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Roy Verden 105/04/2021 17:16:30
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Hi re Vic Smeed and The paddle boat, if memory serves this was published in Model Maker and I think at the time MM were based at 38 Clarendon Road Watford. With the workload that Vic must have had I suspect it was A. Nother, who recorded the trip across the water. It was a bit of a trip that far with Vic living in Croxley Green then.

Later his test sailings would have been at the lakes in Hemel Hempstead and not at a time when they encouraged it! I recognise the background of his 12 inch long Thames Barge when on that water. I built the same model from his free plan and still have it somewhere, it sails rather well.

I have the Guardsman plan and was going to make a larger one but other boats took presedence but it is an attractive model. My second build from scratch was the Bustler tug, My sister wanting something to remember me by and emigrating off to Oz was given the boat but I expect it has long gone by now.

I have enlarged the plan of Silver Mist to 26 inches loa and that will be my next scratchbuild, but things keep piling up that need doing and I am no nearer starting!

Best regards


Tony Hadley05/04/2021 17:19:29
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Hi Ian,

Yes it's nice to have video clips of models, some of my early ones, of the Aerokits Crash Tender go back to sound cine. It's all so easy today with a mobile phone, although I still like to use a camera for stills.

I'm not really sure as to who made the crossing, I would doubt it being Vic as it's a long way from where he lived. He used to visit Fleetwood for the yacht racing and wrote many of the reports on the MYA events in the early Model Maker magazines. It could be possible, I just accept that we will never know.

Nowadays, as an alternative to binoculars a drone could be used to keep track. I'm just not getting too carried away as I haven't driven outside of the local area for a long time and at my speed of building, the model is probably a couple of years away from being anything like finished. Having said that, during lockdown, it's been possible to get more building done than normal.

Just had a look back and you are quite right with the 2013 start of thread, Colin (Admin) was the originator. Just shows that there is still interest in Vic's designs after all these years.

All the best, keep building


The Long Build05/04/2021 17:44:30
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Came across this one in my plans box.  " Genie "


20210404_174224.jpgCame across this one in my plans box.



Edited By The Long Build on 05/04/2021 17:45:17

Ian Gardner05/04/2021 18:18:52
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Hi all,

Yes, sorry Tony, I realise it was Colin who started this thread all those years ago. I have owned a copy of Power Model boats for getting on for fifty years and never really noticed the "It is on record..." bit.

I wish I had video or film of some of my earlier boats. I don't even have photos of lots of them.

Roy, I hope you do get round to Silver Mist, it is a lovely design.


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