FROG RNLI Lifeboat, 37ft Oakley type, 1967-2005
FROG F129 North Sea Lifeboat
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Rovex Scale Models Ltd, (Frog) North Sea: Lifeboat, l/48 scale.
This kit represents the 37ft. Oakley-type self-righting RNLI Lifeboat 'Royal Thames' based at Caister, Norfolk.
Basically, the kit consists of a one-piece hull into, or upon, which are cemented the fittings. The detail on each component part is really excellent; these include life rails, propellers and stern tubes, cox'ns wheel and instrument panel bulkhead, with clear plastic inserts for the skylights and a one-piece moulded windscreen. Lifebelts and four sou' wester-clothed seamen provide the final touches and the whole model is really a delightful thing both to build and display.
A very clear instruction sheet is included, and although perhaps this kit is a little complex for the very young modeller, with time and patience one can achieve excellent results. Colouring detail is clearly shown on the box lid and a very striking sea scene makes this an eyecatching exhibit on model shop shelves. Those seeking a change from aircraft or armour should try this kit - we are sure that they will not be disappointed.
The IPMS magazine, june 1967
"Painting the Frog Lifeboat
The orange patch on the cabin roof is Humbrol Orange No. 16 — with exposure to sun, salt, seagulls, this colour fades quickly and the Orange shade above is remarkably accurate. The grey is two coats of Humbrol's USAF range, No. HU.6 with a coat of Translac Eggshell Varnish on top. The deck brown is Humbrol Service Brown No.10, washed on fairly thinly. The Light Brown of the boards at the foot of the guard rails is Humbrol Tan No.9, washed on thin to give a grained effect. Silver is Humbrol Silver and the propellers Humbrol Gold. R.N.L.I. Blue can be obtained if one knows someone in a Lifeboat crew, but three coats of Humbrol Matt Blue, overcoated with Translac Eggshell will just about do. The gunwale is Humbrol Matt Red", again overcoated with Translac Eggshell. The grablines round the hull are fabricated from thread dipped in Humbrol Orange Cellulose Dope No. 18, and allowed to dry — they are then rove, and only knotted at outboard ends. If Translac Eggshell is not available, use a low gloss clear varnish — all lifeboats are kept in immaculate condition, and this will not look out of place. If you have time to make two of these models, try doing so, and offering one to the local R.N.L.I. Branch for raffling — it does not harm, and does one's conscience a world of good!
The IPMS Magazine, ноябрь 1968