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Re: Tug Build (as cheap as possible)
« Reply #50 on: August 04, 2014, 10:21:20 AM »


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Who forgot to spray the gunnels .......... :D O0 {-) {-) {-) {-) {-)



Thank you Stav........  I noticed that when I temporarily fitted it all together.  I've thought of an excuse..... I shall be gluing the stanchions on so will need a clean surface. :}


Right then,  a mast it is.

Cheers

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« Reply #51 on: August 04, 2014, 12:26:40 PM »

 
Not being a tugger, is it actually a tug or a Red fireboat  %) %) %)
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« Reply #52 on: August 04, 2014, 07:47:39 PM »


It is rather red isn't it.   :}

Today I tapered the mast and hollowed out a groove for the wires.  I've fitted some white LED's and tested them OK, so I sealed up the groove  and took a few pictures.


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« Reply #53 on: August 06, 2014, 11:45:49 AM »

very nice
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« Reply #54 on: August 06, 2014, 08:18:03 PM »


Cheers Cuppa. Hope your feeling better.   ok2

Today I painted all the woodwork.  I had some tug colour left over from the Imara build, so it was out with the brush.

The rudder tube was fitted last night and had dried quite solid so I assembled it tried it for size.


(this is the second time I've tried to post pictures tonight and they failed to load, so I've loaded the text first and hope to load the pictures second)


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« Reply #55 on: August 06, 2014, 08:22:49 PM »



Well that worked............

The first time I tried loading all three pictures at once, the site shut down on me with all sorts of messages.  This time I tried it one at a time and got away with it.     %)
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« Reply #56 on: August 11, 2014, 08:02:29 PM »



                    Bulwarks time

For these  I have cut out separate bulwarks from a 2mm plastic sheet. These were then superglued into the inside edge of the boat and left to harden overnight.

The following day, the plastic hand rail rail was bent under heat and given a liberal coating of Epoxy mix.  It was taped and stuck down on top of the bulwarks and the whole boat was inverted to allow the runny epoxy to distribute itself up under the rail, thus making a very secure joint to the hull and bulwark tops.




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« Reply #57 on: August 12, 2014, 11:09:44 AM »

RE: project tug "christine"  BTW...is Mrs Churchill's christian name ....Christine? {-) {-) {-) ... Derek
 Mrs Churchill was called clementine......but` there was a car called "christine" a red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury....wot killed people  sure you all  remember it was a Horror Film from 1983  O0
 
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« Reply #58 on: August 12, 2014, 04:18:11 PM »


Yes, I remember the film.  I enjoyed it very much.  My lady Christine actually sends me out to the workshop most days.   %)     :} :}   I suppose 47 years is quite enough for anyone.

Just come in suffering from overwork and knackered.  I shall convert the films and post up soon.

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« Reply #59 on: August 12, 2014, 04:26:47 PM »



Yippee... the pictures are working this time.

I have cut the washboard hole into the sides of the deck area and was going for doors.  This seemed a lot of work to cover up the holes I'd just made, so I gone for slats across the openings.
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« Reply #60 on: August 12, 2014, 04:29:03 PM »


I have made a secure bracket under the towing hook and fitted it to an arm.  At the moment the raised curved supports are not affixed as I shall need something a bit stronger than the hollow plastic tube.

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Re: Tug Build (as cheap as possible)
« Reply #61 on: August 12, 2014, 04:34:11 PM »



Next section to do is the wiring. I had to order my first part and it was a speed controller, which arrived today so I have the parts ready to assemble.


Here's a few overall views to show the progress.

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« Reply #62 on: August 12, 2014, 06:06:02 PM »

I have made a secure bracket under the towing hook and fitted it to an arm.  At the moment the raised curved supports are not affixed as I shall need something a bit stronger than the hollow plastic tube.


Ken,


Try putting some thick copper wire through the tube, or maybe some brass rod - if you can get any.


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« Reply #63 on: August 13, 2014, 11:25:51 AM »


Brilliant idea Barrie,  I could bend some tubes like i did on the Severn and that would be up to the job.

I was planning to make some small railings anyway, so I'll get the blow torch out now.

Cheers matey

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« Reply #64 on: August 13, 2014, 11:29:23 AM »

Ken,


Its not an original idea - pinched from a Deans Marine kit  %)


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« Reply #65 on: August 18, 2014, 08:31:46 PM »

Wired up my new  Chinese speed controller today  (yes, I know,  but that was all they had in the shop)  so at least it's under guarantee.   %)     50 amps  mmmmmmmmh !!!!

I was amazed to record a draw of 1.9 amps at top speed on the bench test. Hopefully she should be OK on the water.  I did notice they don't  'whine'  as much as the usual ones, which was a surprise.  Also, they come with a switch which I can use to switch the boat  on and off as the only other electrics is the rudder servo.  (at the moment).   I'll use another switch  when I get around to wiring the lights.

Nearly time for a float test.   %%


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Ken
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« Reply #66 on: August 21, 2014, 04:30:47 PM »


I have bent some tube and epoxied them with some nuts into place. They are really firm now.

Now noticed the paint was beginning to crack off the cabin so I've sanded it all off and will start again. The surface has been cleaned and prep'd with plastic primer. The wheelhouse windows now have surrounds fitted and await glazing.


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« Reply #67 on: August 27, 2014, 07:50:55 PM »


I've asked the Boss what colour would she like and the reply was light blue.....



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« Reply #68 on: August 27, 2014, 07:52:29 PM »


I have also hand carved a lifeboat from a solid piece of timber.

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« Reply #69 on: August 27, 2014, 07:55:02 PM »


Here's a few views looking around the boat.


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« Reply #70 on: August 27, 2014, 10:04:49 PM »

Looking darned good there Ken  :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0 O0
 
 
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« Reply #71 on: August 27, 2014, 10:53:06 PM »


Thank you Stav,

It floats Ok in the test tank and is ready to launch.........  nearly  %)



cheers

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« Reply #72 on: August 30, 2014, 08:33:04 PM »


Nearly finished today.  Must keep something back as  'She'  keeps sending me out to the workshop every day.   {-) {-)

I've fitted a few extras found in spares boxes and it really livens up the "Lady Christine".

All in all,  this craft has cost me not much more than 50 in new money.  However.... the costs of all the pieces gathered have probably cost a lot more when you add them up.   %)


Here's a run around with the camera ...............




 
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« Reply #73 on: August 30, 2014, 08:35:18 PM »


Some close ups  ...................


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« Reply #74 on: August 30, 2014, 08:38:18 PM »


Just noticed the side lights haven't been done yet.   %)   I fancy putting a radar unit on the wheelhouse roof.  What's the best type of design for a tug  ?

Nearly there.  Might try a little sail tomorrow.

Ken





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