This beautiful kit is based on a 92' Steam Railroad Tugboat. Although this kit is not of a specific prototype, it does incorporate many distinguishing features found on steam powered railroad tugs built around the turn of the century and in service well into the 1960's when they were fazed out and replaced with diesel tugboats. These tugs were indispensable to the rail-marine industry pushing carfloats and station floats out to ships, piers and across the harbors and coastal waterways of the United States. They also transferred loaded carfloats from one side of harbors to the other as an extension of rail lines crossing waterways. The tall wheelhouse allowed the ship's captain an unobstructed view above carfloats loaded with boxcars.
Our kit is comprised of highly detailed cast resin structural parts. Unlike some other manufacturer's resin kits, ours require very little cleanup of flash and parting lines. We specialize in resin castings that display crisp, intricate detail with thin cross sections.
Laser cut plastic railings and laser cut window glazing, rope, and glass bead running lights are also included.
As with all our highly detailed kits, this one builds into a beautiful, foreground model in just a few evenings time with minimal modeling experience. Most details already cast in place.
A bit about Frenchman River Model Works
We are a mom and pop manufacturer that has produced quality kits and detail parts primarily for the model railroad industry for over 20 years.
We hand make the original parts for our kits usually by looking at blueprints and photos of the original object and then making silicone rubber molds for each resin part and vulcanized rubber molds for the lead-free Brittannia metal parts. From that point, the resin and the metal are hand poured into the respective molds. Each part is carefully packaged complete with instructions for easy assembly. Our kits and parts are:
-true to scale -handmade -mostly free of parting lines and “flash” -come with detailed instructions
Quick Assembly. Great Results!
Note: For best results use Cyanoacrylic super glue. Regular modeling cement will not work.
*our kits are not to be considered as toys. While easy for even children to assemble, they are not intended for children under 14 years of age.