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John W E20/01/2014 11:29:45
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004.jpgHi ya there Tony


Sorry for the delay in replying, I just noticed your message. I built the Cervia Tug from Vic Smeed's plans a few years ago using the plank on frame method. I will post some photographs shortly.


I also built the RTTL from Vic Smeed's plans which and I will put some pictures of that on as well.





Edited By bluebird on 20/01/2014 11:32:20

Edited By bluebird on 20/01/2014 11:51:06

John W E20/01/2014 12:06:29
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004.jpgRTTL from Vic Smeed's plans



Tony Hadley20/01/2014 14:57:36
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Thanks for posting these photographs, nice to see your models extremely well built from the plans. I think all of us must have thought about building the RTTL at some stage during our model making time. Your Cervia is a gem of a model.

When reading the list, or buying a plan, the design of interest to a prospective builder is just a name with a brief descriptions. In this thread to see someone's model, built from the plans (or further information) adds real interest.

A note of thanks to Colin for starting the thread and suffering my historical research.


Tony Hadley05/02/2014 07:44:30
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XQQME (ex-cues-me), a free plan in the June 1976 edition. A simple multi-race boat designed for the 3.5cc A class, it was hoped this design would form part of a Club 20 category, which avoided tuned engines and other costly extras. The model's construction consists of a ply keel, balsa bow blocks and 1/16 ply skins and the inside is finished with glass fibre, it was 655mm long and 300mm beam at widest. A standard under deck exhaust silencer is fitted as against a tuned pipe.

The photographs shown on the cover of the magazine, show a model built to the plan before some modification was needed to improve the engine's ventilation. This was done by enlarging the clearance around the engine in the hatch lid and the two holes were made into a slot.


Tony Hadley06/03/2014 14:24:35
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Panache, 30" semi scale ocean racer, MM 1299

Came across this photograph in February 1981 Model Boats mag. The text was the third (of 3) items following on from the free plan in the Dec 1980 magazine. The text talks about deck fittings, cabins etc, but the photograph doesn't show them, further reading the text indicates the model was built in a hurry. Looks a good easy build, handy sized yacht, which would look really interesting with the addition of the fittings and yet another to add to the to-do list!


Has anyone built this and can post further photographs?

Plan MM1299 in the shop also has a review added.

Eric Moffat29/03/2014 10:42:32
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Vic Smeed also designed a 36' sailboat named "Krispie" because he made it from strips of carboard from - you guessed it- cornflake boxes. He waterproofed it with 1 or 3 coats of oil paint and raced it!

I built one and called it " Sea Reel" - sailed well.

Tony Hadley30/03/2014 09:10:05
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Eric, I took a look at the archives for this one and found this photograph in Vic's 1977 book, showing the method of hull construction -

Do you take any photographs of your 'Sea Reel'?

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Runar Madshus30/03/2014 20:17:16
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The plans for (MM 535) "Scudabout" is not listed as available. I don't know what Tony exactly means by that, but they are available from Canada on e-bay.

In fact, I'm building it as my first model boat project. It's a little bit downscaled (and modified too) though.





Edited By Runar Madshus on 30/03/2014 20:18:32

Tony Hadley05/10/2014 11:40:43
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Can anyone help with this one? In the 1966 Power Model Boats book this airscrew driven hydrofoil Scorpion is shown. I can't find any further reference or information about it.
Does anyone know of a plan number (MM ???), or when it was featured as a magazine item? any any information would be appreciated.




Tony Hadley13/10/2014 21:32:21
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Bought this book at a bring-and-buy sale yesterday, thought it was worth the 50p asking price. I was then told, if I bought raffle tickets at £2, I could have the book FOC. Bought the raffle tickets, didn't win the raffle, so my 50p book cost £2.

Nevertheless there are a some photographs in the book worth posting. Two photographs of Moccasin (MM 1062) still in the plans list. Couldn't help but think that this model in colour this would look superb. The other photograph is Cachalot (MM 1032) again the plan is still available.

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