This craft is a model of the type of general service craft built around the turn of the century by William Denny & Co.
Modified to suit individual tastes and functions, these type of craft were the forerunners of the first torpedo boats, often fitted with a Spar Torpedo, or later a single tube fitted on the bows. When made obsolete these craft were used in many ports and harbours worldwide for general duties, such as mail and picket boats. They were the most common on the far east stations, were the art of spit and polish or keeping things tiddle was brought to a fine art
Coal; fired with reciprocating engines of assorted power, these craft generally had a top speed of 13-14 knots.
The hull lines were carried on for many years as the design was copied for many steam yachts and launches.
When sold out of general service many were snapped up as private launches.
We have been told that this small river steam launch was constructed by Denny Bros for use in the rivers of Siam as a postal and service craft for the Royal family at that time. She lasted from the turn of the century, when she was shipped out to Siam in sections and reassembled.
She popped up again during the 1920s, and again in the 1960,s during the troubles. We have been informed that she was borrowed by the Special Forces for clandestine operations, see the kit in our range. Scale 1/35 Length 762mm Beam 120mm. sailing wt 1.75kgs
This kit is based on a glass fibre hull with port & plating moulded into the surface of the hull. The deck is laser cut & engraved with planking detail from 1.5mm birch faced plywood, the Main cabin, hatch and funnel are vacformed in 1mm styrene Hi Impact plastic sheet for "one Glue" assembly.
A full set of fittings in cast alloy & resine is included in the kit with set of decals and name plates, Propshaft and prop, rudder & tiller are included in the kit along with a full size plan and a comprehensive set of instructions plus a c/d of pictures of the build from the original model