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N Scale Ships Previews Three Fireboats
« on: January 21, 2014, 02:33:54 PM »
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NYC Fire Boat ThreeFortyThree

The newest, largest and most powerful fireboat 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 is named after the 343 NYC firemen who died during the September 11, 2001 attack. In N scale



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.



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.



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.



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.



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 these with full details.

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Re: N Scale Ships Previews Three Fireboats
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2014, 02:43:15 PM »
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I'd like to see the last boat as a diesel Tug with the proper fittings for a Tug, including hull lined with tires for pushing.
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Re: N Scale Ships Previews Three Fireboats
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2014, 03:08:06 PM »
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I didn't have any small diesel stacks with me in Alabama. I'm not sure what to do about the tires. I won't use others tires (unless I buy them). Maybe there are some on Shapeways, or can be commissioned there.

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Re: N Scale Ships Previews Three Fireboats
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2014, 07:36:53 PM »
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These are amazing....   As a child our apartment in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn overlooked the Lower Bay and I remember fireboat escorts for many ocean liners, cruise ships and naval vessels.....

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014, 07:57:34 PM »
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I'm not sure what to do about the tires. I won't use others tires (unless I buy them). Maybe there are some on Shapeways, or can be commissioned there.

Hey Pete, I might be able to help you with those fenders (tires). PM me if you're interested.
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Re: N Scale Ships Previews Three Fireboats
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2014, 11:15:31 AM »
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Did you know that Buffalo, NY has the oldest working Fire Boat? It went into service in 1900.   In 1996 this Fire Boat was designated to be a National Historic Landmark.   

http://www.emcotter.com/home%20page.htm

http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fleet/cotter.htm

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Re: N Scale Ships Previews Three Fireboats
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2014, 12:16:53 PM »
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I am aware of the EM Cotter and will consider it for a medium-sized fireboat at 118' in length. I'd like to see a few expressions of interest before starting on it. It certainly spans many eras of railroading! And it is a very typical arrangement and profile for many of the large-when-built fireboats. The Three Forty Three replaced a 70+ year old boat of much the same arrangement. I guess fireboats (and tugs) are built stoutly, and can perform for many decades.