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Old Jan 09, 2005, 09:57 AM
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Lindberg Fletcher

... a continuation of a subthread in the QM2 thread...
Great scale model boats are just that- great achievements. For those not ready to invest the time & money, it's nice to have alternatives. There are more and more RTR "scale" boats coming out, a good thing. But another alternative is to r/c plastic kits. There are good kits, and then there's, well, the old Lindy Fletcher ("Blue Devil"). About a yard long, displaces about 3 lbs. And there are fans! See:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lindyfletcher/

Not museum quality, but fun! I reworked the turret animation to give 180 travel, and Y'd the turrets into the steering... the kids love watching it.
Homemade gear-reduction powers 2 brass props. Still goes way too fast.

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Old Jan 09, 2005, 10:05 AM
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Note- the 3-gear setup on the 2 aft turrets gives them counter-rotation... forward turrets and gun director have 2 gears. The set-up allows a 90 throw on the servo to give 180 turret travel, and the turrets & directors can give a broadside to either beam.
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Old Jan 09, 2005, 10:59 AM
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Fletcher

Until I can get at the actual thread, here are two views I don't think have been posted previously.

One before the crew were added and one after.
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Old Jan 09, 2005, 11:04 AM
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Nice! I like the weathering. I also like the idea of separating the fore & aft decks from the main, makes removal easier... mine is left as-delivered, one long deck. Better sealing forward can be had with your method.

These things are great canvasses for trying out camo patterns... some info can be found at:
http://www.shipcamouflage.com/warship_camouflage.htm
But look through any Fletcher book or sites like http://www.domeisland.com/destroyers/introduction.html
for inspiration.
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Old Jan 09, 2005, 03:21 PM
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Those sure do look nice!!!
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Old Jan 09, 2005, 06:10 PM
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I go each year to two model engineering exhibitions in the UK. Boat clubs play quite a large part in the displays. Most have at least two versions of the Lindberg Fletcher and are invariably beautifully converted. That's what got me interested. I was given the same advice as I mentioned earlier - 'it's an awful kit, don't build it'. But I did. You need to scrap a lot of bits, carve up the hull and think about what you want erly on, but the end result is worth it if you don't weaken!

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Old Jan 11, 2005, 03:32 AM
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Pat, did you use any of the ideas that either Mr. Dyke, or Mr. Hern from over at Modelwarships.com suggested for inproving the Lindberg Fletcher. I know he mentions a lot of things to improve its accuracy like hull changes, etc. Otherwise, looks great! I have 2 of these kits waiting for the other 200 projects to be finished before i start one of them!
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Old Jan 11, 2005, 08:26 AM
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Yup, learned a lot from Jeff's article on fixing the Fletch; he's even a member of the Lindy Fletcher forum.
http://www.steelnavy.com/BDFletcher.htm

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Old Jan 11, 2005, 10:35 AM
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That kit was my first large model. Of course, it had way to much glue and didn't look quite rights. I placed it up on a dresser and it had been there for a few years till someone (claimed) knocked the dresser and the ship fell off.

Right now, it has lots of broken and missing parts.

This means two possibilities:
A: Buy and build another kit
B: Borrow some dynamite from a farmer and send it to the bottom
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Old Jan 12, 2005, 01:22 PM
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I vote dynamite! - if you post the pics!

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