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Sir Galahad559 viewsThe model recently had its mechanism refurbished, and is shown here still going strong, over twenty-one years from the date it was built. A good scale model really does last well.
(Model by John Davies)
13 Mar 2009
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Marie Felling.688 viewsNow the fun started. Like “Imara”, the “Marie Felling” is produced in two versions; twin-screw, which is authentic, and single-screw, which is not. This one, like most of the “Marie Fellings” I’ve seen, was single screw. So I filled in the propellor aperture in the deadwood, added plating and rivet detail to match the GRP moulding, and fitted two shafts with A frames and big brass props. You’d have to look very closely to see that was not as originally moulded. Two powerful motors and a sophisticated control system completed the package, she ran a successful trial voyage, and she went off to her delighted new owner who will now have many happy months spare-time work fitting her out.
(Model commenced by unknown builder, modified by John Davies)
1 Mar 2009
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Marie Felling637 viewsWe don’t just do full builds. We tailor what we do to what you want. This is a case in point. The Caldercraft “Marie Felling” is, with “Imara”, one of their two big tugs. Personally, I think “Marie Felling” has more character. We bought this one in at an early stage of construction. Before I completed it, I got a phone call from one of our long-term clients (we do seem to get a lot of repeat trade, loyal clients who keep coming back!) Could I find him a big tug kit he could build, and could I put the mechanism in for him?
(Model commenced by unknown builder, modified by John Davies)
14 Feb 2009
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Small Colin Archer, Port Bow view.503 viewsBuilt to a tight deadline for a wedding present, she makes a pretty picture.
(Model by John Davies)
29 Oct 2008
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Small Colin Archer; Port Quarter view.473 viewsBuilt to a tight deadline for a wedding present, she makes a pretty picture.
(Model by John Davies)
29 Oct 2008
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Small Colin Archer; deck detail521 viewsEven on a small display model, we try to get the detail right. It's surprising how many models show the sails hoisted and the lines coming down to a pin rail or cleat and cut off there. Imagine you're on the real boat. You go to lower a sail. You cast off the rope; the end vanishes up the mast...... that's why pin rails, as here, have the bights of the ropes coiled down and hanging from them.
(Model by John Davies)
29 Oct 2008
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Thames Barge445 viewsThis is a typical "heirloom model". The client's father had built about the first half of it, before he passed on. He had done a nice job, too. We completed it, so it can take an honoured place in the family home. We always treat a job like this with especial respect.

(model by private builder, completed by John Davies)
11 May 2008
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Coaster "John Masefield"1101 views"Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smokestack, butting up the Channel in the mad March days...." If you don't know Masefield's "Cargoes", you should. This model came to us basically sound, but needing some tidying up, and a new mechanism fitting. We did this, then sold her on. Here she is, running trials. What can be nicer than a pretty scale model, on a fine sunny morning?
(Model by unknown builder, restored by John Davies)
1 Jan 2008
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Vosper MTB804 viewsMTBs make nice models; spectacular and aggressive-looking, with a good performance. This one came to me half built, and quite competently done. It is based on the Deans Marine Vosper MTB 385. Now Deans use single-shaft machinery to reduce current drain and get a decent running time, relying on lightweight construction to get a good performance. But the original boats had three shafts. Battery technology has moved on a lot since this model was designed. I intend to complete her with three shafts, and see what sort of performance she offers. When I’ve had my fun building and playing with her, she will come up for sale. She will be ready in 2008, tested, reliable, fully refurbished, complete with transmitter, just add water and go. If you wish to reserve her, get in touch now.
1 Jan 2008
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Gunter Sloop739 viewsThis one is going to be a really sweet little gunter-rigged sloop; a model of the sort of small cruising yacht, just a step up from a dayboat, that was around when I was a young man. With a bit of ingenuity, I should be able to get main, jib and lifting centreplate all to work off simple two-channel radio gear. Working this out is why I am building her. She will offer a really nice entry into scale sailing; light, small, easy to carry, but with a good performance on the water. She will be ready in 2008, tested, reliable, fully refurbished, complete with transmitter, just add water and go. If you wish to reserve her, get in touch now.
1 Jan 2008
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HMS Graph790 viewsHMS Graph began life as U-570. She was captured by the RN, taken into service, used for research, and carried out a few operational patrols, during which she carried out an attack on a sister ship, U-333.
The model came to me as a Robbe U-47, in reasonable condition. There was some light damage to the hydroplanes, and the decks were a bit scruffy, but the mechanism was really well built, which is important, as a submarine is one type of model you really do not want to suffer from mechanical or electrical failure. Over the months, I have tidied it up, and made a few improvements. For instance, Robbe’s original current-guzzling motors, which restrict the model in standard trim to a very short running time, have been replaced with low-drain units.
I have also been researching Graph’s appearance. The model will be fitted with a conning tower from Dreamworks, and other details will be altered to conform to Graph. She will be ready in 2008, tested, reliable, fully refurbished, complete with transmitter, just add water and go. If you wish to reserve her, get in touch now.
1 Jan 2008
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Flower Class Corvette (1/48th)733 viewsThis is a big, seaworthy model, which makes a lovely display piece, and can be sailed in almost any weather. Sirmar, whose hull and fittings this model is based on, liked the picture well enough to use it on their site.
(Model by John Davies)
1 Jan 2008
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