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Kingston Mouldings
Kingston Mouldings

Hull Length:890mm (35") Beam:280mm (11") Scale:1/10th

River Queen is one of the best of the vast number of model boat designs penned over many years by the legendary modeller Vic Smeed. This one was intended to convey the spirit of well-known fictional vessels such as Forrester’s African Queen, as featured in the Humphrey Bogart/Katherine Hepburn film. The model is loosely based on a full size clinker-built small steam launch that was built some time in the early 1900s. When the plans were first published in Model Maker magazine in the 1950s, Vic Smeed was the Editor in those days, and it was intended to be constructed using traditional boat building methods, just as a full size boat of this type would have been. However, the availability of this exact fibreglass replica should encourage some of today’s’ modellers to have a go at a vessel of this kind. The hull is suitable for an accurate representation of a wide variety of steam, petrol or diesel powered small boats of just about any period, right up to the present day, and several have even been completed with drop keels as sailing dinghies. The hull is moulded with well-defined and accurate hull planking and keel detail, and it has an accurately trimmed sheer strake. The design does not need too much power to propel it at a realistic speed, and a small steam plant such as Cheddar’s Pintail, or one of the small units from Stour Valley Steam, will provide more than enough motive force, as would almost any medium sized electric motor if you want to model a motorised craft.