Ashley Allan's
Tyne class Lifeboat & his Work Place!

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Here are a couple of pictures of my Tyne lifeboat.


Tyne is based on the old Whitby Lifeboat R.N.L.B. City of Sheffield, now based at Hartlepool. She was built to the old faithful of Dave Metcalf plans and hull, with extra pictures from the R.N.L.B. magazines and a collection of personal photos from when she was refitted in my home town a number of years ago.

The deck is marine ply, with a plastic card superstructure and assorted brass and plastic fittings. Stanchions were drilled copper tubing, with thin plastic wire for the handrails. I mainly used Halfords acrylic spray paints for the bulk of it, with fine details picked put by hand with Humbrol paints.

Power is by 2 Mabuchi RS 380 S motors, using a 6v battery and Electronize speed controller. She gives an accurate turn of speed, and has exceptional sea keeping qualities. The only alteration I have made is by slightly extending the rudders, to give better steering, as the long keels act as fixed rudders. It's scaled at 1-20.

Although not perfect or exact scale, she does look nice both on and off the water - I built her when I was around 14, and now I'm a bit (lot!) older I'm having a go at scratch building a Mersey. Wish me luck!'

Ashley Allan