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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #50 on: July 19, 2015, 10:18:49 AM »

My original skeg fits nicely, I put off molding it just in case the hull grew during the molding process.
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #51 on: July 19, 2015, 10:21:58 AM »

The next job is to start mocking up the wheelhouse ready for transferring to the computer for laser cutting, the original had no floor but my version has a floor that everything else will slot and tab into.
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #52 on: July 19, 2015, 10:23:49 AM »

And just for comparison here is the original wheelhouse and back deck propped up in the new improved hull.
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #53 on: July 19, 2015, 03:25:05 PM »

Very nice  :-)) .


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #54 on: August 05, 2015, 11:56:45 AM »

It's been a little while since my last update, the computer I use to run the laser cutter died and the new one didn't want to talk to it but it's all sorted now so I'm back into it.
I have started designing the rear area in such a way that it's totally accessible , the side compartments have access holes pre cut in for running wires plus if you want to you can fit a 2 cell lipo in there :)
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #55 on: August 05, 2015, 11:59:58 AM »

And a shot with the cover panels in place.



A better view of the steering servo mount.

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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #56 on: August 05, 2015, 12:03:17 PM »

The floor panel in place.

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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #57 on: August 05, 2015, 04:12:49 PM »

This is one good looking model. Have you given any thought to placing ballast yet?

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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #58 on: August 05, 2015, 06:03:39 PM »

Really enjoying watch this tug develop and hope to see the kit become available soon.

I work in Port Moresby so the postage from Tasmania should not be too horrific when the kit is eventually ready for sale!

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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #59 on: August 06, 2015, 12:28:33 AM »

Thanks for the comments guys.
Brian, the original had no ballast at all and sat beautifully, mine will probably be a little heavier so it will be interesting to see what it needs, if anything it might need a little in the stern to offset the wheelhouse, if so there's plenty of room back there.


Darren, it will be interesting to see what it's going to cost to send these things out, looks like that's 2 aussie orders already :)


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #60 on: August 06, 2015, 03:34:38 AM »

I was thinking along the lines of two lots of ballast. That is, ballasted as modellers would like so it sails like a real tug. Then a lighter amount of ballast so that for want of better description - it bobs around like a cork, which should suit the much younger sailors that have been brought up on shows like thomas the tank engine and of course tugs.

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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #61 on: August 06, 2015, 04:02:27 AM »

That sounds like a plan :)
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #62 on: August 06, 2015, 09:55:24 AM »

G'day Phill, from gloomy Canberra today. Don't understand why anybody would want to live or work here!

Brian is pretty right with the ballast suggestion, but my thinking is leave it to the modeller, as each will have their own ideas and preferences.

Any idea what diameter prop yet?


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #63 on: August 06, 2015, 11:48:43 AM »

Hi Ian, 45mm would be about the biggest comfortable size, bigger might just fit at a pinch but I would go with 45mm.


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #64 on: August 06, 2015, 12:56:10 PM »

This would be a good option; STM/2030/3/LH/BR but I think I would try and squeeze a STM/2030/4/LH/BR (Dia = 51.5mm) in to her as with the 3" pitch that will give you far better thrust.  She is a tug after all!

http://prop-shop.co.uk/products.php?cat=steam-scale


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #65 on: August 06, 2015, 11:20:47 PM »

If the shaft is run out past the hull a tad a the 51.5 should fit.


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #66 on: August 09, 2015, 09:08:41 AM »

The finished exhaust stack/funnel, it took a few tries to get it in proportion but I'm happy with it.
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #67 on: August 09, 2015, 09:16:44 AM »

Trying to create the frames that give the foredeck that extreme curve.
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Re: Albert the tug
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #69 on: August 09, 2015, 09:21:33 AM »

And what it looks like on the screen.
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #70 on: August 10, 2015, 10:15:52 AM »

fore deck and it's framing, all slot and tab, looks complicated but assembles in about 5 minutes and the tab & pin setup holds it tight while the glue dries :)




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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #71 on: August 10, 2015, 10:21:39 AM »

A general view of the bones of the boat.
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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #72 on: August 10, 2015, 10:26:54 AM »

Looking great and it looks like she will be a sturdy little thing.

Don't forget that she will need some decent towing points, a hook or H post aft and at least a nice strong head post for push pull over the bow.

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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #73 on: August 10, 2015, 10:59:48 AM »

I was seriously thinking of extending the engine room box a bit further aft and slotting a towing bitt into it as that whole box locks into the base, so very strong.


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Re: Albert the tug
« Reply #74 on: August 10, 2015, 11:01:26 AM »

I should also mention that I ordered a heap of rare earth magnets to hold the hatches in place.


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