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Tony Hadley07/08/2018 12:39:37
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Haven't found an article to accompany plan V110 to date. I think the plans with the prefix V were drawn at the time Vic was working freelance. The magazine items from the range which I have found are V112 Cormorant (April 1989 Model Boats) and V104 Tiddler (March/April 1989 Radio Control Boat Modeller). Martin Davis of Modelboatmayhem gave me the information about Tiddler. Perhaps there are others, but I haven't come across them.

V110 looks an excellent design. A similar design is St Elmo MM1207 designed by P.N. Thomas.

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John W E09/08/2018 17:53:44
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Hi Tony - thanks for the information. The plan is of a very similar layout to the Cervia tug plan in that there are construction and help notes - at the sides of the plan.

I know that the Cervia plan was a freebie in one of the mags, and I wonder if this plan could be a freebie. I will keep searching - thank you though for your kind reply. John

Tony Hadley01/09/2018 07:53:20
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Noticed the British Railways ferry, MV Arran (MM415), is back in in Sarik's plans. The accompanying magazine article was from Model Maker magazine, February 1956. Interesting to see the plan is model railway scale, 4mm (00).

Colin's model is on #10 of this thread.

Sarik's plan - **LINK**

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Colin Bishop01/09/2018 10:07:11
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That's interesting Tony, I wonder where they found the plan! It was quite nice for its day but Vic did simplify the hull. If I ever built another I would use Jim Pottinger's MAGM2035 Bute drawing.


Tony Hadley20/10/2018 20:04:05
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Photographs of a stunning Starbaby by Paul (Mr Zippy on Modelboatmayhem). One of his club members built the lovely gaff rigged Starlet.

Starbaby (MAR3295) and the larger Starlet (MM1048) are available from Sarik. Starbaby also has a laser cut woodpack.

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Martin Field 121/10/2018 11:10:43
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I love the Vic Smeed yachts. Am I right in thinking Sarik Hobbies have taken over what I still call the MAP Plans Service? And the old Traplet plans? If so, what happens to all those wonderful old plans if Sarik go toes up?


harry smith 121/10/2018 12:00:55
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Hi Martin and all

I am scanning my plans and saving to PDF so not to loose them.

Our club has about 250 plans, so I have a lot to get thru.

I am only doing the scale plans.

Some of the others like the semi scale and old electric speed ones I will not do.

I have swap a few plans with others on forum sites and it works out well for both parties.

Harry Smith

Martin Field 121/10/2018 12:37:51
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Good job, Harry. But make sure we know how to access them?



Ray Wood 221/10/2018 16:57:44
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Hi All,

I suppose as long as they are not being sold for profit that's OK ! But some cheeky buggers regularly offer scanned photo copies of my plans published by Nexus on eBay !!

Blimey Martin it has'nt been MAP for 40 years


Martin Field 121/10/2018 17:29:42
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No, it's been a load of other tosh. I can't keep up from Nexus to "nar nar nee ar nah" ( My little hobby shop, is it).

What a load of rubbish. Those of us who used them, bought them and built from them, even still have some and certainly, as boys, pored over the catalogue if we were lucky enough to have one they will ALWAYS be MAP. Like the once affordable insurance that was a fiver a year for YEARS!

Will anybody answer my question?


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