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Author Topic: WWII USN YTL Tug / James O'Brien  (Read 4785 times)

Steve Mahoney

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Re: WWII USN YTL Tug / James O'Brien
« Reply #25 on: March 26, 2017, 05:54:04 AM »

The mast stays were the last things to do and proved trickier than planned.

I used some tiny turnbuckles with cotton thread to represent the stay wire. The holes in the turnbuckles were too small for a needle to pass the thread through and I couldn't get the cotton on its own to go through both ends of the turnbuckle. The holes were the same width as the cotton just too small.

After about an hour of frustration and failure I had a genius idea.

Stop me if you've heard this one: I dipped the end of the thread in CA glue and it set hard and straight enough to allow me to thread it through the tiny holes. Brilliant!!

After that it only took about 10 minutes to rig up the mast stays.That trick might have made rigging the derrick a whole lot easier too.
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Re: WWII USN YTL Tug / James O'Brien
« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2017, 05:57:24 AM »

Just a few more...The searchlight is based on a USN 24" light. There are no good photos or reference of the binnacle. The only image I have doesn't look anything like a standard USN fitting. The GA shows a very basic binnacle, so I've based my one on the GA version.
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Re: WWII USN YTL Tug / James O'Brien
« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2017, 08:33:46 AM »

Lovely job, all shipshape and Bristol fashion. Well done.  :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))
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