Availability Alert - Model Slipway has officially stopped production on all of their kits. Hopefully another company will pick up their molds and start production again but for the foreseeable future these kits will not be available.
The Sentinel is designed to carry out a wide range of law enforcement duties, including anti-smuggling, search and rescue, covert surveillance, etc.
SENTINEL is a 34m Island Class cutter operated by the British Customs and Excise. Built by Vosper Thornycroft and launched in 1993 she has been designed to carry out a wide range of law enforcement duties. She is a modified version of an extremely successful Vosper Thornycroft design built under licence for the US Coastguard.
SENTINEL is powered by two Paxman Valenta V12 diesel engines, with a separately powered steerable water jet for slow speed propulsion. Top speed is in excess of 25 knots. The hull is fabricated from steel, using computer-controlled laser cutting and robot welding machines. The superstructure is made from aircraft-grade aluminium, explosively welded to the deck to prevent corrosion. Outwardly the most obvious feature of the vessel is the 6m Avon Searider rigid-inflatable boat (RIB) carried on an hydraulic davit on the aft deck. A crew of 12 officers drawn from HM Customs and Excise personnel operate the vessel.The Model Kit Includes:
- a detailed glassfibre hull with molded-in fendering and spray rail
- printed styrene for decks and superstructure
- etched brass for the fine details which include window frames
- metal fittings and running gear complete with propellers (plastic supplied in kit, see below for proper brass propeller substitute)
- a resin-cast Avon Searider rigid-inflatable boat
- numerous perspective step-by-step assembly drawings and full size plan make SENTINEL a pleasure to build
- twin rudders and stabilizers guarantee excellent handling on the water.
Model Scale: 1:40
Length: 940 mm (37")
Beam: 190 mm (7.5")
Displacement: approx. 8 lbs (3.7 kilos)
Flags, paints, adhesives and tools are not provided.Sentinel Photos: (click to enlarge)