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Feb 27, 2013, 03:00 PM
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Wooden scratch Francis Smith Tug

I dug out an old set of Francis Smith plans for the 85' tug that I built almost 20 years ago. I started it just before Christmas hoping to have it ready for the beginning of the season. The Cat has been on the back burner for this project so I will get back to it when the tug is ready to go. Thanks for looking.
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Feb 27, 2013, 03:08 PM
no such thing as to many boats
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Nice looking boats
Feb 27, 2013, 03:30 PM
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That's a beauty. Are those plans still available?

Feb 27, 2013, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by blutoh
That's a beauty. Are those plans still available?

The plans were originally published in Model Builder Magazine, then Re-published in Model Ships and Boats by the same publisher, so Bill Northrop used to carry them. I am not sure who, if anyone is handling his plan service after his passing. I had heard that his wife, Anita might be running the business. The last contact information I have is:

Bill Northrop`s Plan Service:
2019 Doral Court
Henderson, NV 89014
Phone: (702) 896-2162
Fax: (702) 897-7775

A quick search on e-bay indicates that there are no listings there, but I recall that there was at least one person selling laser parts for a 2x enlargement of the plan parts.

Pete G.
Feb 27, 2013, 04:55 PM
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Very nice work tinknocker. She's gonna be a beauty.
Feb 27, 2013, 05:02 PM
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Those plans are avalible on ebay
Search rc tug boat plans

Very nice work,ill use it as a reference when I build mine
Feb 27, 2013, 05:05 PM
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Going to be a nice ST tug and so many great looking features to add to that one..
Feb 27, 2013, 07:35 PM
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Take a peek here....
Feb 27, 2013, 08:15 PM
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Love that tug hull! I look forward to watching this build.
Feb 27, 2013, 08:42 PM
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Searching ebay turned up every Model Builder Magazine tug plan except this one! The mraeroedesign site has a laser cut kit, but it doesn't include plans or the article. Northrop's site doesn't list it either. If anyone knows of a source please post a link. I really want to track them down.

Last edited by blutoh; Feb 27, 2013 at 08:48 PM.
Feb 27, 2013, 10:16 PM
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Thanks for the nice comments guys, You are right I got the plans from Bill Northrup many years ago Have no idea where to get them today. So far it is a nice boat to build. I did build and East Coast Dragger from Northrup's plans because the real boats are homeported here is Manasquan NJ. That was also a nice boat to build.
Feb 27, 2013, 10:43 PM
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Cool !

Quite a resume you have there !

You Have been busy... ~
Feb 28, 2013, 06:51 AM
If you cant find it Build it!
Nice tug, you are fast!
Feb 28, 2013, 08:47 AM
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Your build is really nice and clean! the wood-work youve done looks top notch, will follow this build!
Feb 28, 2013, 01:42 PM
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Francis Smith Plans

Correction on the Name of the second Northrop Magazine -- it was "US Boat and Ship Modeler" and the Francis Smith Build Article was in the Premier issue dated "summer 1987." Perhaps this will help in a search.

Pete G.

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