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Feb 08, 2018, 11:48 PM
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New York ATB tug: Christian Reinauer

I'm interested in model tugs. My first attempt at a model boat was an Artisan Latina 'Amsterdam'. As soon as it was finished I thought "I could do that, myself", and I started scratch building in 1/50 scale.

I like interesting and unique tugs – the type of boats that you don't find as kit sets.

Attached are a few that I've build over the last 10 years.

This project entailed making two identical ATB (articulated tug barge) tugs – one display only, for the owners in NYC, and the other RC, for me. I started in 2008 and it took 4 years to complete them both. Making two identical models at once has both advantages and disadvantages. After making something for one boat I'd usually find a quicker, better way to make the second but it was very repetitive. I lost steam several times although I'm happy with how they eventually turned out.

I have a full build log over at if your interested to see how it's possible to spin a build out for that long.
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Feb 14, 2018, 01:59 PM
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Steve your work is beautiful!
Feb 15, 2018, 12:38 PM
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Hi Steve,
You should post in the Scale Boats section of BOATS in RC Groups. More people into model boating congregate there than here in the Blogs.

Beautiful models, btw!
Mar 16, 2018, 04:33 PM
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Thanks guys, most of these builds are posted in the scale boat section but some are quite old and hard to find, so I thought I'd put all my work together here.
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