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Russel Boat Models
Many folks out there have built models of their favourite Russels, and here we present a few...

 
Perhaps the most large scale operation is the Joe Fossey / Roger Hauka collaboration that has
produced mass-produced pre-fabricated R/C Ville class models, about a meter in length.

R/C Ville Class Models

Joe Fossey notes: This model (Chanceville) was built for Barrie Model Yacht Club member Tim Chance by fellow B.M.Y.C. member Roger Hauka who is a professional model builder under name of Scale Design in Barrie. After I designed and made the fibreglass molds to produce my original Joe Fossey built "Fossville" model, Roger obtained 2 orders from mutual friends Paul Groves of Snug Harbour ON. for the "Groverville" and from Tim Chance of Lunenburg N.S. for the "Chanceville".

Roger Hauka notes: I have a collection of pics below for you to give an overview of the boats and the construction process. Missing from my collection is the Groverville, owned by Paul Groves of Snug Harbour. I lost a hard drive and his pics went with it. Most of these you see below were regathered from people I had sent them too so they are mostly small format. I took them all however.

CHANCEVILLE PHOTOS - 1 in.=1ft. at 40 inches. 25 lbs. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

 

Whale Boats

Joe Fossey notes: Roger Hauka has since made more of Russel models for Dalhousie University with a modified Great Lakes style "turtle-deck" house. These models equipped with special high tech Sonar sensing equipment were successfully used on their Atlantic Whale Tracking and Watching science programs.

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Roger Hauka notes: The Whale Boats used the basic Russel Bros 40 foot hull at 40 inches from the mold of Joe Fossey but the inside wall thickness was increased to over a 1/4 inch with unidirectional cloth and Kevlar. You could literally park a truck on one. The deck and hatch area was designed by me to be water tight yet provide instant access to a very large cargo area for the electronics and be strong enough to be abused by the whales, either in anger or play. My goal was to produce a boat that could take a slap of a tail, be driven 40 feet down and resurface with no more damage than broken ID masts. The prop and rudder were shrouded in a modified Kortz style nozzle of 1/8th stainless steel to reduce damage during recovery of the boats at sea, on to a rolling steel deck. Design requirements specified 2 knots for 7 hours duration (to keep up with moving pods of whales). This is quite fast for a model boat scaled to 1 12th it's size (that would be 24 knots in full size) My biggest problem was with cavitation at high thrust. Lowering the stern and modifying the shape of the Kortz shroud solved that. The boats follow a pod and the calls of the subjects are recovered by lowered hydro phones then relayed to the mother ship where it is all stored and deciphered by computer. Each boat is driven by a separate operator using high quality but conventional radio control equipment. The boats also have GPS on board to advise the central computer of their separate locations.
 

Other Models

Ancaster   DOUG GAGNON
A model of the most famous 26' Winch Boat.
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Ancaster   DOUG GAGNON
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Atomic   JIM TURNER
For 20 more photos of this model see the bottom of the Atomic page.
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Dreamer   DOUG GAGNON
A twin of the Ancaster model, made for Doug's daughter.
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Dreamer   DOUG GAGNON
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Fossville   JOE FOSSEY
Joe originated the mold designs that let Roger Hauka mass produce Ville class 1/40th scale R/C Models.
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Glenlivet II   EDISON HORTON
Edison was engineer aboard Glenlivet II.
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Glenlivet II   EDISON HORTON
Edison was engineer aboard Glenlivet II.
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Groverville   PAUL GROVES
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Manitou Island II   SHAUN VARY
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Nancy A. Lee   SHAUN VARY
This is a George Lee photo of his Nancy A. Lee model, which I built for him several years ago. It is of bristol board construction. The photo was actually taken aboard the real tug!
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Progress   DALE REX
Tugfest Photo by Don Miller.
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Queensville   LORNE LaHAYE
Built for Queensville Capt. Roy Wilson of the Soo. Tugfest Photo by Don Miller.
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Queensville   LORNE LaHAYE
Built for Queensville Capt. Roy Wilson of the Soo. Tugfest Photo by Dan McKay.
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Queensville   LORNE LaHAYE
Capt. Roy Wilson's Queensville modelled by Lorne LaHaye.
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Russel Warpers   SHAUN VARY
Russel Brothers warping tug model I made for Bill Moran's and my (my son's!!) 'O' scale railroads. My son and I are planning to incorporate a logging/lumber mill operation into our train layout. What better way to start than with a model boat!
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Russel Warpers   SHAUN VARY
Here is a photo of the Russel warpers under construction. They are made of wood, with brass for the railings. They are loosely based on "The Piles", but are otherwise generic.
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Steelcraft   SHAUN VARY
Here is a model of the Steelcraft that I built several years ago. It is in my own collection. The model is waterline, and mostly constructed of bristol board. I started out at a very young age building model fish tugs out of cigarette packages. I later switched to bristol board, which was much easier. I can no longer purchase the proper grade of bristol board to build these type of models. I have switched to wood, plastic, and other materials as my main medium.
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Warping Tug   DOUG GAGNON
Doug's 30 year old original Russel model, made by him as a child.
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For more Russel exhibits visit Owen Sound Marine & Rail Museum 1165 1st Ave West, Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K8
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