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    new project "MV American Beauty" Kit
    by bruce1946 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ( Warrant Officer)

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    ๐Ÿ“ new project "MV American Beauty" Kit
    9 months ago by bruce1946 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well I just started on my new project "MV American Beauty" Kit.
    Well here we go again
    Open for Suggestions:
    Engine mounting.
    Prop shaft install
    Kort nozzels install
    Rudders: Why 7 rudders blades? how are they hooked up
    Cabins: I'm looking at cutting all my windows out. I do have a good scroll saw, looking for suggestions on how to go about it.
    I will be putting Lighting in, making the radar work (Turn), need davit plans for the work boat.
    I don't know the scale this boat is anyone know?

    Thank you in advance
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: new project "MV American Beauty" Kit
    9 months ago by camyaj ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
    AKA the Robbe Dusseldorf also available ready built
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: new project "MV American Beauty" Kit
    9 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
    The kit is by Dumas and gives scale of 7/32 to 1".
    37" in length x 12" in width.
    Goggle search on line shows build logs for the kit.
    Write in Dumas American Beauty build.
    Hope this helps a bit.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: new project "MV American Beauty" Kit
    9 months ago by roycv ( Warrant Officer)
    Hi Martin that is the video I have on my laptop, excellent!
    There are 15 barges in the "Tow" and each can carry 1500 tons so over 20,000 tons of cargo. The length of the barges and the towboat is nearly 1200 feet long, so a bit big as a model.

    The Mississippi transport system is the largest maritime set up in USA.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: new project "MV American Beauty" Kit
    9 months ago by roycv ( Warrant Officer)
    Hi I think the scale is on the box maybe 1:50. I expect the hull is a bit flexible, do make sure you get it square when putting in the bulkheads.
    I think there are just 6 rudders. There are 2 schools of thought:
    1, make all 3 rudders work together for each prop.
    2, link stern rudders together and link flanking rudders together.

    These suggestions came from the late "ToyboatJoe" who was a towboat captain on the Ohio River (I think) and then made models for museums.
    He usually had radio in his boats and had tried both.

    I hope the wood is better than my (older) kit but the windows were diecut out unless you mean the ones lowdown?
    The deck with the funnels on in the kit is angled on a centre line but full size it is a steady curve.
    Check all of the cast fittings carefully as half of mine were little more than blobs, since replaced.

    Engine power is whatever you need I suggest direct drive but the Dumas motors seem a tad expensive.
    Probably looks better with some barges attached.
    The hull colour is black by the way.

    From videos I have watched the crew live aboard for their shift could be a month at a time and the boats were kept very clean and neat, no clutter. They have a pride in how the towboats look.

    good luck with the build
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: new project "MV American Beauty" Kit
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
    Hi Bruce,
    Here is a little motivation.


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