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Old Feb 05, 2006, 12:33 PM
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KRICK "Felix"

Has anybody any experience of this little German, habour barge kit?

My local hoby shop was having a clearance and I bought this fairly old kit at a good price but the instructions and drawings are all in German. There are not many German speakers in my part of France and I struggle with French, let alone German! An Internet translation programme has proved fairly useless.

I have sent an enquiry to the manufacturers.

Any help would be much appreciated. If anyone has drawings or instructions in English I would gladly pay for them.

Roger in France.
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Old Feb 09, 2006, 01:03 AM
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The Manufacturer turned up trumps. I had a reply after just 2 days and they sent me a translation, free. Great service. Well done Krick in Germany.
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Old Feb 09, 2006, 11:36 AM
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Great! Now on with the build thread and pictures!
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Old Feb 10, 2006, 12:35 AM
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OK, I will try to provide a commentary on the build with some pics. but be warned I am a slow worker. Also, "she who must be obeyed" always has a list of demanding chores which take priority! However, my major disadvantage is that I am about to start a major re-build of my workshop. Since moving to France I have eveything stored in the garage awaiting this re-build, such that many tools are still crated.

I much admire the folk who work "on the kitchen table" but that is not for me.

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Old Feb 10, 2006, 11:54 AM
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"Felix" comes out of the box!

Here (I hope) are some pics. of the box and what comes out of it.

Dimensions:Length 634mm. Beam 148mm. Height 270mm.
Scale 1:25. Hull material ABS.

The kit appears to be comprehensive with the usual disclaimer "No RC; no glue: no paint". The box adds the stern Message "This model is not a toy", (hope my wife reads that!).

The two 1mm. ply sheets are slightly warped but nothing that will not pull up under construction.

The plan is good but the instuctions sparse. The German version appears to be much more comprehensive and has a few line drawings not in the English set. They claim the kit is true to scall and easy to build, designed for beginners.

I got this kit from a sale in my local model shop as they were stripping out stock prior to rebuilding. 78 euros.

Roger in France.
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Old Feb 11, 2006, 12:40 AM
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All right Roger!!

The boat looks really good. You called it a barge but it looks like a motor launch to me. Very nice! Can't wait to see the build.
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Old Feb 11, 2006, 01:32 AM
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Yes, it is a motor launch but the box decribes it as "a harbour barge". I would certainly recognise that name to mean a launch. "Barge" is a widely used and understood term for such boats. In the Royal Navy for example an "Admiral's Barge" would be a rather smart, motor launch for conducting the Admiral from ship to shore. Again, the "Royal Barge" is a motor launch for the Queen and in former times would have been a rowed launch.

Incidentally, I am not sure that I shall buld her as shown. I think rather more varnished wood would look good. Also, as I am an Englishman, living in France, flying a German flag could be confusing!

Roger in France.
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Old Feb 11, 2006, 02:46 AM
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Hi Roger,

These boats actually are still in use in the German seaports, I have a few articles about it when the kit first came on the market, if you're interested I could look them up, scan them and mail them to you.
I memory serves me well, one is in Dutch and the other in German, not a big help, I know, but at least the pictures might be of use.

Just let me know.

Regards, Jan.
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Old Feb 12, 2006, 12:59 AM
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Jan, I have sent you a personal message. Thanks for the offer, yes, I would like to have the pictures.

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Old Aug 03, 2010, 01:57 PM
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Krick Felix

Hi, I just picked up one of these kits as I am not in any way an experienced builder and thought this might be a reasonable "starter kit".
However, I soon made the same discovery that you did abou the instructions being in German. I also note that, although there is a numbered pasts list, the parts are not identified on the die-cut wood sheets.
I am hoping against hope that you might still have the instructions in English and might be willing to share.

Regards, Bill
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Old Aug 03, 2010, 04:21 PM
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Check your instruction sheets. Most German kits have a parts lay out in the instructions that will identify the parts on the the sheets.
I'vealways liked the Krick models he has some great subs. I've been tring to talk him ouot of one for many years.
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Old Aug 03, 2010, 07:54 PM
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I am hoping against hope that you might still have the instructions in English and might be willing to share.
I'm not sure how often Roger logs in to RCG.. but i think its the same 'Roger in France' on the Model Boat Mayhem site..
It might be easier to contact him through MBM...
http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/for...=profile;u=142

EDIT: I was right..
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Old Aug 03, 2010, 09:02 PM
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Roger in France.

Connect a to a.
Connect b to b.
Connect c to c. and so on.
I hope this helps.

Don in California
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Old Aug 04, 2010, 07:23 AM
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Roger, looking at the kit, I get the impression of the boat being a shuttle or ferry.

Whichever way you build it, you'll have a good looking model.

Regardless of the language they are written in, I usually ignore the instructions anyway---.
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Old Aug 04, 2010, 10:43 AM
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Der Kap... that explains a LOT!
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