Most members will recognise Trevor as an active model aircraft builder but perhaps didn’t know that he also constructs boats. The remarkable thing is that his boats are his own design and built from scrap materials he finds in his garage! Trevor once built a 5′ model of a destroyer from scrap materials. It sold for £250!
Here Trevor is pictured with one of his creations – a Coastgaurd Patrol Boat. This took him about 8 weeks to build and apart from the radio gear and propeller is made totally out of scrap materials. The hull is built up from balsa and ply and skinned with Fibregass. The Top Deck is MDF and the superstructure including the lifeboat is made from balsa. The railings are made from 1/8″ dowel and the oars from cocktail sticks.
Do you recognise any other components? Well, forward the gun turret is an old computer keyboard minature vacuum cleaner whereas the armour plating around the rear gun is made from a piece of drainpipe. What you can’t see is the propulsion unit – this an motor from an electric car window. It is powered by a 12v dry cell battery. The bridge is detailed with throttles, dials and even a minuature nautical map.
Total cost to build? £15 for glues and paints plus £67 for 2ch radio, propeller and shaft.