Introducing the new
If you want to build you own structures on a pre-made hull here's your
chance. Check out more info on the
can be bought from Vac-U-Boat
tow knees and the stacks can be used when building a boat .
Building a modern towboat with kit 202
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The material I will be
building with is 1/8" x 4" basswood for the decks and 1/16" acrylic
plastic for the cabins.
The build process is the technique that I'm
used to using. Many modelers have different ways they find easier and
different materials. This build is just a guide
to help the novice scratch-builder get an idea of where to start. The
with step by step instructions on installing
running gear. Hope your project is
fun and have you building for many years to come.
Here's what comes with the topless kit. Not shown is stack, tow
knees, and rubber deck seal strip.
I have already
installed the rudders, shafts, and servo. It comes with instructions on
how to install the running gear.
The first thing was to cut the main cabin sides and mask the windows.
Paint the inside black to black out the windows. Image shows masking and
marking the windows then top part shows removing masking and leaving
Here is a way to curve the corners. I used
Plastruct HP 12 half round profile tubing. It's 1/2" wide. After cutting
the length for the height of the cabin, split the tubing in half and
glue on each corner as in photo. you need to shorten the front wall by
one scale foot to allow the corners to equal the right width.
Here's a top view showing how it makes round corners. I glue
everything together with CA glue and then reinforce the corners with
Here's another corner rounding technique using Plastruct MRQ-125
3.2mm quarter round.
For more info on constructing cabins go to
Using basswood cut out the decks for second deck, third deck, riser
for pilot house and roof. Next mark your cabins at their location on the
deck and cut out the inside to save weight. Next step was to glue the
upper cabin onto the second deck and the pilot house onto the third
deck. For gluing basswood I prefer Titebond weatherproof wood glue and
for gluing the plastic cabin to basswood I have good results with
regular Testor's plastic cement.
Here's how it all looks stacked on top of each other. For door frames I
used Evergreen H-O scale 4" x 4"styrene strips. You have two options on
mounting the main structure. I chose to glue it to the bottom of the 2nd
deck. If you worry about large waves you can glue the main cabin to the
main deck to make it wave tight and make 2nd deck removable. Notice the
small holes in the doors. I'll be using the heads of straight pins as
add more realism to the hull, we need engine coolers. Skin coolers are
the simplest to make. They are just half round pipes welded onto the
hull. I used Plastruct 90171 (3/16" half round). I cut the ends at 45
degree angle and cut in scale 40' lengths. I then sealed the ends with a
piece of plastic sign stock.
mark off the hull, take a scale model railroad rule and hold to the
upper lip of the hull and mark a line. Next make two more line a scale 1
1/2' above and below that line. Here is where we'll locate three cooler
lines on both sides of the hull. Glue the top edge of the cooler line to
the line on the hull. Be sure to mark a vertical line on the hull for
the starting point of each cooler line.
what it looks like with three cooler lines on the hull. Be sure to do
the same on the other side.
what the coolers look like once the hull is painted.
what I do with all towboats. I put skids on the bottom to prevent wear
on the hull when moving model on table.
installing deck, install strips of
bass wood to
give the cavils something
to secure to.
epoxied the cavils to the deck and then ran
at an angle through holes drilled
cavil. That gives it more strength
and allows a
line to be attached.
Here's a simple winch with making a square box and dowel rod for
Here's the layout of the roller chocks. Notice how the winch wire is
Here's how I mounted my switches for receiver and main batteries.
using a Proboat waterproof electronic speed control for both motors.
connectors to make two "Y" connectors to connect both motors together.
More to come slowly, but surely.