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Tugboats Merkur/Vulkan

The tug boats Merkur and Vulkan are quite impressive by their sheer size alone. But the beautiful details add up to a beautiful pair of tug boats of an era of the past. Both models can be built out of this kit. This second edition comes with substantial changes in the way to build the superstructure and thus are easier to build.

Scale: 1:250
Designer: Peter Brandt
Skill Level: medium
Parts: 554 (including optional parts: 766)
Length: 178 mm (7.01 inch)
Width: 35 mm (1.38 inch)
Height: 75 mm (2.95 inch)
Instruction: German, English, French, Spanish, Illustrations
Format: DIN A4
Sheets: 5
Item no.: 3424
Edition: 2nd Edition 2019

The model highlights:

  • 2 models included
  • detailed capstan
  • international code of signals
  • railing with covers
  • with fire monitor
  • detailed steam engine included

Peter Brandt developed the two tug boats Merkur and Vulkan to assist his ocean liner Bremen. This impressive and huge ship was more than once towed by the two powerful tugs. But the two sisters actually don’t need something on the other end of the hawser to make a good impression. The also included signal flags offer additional possibilities for presentation as well.

The second edition of this beautiful kit comes with quite a few improvements and is actually easier to build now. Even the steam engine can be built and with open hatches it is actually possible to see the engine. With their interesting colours and beautiful and precise printing these two tugs are definitely some gems on the display shelf.

Technical data:

  • launch Merkur: 26/2/1913 at Meyerwerft Papenburg
  • launch Vulkan: 28/3/1912 at Meyerwerft Papenburg
  • delivery Merkur 13/5/1913 as Loewer to HAPAG
  • delivery Vulkan 28/3/1913 as Wendemuth to HAPAG
  • length: 42.30 m
  • width: 8.50 m
  • displacement: BRT 1395
  • engine: triple-expansion engine
  • power: 1,200 hp
  • speed: 12 knots
  • crew: 13 seamen

HMV Lasercut Sets are especially designed for a particular HMV model as an additional but optional detail set. The laser cut parts replace parts of the original kit with more filigree and already cut out versions. Sometimes additional parts are included as well. Building your model with a Lasercut Set is easier and more detailed at the same time. But the Lasercut Set is not necessarily needed to build the model.

The material we use is high quality and already coloured paper. Thus it is not necessary to paint the laser cut parts. We recommend though to colour white parts before using them, as during the laser process burn marks might occur.

Lasercut Set
Item no.: 4424
Parts: 434

  • complete railing set
  • bulwark stays
  • bicoloured stairs
  • davits
  • hand wheels
  • mounts for dinghies
  • shrouds
  • parts of the anchor winch
  • grating
  • thwarts for dinghies
  • hooks

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