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David Balmer20/11/2007 04:00:00
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 whilst looking through the list of available drawings advertised within Myhobbystore, i came across the multi star system for some models. may i ask what are these for. presumably 1star is for a beginner and four advanced.  or is it 1star for average looking and 4 for lots of details.

 as i have had no luck in finding the model that i wanted to build, might i ask if anyone could advise me on a first model to build.   be it tug or fishing boat of the british type. also on the large size as the boat pond here in ottawa is rather open and choppy at the best of times.

many thanks Dave

Robert McHutchion20/11/2007 09:51:00
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hi mate, another canuck, Originally fran canada, but live in UK now. try one of the billings fishing boat kits, there quite good,

just about to order the Vosper, but they have some great kits for all levels.

Any snow yet?



David Balmer20/11/2007 13:57:00
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 hi robert, sorry to say i'am from england and married a canuck. then she dragged me back to canada. been here for 7 years now.   living on the outskirts of ottawa. the weather has started to change. snow forcast for tomorrow and the temps begining to go down.   the -40's are comming in january as per norm.

have looked at the kits from modelslipway, yes there are two i would go for but due to cost are out of my reach.  have to look at scratch build from plans.

all the best David

mick20/11/2007 16:11:00
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hiya david

   if u look on ebay for great plans he is in canada he has plenty of plans for sale

of which if you wont a bigger scale he will update the plans for you hope this

is of some help mick

Len Ochiltree20/11/2007 16:26:00
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You could scale up a Springer Tug, see my gallery,Its a Canadian Pusher Tug and is a free download from


John Balmer20/11/2007 21:17:00
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 David Dont worry about a starter plan I will send you one this week and I promise it be easy 
David Balmer21/11/2007 03:10:00
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 thanks for the link Len, have downloaded the basic plan. during my trawling of the site. i came upon the forum and links to a lot of real pusher tug photo's and that weird steering mechanism.   three links and three rudders.

  my problem is i've lost where i was looking and tried in vain for over an hour trying to get back to the forum pages. may i ask if you might direct me back there.  this tug is just the ticket for the pond i have in mind.  i could have lots of fun and the young lad with this set up. some butty boats to shove around.


ps found the forum link and spent sometime looking over the many variations of this tug, even the clyde puffer.  i was gob smacked at what there is.  i'am now chomping at the bit and ready to get going. many thanks for this info. 

  reguarding fish tail rudder. i came across pictures of a three rudder configuration another with a square section braized on the tail edge of a standard rudder and finally a kort nozzle.  so which would be the system recommended by yourself. or would you publish exactly what this fish tail rudder is.

Robert McHutchion21/11/2007 15:48:00
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well david I did it the other way round, met an english lady and it was easier for me to move here, besides I like the climate and no snow to shovel in Devon.

 by the way does your mate have a link for plans for a rvver patrol boat, if so send me an email.

please don't tell me you support the senators, or as a true leaf fan i would have to disown you, kidding mate


David Balmer21/11/2007 17:11:00
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 hi robert, just snowed here last night. about 4 inch's and more forcast for later today in to evening. another 4-6inchs of wet snow.  i can cope with the cold over here but not the height of summer when your in to the high 30's with humidex readings of 40+.

  you could trying looking on lens web site and see if there are any river patrol boats there.  i have now decided to go with the springer tug plans. very simple and lots of different versions to build. 

as for hockey i've not realy got in to it.  i've only ever got to see one live game ( 7years ago) yes that was the senators.


Len Ochiltree22/11/2007 16:28:00
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Just trawling through 21 emails re this forum!, I sent in a photo of the fishtail rudder, hope it is in my gallery,



   Yep it is there! 

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