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Tony Hadley22/02/2018 19:38:37
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Small MM Class yachts designed by Vic. 'Water Baby' - A, available as MM354 for bread-and-butter or glassfibre construction and 'Water Baby' - B exactly the same boat except the hull was rib and plank construction.

From what I understand, the MM Class was a 25" half sized Marblehead class yacht intended for racing. The other designs in the class were Vic Smeed's 'Sea Urchin', D.A. M'acDonald's 'Husky' (MM366) and 'Drake' (MM376).

Attached is the item about 'Water Baby' from December 1954 Model Maker magazine.

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Tony Hadley22/02/2018 19:44:38
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'Sea Urchin' (MM361) a hard chine model yacht for the 25" MM Class. The item is from January 1955 Model Maker magazine.

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Tony Hadley22/02/2018 19:48:11
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Finally, the article about the rig from February 1955 Model Maker magazine.

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Tony Hadley15/03/2018 14:29:09
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From Model Maker magazine, May 1956. Plan MM424 (no longer available) M.V. Pateke.

A GRP hull was available from Metcalf Mouldings and later Models by Design, this now seems to have disappeared from their sales listings.

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Tony Hadley18/03/2018 16:41:21
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Forum member and magazine contributor Dave Milbourn built this 'Moonsong', which was presented as a free plan in February 1964 RCME. The model was shown in #1 of this thread, the photograph has disappeared and I'm sure it's one of these here. This 20" long cabin cruiser was powered by a 385 brushed motor. Dave, if you read this, I think you have made a superb job, very impressed with the cabin windows/windscreen.

Interesting artwork on the front cover of the magazine to accompany the model.

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Dave Milbourn18/03/2018 17:37:36
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Thanks, Tony. The windscreen and windows are just Halford's Metallic aerosol paint over cellulose sanding sealer + tissue on 2mm liteply. It's a Ford colour but I can' t remember the name.

Dave M

Tony Hadley22/03/2018 08:50:29
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In the Flotsam & Jetsam item, April 2018 Model Boats magazine, John Parker discusses the Elmic Sprite outboard motor. In the article, John makes reference to Vic Smeed's 'Slipper'design (Model Maker magazine March 1959), which was a design suitable for the Sprite outboard.

The article and plan for 'Slipper'

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Ray Wood 222/03/2018 12:12:19
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What a lovely little design, I'd like to see that with brushless motor & lipos ! & a dummy outboard as the rudder

Regards Ray

Tony Hadley12/04/2018 09:57:04
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Pleased you like the little outboard design Ray.

Pirana, a modified design was mentioned in #11 of this thread and Colin added the article to the website. I came across this photograph of Vic's original 'Pirana' in his early book, Working Models. The paintwork would look good in colour.


Pirana (MM620) is described as an Express Cruiser, 28" (711mm) and the plan is available from Sarik.


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Tony Hadley15/04/2018 11:44:46
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Just read on Model Boats magazine facebook that your 'Silver Mist' is featured in the next Model Boats magazine (June 2018), looking forward to the item. Some good on-the-water shots in the facebook taster.

Nice One!

keep the faith.

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