SS Melanie 3
This Deans Marine kit boasts the the following features:
Designed as a working radio controlled model, but with enough detail to make a nice static display model as well
Plated Glassfibre hull, with all portholes and other surface details moulded in.
The decks and superstructure comprise of computer printed Plasticard sheet, which aid the quick assembly of these items.
Bulky items such as the funnel, ships boats, and hatch covers etc, are Vac-formed lightweight plastic mouldings.
Cast white metal and resin deck fittings.
Propshaft, tube and propeller.
Full sized plan.
English building instructions with photographic and line drawing, building illustrations.
Model Length: 914mm
Minimum Radio Control functions: 2
Number of propshafts: 1
Recommended motors: One Deans Kyte
Recommended battery: One 6v 2ah Nicad pack
Melanie 11 is a model of one of a type of ship, known as a TRAMP, or more correctly a Three Island type. Built in vast numbers at the beginning of the 1900's, this class of ship is still in service today. The engines were installed in the centre section, along with most of the accommodation. which was to assist with the stability of the vessel. When first built, most of the type had an open bridge on an exposed platform. This was later modified to the raised enclosed type, which came in to service during the 1920's. Many were lost in both wars since they made up the bulk of the convoys. During W.W.11 large numbers of obsolete weapons were pressed into use to defensively arm merchant ships. The main purpose of the gun aft was to open fire on a U boat and force them to dive, while the ship made its escape; virtually useless! This made the ships justifiable targets for the U boats, and was thought to be one of the contributory factors that brought about the unrestricted sinking style of warfare.