81′ Fireboat Wm Lyon Mackenzie Previewed

N Scale Ships is previewing this 81′ fireboat, the fourth in a series. This is a model of the William Lyon Mackenzie, launched in 1964, and refurbished in 2004. The boat is the main fireboat for the City of Toronto’s Fire Services. Built in Owen Sound, Ontario by Russel Brothers Limited, it operates 12 months a year, providing emergency services within Toronto Harbor and the adjacent waters of Lake Ontario.

The fire boat is equipped with:
•    Aerial tower – 54′ Amador/Trump Limited Giraffe (refurbished 2004)
•    Hiab 5 ton crane
•    2 Diesel driven water pumps
•    5 water nozzles


General Characteristics
Type:                 Fireboat-Icebreaker
Tonnage:            102 gt
Displacement:     200 tonnes
Length:               24.7m (81 feet)
Beam:                 6m (20 feet)
Propulsion:          2 x 3412 Caterpillar Diesel
Speed:                12 knots (13.8 mph; 22.2 km/h) – max 22km/hr
Complement:       3, (can use boost crew of 4)
Crew:                  22
[i]Source: Wikipedia[/i]

The model has a cast resin hull, and styrene superstructure. The pilot house and aerial platform contain small, delicate parts requiring a medium level of modeling skill to assemble. Release date for the kit is anticipated to be June 2014. Shown is the prototype without railings, life rafts, water cannons and other small topside details, which will be added upon my return to Ohio. Prices will be about $60 for the kit, and $210 for a built-up.

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