Technically this is not a ship, but as such it is quite a deadly adversary as the American’s found out when attacked by a squadron of S-100’s whilst they were training on south England coast during WW2 in preparation for the D-Day landings .
I intend to do this as an out of the box build (famous last words) as I have a terrible tendency to get too excited and purchase loads of extras.
I’m with you… my best out-of-the-box intentions always seem to go awry as I get excited about the project and … well, you know how it goes. You officially have my encouragement actually build out of the box (if you can manage it) or to go as crazy with extras as your heart desires!
At the time this was the fastest boat in the water @ 43 Knots or thereabouts. The outer rudders specially “toed out” @ 30 degs utilising the Lürssen effect so that she go faster with a smaller wake. This reduces visibility at night.
To think this boat started off it’s life as a design for a high speed luxury sea going yacht.
Hi Gavin -
My father and grandfather were both master wooden boat builders and loftsmen. My dad worked in both the mold loft and small boat shop in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard during WW II .
He often told me that some US PT boat hull forms were heavily influenced by the Huckins Yacht Company’s “ Fair Form Flyer “ hull.
My dad designed, built and raced powerboats when I was a boy . He was National Champion in the Jersey Speed Skiff class at one time .
He switched to hydroplanes at one point - I remember my mother finding out what the propeller cost for this boat . Heavy atmosphere in our house for a bit … LOL
Hi ya all! Still recovering from a chest infection, so not too much happening with the Schnellboot, but I did tinker with the liferafts after seeing aftermarket versions which I am strictly trying to avoid.
So I decided to invest in some scale rope of various dia’s. This is my little extra detailing to add a bit more dimension to somewhat bland stock life rafts, using 0.5mm scale rope.
Does anyone have any images of how the anchor attached to the rope for the Schnellboots? I don’t like the way they are showing the rope on the front deck and a random anchor. That’s almost pointless, as if they are trying to fill the deck space…
Looking really good.
Can’t wait to see it all together and finished.
Have to admit that this kit has been on my wish list for a long time. I really need to take the plunge. Somewhere I have got the Airfix boat, an earlier class if I remember right. Would be great to display them both if I could get away with it on the shelves! I get moaned at when a 1/72 aircraft just happens to appear.