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Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« on: June 14, 2014, 09:56:13 »
 ^-^ Another new build, this time it is the Sun XVII ex Empire Margaret,  building at 1/32nd scale plank on frame her and the Sun XVI ex Empire Leonard, and Cervia  Ex Empire Raymond were sister boats built in 1945, unfortunately the Cervia is the only one of the Foremost class left afloat. 
The frames were cut out of 9mm ply as was the keel and they were then assembled on to a building board upside down and the planking applied using 2mm x10mm lime wood strips, once the planking was applied the hull was given a light coat of car body filler and rubbed down, this filled any gaps that there may have been between the planks, the hull was then removed from the building board and the inside coated with two coats of fibre glass resin, and the frame upstands cut off.
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2014, 09:57:27 »
Next batch of pics ;)
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2014, 09:59:02 »
The planking continues :)
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2014, 10:00:55 »
Oh some pics of the real thing  angel angel
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2014, 10:04:01 »
To continue the hull now planked and off the board with the shaft and motor fitted and lined up
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2014, 10:06:28 »
A start was now made on the superstructure and funnel, and the deck was fitted
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2014, 10:07:55 »
more pics of the superstructure
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2014, 10:09:26 »
Now with the funnel made from 2 layers of 1/32nd ply
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2014, 10:11:09 »
Starting on the deck
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2014, 10:14:45 »
Now plating the hull with 100gsm paper and PVA glue  and wth the rudder made ,the rudder is not to scale but made to give the model more manoeuvrability.
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2014, 10:16:37 »
Last three for now  hull undercoated and the superstructure undercoated as well
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2014, 14:48:29 »
There was a steam tug of roughly 1940's vintage, working at Port Adelaide (Australia) for many years, named Foremost and operated by Ritch and Smith Pty Ltd (part of the Adelaide Steamship group).  Could this be one of this "class" of boats?  My memory gets a bit vague stretching back that far, but from my recollection she looked similar to the photos in your post - but then, I guess most British-built steam tugs of that era would all look similar at a casual glance.

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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2014, 03:37:26 »
Hello Des the only Empire tugs that I can find that were sold to Australian interests were....

Empire WINNIE,  Englishman Class sold to Adelaide steamship co as the Zealandia in 1951 and scrapped at Bunbury W A in 1974.

Empire NAN.  Modified Warrior class  sold to Adelaide Steamship Co in 1955 and named WILGA sold on to Singapore interests in 1975 .

Empire PEGGY.  Mod Warrior Class sold to William & Co Pty Aust in 1949 and named Coringa 1961 to Queensland tug Co.

Empire MINOTAUR. Foremost class. sold to Townsville Harbour Board

Empire BEN. sold to Melbourne Harbour Trust

and the only others that went Down Under were  Empire JANE and Empire SHIRLEY both went to New Zealand.

so it is quite possible that the one you remember was built for the Adelaide Steamship co in the UK just before the the second W W

all the best   Geo.  Just found this video on you tube about Adelaide harbour and  it has shots of the FOREMOST in it about half way through she looks to be a big old girl.

link to video   http://youtu.be/G5oxgNuMAnI

A bit more info on the Foremost she was built in the Uk   by Earls & co in 1926 
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII Build
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2014, 05:40:47 »
Well I have got a little more done, the hull is now in gloss the first coat anyway,E R top nearly finished and the wheelhouse is fitted out and the windows and frames fitted.   But yet to be varnished and the handrails are all made ,just need fettling and painting
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Re: Empire Margaret/Sun XVII
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2014, 05:42:14 »
some more pictures of progress so far
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