Colchester Smack

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This is the tentative start of a build log for a Colchester smack, which is a type of fishing craft that worked out of the Colne and Blackwater rivers in Essex in the 19th and 20th century. Many of these craft still survive as yachts and I live only a couple of hours away from where they can be seen. I will be using the plans in the Chatham Directory of Inshore Craft which were drawn by the naval architect Maxwell Blake. I have to get these enlarged as the originals are in a private collection and I don't know who owns it.

My model will be built at 1:24 or 1/2":1' in Imperial. This has the advantage that 1mm is about 1" in scale terms which makes sourcing the timber rather easier. There is lot of drawing to do which I will continue in parallel with working on my car project which is 1930 Singer Light Six which hasn't been on the road since around 1970. The model will form a nice contrast to the rather large and oily car!

I will probably go for sycamore or lime although I have to find a decent source. I have made a start in the meantime by getting most of the car stuff out of my main workshop and trying to establish a boatyard in its place. I have acquired some machine tools since I made Leon as a student with hand tools on the kitchen table so I hope these will help me make a boat that is worthy to sit alongside the quite outstanding models I watch develop on this forum.
Hallo @Colin B
we wish you all the BEST and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY
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Dear @Colin B
happy Birthday Birthday-CakeBeer

The work you do in restoring the car as well as on the ship model is really very impressive and the results are commendable. Well done, I will continue to follow in your blog
 

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This is the tentative start of a build log for a Colchester smack, which is a type of fishing craft that worked out of the Colne and Blackwater rivers in Essex in the 19th and 20th century. Many of these craft still survive as yachts and I live only a couple of hours away from where they can be seen. I will be using the plans in the Chatham Directory of Inshore Craft which were drawn by the naval architect Maxwell Blake. I have to get these enlarged as the originals are in a private collection and I don't know who owns it.

My model will be built at 1:24 or 1/2":1' in Imperial. This has the advantage that 1mm is about 1" in scale terms which makes sourcing the timber rather easier. There is lot of drawing to do which I will continue in parallel with working on my car project which is 1930 Singer Light Six which hasn't been on the road since around 1970. The model will form a nice contrast to the rather large and oily car!

I will probably go for sycamore or lime although I have to find a decent source. I have made a start in the meantime by getting most of the car stuff out of my main workshop and trying to establish a boatyard in its place. I have acquired some machine tools since I made Leon as a student with hand tools on the kitchen table so I hope these will help me make a boat that is worthy to sit alongside the quite outstanding models I watch develop on this forum. View attachment 90532View attachment 90533View attachment 90534View attachment 90535
Hallo @Colin B
We wish you all the best and a Happy Birthday
 
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Thanks everyone! Birthday and Covid together; lovely combinationROTF Strangely enough I have been looking at the smack again having just finished a complete rebuild of a 1951 MG TD including LHD to RHD conversion. I haven't touched the smack for 2 years but having decided I'm not doing any more cars I will get back on the case and hopefully post a bit of progress sometime soon.
 
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Cars like modeling are an addiction. I had a 67 TR4Airs that I drove many happy miles. Got the American bug and modified it too include a fuel injected 4 litre Rover V8 with a TR7 5-speed. Much fun and very quick but not brakes. Added Wilwood brakes on all 4 corners to help the stopping power. Back to modeling, I built a Model Shipways Lobster Smack and it is a wonderful display model. Looking forward to your smack.
 
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