The steam Picket Boat was developed from the 63ft craft that were carried by Capital ships from 1863, to be launched and carry out attacks on the enemy fleet. They were never used in such a role but became maids of all work for ships.
The 56ft was the most numerous and became a classic of its type. After service with the Royal Navy many of the type became the 56ft seaplane tenders for the Royal Air Force. the steam engines were removed and replaced by assorted engines, this particular craft was fitted with the Thorneycroft paraffin/ petrol engines. They were used mainly for carrying crews out to seaplanes and general tug work such as towing floating landing lights and moving large seaplanes around the bases. The craft were constructed with the best quality and some even survive today in working order.
Details of the kit
Scale 1/24 Length 711mm Beam 152mm Sailing weight 2.2kg
High quality fibre-glass hull with moulded in rubbing strake. Main s/str, funnel, & coach roof are in vacformed plastic, Decking and cabin sides in pre-printed plastic.
A full set off fittings are included along with running gear, propshaft & propellor plus a full size plan & comprehensive instructions are included.