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Dodgy Geezer

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Small starter model tug kits, anyone?
« on: March 20, 2013, 08:11:06 »
Hi,

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but is anyone here interested in simple small starter model boat kits for kids (and kid-like adults!)?

I run the KK EeZeBilt website ( http://eezebilt.tk/  ), which celebrates the old Keil Kraft EeZeBilt series of model boats that introduced so many kids to the hobby in the 1960/70s. Of course, these old kits (50 years old) aren't really suitable for R/C, so I'm doing a little series of similar but more modern designs which would work for kids of today. Plans are all freely downloadable.  The idea is to give experienced modellers some simple designs that they can make with their children (grandchildren/great-grandchildren?) as a project. Introducing new blood to the hobby seems important to me...

We've just put up a '50+' update to the old 'Otter' tug, and, as I'm not a tug specialist by any means, I'd welcome comments on it.  It's the 'Beaver' - here..  http://eezebilt.tk/Beaver.html
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Re: Small starter model tug kits, anyone?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2013, 09:23:19 »
Hi Dodgy and welcome aboard our little Forum. That is a very interesting site you are running. I must admit to yearning after one or two of those models when I was a kid, but Dad couldn't afford them in those days.......
Barry

Dodgy Geezer

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Re: Small starter model tug kits, anyone?
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2013, 09:47:40 »
Thanks for the welcome!  I'm afraid I'm only passing through here, but I  hope you can now satisfy any nostalgic urges you may experience! The cost is now very low...

The aim is to provide the base resources for people to try and rekindle that feeling in modern kids (if you can get them off the playstation/mobile phone). It's up to the 'average modellers' around the world to take these and run with them if they wish. One of the results I'm proudest of is up on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAHJbJieV0o -  I'm sure many members here will remember that feeling...

Tug modellers from a long way back may remember the old Taycol motors that I also run a site on: http://taycol.tk/
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Dodgy Geezer

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Re: Small starter model tug kits, anyone?
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2013, 12:58:48 »
Just thought I'd mention that the Beaver hull is easy to convert into a little AHV, as here:




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Re: Small starter model tug kits, anyone?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2016, 05:46:04 »
... and here are some pictures of a Russian Beaver build...

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Re: Small starter model tug kits, anyone?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2016, 15:55:34 »
My first attempt at a model boat was a "Mermaid".
Didn't know about waterproofing the insides or fibreglass then so the balsa  disintegrated after a couple of years.
Great idea resurrecting an old classic like these.
Steve