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Old Jan 27, 2016, 07:40 AM
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Lindberg USCG (Steam) Tug Kit

Much has been said about this kit, mostly concerning its authenticity, i.e., was it really based on a real tug?

I certainly do not know, I have looked at a lot of steam tug photos on the net and have found no match. But of the huge number of tugs that must have been built in the steam tug era, who can truly know.

I am assembling the kit and rather than putting the hull halves together with the deck, for easier access for sealing the hull halves and installing the RC gear, I opted to assemble the hull pieces and then cut the above deck portion of the hull halves off. Now I have complete access to the hull for sealing and installation (the same as the Diesel Lindberg tug).

One question, what are the tanks on the rear wall of the pilothouse for? Has anyone ever seen this on a real tug?

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Old Jan 27, 2016, 10:08 PM
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Good kit--one of the better models Lindberg makes. You should post some pics of your modified hull.

As for the air tanks, who knows. If it was a diesel tug, it's conceivable that it could be an air-started engine but it doesn't explain why they're mounted on the back of the pilothouse. Since it's steam, maybe it's for general use, to run air tools or to operate an air horn for extended blasting. A lot of working vessels have a machine room with all tools and materials needed to make repairs while on the go--maybe there was no room inside for the compressor?

I'm convinced it's a fictional tug and the air tanks and oddball deck winch may be just artistic license or designer whimsy. But lo and behold, here's a video featuring what looks like the tug's bigger brother with all the same features; the Miss Q :

Northwest Profiles: Model Boats (7 min 59 sec)
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Old Jan 27, 2016, 10:48 PM
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Dave,

Would You mind posting a photo, so that we can see what tanks You are referencing on the back of the Pilothouse.
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Old Jan 27, 2016, 11:26 PM
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Those could be condensate tanks mounted on the back of the pilot house.

It is not based on any USCG tugs.
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Old Jan 28, 2016, 05:08 AM
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While it might not be based on any ship that was on the USCG roster at any time, it probably has a real counterpart. I have found that to be true with all of the Lindbergers that I have had so far, but the identities and colour schemes had been changed, often to have greater appeal in their native US market.
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Old Jan 28, 2016, 07:51 AM
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Lindberg has done pretty well with producing tugboat kits over the years, and no one should fault them on that---.
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Old Jan 28, 2016, 08:44 AM
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Have that same Lindberg kit. Seen it with different box art over the years. Bought the kit after seeing the Miss Q featured in SSM oh so long ago.
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Old Jan 28, 2016, 08:58 AM
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its one of those classic love-hate relationships. Lindberg has always been a prolific model company, making many classics, like the big pt-109, and the fletcher class destroyer, as well as this tugboat and the other USCG boats.

but it is also notorious for using "parts-bin detailing", and "fit it in the box" scale.
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its one of those classic love-hate relationships. Lindberg has always been a prolific model company, making many classics, like the big pt-109, and the fletcher class destroyer, as well as this tugboat and the other USCG boats.

but it is also notorious for using "parts-bin detailing", and "fit it in the box" scale.
And "label the box with whatever name we think will sell, whether or not it matches the plastic in the box"...... (though some of Revell's ship kits were even worse!)
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Old Jan 30, 2016, 08:08 AM
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Tug Hercules,
If you look at the pic of the box art that is posted just below your post (enlarge it) you will see two long cylindrical tanks mounted on the exterior wall of the pilothouse. Those are the ones I raised the question about.
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Forgot to mention it, but Microglass produces improved fiberglass hull replacements for both the steam tug and the diesel tug. These have more refined body lines, and slightly deeper drafts---.
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Forgot to mention it, but Microglass produces improved fiberglass hull replacements for both the steam tug and the diesel tug. These have more refined body lines, and slightly deeper drafts---.
I knew they did one for the Diesel Tug, but they do a hull for the CG Tug/Carol Ann? Just how many other Lindberg kits do they do hulls for I wonder....
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Maybe the tanks are fresh water tanks that would have been gravity feed to the sinks and heads.
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Old Feb 03, 2016, 07:01 AM
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Harquebus - I took a pic of my hull modification, now all I have to do is find the d/l cable to d/l it to my computer and then figure out how to upload to the thread. As you might guess, I am not very well organized! But if you have ever seen the Lindberg diesel kit, you can see what I did. Assembled the hull halves, then, using a #16 Xacto blade with the tip ground off, I scored my way through the portion of the hull moulding that was above where the deck goes. When I was done, I could fit out the hull for r/c and then put the dech in place and the portion I had taken off. Hope that is somewhat clear.

Jerome - Your thoughts about the tanks being for fresh water supply might be the best yet but wouldn't that add to the top weight considerably?

Thanks all for your input!
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Old Feb 03, 2016, 07:43 AM
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Seen those tanks on older boats around here and it was used for a gravity feed fuel to heater in cabin. Usually oil or kerosene filled.
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