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hover tim

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Transporting models
« on: September 03, 2009, 10:07:23 PM »

Hi all

I currently have an astra Van which is great for space in the back and a perminant shelf insstilled but it only has two seats although they are very comfy the only other option is an estae but what type as it would have to be big and comfy as i build and oprate model hovercrfta and the majority are over 3 foot long what do you guys have
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andygh

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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2009, 10:22:23 PM »

Laguna estate, very comfortable, nice to drive with every gadget you can imagine, fuel economy isn't too bad, plenty of room, BUT lots of electronics to go wrong and when they do WOW are they expensive? 100 for a tyre valve, I nearly s##t myself  :o :o :o
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2009, 10:27:55 PM »

My Mondeo seems to be able to swallow anything I throw at it and averages 50mpg - 2 litre diesel version.

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Mark47

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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2009, 11:54:32 PM »

Citron Picasso. Massive boot, back three seats can just lift out. No tail gate on boot. Front seats nice and high, arm rests, plenty of hidden storage.....etc,etc,etc............... 1.8 petrol engine, does as much milage if not a little more than my previous car 1.6inj Escort. If you want real economy with this car? Go for 2ltr Diesel.
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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2009, 12:11:22 AM »

Vauxhall Vectra...not worth a toss >:-o.....wish I had kept my Mazda 6
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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2009, 07:37:20 AM »

Boxster - I can hardly get in it, let alone take a model.

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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2009, 08:36:56 AM »

i just got a peugeot partner combi-  (its a van thing with seats and windows- like a berlingo, )- its not pretty or sporty but my word its practical - and it has far more space than the laguna estate i had before it....

as a 'car' it seats five, has overhead storage lockers like a plane,  cubby holes in the floor - loads of space for day to day shifting a family around

when modelling it has all the space of a van,  the seats that fold down or can be removed, sliding doors to get stuff in or out so as a van its great too

huge amounts of space is the key..., the 2lt HDI is good for 57mpg on a combined run and its cheap to service, and parts are resonable because of the basic van mechanicals.... i wish i ha d bought one sooner....


the latest shape peugeot partner ' teepee' is also available in a 7 seat version now... so the wifes chrysler voyager will be replaced soon too !
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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2009, 09:13:05 AM »

Vauxhall Zafira. With the back seats folded down it seats 5 and has a large boot. With the middle row of seats folded down as well it seats 2 with a very large boot.

Has a 2.2 petrol engine and an automatic gearbox. After driving trucks with 16 or more gears for too many years did not want to be changing gear.

This is my 3rd Zafira so I guess I like them.
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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2009, 09:16:08 AM »

Audi A4 Avant diesel auto, combined driving average 47mpg, loads of room, can fit 2 4ft models with seats down.

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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2009, 01:59:39 PM »

Volkswagen T4 Transporter,2.5 , 5 cyl TDi.

Ok its a van, but with a 55mm lowering, alloy wheels and a new Chip Its good for above legal speeds, over 40 mpg ( not necessarily together) and i can get just about anything in it ! ( my half size Matilda tank hull even!)
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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2009, 02:37:40 PM »

"Ok its a van......"

If you don't want it can I have it?
There was a member here, not sure if he's still around, who transports his ships on the bus. Imagine that, all them fingers pointing, "Look at the loonie with his model boat, har-har!". Rats to that, I'd sooner get to the pond in style these days. Your van sounds ideal for the job. I'd stick a mattress in the back if it were mine.... and one of those cb radio things... and a little flag on the bonnet... furry dice and a coca-cola holder and an ashtray...
Meantime, my means of getting to the pond are....

1) Legs (which means you usually end up with arms like an ape by the time you lug all the stuff there).
2) Pushbike. (Yeah, right! Like I need the hassle of towing the stuff there on some shoddy homemade trolley only for the wheels to come off halfway across the murderous A38).
3) My mate and his landrover. (Both about as reliable as the English weather).

I used to own a Ford Granada.
But that's another story.
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Dreadstar

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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2009, 03:05:34 PM »

I'm quite lucky in regards transport,I own a Citreon C5 LX estate,(big family and 2 labradors). The 'boot' is massive,at just under a metre deep by almost 2m wide,and that's before I fold down the rear seats.I've had a 2m fridge freezer in the back of this beast. :-))
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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2009, 03:10:31 PM »

Dad has a Vauxhall Astra now, Useless. We used to have a Focus estate which took absolutely anything you could chuck at it, and then some. Was built like a tank too...

The best model boat transport I've seen is Robin Butler's old ex royal mail van (now sold). Had purpose built boat racks in the back of it O0
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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2009, 04:27:23 PM »

Renault Scenic 1.6 petrol, rear seat all lift out individually and are very comfy, fit and finish is quite good things don't fall off in the night unlike Citroen and Peugeot, again electrics can be weak point with this manufacturer, I can also recommend the Kangoo but these tend to be very expensive if you want a top spec model with all the toys.
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« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2009, 05:07:18 PM »

An extremely well made Toyota Corolla that can take 2 x 50" long models no problem with the back seats down, or one model with the seats split. If I need the 4 seats I can use the trailer (2 x 7' models) or any combination I choose. A trailer does open up a lot of possibilities. Cheers. BY.
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« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2009, 05:22:05 PM »

did have a Nissan Serena, now have a Mk6 Escort TD
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« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2009, 05:34:22 PM »

did have a Nissan Serena, now have a Mk6 Escort TD

the suspension didnt collapse on the serena by any chance did it?
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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2009, 05:44:20 PM »

Hi,
BMW 320d SE Estate, I can get 2 six foot boots side by side and only have to put the single seat down 60/40 rear split seats. 50mpg and goes like a rocket especially when the tubo comes in and of course rear wheel drive.

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« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2009, 05:51:29 PM »

I used to have Ford Galaxy,2.0, which was surprisingly good on petrol,I only had the two front seats in it,andhad a wooden rack in the rear,which could hold 2 x 1/6th Tigers, and 1 x 1/6th Sdkfz 251 half track,
I now run a Ssangyong Musso,2.9d that runs on veggie oil,and it can hold model boats up to 9.6ft long,and its reasonably economical,35mpg for a 2 ton truck ain,t that bad,

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Re: Transporting models
« Reply #19 on: September 04, 2009, 09:27:02 PM »

Volvo 32 ton grab lorry,transport any model boat  {-)
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« Reply #20 on: September 04, 2009, 10:58:51 PM »

Volvo 32 ton grab lorry,transport any model boat  {-)
Mark

I think Mark wins ;) {-)
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« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2009, 11:21:29 PM »

Yes Andy, but Mark cant get in anywhere near the lake!!!!

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« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2009, 10:18:50 AM »

I can, with my Flying Pigeon.  :-)) {-)
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« Reply #23 on: September 05, 2009, 10:21:43 AM »

Love the basket on the front Mark.   {-)

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« Reply #24 on: September 05, 2009, 01:41:14 PM »

Astra estate. I am on to my second one, oodles of room, 4 @ 6ft models, what more do you want.
Very reliable, done over 140k up to now ( 2 vehicles ) each to his own so to speak.
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