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Jun 13, 2012, 12:01 PM
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HELP for a newbie

For several years now I have had a desire to build a model tugboat. I wanted something fairly large, 30 to 40 inches, simple to build with common materials.
I am interested in stand off scale. A more detailed scale subject may follow. I have some modelling experience, having dabbled with model aircraft the last 30 years.
I have aquired several plans, but each seems to either lack in one area or another(in my opinion), or is too complex.
I know nothing about the propulsion system, batteries etc that I may need or the actual building of the boat for that matter, although I am not "electrically challenged".
I suppose the question I have is can someone recommend a fairly simple project in terms of construction and drive requiremnets that would address the needs of a rank beginer? Possibly a kit?
Thanks in advance.
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Jun 13, 2012, 12:20 PM
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It is simple look at MACK he got your kit and advice, and you can call him. scale boats page 1 The question is then if you want to build the hull of wood or get one of those ABS hull and structure boats, it's up to you. If you want another Dumas (not on his homepage) he can get it for you. i got this on the shelf from MACK (

Anyway its your choice, and fun to come...

Best of luck and be certain you can get ALL the advice you going to need here...
Jun 13, 2012, 12:48 PM
Mmm, tugs...
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I always recommend for beginners: Build a kit first to get an idea of what's going on... then try scratch builds...
Jun 13, 2012, 06:29 PM
that's good advice from patmat and I agree it's the best way to go. Start with a complete kit, then semi kit, and on to scratch if you want the challenge. But there is always plenty of challenge in just doing a precise job on a kit and adding lots of your own detail items. And lastly, there is no shortage of advise and help on this forum when it comes to props, motors esc's, radios, whatever. Welcome aboard !!!!
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Jun 13, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Well that is how I started I pick up the old Lindburg PT 109 at the 1.32nd scale built it got it runing in the pond then decided to try to scratch build that was over 20 years ago and only stop a few times to take a brake . YUP Pat is 100 percent right get a kit learn from it then go with what ever you want . DON THE Portland Rustbucket
Jun 13, 2012, 07:27 PM
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For a wood tug I would recommend this one. It was my first kit build back in the late 80's.

The other kit I would recommend it the Jim Wilder. There has been several build threads over the years here. This is a step up in building skill but not much. This kit has good instructions and plans. You will find plenty of help and support on this model.
Jun 13, 2012, 08:19 PM
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I agree with these guys. I have a scratch built beautiful tug and that is all I have.The cost will exceed that of a kit and you will have all the goodies.
Jun 14, 2012, 10:59 AM
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I started with a Vac-U-tow boat as embellished by towboatjoe and enjoyed every minute building and running. Learned a lot, no wood so that might be your second build.
Jun 17, 2012, 12:20 PM
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Help for newbie

Some very good information here.
I will digest all this and possibly later in the summer I will get to the point of making sawdust.
thanks to all
Jun 18, 2012, 11:27 PM
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30-40'' Tug

I would agree, get a good kit, but add with a fiberglass hull. You are talking a model that will have a ready to run weight, of 25-50lbs. You need a good strong hull, to hold up under transport, and storage. My 25'' pushboat, that draws less than 3'' of water, weighs in at 16-17lbs. CaptCB
Jun 19, 2012, 08:42 PM
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Welcome to the Group Bear,
Notice you're addr. is central BC. If you are in and around the Kamloops area, let me know and you can check out my lineup of tugs.
Jun 25, 2012, 06:26 PM
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help for newbie

Hi Norm, I sent you a PM.

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