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Re: Vic Smeed Bustler Tug
« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2017, 07:55:30 PM »

I've been watching this with great joy and nostalgia, as it was the first model I built myself at the age of 10 without my grand dad's help..........and to be honest I haven't a clue after 56 years as to its where abouts or what happened to it...........but had great fun sailing it.
and when orting out a load of old stuff the other day, I actually found my old plans for her again..........


might after my lifeboat is finished, build her again but with a grp hull, some resin fittings and use plasticard for the upper works.........


might be fun again.


thanks for the inspiration.


you are most welcome :)


Vic Smeed's "Hobo" is next!
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Re: Vic Smeed Bustler Tug
« Reply #26 on: November 02, 2017, 12:17:39 PM »

well some more progress made.  The stern bulwarks are complete and I have fitted a capping strip to the top edge, with judicious use of clothes pegs.  I've been fitting frames to the inside of the bulwarks too, these aren't specified on the drawings but I felt it had to have them.  The cable well cover has also been nearly completed.





















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Re: Vic Smeed Bustler Tug
« Reply #27 on: November 09, 2017, 02:20:02 PM »

further progress, the drawings don't specify bulwark frames but it looked naked without them so these were cut from 1/32 ply and glued in place.  The whole lot was treated to several coats of dope and Halfords red primer to seal it.  Quite a few little defects appeared that weren't so obvious so I either sanded these off with my stock of Tesco Value ladies nail files (really useful for getting into awkward corners) or filled them with squadron green putty.  I'm currently waiting for the filler to dry.  I have also made the engine room compartment cover.









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Re: Vic Smeed Bustler Tug
« Reply #28 on: November 10, 2017, 02:30:55 PM »

masked up the uppers and sprayed on the antifowling today.  I thought about leaving it in the primer but thought I might as well use up some of the paint left from my old Peugeot 205!  Going to leave for a week now and come back to do the black.  Thank god for the Tamiya masking tape, no dramas at all.


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Re: Vic Smeed Bustler Tug
« Reply #29 on: November 17, 2017, 04:09:23 PM »

Bustlers hull is now more or less painted.  The black went on ok (Halfords satin) and the boot top line (to disguise the iffy waterline) was done by masking up the waterline with lining tape and then spraying it with white primer.  The hull was then coated in Halfords lacquer, job done :)


just got to let the lacquer go off for a while before anything else is done.











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Re: Vic Smeed Bustler Tug
« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2017, 07:47:33 PM »

very nice...........she's looking well indeed,...............nostalgic thoughts flowing freely. O0
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Re: Vic Smeed Bustler Tug
« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2017, 10:21:49 PM »

very nice...........she's looking well indeed,...............nostalgic thoughts flowing freely. O0


we are getting there, I'm going to leave the lacquer to set for a week and a bit before I touch it again!  I will be fitting the hull out next and then I'll do the superstructure.
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Re: Vic Smeed Bustler Tug
« Reply #32 on: Yesterday at 05:24:39 PM »

well I've been beavering away.  The shaft and propeller are on now, I have also sprayed the hull with Testors Dullcote to take the gloss off.  The superstructure is basically assembled, I'm just waiting for the tube for the funnel and various other bits of furniture to arrive.  I have deviated from the design a little as I wasn't convinced by the shape of the superstructure so have gone my own way with it.  And yes I did tidy those corners up!










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