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The Lady Wooes tug build
« on: October 18, 2011, 11:22:33 AM »


Here is my build of the tug kit  Lady Wooes.

I purchased the kit from Ebay and it was one of the original kits sold my Mobile Marine Models in 1996 for 69.90, complete with serial number embossed into the hull. 

I did, however, pay a bit more for it.   %)    It contained  'part one'  of the kit which is the basic drawings and Hull, and contains a pile of plywood sheets and wooden bars. Also included was the Template pack for cutting our said wood sheets.

It is possible to buy further kits for this model to include the fittings etc. but I am plodding on with scratch building as much as I can at the moment.

The hull is one of the best production hulls I've seen and is fully riveted and quite flawless and needed no work on it so we started off by measuring and drilling the Propeller shaft holes and to ensure they lined up we used templates each end.



 
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Re: The Lady Wooes tug build
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2011, 11:25:36 AM »



We then cut out the slots for the deck drains and portholes and glue the side stringers to support the deck.




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Re: The Lady Wooes tug build
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2011, 11:29:41 AM »


There was a lot of glueing of pieces of plywood as shown below so I won't show any more clamping type pictures.   :}

 
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Re: The Lady Wooes tug build
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2011, 11:31:41 AM »


Next we made the  'Barn door' rudder and some supports for the props which stuck out quite a bit and needed them for sure.

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Re: The Lady Wooes tug build
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2011, 11:34:40 AM »


The engine room top was cut from the templates pack and all the pieces went together very well.
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Re: The Lady Wooes tug build
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2011, 11:39:29 AM »


As we had a spare fibreglass cabin, this was tried for size.  Unfortunately it was the wrong width so we had to follow the drawings and build our own.

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Re: The Lady Wooes tug build
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2011, 11:42:36 AM »


As it was a nice sunny warm day we decided to spray the Hull. First we used Red Oxide spray paint from  Halfords and then a lovely brightish red was applied.  Later this re-done in a more discrete red   %))



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Re: The Lady Wooes tug build
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2011, 11:46:24 AM »


The middle cabin was constructed from plastic instead of the recommended plywood because I'm known for building heavy ships.  %)  and I wanted to keep the weight down.

You can see the old fibre cabin has been worked on in the hope that it  'might do'

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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2011, 11:49:53 AM »


We then constructed the rudder cover roof and sprayed the engine room roof in a matching brown.

The funnel was a purchased item which was made from fibreglass and had a nice riveted effect. This was sprayed black.

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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2011, 11:54:23 AM »


The decking was added to the newly sprayed hull and cut in half to allow fitting in, underneath the curving inward hull walls.  The front 1st cabin was rebuilt from plywood and placed into position for a general effect.

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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2011, 12:01:05 PM »


You will notice the strips of riveted plastic that I've added. These are made from thin strips of 0.7mm plastic which have been semi punched through to simulate rivet heads. I have made a bucket full of these and added them all around the cabins.

I've fitted brass wires across the windows and sprayed the middle of the funnel red.

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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2011, 12:03:29 PM »

Further work was done on the cabins. I've given the windows their 'eyebrows'   :}
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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2011, 12:05:46 PM »


The wheelhouse was then attempted.  I say that because it was first done in plastic and proved to be very fragile so we opted for the plywood version. 

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Re: The Lady Wooes tug build
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2011, 12:09:23 PM »


As the grain of the wood was bad we then built another roof.   %)

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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2011, 12:15:24 PM »


Placed into position and imitation doors manufactured.

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Re: The Lady Wooes tug build
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2011, 12:17:18 PM »


The battery box was cut from plywood and curved pieces added to fit into the hull.

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« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2011, 12:19:37 PM »


The twin motors were then bedded in and connected to the Prop shafts. I am using Marks Model Bits new design couplers which are flexible enough to cover any 'out of line bearings'

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« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2011, 12:22:48 PM »


Notice the little box.  That is so the 2.4 gH receiver is high enough to receive transmissions in the choppy seas.


Anyway, it was now time to take her out in the sunshine for a photo shoot.   :o

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« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2011, 12:26:39 PM »


The little doors were then fitted and the glazing of the cabin windows fitted.   Not a mark on the glass !!     This was because I used double sided sticky tape and the walls were flat and large enough to accommodate it.

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« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2011, 12:31:04 PM »


We have made a towing winch for the rear and sprayed the deck with Red Oxide paint.

 
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« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2011, 12:32:03 PM »

The flashy doors have been fitted.     O0   ...........  and my spelling corrected.  %)


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« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2011, 12:35:14 PM »


Next it was time for the bulwarks. Out with the MacDonalds coffee stirring sticks and cut them to a taper.  (good wood source here !)

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« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2011, 12:37:20 PM »


As I have a goodly supply of these sticks I thought I'd have a go at planking with them. (never mind the extra weight eh !!)

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« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2011, 01:04:19 PM »


It was now time for the masts.  These were made from 15mm wooden rods and cut 4 inches over length. The end of the wood was clamped into an electric drill fitted in the vice.  On slow speed the wobble was easily held with sand paper and away we went.  (it does get hot !) 

A taper was sanded and the excess length was trimmed to fit the boat. Here's a dry run assembly as we have to fit the lights and wiring.



 
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« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2011, 01:10:58 PM »


We have sourced two lifeboats as life is too short to make them.  (as they said on the Titanic)

More coffee sticks were used in the planking of the for deck. Their short length was handy as it was a long deck and joins could be made to look just like the real thing. When glued in with superglue they are almost impossible to shift, as I found out when one moved and re-stuck itself.

These were then sanded down and I'm very pleased with the effect. 

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