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Michael - Posted: 4 days ago by Ron
Dumas kit Carol Moran, renamed Michael for my first grandson.My first build, learning how to make those brass railings each post being soldered following a paper pattern. Some customizing at the request of my grandson with added port holes, and deck features. He helped to paint it.

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Response by Baggie on the 17th Feb 2018
Looks great.... a ‘team’ effort. Well done. I’m just beginning my first build having just finished a workstation to house tools etc. All very satisfying.
Hector Read - Posted: 26 days ago by Gascoigne
e Hector Read was built in Hull in the 60s for the Gt Yarmout port and Haven as their new Harbour tug to be moored at the pilot station in Gorleston. Giving many years service, was finally sold on when most working ships were fitted with bow/stern thrusters. Much missed as part of the river scene. A scratch built model I made 18 years ago from photo’s and drawings from the Port Authority. Anyone know her ultimate fate?

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Response by marky on the 26th Jan 2018
She was the last ship built by J S Doig of Grimsby in 1965 retired from service in 2003 is seemingly now an artists studio in Rochester.

Cheers Marky👍
Response by Gascoigne on the 15th Feb 2018
Thanks for that Marky. Good to think she is still afloat. An engineer who once worked aboard related a hair raising experience he had years ago involving restarting a failed engine during a hazardous attempt to get a line aboard a drifting coaster in heavy seas off Gt Yarmouth. It gives an added interest and life to our models when hearing from seamen who actually worked aboard the real vessel. I am sure there must be many modellers with similar tales.
Response by RNinMunich on the 15th Feb 2018
Love the detailing👍 a real 'work boat' super 😎
"Westbourne" - Posted: 29 days ago by ads90
Westbourne is a Port of London Authority steam Tug from the Caldercraft Mini-Fleet Range - it is 1:48 scale. This model was discontinued a few years ago but I did manage to purchase a brand new boxed one via ebay a couple of years ago.

During her time Westbourne was hired by the Royal Navy as a rescue tug. She saw service with them between October 1916 and July 1919 in the HM Dockyard. Prior to that she was on general towing service duties on the Thames.
She can be found mentioned in “SHIPS OF THE ROYAL NAVY, 1914-1919 - by TYPE & CLASS

Following the first world war ‘Westbourne’ was one of three tugs attached to the Port of London Authority (PLA) Dredging Service, they were the "Westbourne", "Thorney" and "Brent", they were all fitted with a drag and under running gear.In 1940 during the Battle of Britain. ‘Westbourne’ and many other tugs were used in assisting the berthing of these large ships that entered the Thames.
The photos show from box to construction plus her on the water.

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Response by Baggie on the 23rd Jan 2018
Superb looking vessel....Uber she sails well too
John B - Posted: 30 days ago by tugnut
This is my latest build she is all scratch built.
She is based on a Robert Allen tug built in Cyprus.
She has two 800 motors on belt drive with 70 mm props.

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Response by Baggie on the 23rd Jan 2018
Well done you... a great build. Looks fantastic. Envious!
HERO - Posted: 1 month ago by Gascoigne
Scratch-built semi-scale from images of a unique vessel used for tug and recovery work on the Norfolk Broads. Was originally steam powered with a fire pump engine,now using diesel. Funnel is hinged to go under low bridges!

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Timothy David - Posted: 1 month ago by Tim-P
My farther made this tug boat for me in about 1949-1950,
it came out to Australia with my in 1977 I have just about finnished re-fitting it out .

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Response by RNinMunich on the 18th Jan 2018
G'day Tim,😉
Very nice job, 'Hats Off Sir' 👍
"If something's worth doing ......."
Static or runner??
Imara - Posted: 2 months ago by EricMB
Modified from an original by the late great Tony Dewsbury

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Response by Baggie on the 18th Feb 2018
Such detail here. I hope one day I might achieve this too. Well done you.
robbe neptun tug boat - Posted: 2 months ago by nutrunner
given to me as a project finished it recently ready to sail

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Response by figtree7nts on the 25th Dec 2017
Hi Nutrunner,
It's a great little tug, good response from the kort nozzle!
I built one over 30 yrs ago! Good memories!
I used a 7.2 volt NiCad back then.
It ran for hours on one battery!
Response by Baggie on the 26th Dec 2017
A great looking tug... enjoy it!
Response by Donnieboy on the 16th Feb 2018
Great job done.The Neptun is a great little model.
Easy to transport.Not a back breaker.
Ionia - Posted: 2 months ago by rcmodelboats
The model was bought off eBay as a barely started kit from the 80s and was called Ontario. It was a basic model with no detail and so we decided to make it into a tugboat it had a huge resemblance with called Ionia.👍👍👍😊

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Response by Baggie on the 24th Dec 2017
A great looking tug... you’ve done a wonderful makeover!
Response by Colin H. on the 24th Dec 2017
Super looking boat and looking like it can cope with some rough water, how big is it.
Happy hunter - Posted: 3 months ago by spitfiresooty
these are the motors and gearboxes in the boat .They look in rough condition but after cleaning ,greasing etc run ok .The sapce that has been used for the battery seems to havebeen divided int o4 for some reason.I am trying decide what battery I need for this

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Response by jarvo on the 27th Nov 2017
The motor units are Robbe EF76 with fitted gearboxes, rated at 6 - 8volts, superb units and very reliable, did you strip and clean the gearboxes as well???? were the photos taken before you cleaned the motors???
The battery space looks to have been fitted with 4 x 6v 4ah batteries, probably giving 6v drive power, might have been 12v. Is there an ESC fitted?? that would give us the final key, apart from the red and black wire in the 4th photo is there any other wiring???

Response by Dave M on the 2nd Dec 2017
Regarding the batteries, I suspect it was 2 x 6V ?Ahr gel cells. One for each motor. 2 x ESC and possibly the Robbe mixer.

I agree with Jarvo it could have been 12v from 2 x 6v in series but it was common to use 6v during this period.

Could be the space was for the ESC.

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