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Tony Hadley09/05/2017 21:09:22
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Couldn't resist buying this 1964 book. Perhaps not in the best of condition but a good variety of designs from yesteryear. The ones of interest to model boat builders are a 24" yacht, a couple of catamarans, a hovercraft, a cabin cruiser and H.M.S. Lightning, a destroyer which with further detailing, would be a typical Glynn Guest design today.

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Edited By Tony Hadley on 09/05/2017 21:10:30

Tony Hadley21/05/2017 08:31:27
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There is currently a build of Hydro-Bat on the Cox engine forum. The airscrew design Hydro-Bat was presented as a free plan in the July/August edition of the American magazine Grid Leaks.


Tony Hadley04/06/2017 14:13:03
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Managed to find another of Vic's designs - Sandfly, a land/sand yacht. Presented as a free plan in January 1981 Model Maker magazine, very easy construction from mainly balsa with plastic bag material as the sail.

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For anyone interested in Vic's designs, Model Boat Mayhem forum are having a Vic Smeed and Glynn Guest theme for their annual event next year, 27 & 28th May 2018. To be held at Wicksteed Park. Unfortunately too far for me to travel.



Tony Hadley05/06/2017 15:03:10
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Came across these images from the Doncaster Show. The photographs were on the facebook group, R/C Ships, Boats and Submarines. The photographs were taken by David King who has kindly given permission for them to be posted. David has posted many other show photographs in the group.

Models on display which I think are from Vic's plans (can't be 100% sure without speaking to the builders).

1)Frank Rayner Canal Boat from July 1956 Model Maker, plan number MM432 (no longer available).

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and from the magazine article

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2) Vosper RTTL presented as a free plan in December 1958 Model Maker, plan number MM530.

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magazine front cover

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3) S-Boat/E-Boat presented as a free plan in December 1961 Model Maker, plan number MM667

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Tony Hadley10/06/2017 20:32:23
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Firstly, in the previous post the E-Boat model is definitely not one built to Vic’s MM667 design. The torpedo tubes and cabins are different. I won’t ask Colin to delete as it’s still a good model and worth showing. On some forums I would have been ‘ripped to shreds’ for making an error such as this, but it shows what a good bunch the members of this site are.


Earlier in the thread I mentioned my next build from Vic’s designs was to be Lorena.

The design Lorena (MM526) was taken out of the plans service in the late 1960s, last appearing in the 1968 plans handbook. Originally designed as a 42” model for i.c. power with the possibility to build by different construction methods i.e. round bilge planked, hard chine and bread and butter. Model Maker magazine published the article to accompany the plans in October 1958. Lorena was based on the larger and earlier design Lorraine which was featured in April 1958. My thanks go to to forum member Dave Milbourn for locating and providing a set of the plans for the build.

Lorena was one of series of five designs by Vic which used girl’s/women’s names beginning with Lor. The others are Lorelei (MM267) Jan 1953, Lorette (MM370) April 1955, Lorosa (MM506) March 1958 and Lorraine (MM512) April 1958. All these others are still available from the Traplet plans service

Attached are a couple of photographs of the progress with the hull. The build is a half-sized round bilge 21” balsa planked version to suit ‘kitchen table’ building. The finish of the hull’s planking (after filler) is light glass cloth and Eze-cote. The next stage is to fit the propeller and propeller shaft which are on order. The rudder shown on the plan is not a commercially available shape and size and will need to be fabricated, as was done with my previous Smeed design, Guardsman.

Future thoughts, probably for the autumn/winter building season, go towards a suitable motor, fitting the already made decks, a stand, the superstructure, fittings and a colour scheme. The speed doesn’t need to be to that of a fast electric, it’s a cabin cruiser! I did think of making the switch to brushless, but a spare MFA RE385 in the spares box might be worth a try. Any help/advice would be welcome. The i.c. motor in the original 42” is within an enclosed area with open vents to allow the engine to breath, these vents need only to be dummies for electric power. For the paint colours, 1950s retro colours would look good, perhaps a shade or two deeper than DM used on Twinkler earlier in the thread.

Time really moves on at an alarming rate and since selling all my other models except two, (Guardsman and Southampton RTR tug) I’m now thinking about the next build, which will be back to paddle power, Vic’s design again, Royal Falcon (MM381).

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Tony Hadley22/06/2017 09:42:30
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Yet more models built to Vic's designs. These three were all built by forum member Ian Gardner. Ian and I became friends some years ago through discussing Vic's designs. I emailed Ian the other night and his lack of appearance on this forum have been due to his music commitments.

Mistral MM348 with the accompanying magazine article in November 1954 Model Maker. The model has been enlarged from the 18" design size to 25" giving an approximate scale of 1:16. Hull is lite-ply covered in tissue and dope. Powered by a Graupner Eco 500.

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Silver Mist MM524 the accompanying magazine articles were in the September, October, November and December 1958 Model Maker. The original design was for a 21" model, Ian's model is an enlarged 36" version at 1:16 scale. The hull is 6mm birch ply frames with obeche bow and stern blocks, the planking is also obeche. The superstructure is ply faced with sapele to represent mahogany. The decks are parana pine with black card caulking. Bob Abell has also built a large Silver Mist and a detailed build log can be easily found on the forum.

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The third and final offering to this post is Ian's Veleta MM575. Built again at a larger 1:24 scale giving a model of 36" long as against the design size of 24". Hull is balsa and lite-ply covered with a nylon stocking, finished with Poly-C used for skinning aircraft. The deck is basswood with black card caulking. Waterways and kingplanks are mahogany.

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This is only a selection from Ian's website and more information about the builds (and other models) can be found in the link.


Bob Abell22/06/2017 09:58:36
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Hi Tony

The pictures of Vic's timeless models are very easy on the eye and have a nice peaceful soothing effect on me

Do they affect you, like that?


Tony Hadley22/06/2017 20:48:29
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Hi Bob,

Timeless models, I think that's a good description, not only of Vic's models, but also many others. Others which I like are the novel designs of W.P. Holland, I also wish I had room for a graceful vane 'A' class yacht. My future build list keeps growing but .....


John W E27/06/2017 17:04:07
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hi there picture of Vic Smeed's Cervia the funny thing on the front of the bridge is an actual spy camera - onboard videoing - p6110013 (2).jpg

Edited By bluebird on 27/06/2017 17:05:04

Bob Abell28/06/2017 14:23:10
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Hi Tony.......Hope you don`t mind me adding a contrived picture of Vic Smeed`s Silver Mist of differing scales?


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