egrete - Rhine pusher tug. - Posted: 7 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!
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.
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. HAVE A SAFE RC BOATING DAY
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.
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
Do you mean the plans ??? Since this picture was posted I have Installed a working Atlas crane on the rear deck next to Girder load..Have only sialed the ship once and found the motors are a tad slow as they are through gearboxes but apart from that It sits well on the water..I am trying to sell many of my ships as the collection Is getting a bit large to say the least.I may still have the plans for the ship not sure
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
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. 😀
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
My Sun Tug MK25 version, originally adapted from a Lesro Sun Tug Kit, actually still being built [not quite yet complete] but seaworthy enough to get some testing time In the water. It has more than enough power to haul my dusseldorf along when the batteries are flat after some time sailing, so rather than pull the fireboat out, decided to let the tug do some work.
Powered by a hectoperm motor with 3:1 gearbox,twin 6v gel batteries,water pump to operate the fire monitors,engine sound, nav lights, Interior lights [cabins] rotating radar scanner,
Very nice tugboat build!Love this boat design!
I am building this Hartman hull In #260 shell casing brass.
Do you know of any unbuilt or semi-built kits for sale?
John.... West Sacramento,Ca.
John Ever scince the late Dwight Hartman passed away the kit was re manufactured by Harbor models. I am one of the original owners of this kit hull NO.27 I got this In 1971 when It was first released. Dwight use to sell semI kits of this or what ever you needed to build this kit but ever scince he passed away the kit was re tooled. The original molds were destroyed when Dwightt was getting Ill he In trusted a fellow name Steve Lillard,to carry on In makeing these kits by phone order only. Steve ruined all the molds and stiffed a lot of people who sent him money, he was a con artist . As to the any semI kits of this legend to my knowledge they dont make them. but the kit Is available very expensive your looking at $500.00 on up I got mine for $125.00 the price was right back In that day.
After you buy the hull, get the plans If they sell them or not you can take them and build It from scratch, Thewre are two sets of plans Dwight had drawn, 1st set Is the tug Itself and the detail to build It, and the set NO.2 the detail plan set these are a must. This plan sets offers you more detail then the first set does, and It It has a detail section to show you how to construct the lights that work for the towinbg lights and running lights. A great set at $245.00 for the hull It Is a steal at todays prices I would get the hull and get the plans you will have a project to behold.
John your all set now, all you need Is scratch the rest of the goat and your on the way a lot money saved concidered too. the extra detail set has the costome made stand and the fittings with the lighting system for your running nad toeing lights. a great set and must for this tug. I hope you get the hull.
Thats how you do It John I built mine the same way from her keel to the fore top. These Hatman douglas Greg Tugs are very popular to scale boaters. they are a lot different ever scince Harbor models got there hands on It. Like I memtioned before when Dwight was ghetting Ill all the molds went to Steve Lillard they were all destroyed because he didn,t use the proper mold release agent. Harbor has done a fine job reconstructing the molds. Take your time It will be a fine tug when done and one heck of a show stopper. Franklyn
at the start of my Interest In boats I thought of fire boats, RNLI type of sailing but the detial on some of the tugs are amazing!! giving It some thought at the moment what to get Into 😎
Freelance tug - sort of! - Posted: 9 years ago by ronniekh
As the name suggests, this Is a scratch build sort of tug. The hull Is based on a (very small) Pinacce photo of a model steam open boat. I did not fancy making a steam unit (time Is the problem) and I had had an Idea of doing a tug for quite a while. I liked the shape so started In the usual way. I wanted to keep the cost down and so almost everything Is scratch made, though a few bits were "borrowed" from where I work - an engineering firm. Most of the work on this model Is more of an experiment for my next tug which will also be from scratch but will have everything working. The "Archer". The winches are at the moment none working, the doors do not open, I have no Idea If there Is any tug that looks anything like this but I am very pleased with the result. I hope you like It.
My Amsterdam Is done from an old Latina kit. It has the board on frame hull construction of the older kits. I've done some modifications from the kit such as, larger bridle winch, bridle assemblies, extra aft deck detail, lowered engine room cover, brass lifting boom, recessed anchor pockets, enlarged rudder and various miscelaneous detail changes.
Hi there I have just purchased a amsterdam tug for 60£ she is complet and running with all original servo esc and orange gear boxed case motor no marking on it to say what it is.. All she needs is a full strip and revamp and paint... T. L. C. She is plank on frame hull like yours and would love to know the age of her and the kit make if u could help me out with this information that would be fantastic thanks. Ben