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Old Feb 15, 2007, 10:59 PM
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Lady Margaret-Wooden Steam Drifter

I noted recently that someone on the Forum was lamenting the fact that wooden hulled boats were going the way of the 8 track recorder and CB radio. That prompted me to start a thread of my present build.
The "Lady" is a handmade kit produced in 1984 by Marvon Models in the UK.
Only 50 kits were made; mine being #20 as certified by Tom Gorman, one of the owners of Marvon. Tom, like all of us, is getting up in years, but he still is an active builder and writer.
I purchased the kit almost three years ago on ebay and feel very fortunate I was the lucky bidder since I have not seen any more listings for any Marvon Model to date.
I contacted Mr. Gorman after the purchase in an effort to track the chain of ownership of the "Lady". I was sucessful.
Marvon Models motto was "Models for the Modeler". I have discovered what that means. You have to be very good (not me), or very experienced (ditto) or this boat will be a challenge.
Before continuing, I must admit I thought long and hard before starting this kit. If only 50 existed 23 years ago, it's entirely possible mine may be the only one still in kit form, and possibly quite valuable. But I didn't take up modeling to make money, so here goes...
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Old Feb 15, 2007, 11:16 PM
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This is going to be good!

Kits were made to be built! Good for you for not letting it be just another box of wood on the shelf!
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Old Feb 15, 2007, 11:20 PM
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Hope you copied/ traced out the ribs and stations so you can build a second one
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Old Feb 15, 2007, 11:34 PM
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This is going to be good!
Ditto!
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Old Feb 16, 2007, 06:05 AM
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I love those old steam drifters....And you look like you're doing a real good job! Please post more pix as you go along -- this looks like it was a really "high quality" kit!
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Old Feb 16, 2007, 07:15 AM
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The steam drifter has to be a rite-of-passage model for every British modeler, and I never tire of seeing them in magazines and in the flesh, so to speak. There is just enough deck furniture to add interest without totally confusing you.

Somewhere, I have a set of drawings of a drifter named "Ocean Reward" or "Ocean Raleigh" that I bought from Taubman's some 25 or 30 years ago.
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Old Feb 16, 2007, 07:18 AM
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I second Green Boats post. Copy all the wood parts so these are not lost. In case of an error you can make back ups. If you wish to make another model like this you will have hard copies.

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Old Feb 16, 2007, 05:45 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. I really enjoy reading your opinions and comments.
When I first got the kit I decided that when I started the build that as I removed a piece from the box, I would reproduce it and use the new one for the build; leaving the kit all original. But after poring over the plans, photographs and directions for over a year I determined that there was enough there for a determined modeler to make a successful build.
Point of interest. If you have the SIS CD you can go to the 1986 Nov-Dec issue and walla, there is the Lady. At least it is the same kit. David Deadman did a super build and in the process won an award. If you blow up the mags cover you will see what I am shooting for.
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Old Feb 16, 2007, 06:02 PM
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looking good! what is the red 'stuff' on the bulwarks? Paint? filler?
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Old Feb 17, 2007, 12:31 AM
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News to me that the wooden hulled boats are going the way of the 8-track and CB Radio...

I believe someone made the same pronouncement about balsa stick kits for aircraft when the fiberglass and foam planes came out enmasse. So far, I still see plenty of stick kits surrounding the foam planes!

There is nothing like working with wood, it just has a feel that I can't get out of any other material. I'm not a wood modeler, I'm a wood worker though. I don't have the kind of time (or patience probably) to build a boat from wood kit or plans. That doesn't mean I don't admire wood hulls, wood boats or the modelers who tackle them. My hat is off and I bow to all you wood hull modelers. Keep the skill alive...
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Old Feb 17, 2007, 08:24 AM
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Aero, The bulwarks are laid out flat and bulkheads spaced and glued on. Then the whole strip (actually 3 pieces) are glued onto the cover board. Much easier to air brush one coat before attaching. Now I just redo with a brush.

Shaun, I.m with you 100%. When I was growing up hardwood floors were the norm. Then they were covered with carpeting. Now we have plastic and whatever man made materials on our floors, cabinets and yes, boat hulls. But you hit the nail on the head (that's a woodworking term-HA). People don't have time to wait for steamed wood to bend, dry and be sanded. p.s. What kind of woodworking to you do?

For you steam buffs, this is what the modeler had in mind for the prototype.
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Old Feb 17, 2007, 08:54 AM
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What a lovely ship!

My eyes aren't what they used to be. What is the make of that steam engine?
That's what I call real purty!
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Old Feb 17, 2007, 08:56 AM
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Look at the angle of that U joint. I hope that steam plant wasn't firmly in place.

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Old Feb 17, 2007, 09:35 AM
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It is a Maxwell Hemmens Caton steam engine and boiler.

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Old Feb 17, 2007, 10:52 AM
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What did wood boat model builders use before we had all those sliding clamps?
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