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  1. Another photo of the Toll House. No idea where I got it, not my photo. I thought I'd clarify the fact before the self-styled copyright police feel my collar.
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  3. Matty, to quote one Mr. McEnroe, “You cannot be serious.” 😁
  4. Thank you, Ian. I have fitted 2 more hinges to the centre tank. I have also lengthened the centre tank cover on the model.
  5. @Heartland There is a series of photo's on the IWM site, being dated 1942. The woman was probably Daphnie March who has a niece who sometimes posts on here. Search | Imperial War Museums (iwm.org.uk) Click on "more objects."
  6. Ian, I don't think the BCN block/deckboard is too high, it is made obvious by the fact that the deck does not rise up to meet the block as on the actual boat. The second picture only shows one set of hinges at the middle hatch cover, ironically at the back whereas other pictures show the hinges at the front. I suppose it is just what the yard decided to do. Not having any plans I based it on the various photographs I could find on the 'net. Anyway what's done is done, I doubt Robbie Cummings running past my model would notice! 😁
  7. John, thank you. The counter bands should be red, top, white, middle and blue bottom. The hull came with moulded rubbing strakes which would have taken a lot of work to rub down and replace. The deck should be curved to allow water to run away, whereas it is flat on the model. The deck should also curve up to the top of the deckboard. The cabin top should also have a curve rather than being flat. I didn't notice until the model was very near completion that the centre access hatch should be longer than the fore and aft ones. As I used superglue throughout the construction I was reluctant to prise the hatch off as I would cause damage to the deck. The hull is a GRP generic copy of a steel hull whereas the actual boats were of wood construction. I may scribe planks at a future date. The owners name on the cabin side is too shallow. Despite fiddling about with a computer art package the proportions were distorted if I tried to make the owners name taller. I mainly used these photos as a guide. Photo 1, Stour & Spey from NarrowBoat Magazine. Photo 2 from the BCLM. Not perfect, but overall I am happy with it.
  8. Been keeping myself busy. A model of STOUR, more a representation rather than an exact copy as I have had to make several compromises along the way. Scale 1:24. 1m 40cm long. BTW the hull didn't have rivets on it.
  9. Possibly his father who was also George? George SNR with his "mate," Annie and Nick Hill
  10. For those who may not know George, with his sister Alice Lapworth who also passed away very recently. The Wains came from a long line of Cheshire, Stoke on Trent boaters. George owned "England" for a while.
  11. I heard it was based loosely on a South Sea Islands out rigger. It was built out of metal at The Warwickshire Fly Boat. It was destined to be taken down the GU to be completed at a boatyard but never got there, it just languished around Radford Semele / Stockton / GU / Oxford Canal.
  12. Gort was Mike H's first boat as captain. I met the owner and boat a few years ago now at Sutton Stop. I was privileged to be allowed in the cabin. A beautifully maintained boat.
  13. Not the shortest but has the words "branch" & "canal" in its name. From David Blagroves "At the heart of the Waterway's" "Braunston Branch Canal." "The last significant addition the the Grand Junction's assets in Braunston in these years was the short Braunston Branch, a canal of some 200 yards running south east from the main line junction with the Oxford Canal , along the two sides of the larger reservoir and back to the main line, passing under Nibbets Lane. It seems to have been constructed in two parts, the first from the Oxford Canal Junction to the warehouse in Nibbets Lane and was presumably carried out at the same time as the reservoirs, some time after 1806. ( possibly 1834)"
  14. Benchmark (surveying) - Wikipedia
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