
2357 forum posts
829 photos

Thanks Tony,

We will either build at 38" long as drawn by Vic or with the help of a big photo copier enlarge to 48" long giving 1 /96th scale of 1/8" to the foot I like imperial measurements 😀 when I built it last 50 years ago I recall it had the correct lines for the hull.

Regards Ray

Tim Rowe29/06/2019 20:55:01
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562 photos

Hello Ray

Before I book some sessions with a chiropractor, how heavy is the 48" model compared to the 38"

One of the reasons I am a big fan of model aircraft is that even the big ones are light. A recent post talked about a keel weight of 45lb made me weak at the knees.

It would be something completely new for me and that is why it appeals.

Looks like there could be 4 of us but I am glad you said it was not a race. With all my other projects it would fill a year easily.

Count me in.

Tim R

Eddie Lancaster29/06/2019 21:16:13
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604 photos

I'm not sure about the larger version buy as Tim says I will go with the flow.


Colin Bishop29/06/2019 21:21:21
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I built one of these around 55 years ago. The original size was manageable as I recall.

I'm afraid I don't build warships these days though.


Ray Wood 229/06/2019 21:31:06
2357 forum posts
829 photos

Hi Cossacks,

I just weighted HMS Diamond which is 48" long only 9 lbs auw 3lbs of ballast, lead ingots in the bilges twin 400's goes well 😀 Cossack is an easier build than plank on frame as the hull base is 2 sheets of 1/2" balsa sheets just the top sides planked. Diamond took 3 years ! ! But John Haynes fittings help.

Regards Rayeaster 2015 210.jpg

Tim Rowe29/06/2019 22:17:25
547 forum posts
562 photos

Hi Ray

Appointments cancelled and will get the plan on order.

Could be persuaded to go to 48" or 1.219 metres as it would have to be here in Spain and in that case it would be all planked.

I have never built a Vic Smeed model although I am a fan and have some of his books. Good time to start then.


Eddie Lancaster30/06/2019 08:18:24
807 forum posts
604 photos

Hi. Ray and other Cossacks, plans on order.


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