HMS Kite

HMS Kite 1872 Royal Navy Flat Iron Gunboat

Our moulding for HMS Kite is for a 19th. Century Victorian Navy flat iron gunboat, commonly known as a "Rendel" Flat Iron. One of a class of 22 vessels of the "Ant" class, designed by Devonport Dockyard and built by 'Napiers' during 1890/1, she was commissioned in 1872 and sold out of service in 1920.

This very unusual model has has been built by one of the UK's top modellers Mr Paul Freshney of the Brentwood MBC. Paul is a regular contributor to "Model Boats" and this model has been covered by a large series of detailled construction articles starting in the March 2001 issue of the magazine. In 2000 the model was entered in the 'Naviga World Championships' in Belgium, here it was deservedly awarded a silver medal, a true testament to Pauls modelling skills.

Our HULL & MATERIALS Pack consists of:-
One piece GRP Hull moulded (in white) to top of bulwarks, it has the foredeck, side rubbing strips, all the plating and rivet detail moulded on, very little work is required to get the hull ready for work, our model has been taken off the Paul Freshney master hull plug, we sincerely believe this to be one of the best scale model hulls ever to be offered to model boaters in the UK.
The materials pack contains enough high impact polystyrene sheets (nom: size 660mm x 270mm) in 2mm, 1mm & 0.75mm thicknesses to make all the deck beams, sub-decks, boiler casing etc. plus 3mm x 6mm x 660mm strips to go around the inside of the hull to support the deck.
The drawings are a newly drawn highly detailled two sheet set drawn by David Metcalf specifically for this model, the drawings show all detail necessary to produce the model to medal winning standards.
Also included is a copy off our unique fully illustrated "Construction Manual" full of useful hints & tips on how to make a model from one of our GRP hulls, what glues to use where, what paints to use, also included is a very useful list of other suppliers, a must for the beginner to model boating.

With a displacement of nearly 15lbs (6.8kilo) this makes uo into a suprissingly functional and effective regatta model, although a complex and detailled model, when used in conjunction with our comprehensive part fittings kit, and Paul Freshneys excellent series of construction articles from the "Model Boats" magazine she is a model that could be tackled by the more ambitious beginner.

Price : 100.00p + 10.00p UK P & P.

HMS KITE. Flat Iron Gunboat.
Part Fittings kit.
This list is off the fittings available for the Flat Iron Gunboat GRP Hull available from Metcalf Mouldings and designed and built (off admiralty plans) by Mr. Paul Freshney the construction of which was featured in a series of articles in Model Boats magazine starting in April 2001. This is a part fittings kit designed to help the modeller with the more tricky and repetitive parts that need to be made.

1 No. 10" x 18t. Gun Barrel. - From P. Freshneys original silicon mould, Cast resin, (be
kind to us, our first attempt at resin casting), some small air holes will need filling
with Car body filler, however, perfectly usable
2 No. Gun Trunnion Pins. (Cast white metal)
2 No. Bottom Gun Trunnion Clamps (Cast white metal)
2 No. Top Gun Trunnion Clamps (Cast white metal)
1 No. Gun Barrel Back rope ring. (Cast white metal)
10 No. Rope/Chain ring plates. (Cast white metal)
4 No. Anchor Chain Rollers.(Cast white metal)
4 No. Bollards.(Cast white metal)
1 No. Left Hand Bow Fairlead.(Cast white metal)
1 No. Right Hand Bow Fairleas.(Cast white metal)
12 No. Chain/Rigging End rings.(Cast white metal)
1 No. Bow Bullring. (Cast white metal)
36 No. Inside/outside Bulwark Stays.(Cast white metal)
6 No. Bow Deck Chain Stanchions.(Cast white metal)
4 No. Coaling Hatches. (Cast white metal)
2 No. Anchor Stocks.(Cast white metal)
2 No. Anchor Arms.(Cast white metal)
2 No. Anchor Arm End Balls.(Cast white metal)
2 No. Anchor Shackles.(Cast white metal)
2 No. Anchor Shackle Pins.(Cast white metal)
2 No. 6 Hole Shell Racks.(Cast white metal)
2 No. 4 Hole Shell Racks(Cast white metal)
2 No. 2 Hole Shell Racks.(Cast white metal)
2 No. 6 Hole Shell Support Brackets(Cast white metal)
2 No. 4 Hole Shell Support Brackets(Cast white metal)
2 No. 2 Hole Shell Support Brackets(Cast white metal)
12 No. High explosive Shells.(1 x groove)(Cast white metal)
12 No. Armour Piercing Shells (2 x groove) (Cast white metal)
4 No. Steering Chain Side Rollers.(Cast white metal)
6 No. Steering Chain Upright Rollers.(Cast white metal)

2 No. Hand-pump Body Columns.(Cast white metal)
2 No. Hand-pump Flywheels.(Cast white metal)
2 No. Hand-pump Operating Lever Arms. (Cast white metal)
3 No. Steam Controller Columns.(Cast white metal)
3 No. Steam Controller Column Top Winder Handles.(Cast white metal)
1 No. Steering Wheel.(Cast white metal)
2 No. Side Water Tank Taps. (Cast white metal)
2 No. Side Water Tank Tap Handles.(Cast white metal)
5 No. Steam Valve Deck Control Columns. (Cast white metal)
5 No. Steam Valve Deck Control Columns Top Tap Handles. (Cast white metal)
1 No. Capstan Cap. (Cast white metal)
1 No. Capstan Manual Handle Ring. (Cast white metal)
1 No. Capstan Waisted main body. (Cast white metal)
2 No. Capstan Chain Wheel Ring Halves. (Cast white metal)
1 No. Capstan Bottom Gear Ring. (Cast white metal)
1 No. Capstan Base Ring. (Cast white metal)
4 No. Chain Roller Arms (Cast white metal)
4 No. Chain Rollers (Cast white metal)
1 No. Capstan Dog Gear Control arm & cover. (Cast white metal)
1 No. Left Hand Front Bow Coaming Panel. (Cast white metal)
12 No. Intermediate Bow Coaming Panel. (Cast white metal)
1 No. Right Hand Front Bow Coaming Panel. (Cast white metal)
28 No. Panel Hinges. (Cast white metal)
28 No. Bulwark Cap End Hinge. (Cast white metal)
4 No. Rigging Bottle Screws. (Cast white metal)
8 No. Single Rigging Blocks. (Cast white metal)
6 No. Bulwark Freeing Port Covers. (Cast white metal)
1 No. Rudder Top Conical Gaiter. (Cast white metal)
1 No. Rudder Arm. (Dummy) (Cast white metal)

2.6 metres x 15 LPI. (Links per Inch) chain to do the following:-
600mm. - 2 x Anchor Davit stays.
430mm. - 1 x Bow Handrailing.
250mm. - 1 x 12ft. Dinghy Davit Stays.
330mm. - 1 x 20ft. Rowing Cutter Davit stays.
860mm. - 2 x Steering Chain runs.
75mm. - Steering Wheel Chain.

Price for Part Fittings kit = 75.00p. + 3.00p. P & P.

The above Part Fittings kit comprises approx : 285 parts.
Other parts will need to be purchased to complete the model.

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