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NZ Bill

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    Scale RC boats , History, Sculpture, China
  1. Hi Malpaso - Yes it is interesting indeed. I researched those brands and a few other threads but found no definitive result. However on balance I would put money on hard scratchy sheets in a pack as hard and scratchy was mainstream at the time and packs would allow efficient storage and distribution. BUT I now doubt that there was a pack in the head! The army had a daily personal ration and so I suspect the Navy did too. Hence a sailor in a hurry had to rummage in his bunk for his pack. Hence I will probably omit paper dispensers in the forecastle head and include 2 discrete packs
  2. OK guys - Advice taken and finally have posted a thread under 'WW1 Coastal Patrol Boats – ML167' in 'Work in Progress - Maritime'. Now I lie in wait for someone who knows a lot about the details I seek! Thanks for your help. Keep up your good work. Bill
  3. Thanks dnl42. At that scale the detail should be easy-ish but it is the result of a lot of trial and error, mostly error for the tricky bits. I am sure it will be a popular model at the lake where I will be able to spread more understanding of what war at sea involved which is an important goal.
  4. And a few more to finish. A general shot of a real engine room to show what mine should have looked like! I am not unhappy as it will still help people understand, and be impressed, by our grand parents when they went to war for us. These were petrol starting engines that then switched to a mix of petrol/kero but they were prone to fires which sunk a few of them. My grandfather had such a fire but was able to starve it of air and live to fight another day. This is the galley. I forgot to close the drawers
  5. This is the key page out of the Cinderellas of the Fleet book. Planks being applied to the plaster plug. Hull in a jig to hold shape while the ribs are inserted. A profile gauge copied hull shape to a jig where the ribs were laminated. There are 80 pars of ribs! One of the metal bulkheads can be seen
  6. I am making a 1:20 radio controlled model of ML167 that my grandfather served on in WW1 and have completed the basics and now are doing the details and have a lot of questions. The model reproduces both the exterior and below deck spaces to accurately represent the work and conditions the crew endured. A week in coastal waters of the Irish Sea in winter was a nasty experience even before you factor in submarines and mines. The RN commissioned ELCO to build 550 of these boats in double quick time as they are basically identical but the weaponry and things like the wheelhouse varied between bo
  7. OK guys - I have been crawling all over this site and have yet to find HOW TO START MY OWN THREAD! I must be a bit dim but the magic door eludes me. Any suggestions - Clarity of instruction is valued! Thanks in anticipation. Bill
  8. Thank you for your kind comments. So my own thread is my next challenge! I have spent 2 days getting stuff on this site so far. My intuition is obviously digitally incompatible with these complex sites so I have to brute force my way in but it is a bit clearer now. Hopefully it will catch the attention ofWW1 small boat naval specialists who can answer my many questions as I go along. Can you see my Flickr account as I will only use it for boats and it is all public. I have put up a video of my other signature boat which is a bit different as well. Bill
  9. I know this site is mainly for static models and high detail but I thought there may be members who knew about the details I seek like the gun, the colour of ropes and the like. Bill
  10. This is what happens if I use the BBCode setting in Flickr and then trim off everything before the 2nd htpps! I don't know if there is a difference for the site between pasting the URL into the text as I did above or using the 'Insert image from URL' function as I did here. It is a pity it does not bring across the label and text with the photo but I will add it here. Port aft end of the engine room showing the aux engine (power, compressed ait bilge and fire pumping) .Also the telegraph, water manifold, engine silencer and he port engine. I am annoyed I did
  11. Haha! I think I mentioned my failing eyes! I have finally got a selection of model and source photos on Flickr and will try to load them here. You will see that photography on my battered phone is not a strong skill - in fact I am rubbish and I don't know anyone with the skill and gear so this will have to do. As I said before my goal is to represent the boat as accurately as I can (old eyes and fingers) so that primarily my family but any interest person can see what these boats did and how the crew had to struggle to make it happen. A 6 day sortie onto the Irish Sea
  12. Thanks a lot Steve, The first boat is unusual because it has no ID number on the stern! I have all the internal shots except the last of the engine room which I think is a postwar conversion because they have removed the central companionway and moved the switchboard to the middle. I have modeled virtually everything you can see in all the photos (drawers work and there are racks in the galley oven etc) but my accuracy of detail is more 'close-up standoff' than high precision. The biggest problem is trying to decide what is out of sight in the photos. eg the outboard
  13. Making models is easy compared to uploading photos. I have looked at One Drive and Dropbox as options but neither worked. I tried the process outlined in the FAQ (upload photos - available services) for One Drive and it failed on the first instruction to select the photo! Both modelling and uploading will be limited by being 73 (with bad eyes and failing hands) but I manage most other stuff on the screen here. I will keep trying but it may take a while. Mind you it may be a bit of an anticlimax as my phone photos leave a lot to be desired compared to most of the great pic
  14. I am a new member today after a mate pointed out your ML 211. I am building ML167 in 1:20 scale. I know the scale is odd but it will be full rc with a twist. (4 ft long) My Grandfather served on ML167 and left a memoir with some good info but the 'Cinderella of the Fleet' book and drawings therein is the key and virtually only reliable source I have found for dimensions. However I have scraped up a few dozen B&W photos, mostly from my grandfather's album. The twist is that I am also modelling the INSIDE by making the deck removable to reveal the contents of the forecastle and
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