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Mark Green 120/09/2021 23:40:07
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Can anyone please direct me to the best place for figures and deck fittings for my to use on a number of my boats.

I have looked online but I seem to find everything else but the scale I want. I have a Smit Netherland and other boats of the same scale.

I am also looking for a replacement Kort Nozzle for the Smit, I have emailed billings customer services but have had no response. One of mine is cracked at the bottom so needs to be replaced.

Any help or suggestions welcome.

Richard Simpson22/09/2021 09:06:25
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Mark, for 1:33 scale I am sure that you could use either 1:32 or 1:35th scale figures and accessories. In which case there are huge ranges of figures in those scales amongst the plastic kit manufacturer's offerings for, mainly armour, based topics. These can be modified of course to suit any other setting. I have used tank crew and field kitchen figures to create deck crew for a coaster.

There are also white metal figures available from Mountfleet Models and Dean's Marine as well as other model kit suppliers.

As for a kort replacement have a look at the Mobile Marine Models website. Have you tried a repair on your cracked one? Slightly opening the crack with a scalpel blade and allowing some very thin cyanoacrylate glue to go into the crack by capillary action would be a very strong and effective repair.

ashley needham22/09/2021 21:09:02
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...also railway figures can be used. Worker types are especially useful. Cheap as well on flea bay.

Ashley

Richard Simpson22/09/2021 22:31:28
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The majority of general suppliers of railway figures tend to be either OO gauge, which is 1/76th or O gauge, which is 1/43rd.

If however you go to the specialist figure suppliers such as Hardy's or Modelu then they do all their figures in a wide range of scales, including 1/32nd. 1/32nd scale in railway terms is Gauge 1.

Modelu

Hardys

Not the cheapest but the quality of the figures are superb.

These are OO gauge and a mixture of Hardys and Modelu

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Mark Green 122/09/2021 22:54:53
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Posted by Richard Simpson on 22/09/2021 09:06:25:

Mark, for 1:33 scale I am sure that you could use either 1:32 or 1:35th scale figures and accessories. In which case there are huge ranges of figures in those scales amongst the plastic kit manufacturer's offerings for, mainly armour, based topics. These can be modified of course to suit any other setting. I have used tank crew and field kitchen figures to create deck crew for a coaster.

There are also white metal figures available from Mountfleet Models and Dean's Marine as well as other model kit suppliers.

As for a kort replacement have a look at the Mobile Marine Models website. Have you tried a repair on your cracked one? Slightly opening the crack with a scalpel blade and allowing some very thin cyanoacrylate glue to go into the crack by capillary action would be a very strong and effective repair.

Many thanks, I am going to attempt a repair as hoping I can resolve. If not will be in touch as per your suggestion to see if they can assist.

The rebuild/restoration of the Smit is going to take some work as built by an electronic engineer, with all custom wiring. With lights working radar, tow winch, anchors and working twin steerable water cannons plus bow thruster you can imagine the chaos I'm trying to slowly unwind.

But it will get there in the end. It's half the fun of the hobby.

Mark Green 122/09/2021 22:56:06
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Many thanks for tips about the crew and boat fittings, just a shame as you would think if boats are made to a scale it would have some matching in terms of accessories.

Colin Bishop23/09/2021 19:10:30
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Mark,

Most people build model boats without crew figures although many would benefit from them. Figures will only be produced at specific scales if manufacturers (who won't usually be model boat kit makers) think there is a viable market.. So you might want to check out the availability of figures before building a boat to a particular scale.

Manufacturing volumes are small in this area of modelling so choice is limited. Often people will convert figures from other areas of modelling.

Colin

Mark Green 123/09/2021 21:44:05
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Posted by Colin Bishop on 23/09/2021 19:10:30:

Mark,

Most people build model boats without crew figures although many would benefit from them. Figures will only be produced at specific scales if manufacturers (who won't usually be model boat kit makers) think there is a viable market.. So you might want to check out the availability of figures before building a boat to a particular scale.

Manufacturing volumes are small in this area of modelling so choice is limited. Often people will convert figures from other areas of modelling.

Colin

Fully agree and understand. Just a shame as you would think if kits are made they may think of the wider modelling range.

I am just amazed at the fantastic help I have had in relation to my question. I just want to slowly restore and make the models the best I can.

Malcolm Frary24/09/2021 10:10:39
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Boat kits tend to be fairly "round number" scales. If metric, 1:10, 1:50, 1:100 etc. If imperial, usually something convenient for reading off a ruler, like 1:12 (inch to the foot), 1:48 (1/4 inch to the foot) and similar, or a binary scale, like 1:16 or 1:32. But occasionally, a model is designed to be a certain size to fit either the drawing board it was designed on or the box that the kit is going to ship in. This does result in strange and unlikely numbers.

Figures can be got from other hobbies that have other ideas about suitable scale, but it has to be remembered that while people are all the same scale, they are not the same size. Answer is to look for figures the right height, or near enough. A bit smaller usually fits more easily. Boats are very much a minority hobby, and this is reflected in the supply of the extra bits. Very specific scales require the right tooling, which is a big outlay for a small market. 3D printing is one way forward, but such figures, if they are scaled for one single application, will take expensive time to produce.

Fittings in the model boat world tend to go by size. Things like cleats and bollards tend to keep the same broad design whatever the size - bigger ships/boats get bigger fittings, but they look the same.

Careful measuring on a 1:33 model might show that it is really 1:32 or 1:35 anyway.

Mark Green 124/09/2021 22:16:24
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Fully agree, everything in life has a compromise. I'm looking at both 1:32 and 1:35 items to improve things.

Another boat I'm restoring/rebuilding is scratch built and in no way to any scale. So with that will just be looking to see what fits and looks okay.

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