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