Lindberg - - Air ForceRescue Boat vs. Owens Cruiser
I am sure not many will read this . I am going to do this anyway , just to get it off my chest . I am sure many of you who build ships and boats might , though . Now we have two very venerable OLD kits here .the Air Force Rescue Boat has been around since the late fifties .The Owens is about the same age .
Now , for the part that makes many AVOID Lindberg . Poor moldings , lots of flash and not really a scale model , per se . Why ? Well , the Owens is molded wrong . A real boat guy can see right away , that someone goofed .
The Owens and it's partner who is not going to be mentioned again ( The Coronado ) don't have rounded bottoms ! They have squared off spray and rub rails .Not these kits .They are almost as round as a standard round bilge boat .
They are intended to ( the real boats .) to get up on plane quickly and handle smartly .
That's why in building them , they have shallow " V " bottoms and hard chines ( the edge of the hulll where it meets the sides ) . This allows them to rise out of the water for reduced drag .
Now the Rescue Boat . A well molded multi - piece hull , like many Airfix boats . Good smooth moldings with little flash . Joining surfaces tight and smooth . Plastic quality top notch . AND everything fits pretty great ! .
The Owens required four coats of Sprue-Glue and two of filler just to get to primer ! The Rescue boat ? Can you say tape , glue and eight hours and a smooth hull fitting tight at all joins ? The point is . You have two vessels Both of dubious scale , But the A.F.R.B. builds cleaner and that's right off the bat !
The Owens seems to be , Like the Coronado to be orphan molds . Not well engineered and of dubious quality as to proportion and size . I have the Russian version of the inland water , transfer tanker and another from Imai of a Coast Guard 40' cutter . Scale 1/32 . Proportions great .The Shell Welder is showing it's dubious past but building up clean in most areas .
Now my question is this . We all know different companies swap molds and stuff quite often . Has someone not thought that with the Owens and the other that they would drive customers away ? I guarantee , you'll not build it if you don't have a couple of years building difficult kits under your belt .This little boat is NOT for beginners .The A.F.R.B.? I would recommend it to anyone that has already built multi - piece hulls .
I would be interested in hearing from those of you who have , or are in the build process on this boat . I can help if you're hung up or if you just want to talk about it and it's other sibling .The A.F.R.B. speaks for itself . T.B.