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REVIEW
ROG'S 1/72 Vosper
Gunny
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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 01:34 AM UTC
Ahoy mates!

Frank (Wildspear) gives us his views on the Revell of Germany's British Vosper kit.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks Frank!
~Gunny
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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 01:59 AM UTC
Thanks for the review wildspear.

I am sure it is just the first of many to come, keep them comming.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 03:08 AM UTC
Thanks for the review Frank. This is one of those kits that suffer from lack of a review. After your review, it looks to be a good buy.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 07:49 AM UTC
Thanks for the review Frank, I've looked at this before but been put off by the box art. Looks like I need to revisit it.

Ciao
Luciano
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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 12:48 PM UTC
Keep in mind that this kit was originally released as "McHale's Navy PT 73" back in the 1960s. Considering its age, the kit is not too far off from the original boat, although the hull is the wrong shape, the deck doesn't fit well, and the claim that it represents an RN boat is bogus.

I can upload plans of the boat as she should appear if anyone plans on building one.

Al Ross
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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 02:33 PM UTC
Al,

I would be interested in those plans. I remember you saying the back of the hull (sorry I'm bad at the ship terminology) was wrong? Do the plans show the correct way the hull should be? I was thinking of ordering the plans but I want to depict the "Vospers" made in America were the hulls the same as the British Vospers?
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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 03:02 PM UTC
Ah, a blast from the past. I'd wondered if ROG had done anything to the old PT-73/Vospers kits I remember as a kid. Doesn't really sound like it, although it's still the only game in town. It's sad that the guns and torpedoes, that are really the first thing many people look at, are so badly done. Oh well that just leaves room for the AM folks.

Good review of an old classic Frank.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 03:16 PM UTC

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I want to depict the "Vospers" made in America were the hulls the same as the British Vospers?



Similar, but different. Essentially, there were two VOSPER designs license-built in the US. The initial batch was the standard 70'/72'6" design (like my set for MTB 234) which was used by the RN. The second batch was the heavily-modified design used only by the Soviets and the subject of the kit.

John redrew the originals I sent him for Vol 2 of ACF and I've uploaded those to www.coastalforcesplans.com/id21.html. If they're not clear enough, I can email them to you directly.

Al