the "masked modeller...."
|Model Slipway - Tsekoa .|
Was my very first ( yes 1st) scale model boat built some 5 years ago. The kit itself is from the Model Slipway “stable” and follows their tried and tested “recipe “ of styrene ( Plasticard), glass fibre moulded hull and hundreds of white metal fittings.
Yes , I realise this was an ambitious project for a 1st scale kit, but I have a wealth of modelling experience under my belt, gained from various aspects of modelling, including railroad, cars and helicopters.
Whilst I had built boats before, they were not really scale, originating from Kyosho and the Traxxas stables.
Tsekoa is a 1/32 scale Canadian buoy servicing vessel, that now resides with the Canadian Coastguard, and with her new red n white colour scheme looks very different from mine !
The kit itself, is supplied with nice plans and an excellent construction booklet, the quality of the parts are very good to excellent.
(I can add here > often imitated but never beaten> by people endeavouring to “fleece” us, the modelling public !)
The styrene parts are for the most part die cut, however, this is one of Slipways earlier kits and you will still need to “chase” the parts out with a sharp blade. Other styrene parts on printed plastic sheet.
( All their latest kits are CNC. machined and so much improved)
Tip: As with all these sort of kits, cut well outside the black lines, you can always sand /trim back, cut ‘em too short and you WILL cuss ! Trust me !
The only real problem I had was they supplied a moulded dinghy with two hulls instead of a top and a hull ! A phone call to Laurie White @ Slipway bought a new part the next day. No problems with their service!
The vessel is twin screw, and runs with their supplied white metal props and drive power is via a 6v 4ah gel cell and runs for 30 mins +.
Tsekoa is a nice 1st scale model to build, but not to be rushed. I
One of my Top notch suppliers anyway!
Steve ? -
The Masked Writer !