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Gopha Girl ( Springer Tug )
« on: April 24, 2015, 04:11:42 PM »

Well I hope you guys won't mind but I decided to do a build log on my Springer, If nothing else it keeps me focused, I won't go into great detail, as said there have been quite a few Springers, so I don't want to bore you all, but it might just be of interest to Springer fans.
I'm building a fairly simple traditional top and the hull is set out to the standard formula, Although I'm not going to be that strict, I started by making the rudder, as I had no plywood to hand for the hull at the time, as I said don't want to bore so I'll let the photos do the talking.. %)
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Re: Gopha Girl
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2015, 04:13:04 PM »

A bit more done. ;)
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2015, 06:33:56 PM »

What have you used for the bottom, looks like it bends well

regards Jack.
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2015, 06:49:59 PM »

Hi Jack,  Its 1/8" ply cross grain, yes it bends to the shape quite well if you glue and pin a bit at a time.
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Re: Gopha Girl
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2015, 09:38:13 PM »


It looks good.    :-))     Aren't they fun to build.

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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2015, 10:47:23 PM »

HI ken, they sure are, as it says in the forum (Bringing back the Fun into model boats!) I'd agree with that,  ;)
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Re: Gopha Girl
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2015, 11:08:00 PM »

 
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Re: Gopha Girl
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2015, 08:03:48 AM »

They are not just fun to build, they are great fun to sail on the lake.


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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2015, 09:38:35 AM »

Yes it makes a nice change to build something simple out of the head so to speak, (lets face it if it's out of my head it's going to be simple) and although I did a drawing I'm adding bits as I go, but she's also has a practical side, if any of my ships are stranded in the lake for what ever reason Gopha Girl might just save me getting wet trousers. %% {-) {-)
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Re: Gopha Girl
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2015, 10:58:15 AM »


I don't know if it's allowed but I fitted a keel in the stern section to aid steering.  Just a small one but enough to keep a straight line.

Yes, an ideal rescue boat because of the  'knees' in front.   {-)

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Re: Gopha Girl
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2015, 11:16:27 AM »

Yes mines going to have a skeg keel enclosing the prop shaft and same depth as the rudder, not too bothered about Springer rules, it's never going to be used in comps.
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« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2015, 04:10:30 PM »

Mine has a skeg and a Kort nozzle.
It's called International Rescue down at the pond
as it is launched at least once a week for rescues.
If I made another I would use the fishtail rudder as I
believe it is just as effective as a Kort.


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« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2015, 06:30:54 PM »

When I designed mine I couldn't decide whether to have a kort or fishtail, have to confess I went for the fishtail because I thought it would be easier to make, it will be interesting to see how it performs. ;)
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2015, 08:39:01 AM »

My Springer with a Fishtail Rudder spins 360degrees in its own length.

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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2015, 10:32:00 AM »

Thank Len should be quite maneuverable then.  :-))
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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2015, 11:00:41 AM »

Interesting build Joe.  My Springer has a Kort nozzle, spins almost in its own length. 
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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2015, 11:09:43 AM »

Thanks Bob,  I've heard a lot about them so I thought it might be fun to make one.  :-))
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« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2015, 02:13:55 PM »

An update,  two coats of sealer to the inside and deck fitted, I also want to make all the deck fittings out of what I can find in my workshop, not that I mind buying them but I thought it may add to the fun, I've loosely based it on 1:24 and made a start on some bollards, later I'll have a go at cobbling together a winch of some sort. %)
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« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2015, 11:54:59 PM »

The hull shape reminds me of a cubist lute! Already looking forward to the next installment.
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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2015, 04:39:11 PM »

Running gear fitted, completed skeg and rudder, next I'll fit the deck up stands. :-)
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« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2015, 05:51:39 PM »

Really nice job.
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« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2015, 08:47:00 PM »


Now that's what I call a Tiller Support.   :}

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« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2015, 10:41:19 PM »

Neat work. I see your oiler on the stuffing tube Joe. Is that a home made bung, or purchased?
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« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2015, 11:23:55 PM »

Ian, the black cap on the greaser, came from a self assembly garden storage unit the wife bought, it was put together with self tapping screws and there was a bag of these little plastic caps to cover the screws ends, there was a lot left over that I kept, that was years ago well I've finally found a use for them. %%
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« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2015, 04:05:25 PM »

Finished running gear and tested, fitted hatch upstand and made cover/deck, a snug fit but also used magnets, next I'll make the wheelhouse and funnels.  ok2
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