Vosper Royal Barge
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 with chine strips and rubbing strake moulded into the hull.
Marine plywood deck with Dean's planked deck system.
Vac-formed lightweight plastic moulded superstructure and cockpit wells.
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: 762mm
Minimum Radio Control functions: 2
Number of propshafts: 1
Recommended motors: One Deans Kestrel
Recommended battery: One 6v 2ah Nicad packs
This craft was constructed by the Vosper yard in 1938 as the tender to the Royal Yacht "Victoria and Albert and at the time was the last word in sea-keeping qualities. She was designed and constructed as a triple screw vessel and was extensively tested by Vospers in all sea conditions. Legend has it that she is one of the finest small craft ever constructed. The barge was placed in store during W.W.2 after which she was refitted with more modern engines and automatic fire extinguisher systems. In 1947 H.M.S. Vanguard carried her for the Royal tour of South Africa and later the Royal Yacht Britannia was modified to carry her on its davits. The barge has since been replaced by a more modem craft in the Royal Yacht and this vessel again is in store to be used for special occasions until a decision is made as to her future.