W1 & W1 Junior Meet Up
The restoration of the Scott Payne designed ex RNZAF, WWII, craft W1 has been well documented on WW, as has been the building of a junior version by master model maker John Bullivant, enter W1 in the WW search box to read > view their stories.
Earlier this year Ken Ricketts played match-maker & intro’ed Francis Uren, the owner of W1 & John B. The venue was Bayswater Marina where Francis keeps W1. Details & photos ex Ken.
The story started 49 years ago, when John B, had by chance an opportunity to have a look aboard W1. John & a mate, were out & about on the Tamaki River, exploring & they came across W1 & the boys decided to have a good look inside her. John B was fascinated with what he saw & W1 made such a lasting impression that 44 years later, when he started to build a model of W1, he could recall every detail. The build took 5 years, but as can see in the photos, the attention to detail & build quality is amazing.
When Francis Uren, saw W1 Junior for the first time he was blown away, the intricate detail in build, propulsion & equipment, which is even complete, with the sound of 2 diesel engines being started, when John fired her up, & with water flowing out the exhaust pipes each side, when the engines, (2 special marine tiny electric motors, see photo below), are running.
The meet up resulted in two very happy woodys, who both had huge mutual respect for the each others work.