The first one is a Tug kit from a
Marine Models :- the
She has a 40" GRP Hull, Deck and superstructure are timber it has 2 car
type heater motors driving type 60 Korts with Props from Popshop, 2x
Electronize Speed controllers, 1x windscreen washer water pump, 4 x12 v
and 1x 6v Batteries .The 3 x 12v batteries for the motors, 1x12v battery
for the water pump, and the 6v for all the lights the fire monitors turn
from left to right and back, working deck lights, 2x searchlights,
navigation lights and mast lights all paint is from Halfords. About 90
yards of string was used for the rope on the winches and I have used all 6
channels of my radio. The model weighs in at just over 44lbs and have yet
too test the towing ability.
I enjoyed making this kit which was the my first boat the I have ever made
and being a beginner I found the kit no problem. I started making the
model March 2003 and finished mid July 2003 working on it 6 to 10 hours a
day about = 600 hrs.
I then looked around for my next model , which turned out to be the
49" GRP Hull with wooden Deck and superstructure Kit from
Anglia Model Centre.
She has 3 x 600 motors with 3 x props from Popshop, 2 x Volcano speed
controllers (1 for Port & 1 for Starboard ). A micro switch works the 3rd
motor at full power. 2 x 12v Batteries for all the Power and lights I have
also installed sound units for a big gun and machine guns with switching
system, and a siren which only works with the 3rd motor using a micro
switch, along with a Gas Turbine sound unit that works with the Port Motor
only which was made for me, each sound using it's own speaker. All of the
fittings came from North Shield Models. Most of the paint was my own mix
(for the colours I that wanted ) painting was done with an airbrush
because I could not find large spray cans of the required colours.
All of the sounds on the Perkasa can be switched on or off independently
because they could become annoying to other people, if they were sounding
all the time. The siren is rated at
Turbine sound at about 90 decibels and the Guns at about 50
decibels and the search light also has it's own switch. The Perkasa
was purchased at the end of July and was put in the water mid November
2003 finished .WELL I AM RETIRED. Both boat are very large, which, I think
makes them a joy to build. What's next? I can't make up my mind!! paddle
steamer or a life boat??