Built in 1940/3 by Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd
(Selby, U.K.) the 21 tugs in the class were designed for escort/rescue
work and sported a variety of unique names. The kit comes in 2 versions
and contains all the required parts
to build the model as a WWII Rescue Tug or as a Civilian Tug.
Kit Contents: a detailed glassfibre hull with external plating and a glassfibre funnel;
prop-shaft, rudder and a 70mm dia. brass propeller; cnc-milled and printed styrene plastic
parts for the construction of the decks, engine room, superstructure and
wheelhouse. A set of fittings manufactured from high grade cast alloy, and
a sheet of etched brass items including the stanchions for the rails, rope
reels, brackets for lamps and lifebelts, locker hinges etc. Vacuum-formed
ship’s boats; cast alloy kits for the anchor
windlass. All the rod,
wire, dowel for masts and other items needed to finish the model as
illustrated. The two full size plans and step-by-step construction
drawings will enable the enthusiast to build this model to museum
standards. Flag and model names are not supplied.
A kit review was published in Model Boats magazine, issues August and
The Kit is available in two versions:
ASSURANCE WW2 Armed Tug - Code MS-31 with a 12-pounder deck gun, 2 Oerlikons,
ASSURANCE Civilian Tug - Code MS-31a -
without armament and Carley floats.
UK and Europe:
Kit code MS-31 (Armed) £349
Kit code MS-31a (Civilian) £329
Rest of the World tax-free
Kit code MS-31 (Armed) £291
Kit code MS-31a (Civilian) £274
1x motor & coupling: £29 (6 or 12v)
1x motor & coupling: £25
phone/fax: +44 (0) 1226 715576 or email us.
Not supplied: the flag, model
filler and adhesives. Tools and equipment will be required to
complete - see Modelling Tips
Required for R/C Operation, available from any good model shop:
2-channel RC, speed control, motor, coupling, battery and charger.