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Michael Cole 718/12/2019 16:12:46
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I think I should have asked the forum before carving and fitting the bow blocks. The blocks are carved from solid wood not balsa.


Michael Cole 718/12/2019 16:28:25
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Hi, here is another photo of the hull.


Chris Fellows18/12/2019 17:57:55
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The bow blocks don't look too big so shouldn't be too heavy.

As Ray says, you will need to use some P38 to build up the difference in level between the blocks and the skins.


Ray Wood 218/12/2019 18:11:08
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Hi Mike,

The 1.5mm ply is a devil to bend and harks back to the days of diesel and glo engines which needs to be really strong so you didn't pull the engine out with the starting cord. I assume your going for electric power?

To be fair the drawing doesn't talk about balsa bow blocks so you have done well, keep the photos of you progress.

Another photo of the bow sheeting maybe useful

Regards Ray

Michael Cole 718/12/2019 19:50:04
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Hi all,

I have P38 as it happens left over from my kit car build.

I will upload more photos of the Vosper as I progress.

I am thinking of 2 electric motors once I know what's involved with Radio Control.

Kind regards


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Ray Wood 218/12/2019 21:40:13
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Hi Mike,

Great keep us posted, it's a classic Vic Sneed design with so much detail to replicate 😀

Regards Ray

John W E19/12/2019 14:14:55
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dscn0918.jpghi ya Michael

you are building a classic here and by the look of it you are building straight from the plans - I built a variation of this model many moons ago - using Vic Smeed's plan as a basis, which I made some subtle changes to the chine line. The other way I went - I double planked it - obechi on the inside and mahogany on the outside. I ran it on 2 x 600 Mtroniks - the power comes from 2 x 7.2s 4000 mAmps NiCad batteries. There used to be a full write up of the build but when Mayhem crashed 95% of the build of my model was lost. What I have done is assemble what I have left of photographs of the build and put them in an Album under the RTTL.



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Michael Cole 719/12/2019 21:39:39
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Hi John,

What a great looking Vosper. A fine job indeed.

Yes I am building from the Vic Sneed plan 1/2 inch to 1 foot,

34 inch length.

I haven't decided on radio control not knowing anything about the subject. Can I fix the deck in the meantime allowing access as per the plan.

Is there any recommended reading on Radio Control please.

Kind regards


Dave Cooper 620/12/2019 10:56:55
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If you want to delve into the 'technicalities' of Radio Control, I can recommend :

"Theory and Practice of Model Radio Control" by Paul Newell - it's out-of-print now but I got a used copy off Amazon.

However, with modern 2.4 GHz kit, you can take the 'black box' the Transmitter (you) sends a signal to the Receiver (boat) and this, in turn will move a Servo connected to the rudder(s). To control the throttle, you use another servo if the boat is powered by an IC engine, or, an ESC (Electronic Speed Controller) if powered by electric motor(s)...

Thus, it really becomes a matter of how to install and test it all in the boat. Here, I would recommend joining a model boat club as they will advise you on how best to do it on Your boat. There are many detail items to consider that probably won't be covered in any book.

Hope this helps,


John W E20/12/2019 16:45:43
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Hi ya there Mike

As far as access to the hull - on the plan, the main superstructure lifts off and also the roof of the engine casing. On the model which I built, I also opened up the large hatch just behind the main superstructure and also the towing cabin at the back - which lifts out as a unit -This gives you ample access to the internals of the hull.

here is a photograph of the areas of access on the hull which I made.

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