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1:32 Fifie – The Scottish Motor Fishing Vessel by Amati


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10 minutes ago, Roger Pellett said:

If a kit review is not the place to discuss a perceived inaccuracy, where should it be done?   The kit’s accuracy is certainly relevant and many of us have specialized areas of expertise not available to the kit designer.

 

Roger

If you can bring some information to the table that’s real and credible, then do so. It sounds like you have something important to share with us?

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1 hour ago, Roger Pellett said:

I know nothing about Scottish fishing vessels.  It appears, however, that Michael who lives in Holy Loch (Torrens) did have information to share based on his expertise and it disturbed me that he was criticized for offering his comments.

 

Roger 

Hello Roger,

 

I designed this particular Fifie, and I honestly do not know what else to tell you other than I used a set of plans drawn and researched by people more expert than me for this type of vessel. I remember during my own research (this was well over a decade ago now), wheelhouses were very 'ad-hock', with no two vessels being the same. These were usually old sailing vessels that were converted to screw propulsion, the Fifie type being popular for conversion due to its lack of rake at the stern and generous beam. Even the rudders were original, with just a big chunk taken out where the prop was to be. The conversions were carried out as cheap as the owners could get away with.

 

I am sorry, but this is really all I can tell you. The plans used were all to the same scale and, at least for all critical dimensions for hull, superstructure, wheelhouse, hatches etc., these absolutely remain the same. I would have had no reason to deviate from these.

 

Cheers. 

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1 hour ago, chris watton said:

what else to tell you other than I used a set of plans drawn and researched by people more expert than me for this type of vessel.

I don't think any more needs to be said. As you noted there were many variations and many conversions, its not a military vessel subject to exacting standards, just a simple fishing vessel. I would think it would be easy enough for a modeler to modify the size of the steering house to what suits them and be not less or more accurate than the design.  I would have thought this was long resolved and fairly simple to follow.

 

I agree, this is not the place to debate the merits of wheelhouse design.

 

Moderators are welcome to delete my post. I don't mean to be argumentative, just a bit frustrated we can't seem to accept the model for what it is - a model.

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As a plastic modeller of many years and having done the 1/72 flower class corvette I was thinking of this for my first wooden ship model. There is a series of build videos on YouTube on a channel called Davaoshipmodeller which I'm watching - he's not all the way through yet but has finished the hull. They're very good. 

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Hope this is OK - thought I would post a couple of photos of the Fifie that I have just completed.

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I would endorse all of Jim's comments in his review - this is a very nice kit with top quality materials and plentiful plans and instructions.  I have completed several model ships and would not consider this model to be overly challenging - but an interesting and very enjoyable build.  Though I built mine out of the box, with a model of this size there's plenty of scope to add plenty of details if you wish - as ably demonstrated by a couple of the build logs in progress.

 

 

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On 10/10/2021 at 10:23 AM, Claire lise said:

Bonjour à tous

Je cherche à acheter le kit de motorisation est ce que quelqu'un peut m'aider s'il vous plaît ?

Claire - My Fifie is not motorised.  If you want to motorise yours, I recommend you go to Cornwall Model Boats - they will have all the parts you need

 

Mon Fifie n'est pas motorisé. Si vous souhaitez motoriser le vôtre, je vous recommande d'aller chez Cornwall Model Boats - ils auront toutes les pièces dont vous avez besoin

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