We Are About To Launch... Stingray!
Paul Harrison's Scratch Built, R/C Stingray Model
Photos by Paul Harrison
I had made a few kit models of Stingray and Thunderbirds
and like to see them just like the real thing.
I decided that I would like to build Stingray in quite large scale as I had loved the shape of the craft since watching it on TV as a kid. I started by buying loads of balsa wood from a local model shop; glued it together and hacked away at it, smoothed it until the shape was right. All the dimensions were scaled up from a plan in the Centuary 21 magazine.
The cabin was made from partly balsa and fine modelling ply, the fins are the standard type ply. Once the shape was correct it had several coats of fibreglass resin to give the surface a hard shell.
I have spoken to several modellers since and apparently I went about
this the wrong way, but still I achieved the result I wanted.
Once painted I added some finishing touches such as windows, the
periscope (which was an old phone aerial with a piece of shaped aluminium
at the top), torpedo launchers? on the wings and lights in the torpedo
tubes at the front. Then I made the cabin interior as near as I could from
what is seen on TV as there was no plan for this in Century 21 - oh and
Troy and Phones were made from toy soldiers, with slight reshaping.
Once Stingray was finished I wanted to see it on water, so I then
powered her up and fitted her with radio control. She was almost perfect
sitting in water for the first time, just had to add some weight at the
front, just shows you how great the design was from Derek Meddings.