BPC 441 Seaplane Tender
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
1mm Plasticard deck.
The complete superstructure, nicad boxes and the motor mount/propshaft guide are formed from lightweight Vac-formed plastic, 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.
Model Length: 520mm
Minimum Radio Control functions: 2
Number of propshafts: 1
Recommended motors: One 400 speed motor
Recommended battery: One 6v Nicad pack
These craft were constructed by the British Power Boat Co, Hythe Nr Southampton. and were designed by George Salman as seaplane tenders. Power was supplied by 2 x 130 hp Perkins diesel engines giving a speed of 23 knots and were constructed between 1941 1944.
The main work was running the crews out to moored aircraft and acting as tugs and service craft. As the war progressed and more use was made of land bases, they became surplus to requirements. However, a new role was found for them to provide a comprehensive A.S.R cover of the waters around the coast and to this end it was necessary to use some of the smaller tidal harbours. It was almost impossible to use any of the larger High Speed craft for this purpose, and the Seaplane tenders were ideal fitted the role admirably.
Some of the notable rescues by these small craft such as no 1515 operating out of Lyme Regis picked up 26 paratroops from Lyme Bay on D Day and 441 is known to have rescued a complete crew of a Fortress bomber and 444 the crew of a Lancaster who were located by light signals. The craft represented by this model is one of the only surviving types of the launch still in its original condition.