|The tugboat Rowangarth was launched on October 24, 1981 at the McTay Marine Ltd yards in Bromborough, England and completed on December 12 of that year. This steel tug measures about 112 feet
long, 33 feet in the beam and with a draft of 10.6 feet (34.24 x 10.04 x 3.23 meters) and displaces 352 GRT. She is powered by two 8 cylinder engines made by Niigata Engineering Co Ltd in Japan and
propulsion comes from 2 stern mounted azimuthing multi-directional propellers. Rowangarth was originally built for the Irish towing firm SJ Murphy & Co Ltd and was registered in the Republic of
Ireland. In 1994 she was transferred to British registry and changed hands several times but in2001was sold to Svitzer Marine Ltd. She is currently under Russian registry but I am not certain if she is still
The Orange Hobby 1/350 scale kit of the Rowangarth is bagged multimedia kit comprising of resin, photo-etch brass and turned brass parts. This is a waterline model so you do not have the option of
building a full hull model showing off the multi-directional propellers which are found on modern tugboats. Orange Hobby has built a reputation of producing detailed well cast kits for a reasonable price.
This tug is no exception but I do have a couple of little quibbles.
The resin parts for this kit are comprised of the hull, bridge, some smaller structural parts and bumper tires. What is interesting to see is how most of the resin parts are presented – they come on sprues
that make them look like they are from an injection-molded kit. There is a reason for this as the sprues act as a buffer to protect the resin parts. Naturally the hull is the largest part which has a good amount
of detail cast into it. Looking at the bow and stern to you will the rubber bumpers common to tugs. Some deck fittings are also integral to the casting as well as the footprints of the bridge and aft control
housing, which are done with a raised outline. I have not done any dry fitting so I am not sure if the parts fit within the outlines or rest on top.