is a semi-scale ocean racing yacht, intended to be very similar in appearance
to full size boats, but it is also legal under model 36R rules. It is an enlarged
and improved version of a design published some years ago in Model Boats under
the name Panache by perhaps the best known and most prolific model boat designer
of all time, Vic Smeed, who was then the magazine’s Editor. Panache
had a plywood hard chine hull, but all the sections have been accurately rounded
off in Swallow to produce a hull shape more similar to full-size racing yachts,
and enthusiastically approved of by Vic Smeed himself. Full size drawings
for the keel and rudder, together with a half-size sail-plan are supplied.
The photo shows my own prototype model at a fairly early stage of construction,
the hull having been fitted with wood inwales and deck beams. Although not
really competitive against proper purpose designed 36R model racing yachts,
it proves a very good fun sailer.