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Hi. This is my build of the Lindberg Diesel Tugboat that was a gift from a good friend in the US. As some members may know I like to add lights to most of my builds and this one seemed to be a good challenge. Overall the kit is quite good quality, though the plastic is the brittle type, and there was a small amount of flashing but nothing serious. The parts went together really well and, to be honest, it is a very nice kit to create. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pictures and find inspiration to have a go yourself.
I started this project in september 2021. A little help to my friend Alain Nova73 on his project of diorama with a quick drawing of the hull only which will be in waterline mode. Alain will continue with the superstructure design on Fusion360. The information is thin as for the original plan of the hull couples, I found a small triptych of the ship in low resolution and some errors, but it helped me to make the different couples, it is far from being perfect especially the back arch which requires a lot of information and... time. For waterline, it will pass. A bit of history: USS Nokomis (YT-142/YTB-142/YTM-142) was a Woban class harbor tug built in Bremerton, Wash, and assigned to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1940. The Nokomis was present during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. She was the first ship on the scene of the USS Arizona, and was recalled by the officers on deck because of the impending explosion of the battery below deck. She then went off and helped to beach the USS Nevada, along with the Hoga (YT-146), and the YT-153. The grounding of the Nevada prevented the blockage of the entrance to Pearl Harbor. Then the USS Nokomis fought the fires and dried out the battleship USS California for three days. This effort made the California salvageable, to be recommissioned later in the war. The Nokomis was also the last ship to move the surviving YC-699 barge before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Nokomis accompanying the CV-8 Hornet back to Pearl Harbor after its raid on Tokyo After the war, the Nokomis continued to serve the Pearl Harbor ships until it was decommissioned in May 1973 and sold for scrap to Crowley in San Francisco. She was renamed Sea Serpent and served for many years in San Francisco Bay as a tug and fireboat. In 1989, after the Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco Bay area, the Nokomis and the Hoga (which had served the city of Oakland as a fireboat) again fought fires alongside each other. According to the Historic Tugboat Education and Restoration Society, the Nokomis was purchased in April 1975 by Crowley Maritime Corporation, and its name was changed to Sea Serpent. She operated in San Francisco Bay as a commercial tug to assist ships in docking. Crowley Maritime ceased operations in the San Francisco area in the early 1990s and the Nokomis was renamed Panamanian and abandoned, like many other tugs, to decay and rust. She was rediscovered in mid-2002 at the Hunters Point mudflats in San Francisco by tugboat captain Melissa Parker. 8] It was purchased at an auction for $50 for the Historic Tugboat Education and Restoration Society (HTERS) and was originally moored at Pier 80 in San Francisco. The 501 non-profit organization was dedicated to historical research, hands-on engineering education programs for disadvantaged Bay Area youth, and cooperative programs between historic ship organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. HTERS acquired an operational sister tug, the USS Wenonah, with the intention of using the Wenonah as a floating class to engage HTERS to help raise funds to restore the Nokomis. After falling behind on dock rental fees, the two tugs were moved to Treasure Island, but dock rental and insurance fees continued to accumulate, eventually costing the Historic Tugboat Education and Restoration Society both vessels. Sinking of the Wenonah ( Sister Ship ) While moored at Treasure Island, the Wenonah sank in August 2009 and spilled oil into San Francisco Bay. The Coast Guard asked Global Diving to salvage the vessel to prevent further leaks, and Global Diving approached the American Bridge/Fluor Joint Venture to use the Left Coast Lifter crane to salvage the vessel. The Wenonah was turned over to the Coast Guard for disposal, and Bay Ship & Yacht in Alameda took over the lease of Pier 1 at Treasure Island, which included taking possession of the Wenonah and Nokomis. Both vessels were scrapped in 2010 in Alameda. The Wenonah was a sister ship to the Hoga. It would have been a great resource of parts to restore her. The Nokomis was the oldest surviving naval vessel from the Pearl Harbor attack. The barge YC-699 in SF Bay and the tug YT-153 on the East Coast, along with the Hoga, are now the last surviving naval vessels from Pearl Harbor. http://www.runcornmodelboats.co.uk/USS_Hoga.html https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B32-8ZWvIt6USm9hV05adGNzNXM/view?resourcekey=0-2oWytSsFRNuIzFGqjQ2rbA I still have a lot of work to do. I have drawn the waterline in relation to the photos, you can see that this tug was ballasted at the back in relation to the horizontal plane of the plan. You will have to keep some in waterline to cut the hull.
Afternoon everyone As a kid I grew up on the Clydeside (Old Kilpatrick) during the 1970's and one of our favourite pastimes was watching the mighty tugboats sail past. My dream then was to be a tug boat captain but ended up becoming a draughtsman as sometimes happens in life. Still love to watch them when I can, though its a bit hard when living in Warwickshire! The Flying Phantom was built by Ferguson Bros, Port Glasgow and launched in 1981. She assisted ships with navigation and was also equipped as a fire fighter. Tragically on 19 December 2007 she was dragged over and sank while assisting a cargo ship past Clydebank in deep fog with the loss of Stephen Humphreys (captain), Robert Cameron (engineer) and Eric Blackley (deckhand) with only Brian Aitchison surviving. https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/girting-and-capsize-of-tug-flying-phantom-while-towing-bulk-carrier-red-jasmine-on-river-clyde-scotland-resulting-in-1-person-injured-and-loss-of-3-lives In tribute I have modelled the Revell 1/144 Fairplay X as the Flying Phantom 2 in the Clydeside colours of the 70/80's. I have added, chains, ropes, winch hydraulics, dinghy cover and my own decals as extra detail. Hope you like them ATB, Dave
Phew, well, at last, my not so wise decision to do this Revell Tug Boat is complete - took about three times as long as I expected due to horrendous amounts of flash and general 'urkiness' of the kit; coupled with my poor modelling skills then I am surprised it got finished after all. There have been times when I thought, sod it, I will scrap it - but, bloody minded perseverance stepped in and slapped me round the face with an old so'wester. I did not use the two plinths that came with it as they were really poor and in no way did they fit properly. I decided to go for a different colour than the usual red, so, blue came to mind and blue it was that was thrown on with a dirty mop! All of this is OOB apart from the rigging - cheap 'shearing elastic' from boyes - too thick for planes but sort of ok for this (though did not end up so well - pulled both masts clean off trying to get it sorted). I scraped off (or tried to) the ropes and bits that were moulded into the deck, to cover up the mess from this I scratched some tarpaulin covered boxes (basically, tissue paper, watered PVA glue and bits from spares box to go underneath the tissue) and stuck them on, also dropped a simple roll of rope into the mix. Weathering wise I decided to go easy and just do minimal rust as I tend to be very heavy with my weathering technique. I left the decals as London XI for ease (read laziness). It's nowhere near perfect but at last I have called it a day and marked her 'finished' Apologies for poor pics - taken with camera phone. Thanks for looking. Pete