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Dave Milbourn18/05/2018 19:49:00
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No thanks - I prefer to design my own. I still don't know why I bought that Dumas kit but, as I said, everyone's allowed at least one clanger!

Dave M

Trevor Drabble 131/05/2018 12:59:43
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For information , regarding the Schottel drive units described by DM 07/05/13 , 3 sizes of these units were shown by Graupner at the recent Dortmund show . Trevor .

Roy Verden 105/06/2018 16:46:10
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Hello Tony Hadley, I noted that you say that Vic Smeed's "Painted Lady" is no longer available as a plan. Is that because it is "lost"? If so I have a very good copy that can be available to Sarik if required.

I hate to see Vic's work go obsolescent. I am more often on mayhem as roycv. which is where I picked this up



Roy Verden 105/06/2018 18:13:25
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Hi all, just read the whole thread, very enjoyable. We had several Panaches in the club and I have altered one of them to have a mizzen mast, quite balanced with the mast moved forward 4cms. but is no faster than a standard one. The photograph of him that has been used in his obituary and elsewhere was in front of a small fleet of Pananches.

I built a Gele de isle which I thought was a Vic Smeed design about 1966 as a present for a small boy, goes nicely into a shoe box.

I met Vic but only later in his life, he told me that his interview for the assistant editor's job on MM was done from a moving train window. There had been some cock up in meeting times and possibly Laidlaw Dixon just asked him if he made model boats he said yes and so he had the job!

The last model yacht was the Star Baby which is really a smaller version of Starlet, but published by Traplet. Vic had said he would do a design to suit the St. Albans model boating pond and I heard no more. I then emailed him to see what had happened to the design and apparently he sent it to the old MAP/ Nexus ? address and it was lost, but before he knew that he asked me for Traplet's address as he was a bit put out with the non reply from MAP. I passed this on as I occasionally reviewed model boats for them and it was published as a freebie in a Winter (?) edition.

I have said it before in the other forum but he was just the sort of gentleman you would hope he would be, charming and modest to a fault. I asked him if he had been a Spitfire pilot and he confirmed he flew Spitfires in late 1943. Also he apparently holds a world record for the greatest number of published and built designs for model aircraft. He also said that one of his models was built to full size and it flew very well until he landed at an airfield where an inquisitive official asked for registration papers and certificate of airworthyness. It had never gone through the official process. So the VW flat 4 engine was removed and that was that!

When he was at our club exhibition as a judge I spent the afternoon with him and introduced him around, it really was like escorting royalty around from the way he was received. And he gave me a VHC for one of my model yachts! Best afternoon I have had in many a year now.



Tony Hadley05/06/2018 21:51:06
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With the "Painted Lady", I should have said not commercially available i.e. from Sarik. Recently I was sent an electronic copy of the plan. As to whether Sarik would be interested in it being re-introduced, I wouldn't know. Some time ago, Colin Bishop had Vic's Magga Dan and S.S. Hobo re-introduced into the plans for sale by myhobbystore. I think at the time, the plans were printed by Traplet and ordered from Model Boats. Paul Freshney was then the editor.

The Star Baby which you mention in your second posting looks a lovely little yacht, obviously no match for a modern RG65's performance, but with these vintage type designs they just look good on the water.

The Gele de Isle which you built sounds fascinating, originally from September 1961 Model Maker, repeated in April 1971 Meccano magazine this is the first one I have ever heard being built.

Tony Hadley06/06/2018 08:41:53
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Roy's mention of Sir Gele de Isle in Meccano magazine, brings thoughts of this other design "Corker" from the magazine.

Another design, which I think was Vic's (but can't be 100% sure without a name on the plan) is "Corker". "Corker" was featured in the September 1969 Meccano magazine's Radio 4-2 supplement. The model has a very similar hull design to "Sparkler" (which was featured in RCME August 1966) yet offers the builder a choice of superstructure.

The November 1969 Meccano magazine gives a free aircraft plan, "Cracker".

The designs can be found in the link.


Tony Hadley04/07/2018 08:56:37
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This lovely Bardic Ferry (plan number MM636) was spotted by Colin Bishop on the Liphook Model Engineers stand at the Midhurst Modellers Exhibition. The photograph was in Colin's report, Model Boats magazine, June 2018.

Also attached is the original two part item, March and April 1961 Model Maker magazine. The plan MM636 is no longer available from Sarik.

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Charles Oates05/07/2018 12:51:00
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Thanks for the help with the ferry Tony. That sorts out my building fun for many months ahead.


Tony Hadley19/07/2018 12:32:09
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From Model Maker magazine, July 1956, M.V. Frank Rayner and it's barge.

If anyone has the plan or magazine information about Vic's other similar design, Canal Narrow Boat (MM1170), It would be good to hear from you.

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Edited By Tony Hadley on 19/07/2018 12:41:43

John W E06/08/2018 17:01:50
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hi there

I need some help - I have acquired the plans for the steam trawler by Vic Smeed - the reference number on the bottom of the plan sheet is V110. Here is my query - was there ever an article to accompany these plans? maybe in one of the Modelling Magazines?


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