N Scale Ships 81′ Fireboat Available May 21

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.
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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

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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)
Complement:       3, (can use boost crew of 4)
The model has a cast resin hull, and styrene superstructure. The pilot house and aerial platform contain small parts requiring a medium level of modeling skill to assemble. Prices aret $69 for the kit, and $230 for a built-up, plus shipping.

C3 Cargo Ship Previewed: the 1947 Beavercove (499′ Long)

The C3/T3 break-bulk cargo ship/tanker was the mainstay of ocean shipping for decades, supplanted by container ships in the years around 1970. Shown here is the prototype model on my layout in Albuquerque. The C3/T3 hull is the basis for the 487′ First Generation Container Ship, with a different stern and the machine spaces moved to the stern. The Beavercove has a raised cruiser stern. The middle island could accommodate 20 passengers in relative luxury, at about 20 knots per crossing. Alternate midships islands will be available, as well as poop deck houses, and the decking and details for tanker hulls. Cargo details include the many winches, posts, booms, and rigging used by stevedores to offload cargo; the decks are detailed with the many ventilators, lifeboats, davits, hose reels, and myriad other equipment on these utilitarian and sometimes handsome ships.

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The model replicates the sweep and camber of the hull and superstructure, making it a graceful but somewhat difficult to build kit. The bow and stern are large cast resin pieces, joined by a styrene box section, so the hull is easier to fabricate. The camber of the middle house will be a challenge, as it is best built up on the hull, making painting a task that requires some planning. The solid white bulwarks along the forward and rear decks will be replaced by prototypical brass railings, which were not available at the time of this build.

Here’s a closer view of the details built with this model.

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Due to the immense amount of brass and white metal castings, prices for a fully detailed kit will probably be about $600, although I am working very hard on less expensive fittings. I will probably offer a basic kit, for those who want to build or supply their own details, at around $300. Prices for a fully detailed built-up will be in the $2500 to $4000 range.

This model will not be part of my regular line, but is available on custom order. It will be about June before kits will be available, but inquire, as hulls and superstructures are available.

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.

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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

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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.

Three Fireboats Coming This Spring

RAnger 4200

The newest, largest and most powerful fireboats in the US, the Ranger 4200-class is 140′ long, 36′ in beam, with 8,000 hp driving four propellers, capable of 18 knots. The ship serves the largest U.S. East Coast port.

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Shown is the hull and superstructure constructed during my 2013-2014 winter stay in Alabama, without the railings, stairways, fire cannons and fittings that are back in Ohio.

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The hull is cast resin. The multi-deck styrene superstructure is complex, with many small recesses, compound curves and delicate parts, and requires advanced modeling skills. All three forward spaces can be built with interior details. A built-up model will be $450; the kit will be $149. The fire boom assembly may be added cost.

Chicago Fireboat Christopher Wheatley

The newest Chicago fireboat is a unique design for the shallow rivers and restricted height bridges around the city. It is 90′ long, 25′ in beam, and only 16′ high with its mast folded down.

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Shown is the hull and superstructure, with details available upon my return to Ohio. The hull is cast resin. The styrene superstructure is fairly easy to build, for a ship. The interior of the bridge can be detailed. A built-up model will be $299; the kit will be $99. The fire boom assembly may be added cost.

80′ Fireboat/Harbor Tug

Many smaller fireboats were originally tugboats outfitted with auxiliary take-offs or engines for fire cannons.

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This model represents a steam-powered 80′ long fireboat with a 20′ beam. As many of these long-lived boats were converted to diesel, a small diesel stack is available. The hull is one-piece cast resin; the main and pilot house are an easy build from styrene.

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Railings, ladders, fire cannons and other details will be included upon my return to Ohio. The interior of the pilot house is open and can be detailed. A built-up model is $199; the kit will be $69.

When I get back to Ohio in February (unless the weather remains horrid), I’ll show them with full details

N Scale Ships

N Scale Ships provides accurate, detailed and well-executed ship models for model railroaders and marine enthusiasts. I specialize in ships in N and Z scale. Since every ship is modeled on a computer and cut with a digital cutter, I can transform the drawings to any scale.
I scratchbuilt my first model at age six. With a hand saw, a length of 2 x4, some scraps of 1-inch pine, and two sizes of nails, I hacked out my version of the mighty Missouri, and ruined my older brother’s wire cutters trying to clip the heads off 2.5″ nails. The 16″ main and 5″ secondary turrets could rotate.
Over the next 59 years, I modeled just about everything—ships, of course, but also flying and stationary aircraft, automobiles and, later, buildings and long-span bridges. My two N scale railroads, Pittston & DeWitte and The Portsmouth Branch, had many structures, most scratchbuilt; truss bridges up to 600′ in span; and ships from Navy harbor tugs to 500′ freighters.
The ships on this site are production models, not one-of-a-kind efforts. I gladly accept commissions for a specific ship.

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