Join the AMS - Registered Forum users can become members of the AMS and it's free ...... To join register on the forum first then follow the forum link to our membership form which is on our website

For further details of any events shown here also see the "Shows and Events" section on the forum

Let us know of your plans for 2018 and we will promote them on this Forum



. ,


.Norwich MBC Weekend 28,29 July 2018
.Model Boat Convention, Haydock Park, 25,26th August

.Bluewater, Dartford, Chantry Model Boat Club, Sunday 2nd September

. Bournville MBC, Birmingham, Sunday 2nd September

,The Model Show,Poynton, Stockport (with swimming pool) 15,16th September 2018

.Barrow in Furness MBC, Sub Day and Regatta,Sunday 23rd September 2018. (DATE CHANGE!)

Who is online?

In total there are 2 users online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 2 Guests


Most users ever online was 37 on Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:27 am

Latest topics

Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:29 pm by tsenecal

» small diameter static-diving type SubDriver
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:30 am by merriman

» Receiver aerial
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:34 am by cgbillb

» Pinger 2 - Ultrasonic
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:45 pm by david f

» Anchors - Norman Ough drawing
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:34 pm by david f

» Model Boats magazine, August 2018
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:23 pm by david f

» U44. Tinplate Clockwork Diving Submarine Made from a cereal tin a sandbag and a hammer.
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:44 pm by david f

» The John P Holland Centre, Co Clare, Ireland
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:06 pm by david f

» PCB Desgins
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:10 pm by timgarrod


Our users have posted a total of 10588 messages in 1738 subjects

We have 774 registered users

The newest registered user is KSIMODO

    Thank you to Nigel - Chairman from 2002 to 2014

    david f
    AMS Treasurer

    Posts : 1966
    Join date : 2010-11-10
    Age : 67
    Location : Cumbria

    Thank you to Nigel - Chairman from 2002 to 2014

    Post  david f on Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:58 pm

    Hi All,

    It would have been customary to have published an article in the magazine when Nigel retired as Chairman last July. But we don't have a magazine now, so here goes.

    Nigel became Chairman back in 2002. A memory jogger timeline - Ford at Dagenham finally closes. Mr T Blair still Prime Minister. I had just joined the AMS then but I started my search into Nigel's past by looking at the "In Depth" magazine archive. It is a sign of how far we have come with Nigel that I did not start flipping through a bunch of dusty old magazines but instead called up a scanned, searchable copy on DVD (Courtesy of Tom in the US).

    The Summer 2002 issue is the first one with Nigel as Chairman (He took over from Dave Austin) He reveals in this issue that he was introduced to the hobby by Paul Cook and Alf Blake. Typically of the time, he did not "poke" them on Facebook but phoned them up and visited them for a chat!

    In the next issue he issued a challenge - the idea that we should develop a small "35mm film can" size locator beacon for our subs. It was a typically far-sighted challenge and showed that he had identified an important need for the model sub community - preventing the loss of your pride and joy. (I mean your submarine!)

    I responded to that challenge with the present Pinger which is at least close to his original vision. I remember him being very tactful about my early hydrophone "disks". (Produced without a lathe!)

    I think that far sighted vision is something that characterises him. It is something that he has needed over the years - being clear about what the AMS is and what it needs to do. I was impressed that he had a phone conversation last year with Roger Serpell (The Founder of the AMS) about the future of the AMS in an internet age. Apparently they both agreed that the role was still very much the same - to provide a channel for model sub builders to communicate and meet up. Two visionaries together!

    I suppose that critics might argue that the AMS was old fashioned, too much wedded to paper based magazines. In fact Nigel was well aware of this but could see that  the AMS had sufficient resources (people and money) so that it could continue with a magazine whilst developing internet based resources in parallel.

    Anyway, enough about strategic vision and the AMS. He is also a very fine modeller and predominantly a scratch builder.(A vanishing breed perhaps?) He researches a submarine and builds something in model form that has not existed before. His greatest skill is probably the production of superbly detailed and "crisp" fibreglass hulls but he is also very good at mechanical design. (Have a look at his Hunley and Pioneer.) These are excellent examples of his favourite submarine models in recent years - historical submarines.

    Being the Chairman of a group of idealists spread throughout the world can never be an easy job (The post remains unfilled) but Nigel has done it very well.

    So thanks Nigel and sorry to see you go. We hope that not having the duties of Chairman means that we will see more fine models and more discussion from you on the Forum in future.


      Current date/time is Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:52 am