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Late 1800's-era British steam tug boat
I used reference material of the 1916-1966 Tug Boat Joffre and from the 1931-Present Tug Boat Challenge, and combined elements from both, to construct this model that represents the turn of the century class of steam tug boat. Due to a limited availability of decent photographic records of the interiors of these boats, the “below decks” architecture is a “best guess” attempt at representing the claustrophobic, tangled environment that the engineer and the “wipers” had to endure. The entire model is built using only official LEGO elements and took a year from conceptualization to finished model to make.
About this creation


The model measures 25" long and 16" tall, and is approximately 1:50 scale, although the minifigures belie this and they themselves are out of scale.





I wanted to show the crowded, claustrophobic environment below decks, so I did my best, working from limited resource material, to build the various crucial elements that make up the engine, boiler, fuel storage, gear boxes and ballast areas.






Modelling just half of a boat made some of the construction more challenging than if I had modeled the whole thing, but I think that having the cut-away adds a level of interest that would have been missing otherwise.




I enjoyed the challenge of modelling the rudder - the shape is very close to that of the real thing.






There is a lot of things here, packed into a very small space! I was pleased to be able to stay true to the colour scheme and include almost everything that helped represent the wheelhouse and ancillary areas.




Comments

 I made it 
  February 6, 2013
Quoting Ape Fight This is a beautiful build! Love the cut-away on the left side, it's really well built both inside and out. A fantastic build, 5 stars
Thank you Ape Fight!
 I made it 
  February 6, 2013
Quoting Emerald Knight very lovely indeed !>.....well done
Thank you Emerald Knight!
 I like it 
  February 6, 2013
This is a beautiful build! Love the cut-away on the left side, it's really well built both inside and out. A fantastic build, 5 stars
Miles Finlay
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Emerald Knight
  February 3, 2013
very lovely indeed !>.....well done
 I made it 
  January 23, 2013
Quoting Mr. Attacki Congratulations! The hull of the boat look very nice!
Thank you! I am honored!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2013
Congratulations! The hull of the boat look very nice!
 I made it 
  January 22, 2013
Thanks Jack!
Quoting Jack Riveorput Wow.
 I like it 
  January 22, 2013
Wow.
 I made it 
  January 21, 2013
Quoting Nicola Corradino Great Job! i love it :) 5/5
Thanks Nicola!
 I made it 
  January 21, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Excellent!
Thank you! :)
 I like it 
  January 21, 2013
Excellent!
 I like it 
  January 21, 2013
Great Job! i love it :) 5/5
 
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