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Bob Abell10/04/2021 13:33:30
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Etherow Model Boat Club

Annual Commodores Challenge

This year, the Commodore. John Berry has sketched out a Slipper Launch as being this years Challenge

Drawings to follow shortly

Bob

Bob Abell10/04/2021 17:41:33
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Bob Abell10/04/2021 17:49:13
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I`ve scaled up the plan to twice the drawing size, giving a hull size of 30 inches overall

Due to the local shops being closed, I will have to build the model from odds and ends

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ashley needham10/04/2021 18:25:46
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Hi Bob. That’s a nice challenge. I like Thames slippers. Several on the river near me.

i think you should build to the scale of a driving figure, after all, it will need a driver and at certain scales They can be difficult to get a nice one.

Great to see the old Bob in action building again!

Ashley

Bob Abell10/04/2021 19:14:34
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Thank you Ashley for those kind words, I`m pleased to be building something for a change and meeting you once more for our friendly banter. I`m hoping Paul T spots the thread too

I didn`t know it was a Thames Slipper craft.....Thank you for the info

The construction is quite straight forward and the virus restrictions will probably be relaxed by September time, so there is no mad panic to finish the boat at the moment

I`m hoping there will be a scale driver available for this scale, if not, then I`ll make one

Keep popping in Ashley, you are always welcome

Bob

Bob Abell11/04/2021 08:16:07
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Trying out a new method of construction, just for general interest, chaps

Starting with the deck, set at the correct amount of curvature, and placing packing strips to preserve the natural curvature

The formers will be created to suit, as the plan is a bit on the fuzzy side!

Bob

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neil howard-pritchard11/04/2021 17:39:42
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a very interesting model, Bob.

I used to live and teach in Maidenhead.............and these were a source of beauty to me down at Boulters Lock, and up at Henley on Thames where I had friends and often visited.........and got the chance to sail in one whilst down there from '78- 1980.

As a woodwork teacher, I think I took more notice of their beautiful build than I did the river...........glorous boats................and seldom seen in model form.

Good luck and pleasant modelling with yours Bob..........it will look lovely when you have finished all that gorgeous woodwork and brass.

Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 11/04/2021 17:45:19

Bob Abell11/04/2021 17:49:04
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Thanks Neil

I`ll do my best

But can`t hope to match your attention to detail

Look after yourself, my mate

Bob

Bob Abell11/04/2021 19:22:17
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Roughly assembled the hull deck and formers

Having tried a pairs of trial planks, former 2 is looking too narrow at the top

Not a problem, a make up triangle can easily be added to each side

All part of the fun

Bob

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ashley needham12/04/2021 09:38:22
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Always like seeing the way you hold stuff together Bob!

i presume this is currently upside down? Difficult to tell at this stage.

I spoke to a chap a few years ago and his had a small Ford car sidevalve motor in it...15 or 20 bhp , very low powered. He led me to believe it was a common-ish engine choice in the day...no idea how true that was.

Ashley

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