Listing is for Full Size Printed Plans
Not a KIT or MODEL
Diesel Tug 1930 era
Full size plans printed on two sheets 39” x 24”
Four page article with some building suggestions and photos
Scale 1:24 (1/2”=1ft)
Length 37 ½”
Beam 8 ½”
Suitable for Radio control (no insulation shown)
Power electric or steam
NOTE: Not suitable for beginners, require scratch building experience
By James Pottinger
As is usual with my plans, this is a drawing which a model maker can use to build a scale model of the original, but I do not include 'glue Part A to Part B' instructions, so it is for those with some general experience in the hobby and who can interpret a plan and its dimensions. Here follows a description of the various parts of the tug, starting at the bows.
Aboma was the first of three motor tugs that Gaselee & Son (Thames river tug owners), purchased new from the shipbuilders Cochrane of Selby in Yorkshire during 1933. This vessel was fitted with a 390bhp British Polar diesel at a total cost of £6650 and was actually less costly than the previous steam tug ordered by Gaselee & Son. She was 75 feet long overall with a beam of 17 feet and gross tonnage of 67 tons. Aboma served faithfully in the fleet until being sold in 1968 to Scrapping SA in Belgium, for just £650. Can you imagine picking up an old tug for that amount?