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ABS or styrene hulls
« on: May 26, 2016, 06:18:48 »
I have a terrible time doing plank on frame construction. I desire to build RC boats that have abs or styrene hulls. Is there a good source for kits that utilize this method?
I currently have a 'bathtub navy' of 85 plastic model boats converted to RC. I'm running out of kits and want to continue building!  ;D I live in the USA by the way.


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Re: ABS or styrene hulls
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2016, 17:15:48 »
Hi Tugboatfred

I am considering building a large-ish tug using styrene - see the thread "Scratchbuilt Hull Material" under the Hulls section of this forum.

Most of the advice I've had is to not do this, but use wood or fibreglass instead.  But I don't have any experience at all with fibreglass, and not much with wood.  I have not yet committed myself either way.


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Re: ABS or styrene hulls
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2016, 13:15:07 »
Do the hulls have to be be specifically ABS or styrene?
Most of the smaller kit manufacturers use GRP/fibreglass.
I think Billings use ABS.
There is a comprehensive list of tug kits here:
But come back to this forum, it's full of expert tug modellers.