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Old 23 January 2006, 03:24   #11
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This is a good ride: Newhaven-Dippe. 50+ knts i belive.
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Old 23 January 2006, 19:24   #12
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Codprawn,
actually they admitted it Must be a first.
They showed footage of Mr Gee on the waterfront at his Southampton location and had several clips of them interviewing him.
He discussed the criteria the USN had given him and how he accomplished it.
Still working on getting clips(having to re-instal my capture card on the pC) so quality wont be great ; but will be proof
Funny the Navy RIB crew were actually wearing the exact helmets I had posted on a couple of weeks ago. So they can't be too bad!
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Old 11 February 2006, 20:27   #13
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Found Her!!

Managed to spot the Sea Fighter while out on the Bay today.
She was tucked well away and fenced in so couldnt get too near,but got a quick shot. Next job is to actually catch her out on the water,so I can see the RIB ramp
Then on the way back saw this strange freighter! The perspective seemed all wrong until I got closer and saw it was a model! Well not quite as the guy sits in it and steers it around the Bay. Wierd things in California
Oh ,and my favorite, The California heading straight for me

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Old 12 February 2006, 00:02   #14
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grandpa's got some free time on his hands.
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Old 12 February 2006, 01:14   #15
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Where do you sit inside that thing? I don't see how the adult can fit. Maybe the kid. Did you see them actually get in and drive it? Maybe its one of those test ship things they use for training?
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The whole of the bridge superstructure hinged forwards so the person could fit inside.When that is closed, the person looks through the slit(above the No Smoking sign ) to steer.
I thought it was an RC model at first, then noticed the registration tag,. so had to be a paasenger carrying vessel and also the antenae is for VHF not a RC frequency.
Didnt see if it was "granpa"or the kid that was inside, as they were pulling it on the trailer when I caught up.
Looking at the hull shape and center of gravity,my bets on the kid
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There have been a few models like this over the years - saw some guy with an aircraft carrier - it was even bigger than the model in your photos - also there were some model tamkers etc they used for training - looked really funny - suppose they used them before they had computer sims!!!
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yes, seen a few models over the years like this. But it was the first I had ever seen where someone was actually inside ,piloting the thing!

Drew quite a crowd at the ramp.
Propulsion was just an electric fishing/trolling motor.(You can just make it out, bolted to the side. ).
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http://www.warsashcentre.co.uk/c-ship.shtml

They STILL use them for training!!!

And they are MCA approved for learning to drive oil tankers - crazy or what???
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I wonder how much the "Manned Model Ship Handling Course" costs. Sounds like a laugh

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