Wednesday, April 06, 2011
This boat has appeared on the blog before. In essence, it's a ready-to-run modern fishing vessel from Thunder Tiger Models. I like the good quality radio and control gear, the fibreglass hull and well detailed superstructure.
I didn't like being able to see through the grille at the back of the engine bay, or that everyone else has one and they all look the same !
Finally though, my model has been personalised. A George Turner Models Crew are in control. Fish boxes, life raft, tyres, fire extinguisher and a net from Mac's Mouldings complete the accessorising. The wheelhouse was prised away from the deck and an engine cubicle built from plasticard. While doing this I found that the doors and grille are separate mouldings so can be popped out if you want. Maybe to leave the door ajar ?
Inside the bridge the sailor has a floor to stand on and a map to guide him. There's loads of potential here but I wanted to do this quickly so didn't go to town on the job.
The net was "interesting". It's a plastic mesh which as supplied is too springy. Rolling it up and hitting it with the heat from a hair dryer followed by a cold blast sorted this out rather better than I expected. There's still spring but the net now has more of the appearance of a heavy mesh.
On the water, the boat works as well as ever but now I can sail without everyone thinking I'm a chequebook modeller.