In 1942 the RAF were looking for a suitable type of HSL to replace existing 64ft and 63ft designs. Three designs were chosen the 67ft Thornycroft being one of them. The specs called for a craft more suited for use in the western approaches in its particular severe weather conditions.
It had better accommodation for the crew and more space in the sick bay. This type of launch was well liked by its crew for its gentle ride and its well equipped galley.
As can be expected from a builder with such a renowned reputation for the construction of motor yachts the 67ft had a yacht like appearance and superb detailing and finish.
The 67ft was designed from the outset for rescue work. Speed was sacrificed for greater range and comfort. The MK1B was powered by twin non-handed Thornycroft RY/12/1 engines giving 650BHP at 2000 rpm through Vee drives giving a max sped of 24.5 knots with a range of 350 miles, extra fuel was carried on the deck in racks to extend the range when required.
Most of the class in this range were stationed in UK waters for WWII, and were disposed of in 1946/47, HSL 2661 was recoded as being written off in May 1947.
SCALE 1/24 Length 850mm Beam 210mm
The Kit is based on a lightweight glass fibre hull capturing the racy lines of the prototype. The deck is of 1.5mm H.I.P. plastic fitted to the top of the rubbing strip which is moulded into the hull for easy construction. The complete superstructure moulding, along with the gun cabs and the dinghy, plus the battery boxes, are all in vacformed plastic to speed construction. The gun turrets are formed in clear acrylic along with a full set of weapons and fittings. A Full size COLOUR Plan and comprehensive instructions including many digital pictures, plus a set of decals to give a colorful finished model. As in all of the Deans range, the on the water performance is outstanding.