The Everard Mansion at Eagle Creek inlet
Andrew Fagan’s, footy-sized but non Footy compliant easy to put together, non RC, ready to sail Davilon yacht is one of the sailing boats of Saggimau which is located (well we will just say) `over the curve of the earth ‘ from where the boats set out on Plastic Bag Patrol.
You could win 'REGGAE ROSE'an Andrew Fagan Davilon freesail yacht if you are the first to email correct answers to a couple of questions whch you will find within this column.
My own Davilon (at right) is called Reggae Rose, so I am referring to it as that.
An exciting absolutely bomb proof little yacht, the Davilon is worth looking at as a boat option – no radio control, totally robust and virtually 'indestructible' (and inexpensive at NZ$60 plus postage and packing ex Auckland).
Take a look a the video, then be prepared to order one for the grandchild for Christmas and you can oder via the email shown later in this column. It is a great Christns gift and the cost is an absolute steal.
Purchasers also get a copy of the full colour book, On Plastic Bag Patrol which is a wonderful read for the young, and the old like me with imagination who are young at heart, the book written by Andrew two pages shown above.
Take a look at the video embedded below then be prepared to want one and contact Andrew Fagan by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Impey I met many years ago and have written about his boats in both Windling World, my long defunct magazazine and countless occasions in this column on Duckworks magazine. My wife and I visited Ken & Marj in Cornwall some years ago and since then we have continually kept in touch by phone for he is the very salt of the earth and an absolute treasure among a few close friends met of mine
Ken has built a great many models and when I visited Falmouth we took time to enjoy maybe an hour and a half to sail two schooners of his in Perranporth pond while chatting and getting to know each other. Many of his boats, most of them given away now have been made available for modellers to build by provision of plans through the Traplet Plans Service and that still exists today.
Poor eyesight forced Ken to give up building some years ago, then unable to cast aside his enthusiasm for making schooners came this absolute beauty thatI call Shalom because Ken Impey my friend is a man of kindness and of peace. I don't know what name he gave her (or where she even is now) but I know he won't mind. This is for you Ken,,,Shalom!
|(left) John Hanks working on deck houses
(above) John with his large J Class model
John Hanks III of the US whom I have written about before is well known as one of the leading sailors and promoters of the big J Class model racing yachts, but it is not so much about that aspect of his hobby I write about, instead it is about his skill in producing what some call `deck houses’ (what others like I tend to refer to as `skylights’.
John who also sails a smaller Canterbury J Class boat has been so kind as to offer to produce (which he did at no cost whatsoever to me) a few of these wonderfully constructed absolutely beautifully made ship fittings for me for me in varying sizes, one of these now fitted to my classic little John Stubbs made Footy of mine called Sixpence.
That is John at work above on the ones he sent me and this is not to suggest in any way that he seeks orders from people. (I don’t know because he has never said so and I have never asked him, but I have found that they are fiddly little things to make and it would be a great service to model shipmodellers new to the hobby, and like the writer, enthusiastic but largely unskilled and therefore unable.)
For kindle or lap top, this is the very first E Book that I have really seen for I am not a `kindler' but M. de Lesseps (I know him as Mike, he calls himself Lesseps!) a now retired Art Director in serious US advertising agencies and for a long time a restorer of pond models has sent me a hard copy of a little book called Building "Betty Too', an RC scale model of an original boat by Harry Bryan, the model built by Mike for a friend of his who owns the speedboat itself.
On the cover of the hard copy can be seen (presumably the owner) aboard the boat with the model nestled beside the hull. Although in the introduction to the book it has been stated that `this is not a How to build Betty Too, the author has some words of advice to those aspiring to make a model of the boat which as a non-builder I pride myself in understanding and would go so far as to say that nonetheless I feel that the kindle or lap top book would certainly offer immense help for it is clearly explained.
Areas in the construction have been covered and in clear and concise manner, and dear to my own heart is Mike's point made (akin to mine) that model boats on a lake or pond with no crew on board is just unrealistic. Model boats need figures in order to create the illusion, just as much I think, as I need imagination as I sail up and down a strait or rugged coast that could be anywhere while controlling the steering and sails and keeping an eye on changing tide and wind conditions. Needless to say, Mike has carved his own figures.
If you are a builder of model ships and one that is happy and well versed in the use of a lap top, or if you are a kindle kind of person, then for just eight US dollars (presumably plus postage) you can get this e book from Amazon. Maybe it is the start of a whole new trend toward kindle and/or electronic reading, who knows? Plaudits anyway, that even the dumb such as I can understand it.
A New Zealander set sail aboard Commodore Monroe’s Egret out of Florida with intent to reach New Zealand before Christmas. The boat was built by Cecil Tiller and was gifted to Mark Steele, then Herb Sprangster a sailor from Wellington undertook to deliver the boat up across the Pacific and into the Onepoto canal in time for a pre-Christmas welcome in Auckland.
Master shipmodeller, Ian Hunt in Sydney, Australia is seen behind his latest model, the Dunbar which he has been building for five years. This photo came in from Ian just before closing off this June issue, so I am glad to have been able to include it.
The real Dunbar on which the ship was modeled smasked itself into rocks and was completely demolished.
|On 21st August way back in 1857, the Dunbar caught in a heavy gale at Watsons Bay, Sydney, foundered and smashed herself into the cliff face at night with the loss of 121 passengers and was the worst ever disaster in the maritime history of Australia.
Ian Hunt's model is built to a scale of 1/36 and has an overall length of 8' 2".
The dream started when Phillip Sidall on the Isle of Mull read in my column that my mate John Stubbs had built a sailing model of of the 1886 centreboard schooner which he had named Mary J Stubbs.
A museum curator on Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, Argyll in UK. Philip has not yet had the time sail the model because the waters there have been frozen, but hopefully I may get a photo of the model sailing soon.
Phillip and the writer keep in touch and he is now more into RC model helicopter flying having taken model yacht micro sailing to what he considers to be a satisfactory level (perhaps he means he is a bit bored with it). His girlfriend is into RC flying of the helicopters so they spend more time to together.
Inset on the photo above is one of Phillip's delightful little schooners that needs a rebuild after falling off a cupboard in a storm, and headed to Harry Duncan's `magic restoration emporium in Hamilton to be rebuilt for a friend of his!
Introduction by Mark Steele
Sometimes, these days I also find I need a map just to find my way around in my daily home meanders, just like Ken Preston did to find his way out of Saigon as related in his blog `Letters from the Road. Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos’. I have known this friend never met, Ken Preston just three days. and this is his story not mine, I have merely `snipetised ‘ it from the wealth of information his material gave me.
An interesting fact I discovered is that Ken Preston is a friend of Harry Duncan my own close friend who as lived in Viet Nam and both he and Ken are married to Vietnamese lasses. It is a small world.
Model boats for export from Ken's favourite manufacturers, Gia Nhien in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. I am hoping to show you a few of their models, perhaps in the next issue.
Ken refers to it as his `infamous career'. After taking a degree in geology, he went on active duty in the army right out of school, was in tanks in the US and briefly in Germany before being sent to the combat zone. Then to Viet Nam in the early seventies for a year where he didn't get killed and didn't kill anybody either. Back in the US he went commercial fishing after the war until he went broke.
Liking Viet Nam he went back there in 2005 after spending 36 years up and down the US West coast building bridges and docks, and tugboats and cranes for a company. in order to make a trip through the country on a motorcycle, with a plan to photograph all the boats and write a book about the trip. He has worn out a couple of motorbikes as some of the roads on the Lau side are horrendously bad dirt and gravel, many with water crossings with no bridges, or over very scary bridges.
He is still photographing and working on the book.
A fine model of a North Sea trawler by Kiwi Steve Craven- Jones, the model called Our Sarah after Steve's wife.
It is fully RC and has working bow thruster, horn and, seagull sound effects and is beautifully weathered. Steve lives in the Bay of Plenty area of New Zealand's North Island.
David Wall I have never met but I first saw his photographs of Phar Lap taken at Timaru Raceway in Washdyke in the South Island of New Zealand, then saw a copy of one of Wall's early books and that started my fossicking for pictures of his other work, much of which has brought him acclaim. Have a look at his website: https://www.davidwallphoto.com/ and also the website Joanne Sullivan-Gessler: https://www.sullivansculpture.co.nz/
Beauty from above...One of David's aerial shots.
David Wall Photographer
Hotel d'Urville, New Zealand
And now a really wonderful video on parahawking produced by Life Touch Films and seen on You Tube. It is called `Rio for Real…Fly like a bird’. Sit back and enjoy it
The red Italian beast is ready! (photo by the writer)
Okay listen up fellas and look sharp. In July I am off to the salt flats in the US for another run in REDS my Ferrari as I try for the record in that class. Once again I will have my celebrated pit crew, the Salty Broads in their topless almost bottomless polka dot bikinis servicing the snarling beast from Maranello, Italy, my pride and joy.
BRRRRM, there we go WHAAAAAA! Speak to me baby!!! WHAAAAAAA! WHAWWWWW! Whooo! Whoosh!
Here is my favourite pooch of the month, Tracie my gorgeous Auckland barber’s aged alsation Havana who sadly is getting on and suffering with dementia, keeps examining my pockets for Cuban cigars,
In human terms Havana is eighty-eight and is struggling to remember her Spanish these days!
Tony Phillips and the writer grew up in Georgetown, British Guiana, went to different colleges and in later years developed an interest in art, eventually co-hosting a two man exhibition of our work and presenting the then Prime Minister, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham with a framed painting each.
The country was changing politically and I had already left and was living and working for British Airways in the Caribbean islands based on the island of Barbados, Tony later leaving for Australia (where he lives in Victoria and I for New Zealand.
He paints in a variety of media, oils, watercolours, pastels and I wanted to include a small sample of his work in this column and the sample shown brings back wonderful memories of the homeland country I remember. He is also interested in model railways and intends to build one someday that will be based on the railway that ran all the way from Georgetown along the East Coast to Rosignol beside the Berbice River.
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