1/72 HMAS Air Spray Miami class ASR crash boat, 1945

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1/72 HMAS Air Spray Miami class ASR crash boat, 1945

Postby David E » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:50 pm

There's a long story behind this model and the real boat.

The model is a much converted 1/84 Lindberg USAF Crash Boat, with modifications as seen in the photos.

The real thing was one of two based at Red Island Point south of Bamaga, Queensland. My father was posted to 33OBU at nearby Higgins Field and as a Wireless Operator was a relieving crew member for patrols north to Thursday Island. For the full story I can recommend Les Jubbs' excellent book, available online.
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Re: 1/72 HMAS Air Spray Miami class ASR crash boat, 1945

Postby David E » Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:54 pm

The colours and markings have a little guess work involved and are based on a couple of pics of sister ship HMAS Air Sense, also based on the Cape. I figured that guns wouldn't have been fitted by that stage of the war.

Glad to have a long stalled project done.
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Re: 1/72 HMAS Air Spray Miami class ASR crash boat, 1945

Postby enfield38 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:31 pm

Great work once again David. Not that it's open ATM but isn't (wasn't?) there a case full of crash boat models in the RAAF Museum?
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Re: 1/72 HMAS Air Spray Miami class ASR crash boat, 1945

Postby RayS » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:03 pm

Nice work David, very different build to our usual fair here
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Re: 1/72 HMAS Air Spray Miami class ASR crash boat, 1945

Postby David E » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:22 am

enfield38 wrote:Great work once again David. Not that it's open ATM but isn't (wasn't?) there a case full of crash boat models in the RAAF Museum?


Thanks much. Yes, the models are still on display, they were in the old Museum building when I started volunteering there in 1982. One of the two boats built postwar to the same design is included, and was a useful reference. My model is a bit too deep and wide in the hull but it's not terrible.
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Re: 1/72 HMAS Air Spray Miami class ASR crash boat, 1945

Postby enfield38 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:59 am

David E wrote:
enfield38 wrote:Great work once again David. Not that it's open ATM but isn't (wasn't?) there a case full of crash boat models in the RAAF Museum?


Thanks much. Yes, the models are still on display, they were in the old Museum building when I started volunteering there in 1982. One of the two boats built postwar to the same design is included, and was a useful reference. My model is a bit too deep and wide in the hull but it's not terrible.


I can relate to being too deep and wide in the hull... ;-)
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Re: 1/72 HMAS Air Spray Miami class ASR crash boat, 1945

Postby sjbatche » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:15 pm

Hi David,

Love what you have done in building this model, well done.

My primary modelling interest is in 1:72md scale Patrol Boats and other small military craft from Australia. The 63 foot Miami is a model that I have started on so your post has really sparked my interest. I have taken a bit of a different approach by building a solid wooden hull that I will take a mould from to make a fibreglass hull. I had never even thought about converting another kit.

I Would like to see plenty more of this type of build as I find it very inspiring.

Keep up the great work on these unusual subjects.

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Re: 1/72 HMAS Air Spray Miami class ASR crash boat, 1945

Postby bell209 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:47 am

Great work on a much-neglected RAAF topic, Dave. There were still a few ASR boats left in service when I joined the RAAF a very long time ago - they were viewed as a very cushy posting!
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