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Jan 22, 2013, 01:12 PM
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Thames River Police Launch - 1960s

Hi All,

My Dad built this model 40 plus years ago - all balsa construction. I don't know if he built from plans or scratch built. It originally had a steam engine installed and you had to set the tiller arm so that it went out into the pond, described a gentle arc and returned to you. It never did and I can remember as a kid having to wade all over to retrieve it - great fun. It was very slow and susceptible to any wind whatsoever. It is 650mm long with a beam at widest point of 18mm (25.5 inches - 7inches)

My Dad passed away in 2009 and with the model having survived (sort of) being stored in the garage and numerous moves, my brother and I have decided to rebuild/restore her. I was thinking of installing an electric power train. As a parkflyer this is going to be something different for sure.

As far as I can make out she is a 1958 /60 services launch used by the UK Metropolitan Police on the Thames.

Any help whatsoever, pics of models or the original, plans whatever you can help with, will really be appreciated.
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Jan 22, 2013, 01:21 PM
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tghsmith's Avatar give these guys a try, much closer to its home, if you get your hands on the plans think about restoring your fathers for the mantle piece and making replacements for you and your brother..
Jan 22, 2013, 01:25 PM
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VERY sorry to hear of your loss Sir ...

This will be a very meaningfull restoration, certainly to be watched.
Found these in a few moments of googling:
( see reply #7 )

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Jan 22, 2013, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by tghsmith give these guys a try, much closer to its home, if you get your hands on the plans think about restoring your fathers for the mantle piece and making replacements for you and your brother..
Thanks for the lead, will follow up.

We originally thought seriously about what you suggest, however, the thrill of seeing my Dad's model sail again under her own power is something we just cannot resist. But once the maiden trip is done (or maybe a few more) I agree that the old girl should be retired and a new model built.
Jan 22, 2013, 01:34 PM
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Tim, you have reduced me to tears.......

You have no idea how much this means to me, thank you very, very, very much.
Jan 22, 2013, 01:41 PM
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Looks like you'll need to build up or purchase a new stuffing tube.
Make up a motor mount also. If you want to upgrade a bit , you
could put the rudder post through the stern, and build up a servo
mount at the back of the boat, and maybe build a nice cover for the set up.
Add an ESC, and a place to land the battery pack and it should get up and run.

Stuffing tube

Or possibly purchase a stuffing tube.
Cornwall model boats is a good place to shop online if there is no place nearby.

motors and mounts
Jan 22, 2013, 02:00 PM
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Thanks for all the help Umi, very much appreciated.

I normally fly rc planes and although some things are common, I am realising that most is not, especially building. Restoring this launch looks way more difficult than the planes I have built, but I am really excited to do this.

Jan 22, 2013, 02:08 PM
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tghsmith's Avatar this may give some hope and info
Jan 22, 2013, 03:17 PM
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I used to admire the Police Launch in this Veron advertisement. The black and white picture doesn't do it justice.
Jan 23, 2013, 08:37 AM
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All the "Veron" range original plans are available to purchase via Colin Smith (Phil's son).

Regards Ian.
Jan 24, 2013, 02:12 PM
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Hi Ian,

Do you perhaps have any contact details for Colin Smith, preferably email or a website?

Many thanks
Jan 25, 2013, 04:33 AM
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This is the only other Veron ad I have:
Jan 25, 2013, 09:52 AM
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Didn't see yesterdays request Helron, this may help:-

Regards Ian
Oct 27, 2013, 04:48 PM
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Hi All,

I know this is an old thread, but my grandmother has just given me one of these kits NIB to build with my kids, complete with plans. Let me know if you still need a copy.


Oct 27, 2013, 05:08 PM
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I'd love to see a build thread.

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