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Old 01-17-2005, 11:09 AM
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Ahoy ! I`ve searched the Forum for a mention of a thread on AIRCRAFT CARRIERS but cannot find it ..anybody remember where I saw it ? I`m wanting to contact anyone, anywhere that operates large model boats, even manned models. Have a look at page 6 & 13 of the Gallery in www.warshipmodelsunderway.com to see what I mean. Regards from Bonnie Scotland. Duncan
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Old 01-17-2005, 11:16 AM
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.....and one more from Merry England. This one of a pair of early Dreadnaughts by the Portsmouth Model Boat Display Team. There is a guy inside ready to loose off the big guns for the Kaisers fleet ! Pic stolen from www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk site (worth a look to see UK, and some Oz, model boat scene,show reports,reviews etc etc) This month`s photo feature,Jan 05, is a trip on River Thames in London with great close-ups of HMS Belfast.
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Old 01-17-2005, 11:39 AM
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holy sh**. they're huge
Old 01-17-2005, 03:14 PM
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If you like that ,here is another from England. A semi-scale King George V class battleship for two crew members. Fire salvos, trawl-motor.
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Old 01-17-2005, 03:24 PM
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The same guy has another more sinister looking craft that I`d be scared to sail too close to a naval vessel in case some trigger-happy skipper blew it out of the water ! It doesnt submerge...well not so far !
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Old 01-17-2005, 04:15 PM
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man those are some of the collest things ive ever seen. big bucks i imagine
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Not too many bucks. The sub was made from scrap ply. The conning tower(sail) is two different sizes of plastic buckets with thin ply wrapped round them. Flat bottom , draught about 2". A broom handle goes out to the fin which is on a hinge and turns in the wake as if it was steering the boat. Trawl motor does the real steering. The illusion is of a mighty hull under the waterline,but it is only in your head. Certainly the most cost effective model I know. I reckon under $50. The other option could be to find a suitable old hull in a boatyard and add the topsides to suit your taste. One hull from a fibreglass catamaran might be the start of a destroyer for example. Alloy fishermans boat an MTB ?
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He he. There cool [8D]
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Hi Duncan,

How are you doing,Blenheim is on this year,{Blenheim Festival Of Flight} If you are interested???

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Hi Graham, A beautifull venue,pity we couldnt get the boat on the water last time. Dont know my exact schedule yet. Royal Navy has got priority for Trafalgar Celebrations. Plus I`m going into dry-dock for essential maintenance when NHS gets organised. Will let you know ASAP. Duncan.
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Hi Duncan,

I want to pic your brain about building a 40-50ft or even bigger Carrier for the lake[sm=spinnyeyes.gif]
We are in the process of getting the go-ahead for a full Air Display over the lake,and we want to try and recreate the[Byron Expo] I know this is going to be a tall order but they are very keen for us to do it.So I'm in the process of getting them a proposal and pricing for the display.We will also have a mock-up Harbor with full back-drops,pyrotechnics,sound and forty foot video screens.There is too much to list ,this time they want to go fo it in a big way.

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Old 01-21-2005, 06:40 PM
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That sounds great. I`ll be in touch with some ideas. Taranto attack with Richards Swordfish come to mind considering the principals involved, Fleet Air Arm etc. Film set stuff in foam-board , some mobile most static and "explodable/sinkable". Easily recovered in shallow lake for future use. See if RN divers and /or small boat guys would get invovled (training exercise !). I`ll see if the sub guy is interested. He is a professional full-size boat builder. Great potential for that lake. Will phone soon , count me in. Blenheim over Blenheim, and jets over water. A world first ?
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Hi Duncan, I've been on vacation and am just catching up with things. This is an totally awesome model. My likes are a bit more modest. I've seen load of model ships, but no carriers. I even thought of using a 4X8 sheet of ply wood for the flight deck. But with my schedule and resources, I'd better stick to a TUG boat.......a kit from Harbour Models. I actually did find a chap who said he'd cut me a kit, but he was a crook. I checked his credentials and found that the police were after him. He's behind bars now!! I'll have a good look at the galleries posted and dream. CKS

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