B.P.B Series 1

B.P.B Series 1

Ref: DM35

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
Glassfibre hull.
Plywood deck.
The complete superstructure and other large deck structures are lightweight Vac-formed plastic mouldings, which reduce weight and speed up building time.
Cast white metal and resin deck fittings.
Propshaft, tube and propeller.
Full sized plan.
English building instructions with photographic and line drawing, building illustrations.


Scale: 1:24
Model Length: 812mm

Minimum Radio Control functions: 2
Number of propshafts: 1
Recommended motors: Deans Kestrel
Recommended battery: One 6v 2ah Nicad pack

History

The series 1 A.S.R. launch was developed from a M.T.B, built by British Power Boats for the Royal Navy, probably designed by Fred Cooper.

In 1940 these craft were the backbone of the rescue work in the Channel. H.S.L 116 was shot up off the Isle of Wight in August 1940 whilst on a rescue mission. H.S.L. 107 was probably the most famous of all the launches, for she served throughout the long siege of Malta. She was credited with the saving of over 100 aircrew whilst operating close to the Sicilian coast. During this time she had black and yellow splinter mattresses around the cabin, and she was armed with twin Vickers 303" machine-guns.

These craft were well liked by the crews as they were one of the fastest craft afloat, and the internal finish was more akin to a luxury cruiser than a working boat. There is one of these high speed craft that has been restored to working condition by Power boat Restorations. She is often seen at shows giving exciting rides to the public.