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Offline rondean

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news for the Blackpool show
« on: 15 October 2017, 16:25:42 »
Dear Modellers
 A bit more news for the Blackpool show, we will be releasing the new kit of the Narrow boat at 1/12th scale at this show,
  we will also have on display the next release to the Merchant kits This will be the well known S.S New Fawn the famous channel island passenger cargo vesel the carried many of the woman and children to England just before the German occupation.
 To 1/48th scale. The prototype model will be on show at Blackpool and we will be taking pre orders for her at first run price, due for release in Nov / Dec
 
  The model.
 This kit is based on a glass fibre hull with plating& port detailmoulded into the surface of the hull.  The deck and cabins assembly is laser cut from 1.5 & 1mm Hi Impact plastic sheet for “one Glue” assembly.
 A full set of fittings in cast alloy, resine.
Vacformed ships boat hulls
 Propshaft and prop included in the kit along with full size plan, in colour and a comprehesive set of instructions.



 HISTORY OF THE SHIP
Wherever there is a group of islands there must be a service provided to convey passengers and goods between the islands.
 The design of this class of vessel presents the naval architect with quite a problem. Most of the ports which she serves have limited facilities and many of them dry out at low tide. This means that draught is restricted and the hulls must be flat bottomed to lie comfortably high and dry. The vessel must be seaworthy to meet the heavy seas that she will encounter during the course of each year. There must be space for the cargo and derricks for handling it. Saloon accommodation is required as, even if the voyages are short, passengers expect comfort and shelter. No sleeping space is needed for the passengers. There must be open space on the decks for the passengers to promenade in good weather. Quite a problem!
In the days of steam the result was generally as portrayed by the New Fawn. The forecastle was high to throw off the heavy seas. The hatch was low to facilitate off-loading, and large to allow the handling of long items in the cargo. This was the most vulnerable part of the small ship and security of hatch coverings was of vital importance. The poop deck was high to give space for the accommodation and to try to give the passengers a dry trip.
The New Fawn was built in May, 1923 by Fuller-ton's of Paisley, 125 ft. b.p. x 23 ft. 2 in. x 9 ft. 9 in. moulded. The engine, from the works of Ross and Duncan, was compound 15 in. x 32 in.-24 in. stroke, supplied from a single ended tubular boiler at 135 p.s.i. With her bluff hull she had no pretensions as to speed and could manage 10 kts. on a consumption of 6 tons of coal per day. She had a saloon for 50 first class passengers, while her Board of Trade Certificate No. 2 permitted the carriage of a total of 168 people. The Certificate No. 3 increased this to 200 people. No. 2 covered winter service and No. 3 the summer service. She had a cargo capacity of 10.900 cu.
This vessel was used extensively in the evacuation of the Channel Islands at the outbreak of WW11 in May and in June she sailed for the duration but was not to return, it is believed that she spent most of this time in the Clyde area. She was broken up in 1954