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Armidale Class Patrol Boat

1/50 scale model of HMAS Bundaberg

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HvyCGN-911/07/2010 09:20:40
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A 1/72 scale Armidale is only 70cm long very small and can only really be run in very calm water. They R beaut little models I have a couple of pic's of USS Long Beach and a 1/72 Armidale alongside.

Cheers Bruce

Edited By HvyCGN-9 on 11/07/2010 09:26:18

Peter Fitness12/07/2010 00:00:50
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David, I have fitted two 545 type brushed motors, controlled by an ACTion P94 ESC/ mixer, which is an amazing piece of electronic wizardry by Dave Milbourn.
Nevins, Alan Pew in Australia does a 1/72 hull complete with drawings, as well as photos on a CD. He can be contacted at
Alan did say that he thought 1/72 was a bit too small for this type of boat, and felt that 1/50 scale would be better.
nevins12/07/2010 11:47:46
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Thanks for the information guys, If 1/72 is small then it will have to be 1/50. I like my large scale models and this would be a right pearl to my collection.
Peter Fitness12/07/2010 23:05:45
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The Armidale class has a relatively shallow draught, and in 1/72 there is not a lot of hull below the water line. 1/50 scale gives a greater mass, making it more stable.
nevins15/07/2010 12:09:08
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Thats interesting to know, thanks for sharing that .
Peter Fitness23/07/2010 00:23:07
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The windows are now glazed and more aerials added to the bridge roof. I've also attached the name boards and crests. The name boards are BECC lettering on a New Guinea rosewood board, and the crests were downloaded from the RAN web site, then printed on to water slide decal paper on my printer.
Work on the 2 RIBs is in progress, and other small details will be added soon.

David Meier23/07/2010 07:52:29
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It is looking fantastic Peter. You must be very pleased with the way it has come out.
Don't forget to post a photo of it scything through a moderate swell when you have finished it.
Waiting with bated breath.
Peter Fitness23/07/2010 08:16:39
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Thanks, David. Yes, I am pleased as it's been my most ambitious project yet. It certainly looks like an Armidale, so that's a big plus 
The RIBs and davits are proving to be a challenge, but I'm getting there...slowly.
David Wooley23/07/2010 16:54:27
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Hi Peter  Well it looks like an Armidale so it must be an Armidale. Seriously your doing a cracking good job  and some of the shots I've seen of the real boat at full bore make it all the more impressive . 
Dave Wooley  
Peter Fitness24/07/2010 00:02:30
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Thanks, Dave, I appreciate your very kind comments.
Thursday night's episode of "Sea Patrol" had some footage of one of the class in quite rough seas off the north Queensland coast, which was extremely impressive. The boat handled the conditions superbly. I hope mine does too 

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