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MV Stability (1949) - F T Everard & Sons

1/72nd Coaster - from Jim Pottinger's Drawing

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Ray Wood 225/06/2021 09:35:34
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st 1 photo.jpgHi All,

I have been lucky enough to be lent a free plan published in Model Shipwright by Jim Pottinger for Stability, she was operated by F T Everard & Sons from Greenhithe, which is very close our Chantry club at Bluewater, During the late 60's I used to cycle over to Greenhithe clutching my Ian Allen ship spotting book to see which ones I could tick off the list.

I have had the drawing enlarged to 1/72nd scale as she maybe part of a Quayside layout on my OO railway in the future (thought Richard would like that ! ) she will be balsa construction, ply for the superstructure and vital stats :- 31" long X 5" beam.

So here we go with the card bulkhead templates ready to start cutting.

Regards Rayst 2 card bulks.jpg

Eddie Lancaster25/06/2021 09:59:12
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Hi.Ray, that’s a nice looking boat, I like Jim’s choice of boats to model and the simplicity of them, and at a size that you can add some detail and still have a boat you can handle.

BTW you say that I am fast out of the blocks😁.



Ray Wood 225/06/2021 10:06:42
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Hi Eddie,

The trouble with me is I'm looking/thinking 3-4 models ahead

Found a set of Rob Roy drawings in didn't know I had, sweet little engine, and I think I would give the boiler a shot  PS, I blame Bob for showing us pictures of his steamers !!

I need to get the timber prepared for Nimbus

Regards Ray


Edited By Ray Wood 2 on 25/06/2021 10:14:01

Bob Wilson25/06/2021 10:44:45
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They were smart little ships. Some of them were painted yellow, but I preferred the black ones like Stability - Here is one I built of Speciality. I sailed in the big Frederick T Everard myself in 1962, another yellow one -

speciality mb.jpg

Edited By Bob Wilson on 25/06/2021 10:45:11

Ray Wood 225/06/2021 11:07:54
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Hi Bob,

Yes would have preferred a yellow ship, I recall them being fairly rusty in the 60's

I have most of the Model Shipwright periodicals, but unfortunately not many of the free drawings I think it's fair to say you did you bit to keep the publication afloat for so long with your ship model articles, they are still a great reference source of information.

Regards Ray

Bob Wilson25/06/2021 11:11:18
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Thanks Ray,

I wrote for them for years, but I think they finally wound it all up after the death of their editor, John Bowen, at the age of 99.




Edited By Bob Wilson on 25/06/2021 11:11:36

Bob Wilson25/06/2021 11:14:39
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Thames River tug SA Everard -

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Ray Wood 228/06/2021 09:18:09
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st 3 bulkheads.jpgHi All,

Nothing quite like a wet weekend for some cutting and sticking

The bulkheads are cross laminated 1/16" balsa to stop them splitting when cut out with a scalpel , the keel is balsa & obeche with the bow and stern being 1/8th balsa sheet, maybe planking with 3/32 as I have plenty in stock.

Regards Rayst 4 keel laid.jpg

Bob Abell28/06/2021 09:36:45
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Hi Ray

I watching your build to see how the build develops using Balsa construction

Wonder how a One Metre Yacht would cope with Balsa?

I may be quicker on the water, being so light

Would it be allowed in the very stringent rules though?


Ray Wood 228/06/2021 10:29:02
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Hi Bob,

My friend Eddie in Northants has lent me a set of forms to make Nimbus a IOM design and the rules say that the minimum weight must be 4 Kilos, so no advantage really in using balsa I'm going to use mahogany because it will look great varnished

Regards Ray

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