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Revell Harbour Tug Boat

An attempt to show a rusty, abandoned boat.

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jimbo20/01/2018 15:37:26
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Hi all

Some of you may have good enough memories and been MilMod members long enough to remember *THIS* . It is Richard Foenander's wonderful tug boat build from 2011

I was very impressed and at the time, by chance, saw the kit for sale cheaply and bought it for £8. It has sat at the bottom of my little stash ever since. I like the idea of modelling a rusty, derelict, abandoned something and this seemed to offer possibilities. Something like these (for reference only)

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Anyway I dug out the kit. It is very old. In fact I think it originally dates from 1955.

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On the bottom of the hull from my kit it says 1979


It is moulded in bright red plastic and is a strange scale 1/108. The latest box art is rather nice.


I have made a start and I'll post up progress to date. This may not go well as the picture I have in my mind may not equate with my abilities face 20

I hope some of you may feel it worth dropping in from time to time. I can justify modelling this because, as was  said on Richard's build, tugs were used to move warships around in harbour thinking




Edited By jimbo on 20/01/2018 15:40:21

Scottie20/01/2018 15:42:56
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​You sell your self short mate I am sure you will make a cracking go of this. If it can be glued together then it can be shown on here. I will be popping in to follow along.


Steve Jones 1220/01/2018 18:26:31
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I agree with Scottie. This is going to be a wonderful challenge for you and the rusty look is a great idea. Good luck my friend


Peter Day 120/01/2018 18:57:20
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A lovely idea Jim. I'm off to Cornwall at the end of next week - plenty of rusty buckets down there.


john hutton20/01/2018 19:19:20
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Remembering the excellent job that you did with your Lifeboat project a while back , i will definitely be in for this one, can`t beat a derelict thumbs up. Here is a couple of pictures i took some time back in Gloucester Dock of a rusty hull, might come in handy wink 2.

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John Race20/01/2018 19:19:28
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Count me in, waders at the ready Jim .

It will be great , whats not to like about RUST laugh


Dave Ward20/01/2018 19:41:19
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Good luck with this, Jim - It'll be interesting to see how you get on with this beast - the moulds are actually older than me! ( Long Beach - 1955 )


John Ballard20/01/2018 19:43:36
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Excellent choice for an unusual subject. This will be one that you can really go to town on, and I for one am looking forward to the results.


Si Benson20/01/2018 20:08:43
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Evening Jim,

I remember Richard doing the tug boat....a brilliantly done piece. Enjoyed it so much I put one in my shopping basket way back thensmile p

Well you have my undivided attention now and if your last builds are anything to go by, this be a winnerbeer


Sean Emmott20/01/2018 20:39:39
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Hi Jim ol' pal. I look forward to following this. I like your blogs. Every time you start a new build, you set yourself a new, specific challenge and obviously this time you are exploring rust and weathering.

I think the unusual scale is because at one time some models were produced to a scale that would allow the parts to fit to the box, rather than building to a standard scale such as 1/72 and designing the box around that.

Hope the family are well and that you will be joining us at Cosford this year.



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