The Steam Tug Part 14.

Very long overdue, but I have made a little progress. First an overall view. You can see here that the wheelhouse is attached to the top of the cabin structure. The roofs for the wheelhouse and the captain’s cabin are loose at present, I have put in a horizontal floor inside the wheelhouse and have … Read more

The Steam Tug Part 13

The future arrives in the post. Six months ago I was cruising the internet, looking at model stuff, and came across a site called Shapeways. I saw this: It’s listed at $19 CAD, unpainted, but look at the detail! But as you know, the steam tug I am building is to 1/24 scale. Anyway, at … Read more

Cullamix – Paint, ballast and completion.

Well, the hull should be watertight.. I don’t see any major holes. Anyhow, that’s why there’s pumps!!. I put a coat of clear epoxy on the inside of the hull for two reasons: it stiffens the planks for fairing/sanding the outside and; it waterproofs the inside of the hull against leaks and damage. Inside the … Read more

Cullamix build Part 3 – engine and electronics

Now that the hull and superstructure are basically complete and ready for all the fiddly work, we can look at the inside stuff. Cullamix is a single engine, single rudder ship so the basic electronic package is: Radio transmitter and receiver. Electronic speed control. Rudder servo and linkage, and Battery. I’m going to add some … Read more

Cullamix Build Part 2

So now we have a complete hull, ready for a deck. I cut some deck beams to fit the top of each frame, about 1 inch wide and with the deck camber on top. After some fine tuning to get the sheer line right, I glued the deck beams to the frames. I like to … Read more

Cullamix Build

Having finally gotten around to posting something about this build, I realize that I didn’t take many photos of the early days. No comments about procrastination – these plans have been kicking around the shop for over 40 years….. Anyhow, lets get started. These are the Bernard Reeve plans for an 80ft Thames River diesel … Read more