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harry smith 122/10/2018 07:21:53
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Hi All

As per my post I only SWAP plans and DO NOT SELL them !!!

I scratch build my boats to the size I require not to kit sizes.

Mainly use marine plywood for frames, keel and outer skin.

Maybe a bit heavy per using balsa, but, with brushless motors it does not matter.

750 to 1600 watt motor will get to boat moving!!!

I prefer boats around the 30 to 40 inch size.

I built the Sea Hornet at 25 and 1/4 inch from the original plans and found it to small to work on.

Harry Smith

Tony Hadley14/11/2018 14:29:53
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Continuing with the build of Lorena (MM526) from #18 of this thread. The model is being built as a half size 21" mainly balsa round bilge model.

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Still lots to do, roof, cabin sides, windscreen, further work on the cabins, mast, painting, fittings etc. The model did have a good bath test and had no stability issues but some lead ballast will be required. The radio gear and electrics have all been removed for the painting etc.

The stand is only a temporary building stand. I always use a cardboard box stand for building and make the correct stand at the end. The building stand will get covered with paint, glue etc.

The build has been plagued with niggling errors, the latest one - I sized and ordered the propeller from the drawing. However, when the hull was built, a size larger propeller could have been easily fitted. As these are quite expensive to buy it will be case of try it first and see what happens.

Still hoping to get her on the lake in 2019


Tony Hadley29/07/2019 11:31:49
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Vickers Vedette, came as a free plan in the Dec 1975 Model Boats.

Ray and HMS Cossack mass build team, thought the last paragraph may be of interest.

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Tony Hadley27/09/2019 10:00:31
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Vic also designed many aircraft models, his last was 'Gamine', it is featured in the 2019 R.C.M.E. Special Issue (due in the shops 27th September).


Matt Fisher 305/10/2019 10:56:58
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Posted by Tony Hadley on 21/10/2013 21:05:53:

Neil, It is a pleasure to see your Vic Smeed ASRL and I'm sure that many of us would enjoy seeing her on the water. Thanks for posting. You are quite right in that the model doesn't appear on the list, since the list was posted other designs have 'crept out of the woodwork'.

Thanks to members of this forum we keep adding missing designs. Some of the others which are additions to the original list are :-

Moonsong - Cabin Cruiser

The ASRL mentioned above

Sparkler - 21" Customs Launch

Twinkler - the predecessor to Sparkler

XQQME - multi-race boat

Tom Tom - catamaran

Rorqual - R/C Comp model

Nippy - miniature

Antares- Portuguese patrol launch

Sharpshooter - R/C Comp model

and three designs which we need to confirm that they were designed by Vic :-

Sir Gele D'Isle - Car Ferry

Sundra - Steam yacht

Petrel - Yacht

Here is a photograph of Sparkler which I came across last week in an August 1966 MB. This photograph doesn't do the model true justice, the plan would build into a lovely little planing model after painting.

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With the list, it always good to hear of (or even better see) these old designs.


Hi all,

This is my first post so if it’s in the wrong place then I do apologise! I’m just finding out about Vic Smeed as since a young boy I have had “Sparkler”. Now in my late 30’s I have shown the model the interest it deserves with a fresh coat of paint and new radio gear resulting in its first sight on the water in over 30 years.

Thanks Matt

Matt Fisher 305/10/2019 11:00:27
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Matt Fisher 305/10/2019 11:02:40
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Hi all,

This is my first post so if it’s in the wrong place then I do apologise! I’m just finding out about Vic Smeed as since a young boy I have had “Sparkler”. Now in my late 30’s I have shown the model the interest it deserves with a fresh coat of paint and new radio gear resulting in its first sight on the water in over 30 years.

Thanks Matt

Tony Hadley05/10/2019 19:34:25
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Hi Matt,

Wishing you good luck with the sailing of Sparkler.

Is the second of your posts a photograph? If so you need to create an album. Colin has detailed it all in a thread.



Charles Oates06/10/2019 00:14:08
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Thanks for reviving a great memory, I built a Sparkler way back in the day. It had a D.C Sabre, and homemade simpletone / Supertone radio. I won a steering regatta with it, a joy to sail.

You've got me hankering after making another, it's an ideal candidate for a small cheap brushless set up. Fun boating at its best.


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