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    Standard Oil Tug
    by LewZ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)

    27 days ago
    Well, we all started somewhere!

    My first model boat (not including inexpensive model kits as a kid) was the Sterling kit, "Emma C. Berry." I had planned to R/C it including glassing the hull, but never got that far. So jumping forward to the next model I scaled up that little Standard oil tug kit "Despatch No. 9".

    I scaled it up to be 42 inches long and about 35 pounds in weight. Made mostly out of planked balsa with fiberglass covered hull it was not well done with many imperfections but from 10 feet away it looked good.

    Back then (early 1970's) there was not too many components available for large R/C scale models especially here in Florida, the "boonies" back then. I used a automobile heater motor for the drive and a servo driven three position switch for the speeds (low, medium, high) with power resistors. Another servo driven switch for forward, stop, and reverse. The radio was a four channel Heathkit that I had to build up. Power came from a 6V motorcycle battery.

    I enjoyed this boat for a few years. I bought the Graupner Schnellboot "Wiesel" in London in 1975, started it, but it took another 35 years before I finished it. Is that a record?

    Now the old tug sits up high on a shelf where it gets little notice. It reminds me to think about how the finished boat should not look. (Even the "S" on one side of the stack is up-side-down.) To make matters worse, I added some expanding foam ๐Ÿ˜ฎ under the deck for floatation - oops, needless to say I got more camber to the deck that I really wanted.


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    26 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
    No, I'm not going to do anything more with the tug other than leave it on the Shelf. The hull is not exactly really even, at least to my standards today. Just too much work and I have a lineup of boats that I'm working on. Thanks for asking and the comments!

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Standard Oil Tug
    26 days ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
    She looks very nice.Yes we all start somewhere and I, like you, remember all that you have described. I look at my first scratch build and think, ugh, what was I thinking. But I still run her and damn but she looks pretty good, especially from 10+ feet away. She gets cleaned and a bit added here and there. We should revere these models, not confine them to dust collecting on a shelf. These are what got us here.They were/are the bug bite that infected us for life.
    So Lew, are you going to update her, just a bit, and put her in her rightful place, the head of your fleet?๐Ÿ˜€
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