I happened to be on a ship last week, don't you think these look like model boats?

Octopussy

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This is the pilot boat approaching, I didn't expect it to look like a model boat when I took the photos.



 

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I think there's a few reasons - it looks immaculate and not bashed about (even the nicely spaced tyre fenders look like new tyres), you can't see through the windows to the helmsman and it's very unusual to have the topsides, deck and superstructure all the same colour.

The main reason has to be that it's not producing nearly enough wash for a pilot boat though...
 
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I'm guessing it's just coincidence that the radar is in the same position in both shots.

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As are the flags. Keep flicking between the pictures and you see the the starboard flag is curled under exactly the same. The thing that makes it look like a model is the proportion of the ships bow wave to the pilot boat. It just looks like these old films where clearly they have used models. I am guessing this is a model that has been cleverly superimposed over the real deal.

For example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWhYUIp4nDQ and https://www.naintrading.co.uk/model-ships/pilot-boat-p-457.html#.Vef_eLTOSAB
 
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I think the radar must be switched off. Here are some more shots I took.
This one is coming along side. Even the pilot looks like a model!





This is leaving the ship.



And again, off in the distance.



Still looks like a model boat to me!
 

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Now I am ignorant of most things flagwise, so forgive me, but why no "pilot on board" flag?
 

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As are the flags. Keep flicking between the pictures and you see the the starboard flag is curled under exactly the same. The thing that makes it look like a model is the proportion of the ships bow wave to the pilot boat. It just looks like these old films where clearly they have used models. I am guessing this is a model that has been cleverly superimposed over the real deal.

For example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWhYUIp4nDQ and https://www.naintrading.co.uk/model-ships/pilot-boat-p-457.html#.Vef_eLTOSAB
It's the real thing.
Here it is in action (radar still not working)

 

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It looks like a real boat to me. The give-away is the foam in the bow wave and the wake. General wave shape scales very well and looks the same in model and full size but the air-entrainment effects that produce the foam don't scale nearly as well. (The bubbles in the model's wake are too big in relation to the model.)
 

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Good find Tradewinds!

I think some thought I was pulling the wool over eyes! My photos are very much like looking at model boats.

Ive zoomed to the pilot and it shows a human!

 

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Looking at other vids of the same Finnish pilot boat it seems they don't use their radar all the time.
 
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It's the real thing. ...

Yes, I changed my mind with the second batch of pictures. Thinking further on the matter, the sharp contrast between the blue and red makes it look stuck on, which I assumed to be not real. Thanks!
 

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'ang on a mo, I'll just take some bearings
Here's a picture of a Finnish model pilot...

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The pilot launch may have standard operating a procedure to put radar off or on stand by when coming alongside the ship. Some pilots may have concerns about their nuts being microwaved. Off course it could be they just couldn't be bothered to turn it on.
 

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