Model: (Click to see more) 99999: Misc.
Status: Project
Date: 27-Jan-2011
Comments: 17
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Some surprise ! The Sea Rover is a model I first saw on the model fire boat website. To me Its kind of the Sand Scorcher of the classic model boat world (my boaty holy grail) I had acquired an Aerokits Sea Commander and was doing the necessary research for restoration. A very pretty boat, I took an immediate shine to it. On trawling Tc showrooms I happened on a chaps showroom who I had met and dealt with before ( Thelegos ) Roger is a smashing chap who has given me great help for no return in the past on another boaty project. I still owe him for that. And lo and behold in his showroom was a nice example along with an original and nice condition Taycol motor. Roger has a great collection of the best classic motor boats in his showroom, well worth a look. All the while another TC member Keven64 unbeknown to me had also a fetish for such vessels and had been looking out for them and reproducing his own from plans. Keven is one of many guys that bring his wayward computers to me for 'sorting out' For two or three years now I have de-bugged, rebuilt & modified his long suffering silicon. Recently due to extra kids, big building projects, added workload and long suffering wife, I have had to curtail the repairs. As a mark of gratitude Keven had cooked up a plan with help from Roger to build me a Sea Rover. If you have ever seen Kevs work he is a true old skool balsa basher with 200+ years ;) experience, and a real master of the skill. Halfway through the build though he managed to track down and original 1950's example and promptly purchased it ! He arrived at my house last night to collect a repaired PC and presented me with the brand new one and the original. I thought he had just brought them to show me and to photograph two sea rovers together as that's something you would never see again in real life ! You should have seen my face when he told me to choose one to keep ! So Keven a massive thanks. I felt bad accepting it as I thought it was too much but I probably would have swapped half my workshop for it given half a chance ;) Its a very pretty looking boat and a classic design of the era. I would love to mount a Taycol supermarine in it but they dont half chuck up white noise interference with radio gear. I will probably design a monster suppressor for one so I can use it but for now It has an ample 400 with open brushes. I will re do the interior for an ESC and uprate the battery mounts. Part of the agreement was I' am to run this and film it for Keven..... Try stopping me ! I have plans to run it on the boating pond this Sunday with my son and his fireboat. Beware ducks. P.S I promise not to leave it on a shelf Keven ;)




1 The Original The one I chose :) 1 Old & new together 1 Kevs handy work, still to be skinned and glassed 1 The pics do not do justice to it 1 1 With my sea commander half finished 1 -Warm Sunday Afternoon, Water like glass 1 -Bottle of Good Real Ale & peace & quite 1 -Deckchair & 5 hour duration battery 1 Perfection !!!!

If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
My current project. 1954 Aerokits Sea Commander

Comments

BiggusDitchus

27-Jan-2011

Lovely looking boat, I want one of these now LOL as well as a plane, etc etc... your a bad influence fella. Let me know when its launch day.

sgt.barnes

27-Jan-2011

Sunday mate bring a camera

thelegos

27-Jan-2011

Mark that's a beauty! As you say I knew Kev was building one for you and swarn to secrecy but not sure how far he had got. His skill with balsa is exeptional. I love the Sea Rover and took mine out last Sunday, it really does capture the era and everything Aerokits produced. Love it

IBIFTKH

28-Jan-2011

Beautiful boats, real craftsmanship on display. How big are they?

mongoose1983

28-Jan-2011

Work of art. BEAUTIFUL.

pcw 064

28-Jan-2011

Beautifull project.I like wood constructions.It's a very pleasant material to work and always gives beautifull results.The same material as the 1/1.Love your workshop too.To do good job you need good tools.Nice entry.

TA-Mark

28-Jan-2011

Beautiful boat mate. Inspires me to build up something similar in 1:12 from some 1960's 1:1 plans I have. It's called the Blue Fin and I'm sure the plans are by Haines. My Grandfather left me a heap of old bondwood boat plans when he past.

Swarm

28-Jan-2011

Beautiful works of art ,I can really appreciate these vintage boats they simply look superb.
I have the what could be the last boat in this flotilla the Sea Urchin its not in my showroom I purchased it from the UK last year .
Thanks for sharing awesome work mate !!!

7.2inchdriver

28-Jan-2011

That is a beautiful kit, always nice to work with wood.

Henk4Focus

28-Jan-2011

Wow, really cool. Lovely handywork.

tamiyaonebay

28-Jan-2011

I don't know much about RC boats but I can tell these are magnificent works of art!

oldie

28-Jan-2011

Now that has jogged some memories of about 40 years ago! Love it, thanks for posting.

keven64

28-Jan-2011

The Sea Rover is around 30' long and 9' beam...

My scratchbuilt balsa model is REALLY light.


The weight needed for it to float at the correct waterline can be extra battery capacity...

A few 2S2P lips - I should think...

EnBeeDee

28-Jan-2011

Hi Sarge,
How good to see an 'Old Rover'.I have the Commander,Nymph,Urchin,and,if memory serves,a part-built Nymph somewhere(My RAM's not as good as it used to be !)I love these old Aerokits and it's good to know that they still excite genuine interest here on T.C. Good luck,
Neil.

loaded

28-Jan-2011

I have a similar story to tell....My first ever car (in place of the Hotshot I wanted) was a Nikko Toyota Hilux. I played the car to death, everything fell off, but it ran for ever (kind of like the one on Top Gear!). I have looked for one for ages. I managed to find in the interim 3 black original NIB Porsche 934, SWB Wild Willy, 2 Optima Golds NIB (Basically all desirable and rare as RHS) and no Toyota Hilux. I received an email from a Tamiyaclub.com member saying he had one and would I want it? Would I? Yes please, I said and readied myself for offering up goodies, cash and kidneys, neither of which seemed to interest him (had I known he would have been more interested in old balsa and burnt out silicon I would naturallt have offered that instead). He just sent it to me, like that, no postage even. Just because he knew how it made me feel. Now, if you already don't believe in Karma, let me tell you the member's name. But, no, that isn't necessary, is it? I bet you have all already guessed Thanks mate! I still owe you one, but it seems to come back to you anyway through the cycle of things. Good things happen to good people I guess! P.

Dannie Boy

29-Jan-2011

Wow really nice! I love my RC Boats and cars and would love a great set up like most on TC but unfortunately long term poor health doesn't really allow it? When I came home from Dialysis today I was a bit down but Colin from RCBearings gave me a little lift and then I read your storey about the Sea Rover and read what loaded said about you and this made me realise that the World does have nice down to earth people in it!!!
Best Regards from Dan.

keven64

29-Jan-2011

See... just as I said - one good turn deserves another - or something like that...

Your good karma came back and smacked you in the face with a model boat that you'd have swapped half your workshop for... and it was a picture !


One question.

WHY didn't you make me an offer like that BEFORE I got to asking you to choose one of the boats ?


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