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  1. Last Call of the MV 'Loch Seaforth'

    On March 22 1973, the MacBrayne motor vessel 'Loch Seaforth' (built Wm Denny, 1947, for the Mallaig-Stornoway service) struck a rock in the southern approaches to the Sound of Gunna, when inward bound from Lochboisdale to Oban,via Barra, Tiree and Coll. Passengers were taken off in the ship's...
  2. King George V ready for sea!

    My model of the 'King George V' is pretty well complete, and can go to sea any time, with 14 lbs of ballast inside! Fine-tuning and the addition of further details will be required, e.g. capping-rails, lifebelts, radar, more raft-seats. Lovely model to build - comparatively straightforward...
  3. 'King George V' model from bow

    What a sharp ship this was, in more ways than one! You could almost cut yourself on her bow and stem! The key to building the model is to keep this distinctive 'sharpness' constantly in mind. The 'turbine hull' design constrasts strongly with the Art Deco curves of the 1955 'Claymore'.
  4. 'King George V' making progress!

    This shows the current stage of my model of the 'KGV'. Funnels are in place, but are attached in such a way that they can be lifted off, or turned to give the precise rake; small boats (resin - Quaycraft) are in temporary position; bridge and accommodation block are under construction (balsa...
  5. 'King George V' model with windows etc.

    The 'KGV' model now has 'windows' or, more precisely, black insulating tape and white trim-line to imitate 'windows', as well as portholes (Ryman's finest!). Some adjustment of positions will be required, no doubt, as the 'build' continues. Motors, servo, and full radio control have been...
  6. MV 'Claymore' decked out with passengers

    This photograph is for Alan 'Scorcher'! He seems to have caught a glimpse of a courting couple in one of the cars on the nets, but, as you will all see, they made a quick escape by jumping out of the nets, and heading down the companionway. They saw James Cameron coming to film them. In this...
  7. MV 'Claymore' model on trials 2

    The model performed perfectly in 'open water'. Responses to ahead and astern commands were excellent. Power is provided by two 380 electric motors. Rudder arc/turn was 70%-80% port and starboard. This allows some steering astern - to my astonishment. I was amazed to note how manoeuvrable...
  8. 'Claymore' Painting Progress

    The 'Claymore' model has taken well to the painter's brush, I'm glad to say! The hull was lined internally with a thick coat of fibreglass resin, while the outside was given a light coat of the same substance. Then several undercoats of matt black, red oxide etc. were applied externally...
  9. MV 'Claymore' (1955) with period cars on deck

    Progress - hatches in position, anchor recesses cut, cattle-doors (side-doors) attached, sides of Promenade Deck now open below Boat Deck, and lifeboats in 'rough shape', waiting for some finessing, davits etc! I have put some period vehicles ('50s and '60s) on the Foredeck, all at a scale...
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