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Ray Wood 215/04/2018 15:35:47
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Hi Tony,

Yes I just love Vic's designs, both aeroplanes and boat, sadly never managed to meet him a great shame, hopefully he would have been pleased with my enlarged version of Silver Mist at 30"

Regards Ray

Tony Hadley05/05/2018 20:28:08
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From Model Maker magazine, September, October and November issues was Vic's Painted Lady. Plan number MM442, sadly no longer commercially available.

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Tony Hadley05/05/2018 20:31:11
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October issue -

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Tony Hadley05/05/2018 20:32:52
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November issue -

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Tony Hadley05/05/2018 20:35:16
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S.S. Hobo from Model Maker magazine March 1957. Plan number MM465, available from Sarik.

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Bruce Mumford07/05/2018 09:57:13
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Many thanks for the information it helps greatly.

Tony Hadley18/05/2018 08:56:49
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Spotted this kit for sale on Old Model Kits, Akron Erie Railroad Tug at 245.00USD by Model Shipways.

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This kit is from Vic's American Tug, plan number V109 from Sarik. The Sarik plan makes into a model 25.5" long whereas the kit is 37.5" long. The kit was originally made and sold by Marvon Models of Doncaster from 1987 and was also sold in the United States by Model Shipways.

Daniel Cardona 118/05/2018 14:01:56
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Posted by Tony Hadley on 18/05/2018 08:56:49:

Spotted this kit for sale on Old Model Kits, Akron Erie Railroad Tug at 245.00USD by Model Shipways.

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This kit is from Vic's American Tug, plan number V109 from Sarik. The Sarik plan makes into a model 25.5" long whereas the kit is 37.5" long. The kit was originally made and sold by Marvon Models of Doncaster from 1987 and was also sold in the United States by Model Shipways.

look to be a fun project, after all its a Vic smeed design. Only one thing would scare me to purchase a kit like that, it s the fact that it's says DIE CUT parts. last model that i build from die cut parts is a Dumas Star 30, the parts were horribly cut, nothing was matching to the plans so i had to build it on my own, turned out Ok but it wasn't the usual enjoyable building experience. maybe die cutting from 1987 were more of better quality.

Dave Milbourn18/05/2018 17:50:12
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Daniel

Don't let that experience put you off. I have yet to find die-cutting in any kit which gets within a mile of the sheer awfulness of Dumas' attempts. I still have nightmares about their Lord Nelson Victory tug - matchwood which was more die-crunched than cut and balsa planking so soft and soggy that you could snap it almost just by picking it up. I'm amazed they are still in business.

The only way you'll ever find out about this kit is to buy the thing and see. I know nothing about Model Shipways kits except they are predominantly made from wood. Go for it - we're all allowed at least one mistake!!

Dave M

Daniel Cardona 118/05/2018 18:08:59
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Nah.... way too expensive for me right now, plus i have to add the postage cost to Malta in which it will add considerably on the final price. if i ever build a Tug i Think i will go the scratch build route and try a guardsman from Vic smeed plans or maybe an Aeronaut Kit.

and speaking of scratch building, I'm already busy with and an RG65 sailboat (Alpha from John Goodyear) and in a very limited budget. so maybe you can have a try on the Akron Erie Railroad Tug Davewink

Cheers

Daniel

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