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Old Oct 15, 2010, 11:01 AM
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Who wants a mayflower iii kit?

William Baker designed MAYFLOWER II which was built and then sailed from England to Massachusetts. He also gave the museum (Plimoth Plantation) shrunken plans of a small (about a foot long) model of the ship. You can buy a copy from Plimoth Plantation for about $25.
THE QUESTION now is who would like a bigger fiberglass copy of that ship? And how big a ship do you want?
If we get enough interest, and some agreement on waterline length we may be able to persuade a manufacturer to produce such a kit. So please speak up and provide this site with what you want and what you would be willing to pay!
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Old Oct 29, 2010, 02:29 PM
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THIS HAS BEEN HELPFUL, 124 LOOKS BUT NO RESPONSE. i WAS THINKING OF PUTTING UP $1,000 OR $1,500 TO A MAKER OF KIT BOATS TO GET A HULL MOLD BUILT, BUT WITH NO RESPONSES IT LOOKS LIKE THIS IDEA IS NOT A GOOD ONE.
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Old Apr 20, 2011, 02:36 AM
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there is a very good working model of the mayflower , biult by mike mayhew of the portishead model sailing club in north somerset uk , also a full scale replica is moored in bristol city docks next to the ss great britian ,
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Old Apr 29, 2011, 08:47 PM
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It is an interesting idea-- one that would be popular with the spectators here in Massachusetts-- but I would be concerned that it wouldn't make a very good sailing model. There's a lot of "sail area" on the hull with the raised forecastle and poop. Then there's the question of how to handle the big lateen sail-- how to tack and wear with it set?

Wikipedia says she's 106 feet long- but doesn't say if that's an overall lenght with the bowsprit or not. 1/24 scale might be a workable model-- that would be 53 inches long. A 1/32 scale model would be a little over 3 feet long- that may be OK, too, but I wouldn't want to go any smaller.
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Old May 02, 2011, 11:42 PM
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Having moved it several times, I can tell you the real version tows fairly well, quite heavy actually. I want to say the length isn't sparred, I'll find out in the next day or two.
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Old May 17, 2011, 10:34 AM
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stability problems of models

Baker's plans for a 1/8th inch = a foot static model appear to be the "real plans" scaled down. Scaling them up gives a "real waterline length" of about about 78-80 feet. Thus an "in the water" model with a 4 foot waterline would have a linear scale ratio of 4/80 or 1/20. Thus the stability of the model would be very low.
Steel, Chapman & Hutchinson Ltd sell 3 beautiful fiberglass models. All have ballast displacement ratios of about 50% and sail very well. Thus the Mayflower in-the-water model maker will have to devise a way to increase the model's stability.
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Old May 28, 2011, 12:21 AM
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Got pics?

Im also building a 1:20 model of a galeon.
Maybe I can be of help?

Here is mine:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1357258
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