AHTS Ice Breaker

This is a "build log" of an Arctic tugboat project.  It is remote control (RC).
Dual propellers with proportional control, proportional diesel sound, lights & bow thruster

Check out its maiden voyage at Kohler, Wisconsin 
 

  • This is 1/32 model of a vessel for shallow sea arctic operation in support of off shore exploration.
    This is 1/32 model of a vessel for shallow sea arctic operation in support of off shore exploration.
  • The hull is fiberglass from Loyalhanna at a scale of 1/32.  It is 83" long and 18" wide.
    The hull is fiberglass from Loyalhanna at a scale of 1/32. It is 83" long and 18" wide.
  • The stern is moulded for dual propellers
    The stern is moulded for dual propellers
  • Installing dual counter-rotating, 4" PropShop propellors -1 LH & 1 RH
    Installing dual counter-rotating, 4" PropShop propellors -1 LH & 1 RH
  • Each propellor is powered by an 800 series, 12 VDC motor - with a 2.1 to 1 belt reduction drive
    Each propellor is powered by an 800 series, 12 VDC motor - with a 2.1 to 1 belt reduction drive
  • Each motor has a seperate ESC for independent and proportional forward & reverse throttle.
    Each motor has a seperate ESC for independent and proportional forward & reverse throttle.
  • Vantec RDFR 22 dual control
    Vantec RDFR 22 dual control
  • A Robisch 30 MM bow thruster will be in the bow
    A Robisch 30 MM bow thruster will be in the bow
  • I need to look at the original photos A LOT
    I need to look at the original photos A LOT
  • The basic profile
    The basic profile
  • Cutting and aligning parts for the bridge
    Cutting and aligning parts for the bridge
  • Superstructure basic assembly
    Superstructure basic assembly
  • Windows cut - stern taking shape
    Windows cut - stern taking shape
  • Taking a bit of liberty - upgrading the stern with laser cut panels
    Taking a bit of liberty - upgrading the stern with laser cut panels
  • Clamping stern sides during build-up - sand, fill, sand some more  . . .
    Clamping stern sides during build-up - sand, fill, sand some more . . .
  • Primed and ready for paint
    Primed and ready for paint
  • First shot of paint
    First shot of paint
  • Now that is RED
    Now that is RED
  • Ready for bottom paint - A nice anti-fouling rust red
    Ready for bottom paint - A nice anti-fouling rust red
  • Nice two tone paint - just like the original
    Nice two tone paint - just like the original
  • Bridge is next big effort
    Bridge is next big effort
  • A "load" of detail parts on deck  . . . . . .
    A "load" of detail parts on deck . . . . . .
  • More coming . . . as it is completed . . . this is a current BUILD
    More coming . . . as it is completed . . . this is a current BUILD
  • Next  . . light and radar stack
    Next . . light and radar stack
  • Working deck
    Working deck