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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #50 on: April 09, 2013, 08:53:45 AM »

Thanks John
 
Got to get the lighter finished and off the bench first. Been waiting weeks for some decent temperatures to get some paint on the 'neddy' and also to get back in the workshop. See  you in the 'summer'. cheers
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #51 on: April 14, 2013, 03:05:47 PM »

Bit more progress. Been making 'bits out of stuff' most days. Removeable tank top on, probably secured by couple of screws in manholes eventually, ballast to be milk bottles full of lake water! Hopefully full strip down later next week and final cleaning up started.
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #52 on: April 14, 2013, 04:43:24 PM »

Very nice Peter  :-))
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #53 on: April 22, 2013, 02:57:59 PM »

Progress to date. Tank top detail to add and final finishing and painting.
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #54 on: April 22, 2013, 03:03:46 PM »

Very nice,  it`ll weather nicely I`m sure.
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #55 on: April 22, 2013, 03:17:46 PM »

Yes it will be weathered. Shame really but I can never remember seeing one with a shine on it! Must remember the white diamond on each bow and the toe rails as well. Name?.... how about CORBLIMEY.
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #56 on: April 22, 2013, 03:52:44 PM »

Corblimey , perfick :-))
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #57 on: April 22, 2013, 04:50:08 PM »

 {-) Great model of a Thames lighter,I grew up in Rotherhithe by the Surrey Docks, as a kid I sat on the swing bridge and watched the
lightermen move lighters around with just a pole great skill considering they must have weighed at least 50 tons,your model brought
back a lot of happy memories thanks for that,   Ray. :-)) :-)) :-)) [size=78%]   [/size]
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #58 on: April 22, 2013, 07:32:11 PM »

corblimy, O0 another barge at bluewaters {-)  you will need a biger lake soon
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #59 on: April 22, 2013, 08:06:34 PM »

Looks brilliant Pete well done,trials on wed?

Ha ha little bro you will have to move back.
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #60 on: April 22, 2013, 08:21:09 PM »

Thanks Geo
Not this Weds as tied up elsewhere. J if it gets too crowded at Bluewater I have heard there is a biggish puddle down Herne Bay way!!
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #61 on: April 23, 2013, 04:07:57 PM »

Think all parts made now except for name boards.
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #62 on: April 24, 2013, 09:25:49 AM »

Nice job! I hope the sockets for the "spirit" boards are going on just in case you get a full freight of 100 octane for Fulham!

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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #63 on: April 25, 2013, 04:44:19 PM »

Thanks M. I think the only spirits this one will be carrying is Rum. Already has been carrying plenty of Rum looking at the state of it.
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #64 on: April 26, 2013, 03:36:33 PM »

Almost there, just a few last little bits of painting to do.
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #65 on: April 26, 2013, 04:04:46 PM »

FANTASTIC!  :-))
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #66 on: April 26, 2013, 09:04:03 PM »

RUM did you say Rum  :-))  looks great  Pete
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #67 on: April 27, 2013, 07:13:22 AM »

 :-)) Rum lovely Rum,nice with lime juice, grated ginger and ice, that is if we get a summer this year,Ray. :-)) :-)) :-)) 
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #68 on: May 02, 2013, 11:36:30 AM »

Afloat and under tow on the lake. Pics by Tugmad.
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #69 on: May 02, 2013, 12:40:36 PM »

Wonderful combination.   Barge seems a bit too high in the water, do they ride that high when empty ?     Needs a waterman at the helm.  Well done Tugmad.
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #70 on: May 02, 2013, 01:02:17 PM »

Well done. really captures the SPIRIT of days gone by! barges will float that high when empty. Most tank barges had the tanks able to float out should the barge blob.

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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #71 on: May 02, 2013, 01:29:05 PM »

Thanks guys. Tugmad took the piccies when she first went afloat and must admit the barge wandered all over the place in the breeze. The pic below shows her with four milk bottles full of water in the hold which put her down a bit and was then much more controllable. Dont know what I would have to put in to get her down to the band! Anyway quite pleased with the general look.
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #72 on: May 02, 2013, 01:49:00 PM »

Well Done Thamestug too :embarrassed:      Some tins of beer would be suitable ballast ? {:-{ 
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #73 on: May 02, 2013, 07:35:52 PM »

That would look good behind my Cory Regain, when I get it finished
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Re: Thames lighters
« Reply #74 on: May 02, 2013, 09:16:01 PM »

try her on a head a quarter rope take the quarter rope in a bit tighter and sheer her out of the wash.

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