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Old Apr 05, 2009, 06:45 PM
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OK, the next "big" project will be Foundation Franklin, a WW1 Dainty Class steam tug. She gained fame as a Canadian salvage tug in the following war, and her story was told in Farley Mowat's book "Grey Seas Under".

Picked up the 1:32 scale, 5 foot fiberglass hull from Microglass today... gorgeous work as usual from Karl. It will probably be a month or so before I get seriously started, but never too soon to start thinking...

There's been some discussion here before about FF:

Bluebell's 1:24 version, 6'-10" long:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1#post10928471

Double Rum's in 1:32:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=937286
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Old Apr 05, 2009, 06:54 PM
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GEEEZZ ...and i thought i was building a boat.... That thing is huge... Using a 3 and a half Briggs and Stratton for power or Honda..

Thats to cool ..
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Old Apr 05, 2009, 06:54 PM
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I'm just starting to read the Mowat book, but it's clear this is going to be a great read about a brave ship.

Microglass's catalog images give a good taste of her shape:



Twin boilers feeding a single 1200 hp triple expansion engine... a tough boat designed to move battleships.

1050 ton displacement, should yield a 72 lb model in 1:32.
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Old Apr 05, 2009, 07:08 PM
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Here's yet another model, the builder is clearly proud of his work:
http://www.shipmodelco-op.com/ffpay.htm
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Old Apr 05, 2009, 07:17 PM
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Pat,

I have read the book and can guarantee you will enjoy it. We had a static builder in our club who did a model of the FF. The ship was impressive under glass. I'm looking forward to seeing pics of one on the water.
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Old Apr 05, 2009, 07:42 PM
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That is going to be one great build and one BIG model. Had a member of NWR/C Shipmodelers scratch build a model from photos in the book of the FF 20 years ago and it was impressive. Will be watching this one when you get started as the potential for a lot of great detail with those vintage lerge vessels.
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Old Apr 05, 2009, 08:20 PM
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I too read the book several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mowat is an excellent writer about ships and the sea who is unfortunately under-appreciated today. Glad to see that it's going to be a large model.
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Old Apr 05, 2009, 08:33 PM
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beautiful hull by karl, like the rest of his selection...& it looks brand new!
no doubt it will be a manificent model in that scale.
yes...the bigger, the better.
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Old Apr 05, 2009, 09:25 PM
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beautiful hull by karl, like the rest of his selection...& it looks brand new!
no doubt it will be a manificent model in that scale.
yes...the bigger, the better.
It IS brand new Oscar, I laid that hull up on last Tuesday night, just under the wire for my departing for Toledo.
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Old Apr 05, 2009, 10:25 PM
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oh my aching back...
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Old Apr 05, 2009, 10:59 PM
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60.5" hull. I like it Karl.
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Old Apr 06, 2009, 02:20 AM
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Hi Karl,

I know you do a lot of 1/32 scale hulls, but ever thought about turning that one out in 1/48 scale as well? It would be a lot more manageable for the average guy (easier on the old back too LOL)

Kurt
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Old Apr 06, 2009, 11:23 AM
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hi karl....sorry missed toledo!, happy that pat won w that beautiful YTL, he truly worked hard in no time & was able to make a great model.
that FF hull is just beautiful...your hulls are the best, even harbor models says it!, he-he.
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Old Apr 07, 2009, 02:41 AM
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Hi Karl,

I know you do a lot of 1/32 scale hulls, but ever thought about turning that one out in 1/48 scale as well? It would be a lot more manageable for the average guy (easier on the old back too LOL)

Kurt
yea.......to what kurt said........joe
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Old Apr 07, 2009, 09:13 AM
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Hi Karl,

I know you do a lot of 1/32 scale hulls, but ever thought about turning that one out in 1/48 scale as well? It would be a lot more manageable for the average guy (easier on the old back too LOL)
Kurt
1.48? Sure, when are you sending the plug for me to make a mold from---?
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