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Bob Abell29/04/2014 16:49:45
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I`ve been thinking about building a large Thames sailing barge for quite a few years now and an eight footer to me sounds very exciting!

Paul and Capt Bob have been swopping ideas today, so have decided to create a thread and take it from there

Just look at this beautiful example!

Such splendour, gracefulness and old world charm!

Imagine a model regatta with eight footers competing......An awesome sight?

My first suggestion is that a powerful motor would be required to act as a brake in emergencies!

Capt Bob

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Paul T29/04/2014 17:50:17
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I've already started the research

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Bob Abell29/04/2014 18:23:01
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Hello Paul

Well done, a nice start, but we need to be familiar with this very official website..........Modelbarge.info

It's run by Richard Chesney and is the quintessential website for model barges

Kimmosubby Shipyards is an active member

We don't want to invent the wheel or tread on anyone's toes either

We are only thinking out loud at the moment, but we ought to heed what these experienced builders have to say and take their advice?

I'm hoping we design a very competitive racing barge. Some of the commonly available model plans are deemed uncompetitive

Early days yet

Capt Bob

Edited By Bob Abell on 29/04/2014 18:25:11

Bob Wilson29/04/2014 18:56:46
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In 1962, I was sailing in an Everards motor ship (Frederick T. Everard) at a time when the company still had sailing barges!smiley

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Bob Abell29/04/2014 19:02:22
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Nice model, Bob

When did they start painting the decks blue?.....It seems to be the norm these days, for some reason?

I believe some barges actually sailed in the Dunkirk evacuation.........They must have been very brave men

Bob

Bob Abell29/04/2014 19:08:51
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This is the link to the model barge website....

**LINK**

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Paul T29/04/2014 19:23:38
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Bob

Its fairly easy to build in a competitive edge at the design stage by choosing lightweight materials and trimming weight by adopting an airframe style of construction.

But I presume that the chaps who race the 4ft versions must have some kind of rules regarding construction so this needs looking into first.

Paul

Bob Wilson29/04/2014 19:28:05
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I didn't know they painted the decks blue nowadays! Can't really remember for sure what colour they were when I saw them on a regular basis, but have a feeling they were just scrubbed wood!

Yes, they lost at least one at Dunkirk!

Bob

Bob Abell29/04/2014 19:55:57
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Thank you, Bob

I`ll post some Blue pix shortly!

Paul

I`ve just joined the barge websight and asked a few questions

Some nice models on show too

Don`t fancy building light, as we`ve got nobody to race against!...........lol

The model we are talking about will be about 96" long x 20 " wide!.....Wow

Early days

Bob

Paul T29/04/2014 20:00:49
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Drawing Office to Bob

Don't confuse lightness with lack of strength wink

Paul

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