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Kingston Mouldings
Kingston Mouldings

Hull Length:730mm (28.5") Beam:180mm (7") Scale:1/48th

This WW2 destroyer Erich Steinbrinck, together with the steam tug Flying Eagle and the two German armed trawlers, are from the range that was produced by Ted Radestock, and sold through his business Scale Propellers of Hoylake on Merseyside for many years. Ted gave all the moulds and production rights to Kingston Mouldings when he retired and closed his business. The hulls are the same as before, except that some are considerably improved following the replacement of worn-out moulds, and all are supplied with the same scale drawings as before. In the photo, the hull at the front is the steam tug Flying Eagle, and the hull at the rear is the WW2 German destroyer Z15 Erich Steinbrinck. The one between these two is the trawler type hull for the Hafenschutzboot and Vorpostenboot. The underwater shape is identical for both these hulls, though the topsides are different, and the two are not interchangeable.

The coastal single screw steam tug Flying Eagle was built by Bow McLachlan of Paisley in 1928 for The Clyde Shipping Co of Glasgow. The vessel was considered quite innovative at the time, and was designed with quite a broad beam to increase coal bunker capacity and range, as she was intended for coastal towing work in addition to the usual port duties. Flying Eagle was purchased thirty years later in 1958 by J H Lamey on the River Mersey, and renamed James Lamey, finally ending her days working out of Belfast harbour as Lilias. The scale drawing is by P N Thomas, and model displacement is 4kg, or about 9lbs. Of course, you wouldn't have to use this hull to build a model of Flying Eagle, being a fairly typical steam tug shape, the hull would be suitable for use as the basis for many other similar designs from around the same period.