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Dave Milbourn21/10/2013 12:55:38
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Is this the one? We have the plans and instructions on file.


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Sub Mandrel21/10/2013 14:27:33
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That's the one! Actually, after a frantic hour's search through all sorts of stuff (mostly old Aeromodellers and reports from my old jobs!) I found it - it was a 'special' about radio control.

Looking at the plan, it seems I extended the superstructure to include the 'optional hatch' at the back, so the original design will require some butchery. I think I might just spruce it up.

I really must finish the Whaleback, too.


Vic Smeed design with different superstructure:

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Ian Gardner21/10/2013 14:55:33
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This one is in Tony's list- or will be eventually as I sent a copy. I built one too back in the eighties and with six cells and a standard 540 on a 35X prop it went like a rocket- absolutely brilliant. I have no photos of it and the boat disintegrated years ago.

The speed control was a micro switch operated from a servo. Knowing a bit more now, I realise I was lucky to get away with that, but ...the folly of youth! It was wonderful to switch on and see her shoot away in a wide curve and then judge the 'switch off' so she glided to the bank.

Yours looks very nice by the way!


Tony Hadley21/10/2013 21:05:53
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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.


david cuthbertson22/10/2013 02:51:07
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Hi All,

Recently I acquired a Vic Smeed drawing (on cd) of the Vickers Type 632 frigate. It was on ebay from

an ebay shop here in Canada.


Sub Mandrel22/10/2013 11:47:10
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Thanks Ian, Tony,

My original speed control was the two-speed switched resistor from a Tamiya XR311! I later upgraded to an electronize control.

Yes, it is a VERY fast hull and there is no need for the optional brass dagger plate for stability in turns.

Vic's designs, plane or boats, for the beginner were all excellent and reliable.


Tony Hadley10/01/2014 20:04:45
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This interesting little vane controlled yacht, Splinter, from the February 1975 MB magazine has been received by Colin Bishop and kindly forwarded to me. My thoughts are that it would be a lovely project for a young person interested in making a start in the hobby. A project for granddad to help with, or a school woodwork project would spring to mind. Obviously it could be built by anyone who likes the look of the model, up-sizing and r/c would be possibilities.

The plan is a centre page spread, which is ideal as it doesn't have the dreaded joint line. Unfortunately I don't have an A3 scanner and am unable to post in this thread. This plan however forms part of the original item from Meccano Magazine of September 1971, which is now available as an electronic publication --- **LINK**

The first photograph is the front cover of the February 1975 magazine.

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The next three photographs cover the build of the yacht.

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Hope you like this interesting little historical design from the 1970's (the era of David Bowie, power cuts, flared trousers etc.).




Edited By Colin Bishop, Website Editor on 12/01/2014 10:04:57

Colin Bishop10/01/2014 21:16:08
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Our thanks to Anthony Armitage for drawing attention to this Vic Smeed design.


Tony Hadley14/01/2014 18:13:57
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Found this little miniature in the January 1962 magazine.

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Tony Hadley15/01/2014 21:01:14
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Found these two photographs in the 1966 re-print of the MAP technical publication - Power Model Boats. Couldn't help but admire these models and thought I would like to share them under this thread.

The first is Silver Mist (MM 524) and the plan is available should anyone be interested in this 21" round bilge hull of balsa construction with ply decks.

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The second photograph is of the Empress of Britain built from plan MM 445 which is currently not available. The model is 980mm (38.5" long) I can't help but like the design of this class of three liners, Empress of England and Empress of Canada being the other two. Further reading -- **LINK**

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Anyone built Silver Mist? would like to see photographs posted.


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