Friday, June 08, 2018
Scalecraft Salty Sam
In the darker recessed of eBay, I recently found a Scalecraft kit dating from a time before postcodes judging from the return slip in the box. Scalecraft produced a range of snap-together motorised models designed for kids rather than "serious" enthusiasts, but with undeniable charm. My collection includes and E-Type Jag and Traction Engine.
As a model boat fan, as soon as I knew a working rowing boat had been produced, I wanted one of those as well. Nearly enough to pay proper money for it (nearly...)
Anyway, a kit turned up and I bagged it for not too much cash. A few days later it arrived in the post.
Like all Scalecraft models, the plastic is too soft to "snap" together. It's a sort of polythene rather than styrene at a guess. Perfectly sound though and after a few minutes work, Sam was assembled.
Wiring up was tricky as I lost one of the top-hat style connectors, but I fashioned a replacement from a bit of brass tube. Power is from an AA battery stored under our sailors legs.
Fact fans will want to know that the model is 10cm long and just under 8cm wide. Everyone else will want to know if it works.
To be honest, it's pretty good. Nice and stable too, although I did manage to sink him when the motor stopped and I poked the wrong way trying to brink him to the edge of the pool. It actually worked better after the dunking! Perhaps Sam got the message...