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17th September 2011, 15:37

Some time ago, I was given this fibreglass hull. My 8yr old grandson is mad keen on my building it as radio controlled. I have never made a radio controlled model before but have mad static models.
My first question is what kind of trawler is she and what era am I looking at?
The propeller and prop shaft are loose but in. Would they be at the right height and angle?
would I possibly find plans for this type of trawler?
My prevrious builds have been with my Master Shipwright mentor and have been plank on frame, like this First Class Mounts Bay Lugger. He is unfortunately not into rc Boats.
Please remember that I had a lot of help with this.
Currently we are working on a 1928 French Crabber.
Any suggestions and advice will be appreciated.

17th September 2011, 16:10
The dimensios are:
Keel 630mm
beam 200mm
length bow to stern, 630mm

20th September 2011, 12:42
That's bit more steady for the moment!

bill wood
20th September 2011, 16:46
Looks like the Billings Nordkap trawler

I am going on hols now but if nobody replies I will try and help you out in about 3 wks time
For the mment I would try to get a larger prop and probably move the shaft a bit lower.
Also I would get a new rudder and modify it as per the HOW to do bit in the model section
A metal skeg should be screwed on to take the rudder pintle.

Enough for now?


21st September 2011, 18:56
A metal skeg should be screwed on to take the rudder pintle.

Thanks Bill ......................... Sorry, mate ............. in English or Cornish, what is a skeg and what is the rudder pintle?
Any suggestions as to what size prop and which rudder?
I think I'll try Westbourne for the parets.
Sorry, this is new to me.

Hope your hols are good. Thanks for your patience.

21st September 2011, 22:01
hi john..the pintle....is that rod that's sticking down from the hull with the grove in it to take a blade which would be your rudder...........a rudder blade was once soldered into that little bar that has the slot cut into it.
a skeg would protrude backwards from the bottom of the keel and level with the keel so that a rudder could rest onto it, and a small rod protruding from the bottom of the rudder blade would rest in.
have a look at some of the older style model trawlers in the model boats gallery and look at the rudder assemblies...you'll see what we mean.
Here for instance.look at how the rudder rests on a "skeg" http://www.trawlerphotos.co.uk/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=138619&title=campbeltown-87&cat=510

22nd September 2011, 19:31
Thanks, Neil. This hull will be a challenge.
hey ho

18th January 2012, 23:12
Well, we're in January and it hasn't happened but with my mentor, this has ...... http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll55/myansome/Boats%20Building/img402.jpg
We have worked on this together. This model was a great challenge and will been invited to be part of an exhibition in early summer at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth. I am very fortunate and privileged to learn with my mentor, who has over sixty years as a model maker and shipwright. I have much to learn.