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Featuring in the Specialist, Tinplate and Toy sale on the 20th of July are a number of large scratchbuilt radio controlled wooden model boats. These were made by a former employee of Swan Hunter Ship Builders on Tyneside, using the company's plans.

These are offered alongside a number of other boats, ships and pond yachts. 


"Cicada - River Gunboat" - large scratchbuilt radio controlled wooden model boat. Made by a former employee of Swan Hunter Ship Builders on Tyneside, using the company's plans. The model is believed to be constructed from 1/16th marine plywood and finished in white with blue lower hull. Removable access compartments and superstructure on deck to access the workings, fitted with radio control gear, 2 x substantial electric motors driving twin rear propellers and triple rudders. The model is claimed by the vendor to be in working order and comes with a Futaba FP-T2NCR Control Unit, however the model is untested and unchecked for completeness - has been built to a Good well detailed standard, 37.5"/95cm long and comes with a potted history of the model.
Estimate: £100 - £150 Sold For: £80
"Pacific Guardian Cable Laying Vessel" - large scale wooden model boat, scratchbuilt from 1/16th marine plywood by a former Swan Hunter employee, based on Tyneside, from scaled down copies of the company's plans. The superstructure is removable to reveal the inner electric motor driving a single rear propeller and inner radio control gear. The model is claimed by the vendor to be in working order and comes with a Sanwa-Dash Radio Control Unit but is untested and unchecked for completeness. The model is well detailed to a Good standard and fitted with rear rudder and comes with a potted history of the model, 46"/117cm long.
Estimate: £100 - £150 Sold For: £80
"France 1 Weather Ship" large scratchbuilt model boat - handmade from 1/16th marine ply using plans by Modele Reduit Bateau by a former Swan Hunter Ship Building employee based on Tyneside. The model is finished in white/orange, the entire superstructure is removable to reveal various radio control components and two electric motors driving the rear twin propellers with a brass rudder. Claimed by the vendor to be in working order but is untested and unchecked for completeness. The model is also believed to be wired for navigation lights, some slight peeling to some of the paintwork but otherwise a Good example for display with a well detailed deck including fittings and lifeboats etc, comes with a potted history of the model, 40.5"/103cm long.
Estimate: £80 - £100 Sold For: £70
"Zaal Iranian Frigate" large scale model boat - made by a former employee of Swan Hunter up on Tyneside from scaled down company plans, finished in battleship grey with brick red lower hull and made out of marine ply with metal and wooden fittings. The model is fitted with various removable access panels to the rear of the deck and the central superstructure is removable for access to the radio control gear, electric motors etc which drive a plastic rear propeller, the model also comes with a rudder, lettered F17 to sides, some flaking of the lettering and paintwork to the rear otherwise a Good example for display. The model is unchecked for completeness and untested and requires some refurbishment but does come with a homemade TX-RX Control Unit and a wooden display stand together with a potted history of the model, 46"/117cm long.
Estimate: £80 - £100 Sold For: £90
"Pisces Motor Yacht" handbuilt wooden model boat - constructed by a former employee of Swan Hunter on Tyneside in the UK, from 1/16th marine ply, using the company's plans scaled down. Finished in white with brick red lower hull, planking detail to decks, includes various plastic lifeboats (mixed scales), the rigging needs re-attaching but does come with a well detailed deck. Has previously been radio controlled and the superstructure is removable to give access to the control gear and substantial electric motor driving 2 x rear propellers via a gearing system. The model is neither tested nor checked for completeness but does come with a Futaba Attack-Sport Radio Control Unit. There are some splits to the base of the hull which require repair but otherwise a Good example for display, 49"/123cm long and comes with a potted history of the model.
Estimate: £80 - £100 Sold For: £60
A group of unpowered Display Model Boats - to include L'etoile a Schooner built in France in 1932 and later used as a training vessel - white with gold effect lower hull, 31"/79cm long. Similar sized boats include The Blue Nose and Lilla Dan - all are well detailed (although may have minor loose/missing components), have all their sails and rigging etc together with display stands - Good overall. (3)
Estimate: £30 - £50 Sold For: £60
A pair of Vintage Wooden Ships from around the 18th century (1) "Bounty" - static model of this famous ship which was under the command of Captain Bligh and launched in 1784. The Model is depicted being worked on in dry dock with various figures and rigging etc and (2) HMS Endeavour - a British Royal Navy Research Vessel that Lieutenant James Cook commanded on a voyage of discovery to Australia and New Zealand from 1768 to 1771, 31"/79cm long - both would benefit from light cleaning due to having been on display but are well detailed models which have been made to a Good standard and come on display stands. (2)
Estimate: £40 - £60 Sold For: £45