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British x craft

Postby bbdave » Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:56 pm

Hi i'm thinking of building an x type but can't seem to find much info on them on the web can anyone point me in the right direction?

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Postby sam reichart » Fri Dec 26, 2008 11:21 pm

are you looking for a kit?

Bob Dimmack at OTW sells an X craft model.

www.otwdesigns.com
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Postby Sub culture » Sat Dec 27, 2008 10:59 am

Also the old Darnell model, now moulded by Models by Design.

http://www.modelsbydesign.co.uk/model_boats.aspx
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Postby bbdave » Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:25 pm

Thanks it's the models by design mouldings i'm thinking of using it's info on the class in general drawrings pics etc i can't seem to find much on the net.are there any books that include info on them
Is the OTW x craft the same class it looks quite different?
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Postby Sub culture » Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:15 pm

No they're different boats. The OTW is modelled on a later X-craft.

'Midget Submarines of the Second World War', and 'Midget submarines' both authored by Paul Kemp are good sources of information on x-craft.

Also 1:1 X-craft at Gosport and Duxford.

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Postby U-33 » Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:13 pm

This any help?

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Postby U-33 » Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:14 pm

Or this?


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Postby bbdave » Sun Dec 28, 2008 2:57 pm

Thanks i'll get hold of those books. Just planning at the moment not sure which system to use yet but it'll probably be an engel tank for ease of install. or maybe if i can source the components an air pump and bladder system but not 100% sure how to go about it.
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Postby Sub culture » Sun Dec 28, 2008 3:07 pm

If you pop over to the Facebook page of the AMS, you'll find there are a couple of people there who've got working X-craft.

http://en-gb.facebook.com/group.php?gid ... 104&ref=nf
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Postby bbdave » Sun Dec 28, 2008 4:34 pm

Thanks i'll get on facebook and ask the question i would love to get to brockwell lido and see how all these systems work.
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Postby Sub culture » Sun Dec 28, 2008 4:40 pm

Whereabouts are you in the UK?

Can't guarantee you'd see every system working, some but not all.
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Postby bbdave » Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:23 pm

Lincolnshire i have a u47 with an engel static conversion which is why i may stick to engel as i have experience of it.
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Postby kazzer » Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:19 am

I'm having a go at the MBD XCraft right now. I have a lot of photos from various sources which show some errors in the model, but seeing as the masters were made some 50 years ago and their data was sheer guesswork, its a pretty neat looking model.

The 4 fins on the rear aren't quite to scale, but for all that it's a well formed model. The Chatham exhibit shows these fins to have a 'roundness' to them, but all the drawing show them to be more square. Some sanding of the fins could get them to look more rounded- we'll see. I guess a really good 'fittings kit' could address these minor points, but Merriman doesn't have the time right now.

I'm just going to use a Snort system, no gas, no bladders, ballasted to have snorkel just out of the water with a full ballast tank. Nice and simple, and will run on a 4 ch radio too.

When I'm a little further ahead with the build, I'll post some photos.

Does anyone else have any more old photos?
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