Diesel Tugboat | Classic New York Harbor 85′ diesel tug. This model is the first in Bluejacket’s new line of “Great American Work Boats”. It is designed for the less experienced builder and is popularly priced. Like so many of Bluejacket’s more recent kits, this tug has been designed with a carved base wood hull (approx. 80% of the final shape), laser cut wood for items such as the deck house, etched brass and custom cast Britannia metal fittings. The plans and instruction manual have been developed to be clear and concise. As a further aid to the modeler, an independent web site has been developed to answer questions, provide guidance, and establish a modeling community.
BlueJacket is one of the leading manufacturers of quality wooden ship model kits. This Maine-based company is perhaps the oldest ship model kit manufacturer, having been in continuous operation since 1905! The company focuses on American subjects. Most kits feature pre-carved solid wood hull, but many kits are laser-cut plank-on-bulkhead and some are even true plank-on-frame kits.
BlueJacket also maintains the Laughing Whale line of kits, which are predominantly small American watercraft. With the demise of Midwest boat kits, these are about the only source for these small subjects. However, you will find them to be excellent quality kits of classic subjects.
Note that BlueJacket kit instructions are provided in english only.