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HMS Hurworth 1427 viewsThere isn't a 1/96th scale kit for a Type 2 Hunt, but we built one, extensively modifying the Deans Type 3 and using a good many of John Haynes' splendid fittings. The result is a detailed display model with a very satisfying performance on the water.
(Model by John Davies, featured in “Marine Modelling”, November 2012))
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HMS Hurworth 2418 viewsThere isn't a 1/96th scale kit for a Type 2 Hunt, but we built one, extensively modifying the Deans Type 3 and using a good many of John Haynes' splendid fittings. Here is a detail of the bridge.
(Model by John Davies, featured in “Marine Modelling”, November 2012)
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HMS Hurworth 3425 viewsThere isn't a 1/96th scale kit for a Type 2 Hunt, but we built one, extensively modifying the Deans Type 3 and using a good many of John Haynes' splendid fittings. Here is a midships detail picture, centred on the complex 2 pdr quad mounting.
(Model by John Davies, featured in “Marine Modelling”, November 2012)
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HMS Hurworth 4431 viewsThere isn't a 1/96th scale kit for a Type 2 Hunt, but we built one, extensively modifying the Deans Type 3 and using a good many of John Haynes' splendid fittings. Here she is on the water, raising a good wake and heeling to the turn, looking very much a destroyer at speed.
(Model by John Davies, featured in “Marine Modelling”, November 2012)
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HMS Hurworth 5470 viewsI finally got some good on-the-water pictures of "Hurworth". A small fast-moving model can be remarkably hard to photograph well. But she does certainly look the part.
(Model by John Davies, featured in “Marine Modelling”, November 2012)
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Juliana 1627 viewsThis is a nice heirloom model. It was built about 1985 by a father for his son. Recently it was brought to us for refurbishment. It cleaned up well, and although it does not carry all the scale detail of today’s best models, it still looks very good, and besides, think of all the precious memories it revives.
(Model by family builder, restored by John Davies)
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Juliana 2600 viewsOn a breezy day, she handles choppy water very competently.
(Model by family builder, restored by John Davies)
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Juliana 3597 viewsHere she is running in calmer water through the gathering dusk, making a very atmospheric picture with her navigation lights lit.
(Model by family builder, restored by John Davies)
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Marie Felling649 viewsWe don’t just do full builds. We tailor what we do to what you want. This is a case in point. The Caldercraft “Marie Felling” is, with “Imara”, one of their two big tugs. Personally, I think “Marie Felling” has more character. We bought this one in at an early stage of construction. Before I completed it, I got a phone call from one of our long-term clients (we do seem to get a lot of repeat trade, loyal clients who keep coming back!) Could I find him a big tug kit he could build, and could I put the mechanism in for him?
(Model commenced by unknown builder, modified by John Davies)
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Marie Felling.694 viewsNow the fun started. Like “Imara”, the “Marie Felling” is produced in two versions; twin-screw, which is authentic, and single-screw, which is not. This one, like most of the “Marie Fellings” I’ve seen, was single screw. So I filled in the propellor aperture in the deadwood, added plating and rivet detail to match the GRP moulding, and fitted two shafts with A frames and big brass props. You’d have to look very closely to see that was not as originally moulded. Two powerful motors and a sophisticated control system completed the package, she ran a successful trial voyage, and she went off to her delighted new owner who will now have many happy months spare-time work fitting her out.
(Model commenced by unknown builder, modified by John Davies)
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Red narrowboat795 viewsWe built two narrowboats, for a gentleman whose garden is given over to a large and splendid live-steam narrow-gauge system.
Visitors on open days say they make a marvellous sight, gliding silently along the cut, while the little trains chuff along the quays, and passing the two without mishap is as interesting as in a real canal.

Check: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgTcQzjB1K8

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Blue narrowboat785 viewsWe built two narrowboats, for a gentleman whose garden is given over to a large and splendid live-steam narrow-gauge system.
Visitors on open days say they make a marvellous sight, gliding silently along the cut, while the little trains chuff along the quays, and passing the two without mishap is as interesting as in a real canal.

Check: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgTcQzjB1K8
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