Solid Wood Hull Model Kit.
The Diesel harbor tug Despatch #9 was built for the Marine Corps in 1945 at Tampa, FL from a US Army design. Later sold to Standard Oil of California, she worked oil barges in the San Francisco Bay area. Powered by a Busch-Sulzer 6-cylinder engine, she was equipped with practically every modern device of the time, including electric capstan, electric towing machine and watertight doors. Despatch #9 was 85 ft. long with a 23 ft. beam.
Model Shipways Despatch #9 kit features a pre-shaped, machine carved solid wood hull, shaped deck house and superstructure. Other wooden parts include dowels, strips, sheets and blocks. Brass wire and airports, plus over 80 cast Britannia metal fittings outfit your model just like the real tug.
Clear plans and newly written instructions by Ben Lankford make building easy.
Scale: 5/32" = 1 ft.
Wooden display base and brass pedestals are not included.
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