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    Tugboat Akragas
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    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ekoral
    Tugboat AKRAGAS

    This is a harbor tugboat, built and operated in Italy. It is decommissioned.

    Name of the tugboat: AKRAGAS
    Gross tonnage: 213 tons
    Year built: 1959
    Last known flag: ITALY
    The kit is from New Maquettes. The kit was designed to be a static kit and included two sheets of detailed plans, a parts list, other plastic and resin parts, metal parts and wire. All the wood in the kit had to be cut to build the model.

    The model scale is 1/30 with the length 83 cm, and width 21 cm.

    A lot of detail parts are cast resin or plastic.

    The hull is built single plank on frame. After the planking was finished, I sanded it smooth and covered it with two layers of epoxy inside the hull to make it waterproof. The hull is painted black, the waterline white, and below the waterline rusty red. All decks are plywood. I cut, fitted, painted, and installed them.

    The structure is precut wood. I built it using the plans. I painted each piece before installation.

    I replaced the plastic propeller that came with the kit with a brass one.

    Lots of detail parts were added such as fire extinguishers, fire extinguishing hoses, rubber tires, rope bow fenders and side fenders, and the wood grate in front of the cabin doors. The bow fender and side fenders are made of rope, and I dyed them using coffee and tea.

    I painted the model using commercially available spray paints according to the suggested painting scheme.

    To convert the kit to an R/C model, I installed a Robbe geared motor and installed a proportional speed controller and servo and rudder servo. A two- channel radio and 6V battery pack are needed to operate the tug. For the ballast, I used removable lead ingots.

    I converted the navigation lights to working lights.

    It took 9 months to finish the model.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tugboat Akragas
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Westwind ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
    โœง 34 Views ยท 0 Likes
    Very nice
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tugboat Akragas
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
    โœง 67 Views ยท 3 Likes
    Hi Ekoral.

    Well done, you finished the model in no time.

    Excellent and long description.
    Excellent photo.

    Does your model weigh (in total including ballast) approximately 7.89 kg? Or in any case just under 8 kg?

    I would also have liked to see some images of the construction phases.
    If you have them please post them in this topic.
    In particular I am interested in the engine propeller transmission and the opening of the bridge to insert the RC devices.

    Akragas is certainly not an Italian name, in fact it is Greek.
    It was a city of Magna Graecia in Sicily, in the province of Agrigento. ruins of ancient Greek temples remain.
    Many Americans go to visit it.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tugboat Akragas
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
    โœง 68 Views ยท 1 Like
    Very nice job๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Seemingly accurate. Attached a link to a few more pics from March 1977.
    Home port Palermo.
    And one from July 2017 showing her 'under conversion' in Monfalcone, Italy,but looks like the money ran out๐Ÿค”
    Cheers, Doug๐Ÿ˜Ž

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tugboat Akragas
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ronald ( Admiral)
    โœง 79 Views ยท 1 Like
    Beautifully done, excellent detail. Most tugboats I have observed do not carry the rigging that this vessel has, but you have included it as your research has demonstrated.

    I really like your plank on frame construction. You have experienced the shaping and finishing required to make a fine hull.

    When builders use a preformed fibreglass hull and then call their work scratch built really miss out on the skill of laying the keel, then go through the process of seeing the hull take shape.

    Thank you for sharing the vessel with us. We look forward to seeing it towing, pushing, and working in your harbour.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tugboat Akragas
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Wolle ( Lieutenant Commander)
    โœง 73 Views ยท 1 Like
    Very nice model with lots of details, I like it. The last picture with the original is also very nice.

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