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Any Other Types Of Tug / Re: WWII USN Sea Mule
« Last post by tugboyben on January 16, 2020, 03:56:49 »
Hi Steve

Ill be watching very interesting build

Jason
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Any Other Types Of Tug / Re: WWII USN Sea Mule
« Last post by des on January 15, 2020, 12:50:02 »
Hi Steve - happy New Year to you.

Are you looking at building one of these things?  It'll take you longer than it took to build the real thing.  You really do like the unusual and ugly looking things, don't you.

I also was thinking that the forum needed to be woken up after the Christmas slumber.  But I am still endlessly filling, rubbing back, applying primer, inspecting, and repeat - and repeat - and repeat for my styrene tug hull.  Hopefully by this weekend I'll get a couple of shots.

Des.
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Any Other Types Of Tug / Re: WWII USN Sea Mule
« Last post by sea monkey on January 15, 2020, 12:27:57 »
The tug components were built by Chrysler in Detroit, and Ingalls Iron Works in Birmingham, Alabama to a pretty standard Bureau of Shipping template. The engines all came from Chrysler. The tractor units could also be used individually and bolted onto a barge, although without a barge attached they would have been very unstable.
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Any Other Types Of Tug / Re: WWII USN Sea Mule
« Last post by sea monkey on January 15, 2020, 12:20:22 »
Rather than building a traditional boat, the Sea Mule was really four pontoons bolted together to form a motorised barge.The two stern pontoons each housed a Chrysler Royal Marine Straight 6 (M8) petrol engine, and the two forward pontoons each held a fuel tank of about 700 gallons. No pilot house, or any kind of protection, was provided. A basic console for the wheel and throttles was on the deck, with a rudimentary safety rail. The Sea Mule was a 41ft long and 14ft wide. Not at all good looking, but perfect for its role – robust, effective, cheap and simple to use. They could easily be transported in their crates or assembled, by road, rail or as deck cargo.

The pre-fabricated mini tug came in 4 crates and could be assembled by its crew of 3 in a couple of days, using only the tools included, and a gas welding set. I’ve attached the assembly instructions that came with the components. As you can see – assembly was very simple and could be handled with a very basic level of skill and equipment. The assembly instructions are only 42 pages and much easier to follow than anything from Ikea.
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Any Other Types Of Tug / WWII USN Sea Mule
« Last post by sea monkey on January 15, 2020, 12:12:40 »
Activity has been very light on the site recently, hopefully a few members might start some new projects in the new year.
In the meantime here's something to whet your appetite. A little background first:

Immediately after Pearl Harbour the British bases in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and the Dutch ones throughout Indonesia. then the Philipines, had fallen to the Japanese Army. The Australian bases in New Guinea, and the Solomons, and the NZ ones in Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and the Cook Islands were seriously understrength and under-manned as most Aus and NZ Army, Airforce and Navy personnel had been fighting in Europe since 1939. Some of the more remote NZ Pacific stations had been reduced to weather stations and listening posts only. One island in the Gilbert & Ellis Islands only had 14 Post Office radio staff to help protect it. They didn’t do too well against the full force of IJA. All beheaded.

There are more than 35,000 islands in the Pacific, Indonesia and the Philipines and as the US High Command planned its island-hopping strategy to move across the Pacific it realised that it would need dozens, maybe hundreds of forward bases and depots in tiny far-flung island spread right across the ocean.

Some of those places already had very basic, small facilities but most of the islands had either nothing of any use or would be badly war damaged. Each USN forward base would need to have port facilities that could handle an instant influx of ships, cargo, fuel and people. The ‘Mulberry’ style harbours that were to be used in D Day wouldn’t be any use because of the vast distances to be transported. The USN would have to bring everything they needed with them.

One thing they would need was tugs – and plenty of them. Major seagoing vessels would still require a conventional tugboat like a YTL or a YTB, but many of the operations of the Army Transportation Corps could be performed by smaller vessels: HUTs (Harbour Utility Tug). They needed tugs that could be quickly and easily mass produced, easily transported, simple to use, and cheap.

The answer, just like the Jeep, and the Marston Mat, was a design and engineering stoke of genius: the Sea Mule.


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For Sale (Private Ads Only) / Re: Bargarth tug on eBay
« Last post by tugboyben on January 06, 2020, 05:41:35 »
Happy new year Kev
I did see it looks good tug for towing looks to be fitted with a car blower motor

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/rc-model-tug-boat/184116155488?hash=item2ade2d9460:g:VsMAAOSwqCteEmhI

Jason
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For Sale (Private Ads Only) / Bargarth tug on eBay
« Last post by Kev30 on January 06, 2020, 00:50:34 »
Happy new year all.
I've just seen a Bargarth tug on eBay and wondered if anyone would be interested. For some reason it would let me copy the link over but its listed as, RC model tug seller is based at Frodsham

Regards
Kevin
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Wood, Fibreglass, Plastics & Other Building Materials / Re: Plastruct butyrate tubing
« Last post by des on December 27, 2019, 03:25:16 »
Hi Kevin - thanks for that.  I've checked the website, and they have the size I want, in stock, and at a price which seems reasonable - it all depends on shipping costs.  I'll contact them  in the new year and try for a quote.

Des.
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Wood, Fibreglass, Plastics & Other Building Materials / Re: Plastruct butyrate tubing
« Last post by Kev30 on December 27, 2019, 00:44:53 »
Hi Des
What diameter of section are yoi looking for? I know you live in Australia but I use EMA model supplies who are bssed in South London here in the UK. They've got a website which shows all their range of tubing etc, it might help to see what is available.
Regards

Kevin
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in the past i've used styrene tubing with a brass tube insert. Or several brass tubes that will fit inside one another. You won't bend that.
It's fine if you don't need  tapered mast.
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