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A selection of tug that I have built - Posted: 5 years ago by modeltugman
this Is a small selection of tugs that I have built In the last few years, I have been building model tugs for about 45 years and have many pictures of them If anybody Is Interested the first Is Ionia at 1/24th scale scratchbuilt,then 3 Sun tugs all at 1/24th scale

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Response by Dave M on the 7th Jan 2013
Nice selection of tugs. The detail looks very fine and are a credit to your modelling skills.
Perhaps you might consider a separate post for each model with four pictures In this section as there will be members who are contemplating or building similar models.
More pictures and brief details would certainly be most welcome. 😀
J. R. More - Posted: 5 years ago by ralphwilmot
J. R. MORE - LAST OF THE LARGEST STEAM TUGS BUILT ON THE CLYDE. The best looking tugs ever built!

This model Is scratch build at 1:48 scale of the SAR&H Durban tug J. R. More, which was the last large steam tug built on the Clyde In 1962.
It took over 2 years to complete this model, which was my first scratch build from the modified plans of a sister tug called the F.C Sturrock, which was also stationed at Durban as the shift tug for that harbour. Other tugs of the class were also stationed at Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

The J. R. More was the newer day tug In Durban, most often used to service the Union Castle ships and others In, out of Durban and remembered by so many visitors to South Africa of that time.

This model tug on the water has differential motor control, software linked with the rudder, can go about on the spot and a delight to sail as a model, capable of 6 or more hours on the water. Working Rotating Radar, lights and woop-woop sounder as per the original tug. I would also like to Install the Telegraph bells, however these would drive fellow modellers to distraction, as they were a very distinctive sound and very regular, Implanted and well remembered by the crews and those In and around the harbour, even today. The engines on the other hand were almost quiet and by all accounts very reliable.

This model Is ballasted mainly by two 7 Ah 12 Volt SLA Batteries for the main drive motors and a 2 Ah 12 Volt SLA (Aft ballast) for the Lights, Radar and Sound unit. All up weight Is 14Kgs and capable of above scale speed from the two MFA 6:1 ratio Geared Motors driving two 4 bladed 70mm screws.

This model has onboard charge regulator circuit, built-in minature dual volt meter to allow quick on-board voltage Inspection and single plug-in charge and regulator socket for charging all 3 Batteries together.

The actual full size J. R. More tug still survives and can be visited at the Durban Maritime Museum In Durban, South Africa. Local supporters are undergoing essential repairs, restoration and preservation with private and company financial support.

J R More Is the only surviving large steam tug left of this class and as Important to the skills of the Scottish shipbuilders of the Clyde.

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Response by ralphwilmot on the 5th Jan 2013
HI Dave
Thank you for the contact. No would not attempt a Castle ship, all the ports would do my head In.
I will take some video of the Tug and post them when the weather allows. Also with some details on electronics etc.

Thanks 😊
Response by Dave M on the 6th Jan 2013
HI Ralph
Looking forward to your further posts.
Response by circle43nautical on the 7th Jan 2018
BRAVO ZULU! Very beautiful build sir!
Alte Liebe - Posted: 6 years ago by ads90
This Is my tug Alte Liebe. It Is a Caldercraft kit and Is almost 1 metre In length. I have Installed an MFA 540 motor with a 2.5:1 reduction gear and operate her on 6 volt SLA's. With ballast she Is fairly heavy coming In at about 15 kg.

I have just added a photo of my tug breaking the Ice on our lake a couple of weeks ago.(December 2012)

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Response by Patrick on the 2nd Dec 2012
look forward to seeing them, thanks for the help
Response by ads90 on the 17th Dec 2012
Hope my photos are of use and let us know how your build Is getting on.
Response by Patrick on the 6th Jan 2013
HI Alan
hope you had a good new year, the pictures are a great help, I'm still working on It when I get any spare time.
strongbow - Posted: 6 years ago by radigo56
the best boat ay ever maid 😎 200h et the work to built

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Response by larrywhetton on the 5th Oct 2012
hI radigo received plans OK Larry 👍
Response by fact77 on the 19th Jul 2015
It's Beauty !! 😋
Response by circle43nautical on the 7th Jan 2018
BRAVO ZULU! She's superb!
AL KHUBAR 3 - Posted: 6 years ago by tompallister
Model Slipways 1/32 scale harbour tug kit built late summer/autumn 2011. Powered by MFA 2.5:1 geared motors running on 6 volts and powered through an Action P94 Mixer/speed controller to provide great steering performance -- easily turns on It own axis. Sails mostly at Knightcote Model Boat club

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Response by circle43nautical on the 7th Jan 2018
BRAVO ZULU! Very well done sir.I also have used an Action P94 unit and
found how versatile it is.
Irishman - Posted: 6 years ago by tompallister
Model Slipways kit with fire monitors and bow thrusters. Powered by 2 x MFA 2.5 : 1 motors on 6 volts via Action P94 mixer ESCs. Sails mostly at Tynemouth model Boat Club

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Response by Dave M on the 13th Apr 2012
I have always wanted one of these models. The on water picture looks very realisic. All you need now Is something big to tow/push around! 😀
Response by junkanoopunch on the 9th Jun 2012
where can I buy this tugboat from
Response by tompallister on the 9th Jun 2012
It Is a "Model Slipway" Kit and Is listed on their web site ( ) as Yorkshireman as this was the sister tug. The basic kit costs about A£270 and running gear, bow thrusters, fire monitors and radio gear costs about another A£250. The kit Is really for those with modelling experience as It has a few challenges for the Inexperienced. Hope this helps
egrete - Rhine pusher tug. - Posted: 6 years ago by Gregg
Built from scratch from plans supplied by my hobby store. has a fully remote controlled operating "elevating wheelhouse" with scissor type lifting legs. operating nav lights, fog horn and twin radar units. Also has remote operated forward winches for attaching pusher barges to the bow pusher posts. fitted with twin kort nozzles, handles a treat, steers well and could certanly push more than 3 barges!

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Response by Dave M on the 13th Apr 2012
I am Interested In the working forward winches. Have you any pictures / details, please?
Response by Gregg on the 13th Apr 2012
HI DAve. I found a cute little geared motor with a nice set of swappable gears In Maplins, made by MFA. It has a 3v motor but If you set the main driveshaft up centrally, It then allows you to have 2 Identical "winch drums". to operate the motor "in/out" I used a couple of micro switches set up on top of a servo, so I then use the side/side on my left joystick for example, afterall, you only really need to operate It when setting up to the barge once In the water and again when removing the barge before lifting out again, but ciould work for almost any "winch" operation.

I am unable to post pics to this message/reply, but will post detail In the electrical section, make It easier.
Response by circle43nautical on the 7th Jan 2018
That is avery nice pusher, sir. I have built one VAC-U-BOAT 22" HIPS kit and a 35" Dumas American Beauty. Both were given my boat shop's paint scheme (ILLINIWEK MARINE). I am multitasking on a couple boats, and one is another US Western river towboat, scratchbuilt up from a salvaged Dumas
Am. Beauty hull. (That hull was temp scrapped when my xacto knife got away from me trimming the deck knuckle.) My plan is to fit a telescoping
pilothouse which is common to upper Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio rivers.
My dilemma is the method of operating the pilothouse lift; can you advise with any info please? I thought of a linear servo w/worm gear maybe.
Sun Tug 25 - Posted: 6 years ago by Gregg
based on a Lesro kit of the MK21 Sun tug. This slightly later version was fitted with fire monitors for handling tankers In the thames esturary as well as normal docking duites of liners and freighters.
Fitted with a decaperm 3:2 geared motor and twin 12v 7amphr batteries, It can run for several hours, even when towing other boats around the pool.. Fog horn Installed, lighting system, working decca radar, Illuminated map desk and decca unit on the bridge.

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JOHN KING - Posted: 6 years ago by larrywhetton

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TUG AZIZ - Posted: 7 years ago by BASHER
Got this kit from E Bay was apartly built well sort of had to re do all the upper deck wheelhouse from scratch was a bit off eeek..Have nearly finished Installing all the electrics ready to ballast..I raised the rear hatch area after reading the deck tended to wash over quite easily..Hardly noticeable modification I think..Will sail the model soon and hope all goes well

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Response by BASHER on the 20th Jul 2012
As my builds are In every corner of the house the Aziz has been promised to a new owner In a few weeks time..I still have 6 other builds and truly you can only sail one at a time..lolMy main Interest Is the building of the ships so selling another one gives me the funds for another build
Response by Dave M on the 21st Jul 2012
Always liked this model ever since I saw It at E Port some years ago. 😊 I built an Al Khubar and always regretted selling her. Like you I raised the rear deck to keep the water out. I also have a shed load of boats and many awaiting construction. Maybe someday I will build one. The wheelhouse looks very detailed your efforts have clearly Improved on the original high standard. 😀
Response by BASHER on the 22nd Jul 2012
HI Dave
Thank you for your response and kind remarks,like you I have so many builds but In saying that I have sold about 5 In the past year..None I might add have given back even the original buying cost of just the kit not counting all the additional electrics, still It pays for the buying of another kit..Presently I am building a 1/14 scale Man Tamiya truck unit, no gluing reqd everything Is tiny nuts n bolts superb detail..I am selling my Aziz for £350 so wont make anything on the deal

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