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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #25 on: June 02, 2015, 11:17:38 AM »

Just ducked down the shed to check the finished size for you (damned cold out there -1)
595mm long 325mm wide, top of the bow to the flat of the bottom 195mm   the lowest point of the side is 90mm and the height of the stern is 150mm.


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #26 on: June 02, 2015, 11:25:24 AM »

When Albert arrived he had two very large bilge keels to help with tracking but I found they made the turns very sluggish so I'm opting for some simple rails on the bottom to help with straight running.
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #27 on: June 02, 2015, 11:27:27 AM »

The easy laser way of splitting dowels :)

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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #28 on: June 02, 2015, 11:29:30 AM »

Here's a mock up of the skeg I plan to use, because it's for the kiddies I feel a lot safer when the rudder and prop is protected.
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #29 on: June 03, 2015, 03:16:59 AM »

Since this has turned into a build log perhaps a  friendly moderator would like to move it to the working vessels section?

Just a quick picture with the strips/rails attached ready to spray.




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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2015, 09:18:38 AM »

I made up the mold for the skeg this afternoon, the idea is that it will locate onto a lug on the keel and fix on with a couple of nuts and bolts for easy removal.
This is only the master at this stage and will be cast in polyurethane resin.



The locating lug



and how it should look



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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2015, 09:30:23 AM »

Nice sturdy skeg there.

The rudder looks quite small, for that size have you thought of going for a schilling rudder? (Link to Marty's thread)
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #32 on: June 03, 2015, 09:39:47 AM »

That's just the original rudder in place for looks, the finished one will go right down (or up in that pic) and nearly touch the skeg, it will also be flush with the trailing edge of the skeg.
Interestingly though, when I gave Albert a test run with that rudder it performed really well actually turning on the spot (once the original massive bilge keels were removed)


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #33 on: June 05, 2015, 10:07:24 PM »

That's a really nice little hull  :-))  The skeg looks great also.


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #34 on: June 10, 2015, 12:46:08 AM »

Thank's Mark.
Stitches out today so back into it, finished master for the rudder in place for a check fit.

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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #35 on: June 23, 2015, 08:43:12 AM »

Finally a coat of 2 pack paint, almost ready to take a mold, It looks like it's going to have to be a 3 piece mold as the strips on the bottom will stop it seperating sideways in 2 pieces.




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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #36 on: June 23, 2015, 09:08:53 AM »


Nice job sir!   :o
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #37 on: June 23, 2015, 09:40:20 AM »

I do love a nice smooth surface!
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #38 on: June 23, 2015, 09:47:05 AM »

Thank's guys, normally I try to get the finish perfect straight from the gun but I picked up a small 3inch pneumatic polishing kit so I might try for a super perfect buffed finish when it hardens up.


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #39 on: June 25, 2015, 10:01:08 AM »

G'day Mermod,


I've been watching this with interest and it's really looking great.


Are there any plans to put this out as a kit, or at least hull and deckhouse.


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #40 on: June 25, 2015, 11:29:30 AM »

Same question mate, brilliant so far, the idea of a come and sail model for anyone interested sounds great


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #41 on: June 25, 2015, 12:00:13 PM »

Thanks guy's that exactly what this project has turned into, hoping to have the kit ready for Christmas :) I'm aiming for cute, easy to assemble and a reasonable price.
Once the hull is done I will start work on the slot and tab laser cut wheelhouse which will all be 3mm ply to keep prices down, I already have a bunch of eager testers for the first prototypes.


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #42 on: June 25, 2015, 03:55:47 PM »

That's a lovely little boat, I could be interested if the price is right  :-))
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #43 on: June 25, 2015, 04:09:11 PM »

Register my interest too.

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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #44 on: July 05, 2015, 06:53:02 AM »

The weather down here has been awful lately, possibly the coldest I have experienced in the 20 years I have lived here so trying to get gel coats and polyester resin to go off has been a nightmare, however In the last couple of days I have managed to start molding Albert, looks like a 4 piece mold is going to be the best way to incorporate all the detail and still be able o get it out of the mold.
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #45 on: July 14, 2015, 12:56:11 AM »

G'day Ray,


You've gone a little quiet!


Your weather has reached us here over the last few days and it's been awful. No snow at my place but not far away. Like you, the cold is affecting my work with the urethane being a bit more viscous and harder to vacuum. Can't warm it, or it pre-cures too quickly!


I'm hot to trot on one of these, as I have somebody really keen to learn to operate a model boat, and the small tug I have here to do the job doesn't appeal to her like Albert does! Most of my stuff is a bit fragile for beginners!


So, are you making a list, or do you want us to contact you by PM to give you the details and make a commitment?


Regards,
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #46 on: July 14, 2015, 02:50:13 AM »

Hi Ian, yes I'm still alive down here, the cold has made things very slow, as we speak the first hull is in gel coat in the mold, I hope to be laying it up this afternoon, If it all goes well I will make the first one yours :), do PM me also as that sends a reminder to my Email (and I do forget things easily these days)

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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #47 on: July 14, 2015, 02:52:56 AM »

If you don't mind my asking What work do you do with urethane?

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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #48 on: July 14, 2015, 03:27:49 AM »

G'day Phill,


I owe you an apology, as I called you Ray by mistake. He's on another blog I'm following!


Google Ian Lindsay Models. Now I'm semi retired due to a bit ( big bit ) of RSI in both hands from 27 yrs of moulding! If you want, send me a PM off the website email address and we can talk, or I'll call you if you send me your number.


Was heavily into boats until the business kicked off full time in 89, then the hobby went out the window, and I'm now keen to dust them off and get back to it.


New lady has fallen in love with Albert, so need to get her on the water before she changes her mind!


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #49 on: July 19, 2015, 10:16:34 AM »

Albert is finally out of the mold but man it's been a struggle, it's been crazy cold down here and getting resin to dry is a nightmare, the first hull was a mess thanks to the resin not kicking off in time but the first one is only really supposed to condition the new mold anyway so officially this is the 1st proper hull and I'm pretty happy :)




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