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Mar 11, 2004, 09:16 PM
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Canadian Flowers


Along with my scratch built Canadian Patrol Frigate (see other thread) I'm also working on a kitbash of the old Revell HMCS Snowberry kit (aka HMS Bluebell, USS Saucy).

These first couple of images show one of my five completed flowers, K181 HMCS Sackville. This kit is a modified Snowberry to bring it to spec for the Sackville at the end of the war. It's fully RC and runs very well.

The bow on this first shot shows some damage from a recent move. I've not yet fixed the missing stanchons for the guard rails to the bullring.




This final image is of my current work in progress. Again, a very heavily modifed Snowberry kit. This particular flower has had its forecastle cut back to the pre 1942 modernization program specifications. The top deck up, although using some plastic parts from the kit, is pretty much fully scratch built. This model will also be RC.



This is just one of those kits you can build over and over again and never build the same vessel twice.
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Mar 12, 2004, 05:48 AM
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Nice models.

I agree it's a model which you get into. It's ideal for dirtying up to give some authenticity. The handling is good too. I enjoyed building mine.

As many of the full size were built about 5 miles from where I live there's local interest to add to it as well. When I sail it at our local park there's almost always someone commenting on their involvement in the boat in some way.

I've a few pics posted somewhere on this topic.

Tony
Mar 12, 2004, 11:47 AM
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Very pretty!
Went up against a Flower Class very early in my combat career. Took me a long time to corner it even though I was faster, it was far more manouverable. Only took one shot below the water line to sink it. Sure was fun
Mar 12, 2004, 01:29 PM
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I thought regulation combat models were 144 scale? That would make for a tiny corvette. I don't know how they'd get the BB gun mechanics into a hull that small.
Mar 12, 2004, 05:35 PM
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We fight at the real scale. 1/72nd. The Le Terrible I was driving to catch the Flower was 6' 1/2". Our current smallest combat boat is an Elco Class PT boat. The Flower is armed with one 3/16" ball bearing cannon.
Mar 12, 2004, 05:39 PM
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I guess each club can create its own rules for scale. There is a combat club in Kelowna (the BC interior and area that was ravaged by forest fires this past summer) that is fairly active. But they use 144 scale and so post members are using Bismarck's and other large size battleships
Jun 17, 2004, 01:48 AM
David, I have 3 of those kits but Uncle Sam has prevented me from building. Am now settled in NW Washington State and can start to "lay the keel" on one. I have 3 questions....1) What running gear/radio set up do you use? 2) How do you get the propeller exit tubes to be water tight? 3) Do you use the kit propeller? Thanks!
Jun 17, 2004, 10:24 AM
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Hi.

Well each kit was fitted out slightly differently based on available gear. But from a high level they all have the same basics.

1. Yes, I always use the kit prop. It works well and is scale. A high performance propellor isn't required because these were never speed boats. I see a lot of modellers over power these kits and they've got them hydroplaning around the pond. I perfer scale so the scale prop works. The rudder is also stock from the kit with only the rudder post modified to allow movement.

2. The basic gear is a simple, two channel radio, 6 volt 4Ah battery. The type used in those little battery powered ride on cars for kids. The motors are 12 volts. Again, under voltaged due to the lack of requirement for speed. The motors came from the electronic surplus store so I have no idea of make or model number.

3. The stuffing tube is an off the shelf, 5mm(total dia), tube from Billings boats. I drilled out the exit hole in the model and used epoxy to hold the tube in place and to seal the hole.

4. For ballast I used pretty much anything I can get my hands on.

For the sake of interest, below is a picture of my interior workings.. not that you can really see much.

Dave
Jul 04, 2004, 05:44 AM

Re Canadian Flowers


Hi Guys,
Im new here so just wanted to say Hi and ask a couple of questions if I may ?

I have built 4 flower class over the years - and I agree that they are great fun to build and sail.
My latest is a modification of the Bluebell. I would like to make it into HMCS Orillia - but cant find any information at all on her (I Live in England).

Particularly I would like to find out any modifications she may have had and also her pennant number. If anyone can help me with this I would be very very grateful.

I am also building an 8 foot long 1-72nd scale ocean liner called the EMPRESS OF ASIA (A CPR vessel launched in 1912). I intend to sail them both together as they are of the same scale - should look interesting I think to see the flower providing escort !!
Here are a few pics of my Flower:-



The rest can be found on my website at:-
http://groups.msn.com/WHITESTARSHIP...elspageone.msnw
Jul 04, 2004, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by English Nige
Hi Guys,
Im new here so just wanted to say Hi and ask a couple of questions if I may ?

I have built 4 flower class over the years - and I agree that they are great fun to build and sail.
My latest is a modification of the Bluebell. I would like to make it into HMCS Orillia - but cant find any information at all on her (I Live in England).

Particularly I would like to find out any modifications she may have had and also her pennant number. If anyone can help me with this I would be very very grateful.
Information on corvettes is aplenty.. google is your friend. Google came up with dozens of hits on this particular ship.

google search for HMCS Orillia

Failing that there are at least two premier books on the subject.

Canada's Flowers: A history of corvettes of Canada 1939-1945. Thomas Lynch; Author. Nimbus Publishing Ltd

Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy 1939-1945. Ken MacPherson, Marc Milner; Authors. Vanwell Publishing Co. ISBN:1551250527

Other than that.. welcome aboard.
Jul 07, 2004, 05:06 AM
Hi David,
Thanks a million for those links - I've just spent 3 hours trolling through them !!!!!!
And It yielded a lot of information - including the pennant number that I was after (K119).
Thanks again for the information.
Nige
Aug 07, 2004, 10:02 PM
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Flower Class Corvettes


You might find Bob Pearson's site interesting.
http://www.cbrnp.com/RNP/Flower/contents.htm
Aug 08, 2004, 03:04 AM

Re Bob Pearsons site


Thanks a lot for that Salty !
Bob Pearsons site is a gem indeed - I think I'll be pouring over that for many many hours to come !!!
English Nige
Aug 19, 2004, 02:51 PM
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David,

Those are some beautiful boats! I just bought a revell flower and have a question for you concerning sequencing. Do you build it all and then paint, or do you paint subassmeblies as you go and then attach them? I'm going to start cleaning up the hull tonight and try to get it glued up over the weekend. I'm planning on making it radio control.

Thanks for the help and again, nice boats!

Dave Richey
Aug 19, 2004, 05:09 PM
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With mine, the sequence was the onlyproblem as such.As you suggest, painting small assemblies is the way to go as it's virtually impossible to get at some parts after they are installed. I also had removeable sections aft of the breakwater and that area from one side to the other needed some stiffening up before final fitting of the running gear and decks.

I found the thread I started on it at the time : https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...evell+corvette


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