Ken Dyer’s Phoenix Rescue Tug (2)
The model is a 1/10th scale model of the “Sea Helper” tug/pilot boat made by McDuff Ship Engineers, nr Aberdeen. The model was based on a scaled up version of a plan published in MMI magazine plus extensive web research – mainly photos. The model is named “Phoenix” in recognition of it being the first model he has built since a fire destroyed Ken’s workshop and his extensive collection of models in July 2008.
The tug is powered by two 12v car heater blower motors which provide massive torque to lazily turn the 75mm 4-blade propellers for a very modest current consumption. The motors are controlled by twin 15A ESCs though a rudder mixer.