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Paddle Steamer Glasgow......4 year build !
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:35:02 PM »


I have partially built the Graupner paddle tug called GLASGOW.

It was started in 2010 and kept being put aside for other projects over the years.  I have been doing some more work on it this week but have to admit defeat, so it is now up for sale in the  'Sales' section.  Here follows a 'Mini Blog' along with the trials and tribulations and comments about the design and building problems. 

It looked a good idea at the time but has taken 4 years to reach the  deck level which has still not been secured down.   :((

Here is the 'Box'  picture and the bare hull, which is made from plastic and all wobbly.


 

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Re: Paddle Steamer Glasgow......4 year build !
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2014, 08:39:36 PM »


The paddle wheels recommended connecting together with rivets, but I decided to use lock nuts and bolts so as to be able to adjust the tension of the pivoting paddles.


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Re: Paddle Steamer Glasgow......4 year build !
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2014, 08:42:29 PM »


Following the  'Script'  faithfully, it was advised to make the internal frame complete and insert it into position.

Of course, this resulted in a very poor fit indeed so several  'mods'  were incorporated to make it fit.



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Re: Paddle Steamer Glasgow......4 year build !
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2014, 08:44:09 PM »


Here is the plans and trying to fit the internal frame.

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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2014, 08:47:30 PM »


Next we come to the rudder.  This was a pleasure to build  (even though it was hollow plastic shapes) and fitted well and even connected up to the servo beautifully.

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Re: Paddle Steamer Glasgow......4 year build !
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2014, 08:49:22 PM »


Now we come to the  FUN  part ........  Fitting the Paddles.

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Re: Paddle Steamer Glasgow......4 year build !
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2014, 08:51:29 PM »


First we undercoated the hull..  The internal structures are still not secured at this stage.

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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2014, 08:54:49 PM »


I don't have many pictures of the detailed stages as i was concentrating on getting it all to fit but here is few of the progress.

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Re: Paddle Steamer Glasgow......4 year build !
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2014, 08:57:46 PM »


The deck came in ONE complete layer and required exact fitting to sit correctly into the hull.

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Re: Paddle Steamer Glasgow......4 year build !
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2014, 09:00:29 PM »


Starting to lay the parts on but not yet tackled the Paddle drive system.....More later.....and later.... and later.

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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2014, 09:04:30 PM »


We invested in geared motor and some gear wheels for the paddle drive shaft mechanism. The  'Outriders...for a better word,  were constructed.

The steering servo was connected up and admired.  Very nice layout here.





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« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2014, 09:07:48 PM »


The paddles were connected and tested lovely for rotation and speed. The Hull was sprayed in two tone red and black.

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« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2014, 09:11:24 PM »



The deck was placed over and all the trimmings placed on top for effect.

We are now into year one ??
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Re: Paddle Steamer Glasgow......4 year build !
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2014, 09:14:59 PM »

serious errors now became apparent when the Paddle boxes were tried for size.

Due to blindly following the instructions,,,,,, they didn't fit, and the redesigning necessary was just too much, so the model was shelved three years ago. 
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« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2014, 09:21:46 PM »


We started recently on the re-design and attempted to complete the old girl.  To this end, the Paddle platforms were removed and scrapped.  A new set has been constructed and re-positioned so that the Paddle boxes fit beautifully.

The wheels were connected to a 12 volt battery and we watched with some pleasure whilst having a celebratory cuppa tea.

Due to sitting in the loft it has accumulated some dust and the paintwork looks a little tired. I now have no enthusiasm to continue so I wondered if anyone else would like to finish her off.

Please visit the sales section if you fancy a bargain.

Cheers

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Re: Paddle Steamer Glasgow......4 year build !
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2014, 12:38:11 AM »


Looking good Ken!  :-))
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Re: Paddle Steamer Glasgow......4 year build !
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2014, 10:33:00 AM »


Thanks Martin.  She is a  nice looker but I did have a few issues with Mr Graupner and his speedy assembly system.   {-)

The Ship is  now sold in less time than it took to write this blog.  Let's hope the new owner continues the Blog and we can all see her paddling across the lake.

Cheers

Ken
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