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Colin Bishop05/03/2021 10:48:43
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For the third time this year I am very sad to announce bad news for the model boating community.

Yesterday Dave Milbourn passed away after a long and brave battle with cancer. He was diagnosed as having a terminal condition towards the end of last July but did not wish it to be generally known. He confided in a few people and we have been offering what support we could for him during a very difficult time. I like to think that helped and he obviously appreciated it.

Despite his situation he continued to post on the forums and offer expert advice in his inimitable style for as long as he was able.

I know he was pleased at the way his enthusiasm for Fairey Power Boats was taken up by so many people with a lot of fine models resulting which will be a big part of his legacy to the hobby. We will all miss him.

I have expressed our deepest condolences to his wife Liz who has had a terrible burden to bear over these last few months but at least Dave is now at peace.



Edited By Colin Bishop on 05/03/2021 10:49:57

ashley needham05/03/2021 11:01:29
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Bad news indeed and my condolences to his wife and family.

Hopefully he will be sitting in the saloon of a Fairey power boat in the sky sipping from a tumbler of J.D.


Ray Wood 205/03/2021 11:13:07
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Hi All,

Yes a very sad loss indeed, Dave and I kept in touch via this forum and shared a few laughs via PM's , we never met but I felt I knew him as a friend his model boat and aeroplane designs are a fine lagacy ! we will miss you Dave RIP mate.


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Charles Oates05/03/2021 11:19:27
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That's awful news. I'm really going to miss Dave, and all our pms with his great sense of humour. He never stinted at giving help and advice. His contribution to the hobby and so much that's associated with it made him a special and unique guy.

My heartfelt condolences to his family and all his friends that knew him better than I did.


John W E05/03/2021 12:03:11
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This is the saddest news; Thinking of Liz and his dear family; Dave is going to be such a sad miss.

We had many laughs and shared a lot of modelling stuff. Worked with Dave a good few times at the shows.

Rest in peace my dear friend, I will never forget you.


Tim Cooper05/03/2021 12:05:12
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Very sad news. He was always very helpful with queries I asked him.

I visited him at his Carlton workshop a couple of times when he repaired a speed controller for me and once at Lambley so I could see his new wooden cabin. I now have one from the same company.

I remember when he owned Action, he ran me about an order I had placed. I had ordered 4 or 5 small switches. He rang to ask if I was using them as motor power switches, if so they were too small and why did I want so many? In the end he sold me one larger switch, as having a spare would be a waste of money.

But as he often said he was from Yorkshire. I shall think of him when I get my Fairey Huntsman in the water.


gecon05/03/2021 12:05:33
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Very sad to read of Dave's passing away. You didn't have to be long on this forum to notice that Dave was a wealth of knowledge. I have often refered to his tech-tips on both electrics and finnishing techniques.

Condolences to his family and friends.


Chris Fellows05/03/2021 12:07:39
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I was only thinking about him yesterday when working on one of my Fairey builds. Very sad news.

Dave has been a great inspiration to me over the last 3 years or so since I took up the hobby and Faireys in particular and has freely given me advice via the forum and emails and we became friends when myself and my wife visited him and Liz when I bought one of his Huntress prototypes.

As Ray says his contribution to model boats and aircraft over the years has been significant, as has been his articles on building, finishing and electrical. And of course his skills as a model builder.

A great loss and will be sorely missed.


Fred wooley05/03/2021 12:20:09
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OMG just seen this...what a character Dave was full of life what a sad sad loss RIP


Paul T05/03/2021 14:14:38
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I've been dreading this day as Dave was a very dear friend and unfailingly loyal confidant.

Dave was a great support when I lost Jane and I am forever in his debt for his deep understanding.

He was very easy to wind up and often didn't suffer fools, which always made me wonder why he put up with me as I was always winding him up about the Fairey angle of dangle.

Rest easy Grumpy

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