FULL SIZE PRINTED PLANS
This small, one man German tugboat is an excellent scale project for both the beginner and the experienced modeler.
SCALE 1:16 ( 3/4"=1ft)
LENGTH 26 INCHES
BEAM 10 INCHES
FULL SIZE PRINTED PLAN on a SHEET 50" x 36" 20lb Bond
SIXTEEN PAGES of BUILDING NOTES and PHOTOS
by Gerald Julian
"Push towing on German inland waterways has produced several successful dens of small push boats for the handling barges in narrow and shallow waterys. This boat, operated by one man can built for a very reasonable price and can be very useful for shuttling of barges, for assistance in the breaking up of large barge trains, and as an all purpose utility boat for dredging and building activities. The rudder and nozzle are protected by large and sturdy guards. The air cooled engine which is very accessible for maintenance and single ¬handed operation, gives reason to compare this "lighter dozer" with the tractor used for handling containers in the container storage areas."
This was the information that accompanied the picture of the lighter dozer that appeared in the First International Tug Conference report made by Ship & Boat International magazine. At the time, I was looking for a small tugboat to model and the picture was of interest to me because of the straightforward construction and the amount of detail that might be added without too much work. The "Misuri" is a 3/4" to the foot model of this tug and will provide a beginning model for the scale builder.
First a preliminary set of plans was sketched using the side view of the tug provided in the article along with the picture of the tug to get an idea of some of the details. A cardboard model was built and taped together to see if my ideas for construction would work and after a few modifications were made, a full set of working plans were drawn. The following article then is a summary of the actual building process of the Misuri.
The Misuri features all plywood construction and follows the practices of full boat construction techniques. I chose to use 1/8" plywood for the main construction and the material on hand was 1/8" birch two sides door skin plywood.