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NEWBIES - START HERE ! / Re: Model identification
« Last post by des on Yesterday at 14:07:55 »
Hello Evo1963, and welcome to the forum.

There are no photos attached to your Post, so it's doubtful that anyone can really help you.  When attempting to post photos to the Forum you will need to make certain that the photo file does not exceed 3 MB;  I usually set mine around 2 MB.  You can either set your camera to a lower resolution so the original file is about this size;  or you can resize a 3MB+ photo using one of several utilities available in some versions of Windows, or from the web.

It will also be helpful to other Members of the Forum if you go into the Profile settings and set your location - just the city or town, not your full address.  This then enables us all to consider the time difference between "us" and you.

NEWBIES - START HERE ! / Model identification
« Last post by Evo1963 on Yesterday at 03:09:07 »
I have been recently given a wooden model tug boat (see attached photo's):

The model is apparently about 40 years old and measures 500mm in length and 160mm wide and requires painting.  The rudder is also not in place. 

Could anyone help me identify the make/model etc so that i can obtain the necessary instructions to finish/paint it please?  I am particularly interested in how the brass rudder is attached.

many thanks
General Building Advice Wanted / Re: Towing winch
« Last post by des on September 20, 2019, 14:16:15 »
You can try these suppliers - they have a range of winches in different sizes, scales & types

or you can trawl through the various supplier pages on

Or you can make it yourself.  A non-working winch is relatively easy to construct in styrene, or somewhat more difficult in brass.  A working winch can also be built in brass if you prefer.  I don't know of anyone offering a kit for a working winch.

Model Slipways have a good looking double drum waterfall winch in white metal, 1:50 (or 1:48) scale, as part of their AZIZ kit.  You could email them and see if they will sell you just the winch - email

General Building Advice Wanted / Towing winch
« Last post by Northseawarrior on September 20, 2019, 03:15:33 »
Hi Guys looking for recommendations for model winch suppliers.
Forum Ideas, Issues & Announcements / Inappropriate content
« Last post by des on September 19, 2019, 15:58:05 »
I don't know who took down that earlier advertising post,  but thanks guys.

« Last post by des on September 18, 2019, 14:07:25 »
There are also several photos of SUN XXI on, but none on

« Last post by sea monkey on September 18, 2019, 07:38:46 »
Welcome Wayne.
Model Tug Man on this forum has made several Thames tugs. Check out his posts.
« Last post by goBulawayo on September 18, 2019, 05:25:23 »
Hi All, I am working on a Sun XXI tug. All I got was a part built tug, fibreglass hull with deck and a rough homemade part superstructue. I have started making my own superstructure from the not so detailed plans, but it is working out so far. Also carved a tender from a block of balsa.

Would love to hear about or see other builds please.

Regards Wayne

IMG_20180630_071258 by Wayne, on Flickr

IMG_20190810_134723 by Wayne, on Flickr

IMG_20190820_201920 by Wayne, on Flickr

Electrics & Radio Gear / Re: Schottel azimuth drive control
« Last post by Taz on September 17, 2019, 22:11:40 »
Hi Des,

Yes, you are correct, my estimate didn't include the cost of the actual drives.
As you probably know, there are a few different places selling the drives now so I figured a system that was able to be used to control any of the "off the shelf" drives would be the best solution.
I'm building my own drives fully machined in stainless steel complete with 150mm diameter brass propellers and needed a stand alone system to control them effectively, powerful enough to cope with the loads and weight. Stepper motors seemed like the obvious solution.

My thoughts are that if there is a simple and effective system available to control these for a realistic price, then people will be more inclined to build ASD vessels.

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