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Old Jul 14, 2009, 04:44 PM
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Web site for Keil Kraft EeZeBILT boats

I've just put up a website for the Keil Kraft EeZeBILT range of boats, because no one else seemed to have one on the web.

These were small British starter/child's kits, made out of balsa, about a foot long, which sold between about 1960-1990. If there's anyone who wants to revisit their childhood, you can download a couple of plans from the range (well, photocopies of the die-cut balsa) from:

http://eezebilt.co.vu.

The boats were very easy to make, and looked quite impressive. They were suitable for 7-10 year olds starting to do built-up kits. Have fun...
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Old Jan 06, 2010, 11:55 AM
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We now have the following plans up on the site:

Terrier (die-cut sheets and lines)
Triton (die-cut sheets and lines)
Curlew (die-cut sheets - lines coming soon)
Cresta (die-cut sheets)


And some promises of scans for the Otter and Mermaid - now we only need the Neptune...
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Old Jan 06, 2010, 01:28 PM
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Fantastic !!!
I love the boats from the 50's & 60's . I'll be building one from your site I'm sure.
Will also help get a few youngsters into the hobby. As well as stir up the memories of the oldies.
Keep us all posted.
Thanks.
Paul.
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Old Jan 06, 2010, 07:02 PM
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Glad to hear you like it!

These early KK boats are a bit small and simple for today's tastes (though I intend to get a complete collection and make them up). And there is only one of me, so it is hard to make boats and keep a site going...

But I hope that in a few months there should be a good selection - then people can either build the model that they never got round to doing when they were 10, or build a similar, slightly larger one with R/C, of the type that would probably be being sold in the shops today if KK EeZeBilts were still going.

And none of them should cost more than about 4GBP - say, 7AUD. Current idea on the stocks is a 15" RIB....
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Old Jan 09, 2010, 02:38 PM
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Dodgy,

Great work, makes you want to dash down to the LHS and buy some sheets of balsa!
I'm not sure where I'll fit in building one, but I intend to.
Will the plans for the Cresta be up soon?
I like your Fireboat build, at the moment I'm 80% through re-drawing the original 34" version.
I think a 20" Sea Queen would be a good subject for future work.

Rob
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Old Jan 09, 2010, 06:53 PM
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The Cresta Drgs are there, seems I was not waiting long enough for the download.
Thank you.
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 10:06 AM
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The Cresta Drgs are there, seems I was not waiting long enough for the download.
Thank you.
Rob
No trouble! The Cresta is rare, so I hope lots of people will download it. We may get it drawn up properly in a few weeks, but I am currently looking at getting the Otter up. Watch this space...


PS. For anyone who's interested, the last 50+ Steam Launch build pictures have just gone up, together with an amended plan. So anyone who wants a little 18" summertime steam launch with a deck chair for about 3 build cost, toddle off to http://eezebilt.co.vu. and download it...
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 06:42 AM
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I have now put up the 12" Tamar Lifeboat plans. At http://eezebilt.co.vu/Tamplan.html . With plans for the fittings elsewhere on the site. Have a little lifeboat for a couple of quid!

The prototype boat's not actually painted yet, but the float tests looked ok, and you will find that what I started out doing was build a Severn hull with Tamar superstructure, and had to mod the plans somewhat....!
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 06:56 PM
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Old KK Ad's

Hi Dodgy, Great website, I loved the idea of getting a cresta to hang my mini outboard motors on ever since I saw this ad a few years back, but could never find any info (
Now with your site I can hopefully get to build one myself!

Feel free to use these if you wish

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Old Feb 13, 2010, 07:23 PM
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Neptune

I see the Neptune looks better in the drawings than in real life )
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 08:10 PM
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Hi Dodgy, Great website, I loved the idea of getting a cresta to hang my mini outboard motors on ever since I saw this ad a few years back, but could never find any info
Now with your site I can hopefully get to build one myself!

Feel free to use these if you wish

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Russell

Thanks, Russell, that's very kind of you. Have you got a reference from where these adverts came from, and a date?

Putting the old EeZeBilt kits 'back into circulation' is exactly what this web site is about, so I am really happy to hear that it may be of use to you. Sorry we only have the balsa scans up at the moment - you can see that we try to draw the lines as well to give a better plan to work off, but I am up to my ears in work at the moment, and the Cresta lines are having to wait for a while. They will come, but in the meantime if you want to ask about any difficult to read part, do so, and we will try to help. In return, it would be great to get a picture of any completed boat for the site....

I did have someone who promised they would scan a Neptune for me before Christmas, but it's beginning to look as if that won't happen. Still, we are working on an Otter scan and lines at the moment (they will be up in a while), and someone in Canada says they have a Mermaid which they can scan - so it looks as if I may complete the set sometime before Summer (in the NH )

Good luck with your modelling!

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Old Feb 13, 2010, 10:05 PM
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Model Maker July 1960

HI, I think the pics came from Model Maker July 1960 edition. I copied them from a Bill Arrick book on Toy outboard motors (his was a photocopy too!)

Found this other page ...

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Old Feb 14, 2010, 04:07 PM
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Thanks for that. I have a fair bit of info about the start of the KK EeZeBilt range, but very little about its demise. I don't even know when Eddie Keil died, and so if anyone knows any more about the KK EeZeBilt history I would be glad to hear from them...
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Old Feb 15, 2010, 05:12 PM
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Cresta pieced together

I pieced all the Cresta parts together so it was easy to see. the large scan is at 150 dpi so you could rotate the file print out sections complete if you have a larger printer.


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Old Feb 16, 2010, 08:12 PM
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just found this thread, it is just great, i love to build small balsa boats so right up my alley
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