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Tug Build (as cheap as possible)
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:55:48 PM »


As per the title, my quest, as set by my good lady wife, is to produce a boat without spending ANY money.    %) %) %)

So, she says to me, .......... surely, with all those spare parts in your workshop, you must be able to make a boat of some sort without going to the shops..



Break point there while I have a lie down and think it all out.





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Re: Tug Build (as cheap as possible)
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2014, 01:35:12 PM »


I have now been through my spares boxes and cobbled together all the bits I think I might need for a scale 1:32 TUG.

First find was a tug hull in the loft.  Not sure where all this stuff comes from but it's been stored,  Just in case I might need it.


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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2014, 01:38:00 PM »


This now sets the scale and shape of all things to follow it's fitting.


The build started with making a frame to sit the boat on.  By using plywood and glue and a bit of piano felt we came up with a stand.


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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2014, 01:40:18 PM »



Turned up the other way, it could double as a piano stool for a tiny person.    {-) {-)

Here is is all painted and tried out for size on the empty hull.



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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2014, 01:48:33 PM »




Getting to work on the hull, we drilled out the prop shaft hole at 4mm and loosely ran the tube through to line up a 900 motor.  (yes, must have had some money at one time !!)

The base unit for the motor was constructed and a 7 A/hr battery box was fitted behind the motor frame.  We also took into consideration the curved base of the hull and made a matching curve on the base unit to allow for a secure and sturdy fixing to the hull with apoxy  when the time comes.







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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2014, 01:51:24 PM »



Here it is sitting in place.  Remember, I haven't started fixing anything down yet as it's all design on the fly  (as they say)


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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2014, 01:59:04 PM »




I forgot to mention the side band supports all around the inside edge of the tug.  These were made from strips of 4mm plywood and epoxied in with two and three layers to make up the width and ease of bending.

Then it was onto the decks.  These were first made in cardboard to get the shape and then transferred to plywood for cutting.

First, the rear section was fitted  and matching holes inserted to allow access for motor fitting and wiring to take place. Edges were then glued on to hold the cabin in place.

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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2014, 02:01:34 PM »



The same thing was made with the bow section and a step fitted for two different heights.   


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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2014, 02:03:56 PM »

An interesting thread this - tagging along to see what kind of superstructure you develop :-))
 
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2014, 02:11:52 PM »


Hello Captain.  Thank you for your interest.

Cabin coming right up Sir.  I do have an awful lot of off-cuts of all materials so it was  'on to the cabin'.

I decided weight might be important so I've opted for plastic sheet.  It's easier to cut and bend about, and is my favourite anyway.

I know this blog appears to be fast but in reality, I have been working on it for some time now and had not thought of a build blog until   'Er indoors'  said it might be a good idea.   %)


Here is my version of the cabin in 2mm plastic.






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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2014, 02:13:41 PM »



Here's a view of it on the deck.


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« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2014, 02:17:55 PM »



I've found an old drain pipe with a lovely ridged top which I thought  'might come in handy one day'.

After several cuts, by gradually shortening it,  I've come up with a funnel.

                    Dramatic huh !!





 
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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2014, 02:20:27 PM »



Well there we are at the moment.    O0

We are back in the workshop and getting ready for an Epoxy moment. 


Cheers for now

ken



 
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« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2014, 02:27:58 PM »

With such a magnificent funnel, a steam plant surely Ken {-) {-) %%
At this rate it will be on the water by teatime :-)) :-))
Great to see the thinking of The Missus

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« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2014, 02:28:07 PM »

Now THAT is what I call a challenge! And well done for rising to the occasion, Ken!


A fascinating build log...keep it coming!


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(PS...I take it there's a pile of house points on the way?)
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« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2014, 02:34:04 PM »

RE: Not sure where all this stuff comes from but it's been stored,  Just in case I might need it.    ..which we are ALL guilty of doing... O0

 
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« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2014, 03:42:14 PM »

And now he NEEDS it,
So we can all keep some now!!


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Re: Tug Build (as cheap as possible)
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2014, 03:54:52 PM »

If it costs nowt to build
Will it sell for nowt :embarrassed: :embarrassed: :embarrassed: :embarrassed:


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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2014, 05:26:23 PM »

We should get this topic pinned, so when our better halves start asking us to part with our goodies we have saved up, we can show them this. ;)

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« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2014, 07:41:25 PM »

Very cool  :-))  I'll be watching.
 
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« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2014, 10:16:38 PM »


Evening all.   Very kind comments.   :-))   Thank you very much.

I think I've done it for myself now.  Today I took her shopping  (nothing frivolous...only food) but on our return I was able to to continue with  " Project  Tug Christine".    O0

Cheers

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« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2014, 11:43:52 PM »

Must agree with Ned........that funnel is a steam funnel  O0...BTW...is Mrs Churchill's christian name ....Christine? {-) {-) {-) ... Derek
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« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2014, 01:41:02 AM »

If it is Derek, he's earning double points!
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« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2014, 02:23:59 AM »

As per the title, my quest, as set by my good lady wife, is to produce a boat without spending ANY money.    %) %) %)

So, she says to me, .......... surely, with all those spare parts in your workshop, you must be able to make a boat of some sort without going to the shops..

Break point there while I have a lie down and think it all out.                                                :}

Having been through something similar it is futile, time consuming, pointless etc the list goes on, to reason with such logic.
The correct response being,  "Yes dear."

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« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2014, 03:59:44 PM »



I had a quieter day today. Now able to get on with boat with regular cups of tea turning up now and again..     :}

i have marked out and drilled and sanded the portholes and square windows to the wheelhouse.




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