Digital Full-Size Plans Scale: 1/4" to 1ft Forceful paddle tug suitable for radio control
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Digital Full-Size Plans will be Emailed only as a PDF.
Buy as a USB stick that can hold up to eight plans for multiple purchases.
USB, in PDF, JPEG, and TIFF formats are shipped by first class airmail.
You may have the plans printed at a print shop or tile printed on your home printer
Director class paddle tug
Digital Full size plan prints on sheets 42" x 28", 30" x 24" & 20" x 20" 20lb bond
DigitalFourteen pages of building notes and photos (not all shown )
Digital emailed files are PDF,
Purchased USB Card includes TIFF and JPEG
Also, USB Card includes several articles on building model boats files are PDF and JPEG
Printing………..IT MAY BE DONE AT A COPY HOUSE
Scale: 1/4" to 1ft
Recommend builders with experience
Designed by David Metcalf
Model built by David Osbaldstone
Paddles/Drive built by George Baker
THE Forceful is the last paddle tug in active service with the Royal Navy (or any other Navy in the world). When she is decommissioned in the near future her going will mark the end of almost 150 years of paddle tug use in the Royal Navy.
The first large scale use of steam ships in the RN were paddle tugs. This was captured in Constable's painting of the 'Sovereign of the Seas' which shows a 100 gun ship of the line' being towed into port by a paddle tug. With the going of Forceful this tradition will end.
The Forceful is a Director class paddle tug: (Director, Dexterous, Faithful, Favorite, Forceful, Grinder and Griper) ‑ these tugs came into use from 1957 onwards. They were designed specifically to handle aircraft carriers, their masts being designed to fold down flat so that they could easily get under the overhanging sides of the carriers. At that time, 1957,the RN had 23 fleet carriers. It was felt that paddles would give the tugs greater maneuverability alongside the carriers. Their passing is due to two main factors, (a)the RN now has only 3 carriers still in service (Bulwark Hermes and Triumph, and (b) the paddle tug is a very labour intensive boat. With a crew of 26 on the Forceful