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Build a Slipper Launch

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Bob Abell12/04/2021 10:43:36
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Welcome back, Ashley

Correct.......I`ve started the build with the deck. Having drawn it quite accurately with the former spacing and symetrical deck shape and forms the starting point.

The length of the deck is the developed length, to allow for the wavyness and amounts to 25 mm extra in length

The top edge is dead level, trusting that the drawn formers are the correct width at the bottom, it is easy to create the simple formers

I know it`s a strange method of build....But I like a challenge. it adds interest

It`s not called the Commodores Challenge for nothing!


Bob Abell13/04/2021 08:47:21
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The local wood shop opened yesterday and managed to stock up

So no excuses now

The framework is coming along nicely now and I`m enjoying the challenge of " Knife and Forking " the construction

Not heard that expression for years!

Picture to follow shortly, if not before


Chris E13/04/2021 09:03:57
307 forum posts

I too love a slipper lunch.

I wait to see what you do about the figures. Open models including Slippers can look great on static display without them but I haven't seen many open models of quality where the figures don't let them down (or be non existent) when on the water.

Bob Abell13/04/2021 10:14:13
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Hello Chris

Thank you for your comments

I know exactly what you mean about driverless boats......Simply awful

A few years apo. I built my SloMo speed boat and fitted it with an animated driver

When the rudder and airfoil rudder went left, the driver turned the steering wheel to the left

It was lovely to watch the boat dashing about the pond, with the driver wrestling with the controls!

I`ve still got the model, here are a few snap shots, taken this morning

There is also available on Youtube, I`ll dig it out and post a link, shortly





Bob Abell13/04/2021 10:42:56
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Unable to post a link at the moment

But search for,,,,,"GVC and Slo Mo2" on You Tube

Filmed by Peter Teal ( Ducky )


Tony Hadley13/04/2021 11:02:36
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559 photos

Hello Bob,

It's good to see you building this design. I had to take a look about the The 'Slipper Launch' on the internet, they are superb and I'm sure your model will not disappoint.

Following your build with interest,


Bob Abell13/04/2021 11:34:46
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2985 photos

Welcome board Tony

Very nice to hear from you again

I recco you take a look at the video mentioned

You will enjoy it

All the best, my mate


Bob Abell13/04/2021 16:08:18
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Fitting the hull sides now.....Tricky job

Quite stressful really, as this is my last piece of 1 mm ply!

I`m most impressed as it`s looking ok at the moment

It wouldn`t cooperate at first, with a mind of it`s own almost

But with a slight removal of material, fore and aft, on the lower edge, it`s almost there!

Most pleasing. Only one former needs modding


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Ray Wood 213/04/2021 16:12:54
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Hi Bob,

Very glad to see your back in the building mood

Do you realise you are building Brutus upside down ? Similar shape.

Regards Ray

Bob Abell13/04/2021 19:44:56
9337 forum posts
2985 photos

Hello Ray

I did reply to you earlier, but it seems that there has been some sort of technical problem at Microsoft on my PC and it got wiped off?

There is a good explanation for my strange building method on this particular model and I explained it a few posts ago.

Anyway, it`s nice reading your posts once more.

All the best, my mate

Are you back Barge sailing yet?


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