Sanson Tug – Artesania Latina

Sanson Tug wooden ship kit from Artesania Latina
Part #AL20415
Scale 1:50
Length 23.8″
Height 13.8″
Width 5.1″


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Discover the Sanson wooden model, a beautiful tug boat of the 30s. Equipped with a powerful steam boiler of 2,000 CV of power, the ship could go with speeds of 14 knots while it went to the rescue of ships of much greater wingspan.

In the mid-nineteenth century, navigation experienced a great revolution, the main factor of which was the introduction of mechanical propulsion. As a consequence ships gradually increase their size and displacement, losing in the process ease to maneuver in docks and ports.

As a result of this, tugboats are born, new types of small-tonnage vessels with low draft but with motive power and maneuverability more than enough to assist ships much larger than themselves. Now you have your fabulous model to build it in your own house.


Build the renewed 2023 edition of the beautiful 1:50 scale model ship Sanson, a classic deep tugboat from the last century. Aimed at modelers with an intermediate level of skills and knowledge, it is also a feasible model for beginners, since the instructions are on video so assembly is easier. The assembly instructions have been greatly improved -which we will talk about later-, so the building experience is much more enjoyable and less difficult. In addition, its construction system using a false keel and frames brings the assembly of your model closer to the construction of the real ship.

As three fantastic news, the elegant and faithful miniature replica of the Sanson tugboat in wood is suitable for use by radio control (R/C) in water. The boat’s hull allows to be both, a static and R/C model because it has the hollowed frames and offers comfortable access to the interior. Add an engine to make it navigate!

The second surprise is that, for the same reason, the model is prepared to be illuminated with our LED Lighting Set (27590) -for sale separately-, both the boat and the base itself. And that is the third one, this edition comes with a wooden exhibition base with a name plate, not like the old one.

In addition, for those who love challenges, the boat is also prepared to include a smoke generation system. It will give your model even more realism -the system is not included in the kit-. The modeler who wants can also attach a servomotor that rotates the rudder blade -not included-.

The Samson model ship kit contains all the necessary parts to build your model: 7 high-precision laser-cut plywood sheets, as well as birch strips and round dowels, and veneers in oak wood. By the way, it is the first kit that contains oak veneer, being Artesanía Latina a pioneer in including this hardwood in any model on the market. So then the model is much more realistic, exclusive and avoids the use of wood from tropical forests. It also comes with 1 photo-etched plate with numerous and magnificent details, as well as accessories such as die-cast parts, brass rods, threads, wooden channel and much more.

For its assembly, you can follow our complete step-by-step video guide on DVD format for computers -PC and Mac-. It’s like a naval modeling course taught by our professional modeler. The kit does not include printed instructions. Of course, it comes with a both sides printed plan which, in addition to photos of the boat, includes a photographic parts list -another innovation from our firm-, as well as a QR code that leads to the Sanson videotutorial playlist on Artesania Latina’s Youtube channel with all the videos of the assembly instructions. Once it is built, Sanson model ship measures 23.81” (605mm) length, 5.11” (130mm) width and 13.47” (350mm) height.

Finally, get the best finish with our Set of Acrylic Paints for Sanson Tugboat (277PACK23), sold separately.


NOTE: This kit does not include printed instructions except for a plan sheet. Instead, a new generation of instructions are used, in the form of a series of in-depth Youtube videos. You will need to use your computer, smart phone, or tablet computer, and an Internet connection to view them.

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 12 × 3 in


Artesania Latina

Artesania Latina of Spain is one of the classic wooden ship model kit manufacturers. Their products have enjoyed great popularity among model builders due to their ease of construction and range of interesting subjects.
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