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Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:26 pm
by JfromJAGs
Oh, I had seen pictures of that design, but had not recognized it as "the" 4-pointer. To me it was a good idea to switch to the next version. With todays RC technology it would be interresting to try such designs. A lot can be learned on a small budget and without risking lifes.

Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:08 pm
by Ernie Lazenby
Joerg. when I first saw the original quicksilver design I questioned it being a 4 pointer. The front planning area is split into two halves plus the two rear sponsons. My view is the front planning surfaces are effectively one so its a three pointer design. Happy to have someone disagree on that point.

I think I will do the original Quicksilver. All up cost with a gas turbine engine should be around £2500. Finding suitable water in the UK to run these models is very difficult. IC engine powered models are being increasingly banned from waters however I am sure we will find one. Probably in the lake district again.

Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:35 pm
by RichM
I remember your SOA model Ernie - what a great job.
I’d be interested to see both the new SOA and the original Q/S concept as a GT model.
Maybe once I’ve finished my 1/8 K7, 1/12 crusader and r/c 1/20 CN7 in about 20 years time...
Rich

Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:22 pm
by Black Knight
My next kit is on route 😁

Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:29 pm
by mickday
I am sure I saw that picture today on Facebook. Was that you?

Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:54 pm
by Black Knight
Yes

Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:45 pm
by Ernie Lazenby
Its big at 48 inches long. Yes its going to have a gas turbine engine. My mission before I fall off the perch is to get a GT powered crusader to work. I did it with electric version but this will be a real challenge. Much more to do before I even start to think about the mechanical side.
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Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:50 pm
by Ernie Lazenby
BTW The little booklet was published in 1952. Its rare and can attract good money. I recall David Tremayne having to pay well over £100 to get one via ebay. I hope to make this model as detailed as is possible from what is available. I have a set of drawings produced in 1967 by Vosper's ship drawing office. At 1/8th scale it will be an impressive model if it runs well.

Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:53 pm
by mickday
Nice work Ernie, will be interested to see how you get on. Which GT are you planing on powering it with?

Re: Bluebird & Other Scale Models

Posted: Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:31 pm
by Ernie Lazenby
Time to own up! It was always my plan to scratch build this one or Quicksilver, possibly both but my health and age may not allow that so; one of my friends in the model boat world, yes I do have some friends left :lol: informed me that what you see was for sale at £60. Build many years ago by a very skilled modeller who drew out his own 1/8th scale plans from Vospers. I drove down today and picked up the model which has been well built but is very light weight. Needs strengthening up in places and the sponsons are not fixed in place. A lot to do but it gives me a part finished canvas to work on. Hopefully I will be able to do a quicksilver after I finish this model, if the grim reaper allows me time and the grey matter keeps on working.

As for a turbine, it will be probably be a Turbine solutions Hornet 85E 19 lbs of thrust or the Wren 50i which TS are selling. Both around the £1900 mark.