Full Size Printed Plan Scale 1:12 Motorflote PUSH TUG Suitable for radio control
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Full Size Printed Plan & Building Notes
No material plans only
Motorflote PUSH TUG
Full Size printed plan on a 24” x 34” Sheet
Eight-page article with building notes, illustrations and photos
Height 12 ¾
Suitable for radio control
by David Metcalf
Whilst down at Poole photographing the Tyne class lifeboat for a forthcoming plan in Model Boats. I noticed a very funny looking vessel waddling along with a load of cut logs on it, and realised that it was being powered by two of the Motorflote push tug units.
I therefore dug out the magazine on returning home and I felt I had enough details to produce a reasonable looking scale model, one that would be very different, yet however which could be built by the absolute novice in no more than a week of evenings, and could be made for under a fiver!
In Real Life
The Motorflote is in fact a standard Uniflote pontoon unit with a Mermaid diesel engine fitted driving a four bladed propeller in a Burness Corlet Towmaster nozzle and rudder system. All in all, a rather complex and expensive system for a modified pontoon! The idea is that the unit can maneuver and position the Uniflotes to form bridges, powered pontoons etc. The unit can though be used as a general workhorse and push anything around really