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Dave Milbourn11/06/2016 15:48:14
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Oops! You have to be so careful with Search Engines when the simple word "model" has so many, shall we say, 'interesting' different connotations...

BTW I spared Harry the same lecture (it's vs its).

My T-shirt should say "Proud to be pernickety!"


Ian Gardner11/06/2016 17:23:08
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I'm with you all the way Dave. I was fairly aghast when I looked back at my hurried post - it was just haste and fat thumbs, honest!

I have just berated the editor of my national paper for writing 'bored of' instead of 'bored with'- haven't heard back, and I expect they are also thinking I should get a life. I'll have one of those tee shirts- and check my posts more thoroughly in future.



Neville Taylor 223/06/2016 14:24:51
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Hi Guys.

As anyone other than myself built Vic Smeed's "Scudder"? I still havr the plan but wondering how to build it without having to use a rudder that sits under the craft. I tried to fit air rudders like you see on the Florida Keys Air-boats but it made the model look ugly and steering was a hit and miss affair. For the portholes I used Smartie Tube caps All one colour and glazed them, very effective.

I would appreciate any thoughts on this model.

Tony Hadley23/06/2016 18:06:33
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There was thread about the build of Scudder on this site some time ago. Must take an educated guess that the model was designed as a free running model as r/c was large and wasn't really affordable back then (Scudder was featured in the January 1954 Model Maker magazine).

Hope the thread is of interest and do you have any photographs of your model to post?



Neville Taylor 224/06/2016 01:34:05
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Hi Tony.

Sorry I built the model in England in the 70's powered by an OS 15. I raised the rear Nachelle to accommodate the motor so that I could mount it upright. It was NOT a free runner, I had a Simprop Analogue 5 channel system at that time and she handled great until I tried to put rear vanes on as I said.

She was left in England when we came to Australia in 1980, which I regret, but she wouldn't have suvived the journey. as it was we had a lot of household items missing. I intend to build her again when I do I will send photos (I've got to learn how) of all the craft I am building.

Neville (2)

Tony Hadley08/07/2016 14:45:05
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Photographs of a model of Pathfinder were posted earlier (page 8 of the thread). Recently whilst reading the January 1961 edition of Model Maker magazine, a photograph of another was spotted. This one would have been a real 'gem' with it's diesel power plant.

Relevant extracts from the text -

"The Pathfinder moving nippily along is from MODEL MAKER plans. Incredibly this nicely built model is fitted with a Taplin Twin driving two 1.5 inch three-blade props through a 3:1 reduction gearbox. The trim of the boat was corrected by including 12 ounces of lead ballast to counterbalance the offset motor. Radio is fitted and realistic scale performance is achieved with the engine running at low speed. The main modification to the model for this engine, was to increase the width of the engine room hatch, which made it necessary to remove the two Carley floats."


Robert Putley11/07/2016 08:26:33
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I read Tony Hadley's piece on thr XQQME race boat with interest, as it reminded me of another of Vic Smeed's designs.

This was a very similat design, but I would guess about two thirds of the size, and elecric motor powered. My brother and I built one each, using Deac 4.8v 500mah button cells, this was before Nicads came on the mkt.

It would be great if anyone knows the name of this model, and if plans are avilable as I should love to build another.

Tony Hadley11/07/2016 14:51:28
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I had a look in an old plans handbook and came across these Vic Smeed designs for fast electric, are any of them the design you are looking for? Sniper (MM1224) and Moccasin (MM1062) are still available in the myhobbystore shop, whereas Snapper (MM1000) isn't (I may have a copy in archive in archive, should it be required). Sniper was featured the December 1972 Model Boats magazine (developed further with Dave Wooley), Moccasin was featured in the April 1964 Model Maker magazine and Snapper was featured in the the May (as a free plan) & June 1968 Model Boats magazine.

If these aren't the design you are looking for, please advise and I will research further.



snapper 1.jpeg

Robert Putley11/07/2016 21:10:46
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Hello Tony,

The Flatso would be the model.

I would also would be interested in the Sniper MK ll, as I have a Bullet I purchase decades ago and is still unused.

Tony Hadley12/07/2016 08:10:17
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Hello Robert,

Plans for both are available, Flatso, is a Philip Connolly design - MM795


Sniper MkII is by Dave Wooley and Vic Smeed as previously discussed - MM1224


Good luck with the building

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