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: A CONVERSION FROM FOSSA TO RANA
: model tugman April 29, 2012, 06:56:37
This is my latest project a conversion of an old model into something different,  when I was given the model and a couple of pictures of what it looked like when originally built it did not look like the pictures at all , there was only the superstructure with no funnel, no mast no fittings and a bow that was more like a large spoon than anything, so I thought well here goes I will make her into the Gasillee tug Rana  she was built in 1951 by Cochrane's and had a 5 cyl M45M Polar 2stroke diesel engine,
she looked more like a steam tug than a diesel but that was company policy in those days, Bags of funnel power.

Well the first thing that I did was throw away the remaining superstructure, and cut off the awfull bow and remade it into something more like a craft tug. the bulwarks and original deck were also removed and put in the bin, so after using a lot of bridging paste and filler the new bow and deck was fitted. and new casings made from birch ply.
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: model tugman April 29, 2012, 06:58:48
A couple more pictures of the new casings
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: model tugman April 29, 2012, 07:05:10
Just to be different I am going to build her as originally built with an open top wheelhouse, so that was the next thing I tackled when happy with that I made the Funnel this is a typical London craft tug thing that hinges down to get beneath the low bridges on the Thames this was made from rolled 1/32nd ply well soaked in hot water and rolled around a tin can of the correct size , let it all dry then remove the former (tin can) and glue up the tube from two layers of ply, then cut and shape it .
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: model tugman April 29, 2012, 07:07:05
last couple of pictures for today of progress so far. :-*
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: TERRY April 29, 2012, 07:23:12
Another nice job George. Looking forward to seeing her on the lake.
Terry.
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: tugnut April 29, 2012, 07:45:51
Thats looking good Bro,dont let old dave see it  ;)
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: thamestug April 29, 2012, 08:04:28
Nice one Geo. Might be a bit late but I have got a 1/4" to the foot Cochrane GA plan of RANA if you want to borrow it.
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: model tugman May 02, 2012, 05:07:51
A Bit more done now The Bulwarks and knees are fitted and some undercoat going on :)
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: Model Tug Man May 02, 2012, 11:31:11
Looking great, George. Got some good ideas from this one already--thanks.
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: islander May 02, 2012, 11:33:04
Nice progress George.

Going to be another masterpiece.
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: zeevaart1 May 02, 2012, 11:52:27
Nice model tugman,another rebuild.
i keep mine eye on her.
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: model tugman May 02, 2012, 12:49:05
Thanks guys more tomorrow  perhaps :-*  here is apicture of Rana in what I think is her worst colour scheme.
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: tugs53 May 02, 2012, 13:44:09
Good looking tug though.

http://www.riverthamesart.com/RTA.Rana%20Royal%20Albert%20Dock.htm
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: model tugman May 02, 2012, 14:07:51
hi  ^-^ Mike personaly I think the white wheelhouse looked more like a garden shed and that she looked right when she was built with the tall funnel and brown casing with the buff trimmings she was a PROPER Thames craft tug   angel
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: model tugman May 03, 2012, 05:51:07
A Little more done to Rana , mainly brasswork and painting   ::) ::)
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: model tugman May 03, 2012, 05:52:24
Just a couple more pictures :)
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: TERRY May 04, 2012, 06:33:16
She,s looking real nice George. Do you think you could slow down a bit, your making it look bad for the rest of us.
Terry.
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: Model Tug Man May 04, 2012, 08:41:51
Brasswork and painting is always rewarding.

Where did you get that life ring?
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: model tugman May 04, 2012, 11:18:51
Ha Ha Terry I have had a day off today :'( :'(  and thanks mtm it is a plastic one with stick on lettering  Geo
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: chipchase May 05, 2012, 11:54:08
Another great looking model George. cool
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: model tugman May 05, 2012, 13:27:23
Another great looking model George. cool



Thanks Brian
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: make it six am 2moro May 06, 2012, 03:32:22
Nice work Skip, she would look great alongside my SIMLA :)

Yours aye
Ray
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: model tugman May 06, 2012, 05:02:18
Thanks Ray  at least she has something to tow with now hooks made just need cleaning up a bit sorry about the focus I cant get this camera to take macro pictures. :'( :'(
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: model tugman May 06, 2012, 09:15:42
I think these are a bit better
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: sea monkey May 07, 2012, 13:46:41
Are you keeping this one George, or has it got a home to go to?
Steve
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: model tugman May 07, 2012, 23:09:09
Hi Steve  this one has a home to go to hence all the brasswork, he likes polishing brass, He He ??? ???, the original was built by his late Father, so I have tried to use as many bits of the original as I can, unfortunately not many. :'(
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: model tugman May 08, 2012, 11:36:47
A few more twinkie bits added now ;) ;)
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: model tugman May 08, 2012, 11:38:15
A Couple more pictures  angel
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: tugnut May 08, 2012, 11:54:46
She is looking good bro ;)you sure i cant tell Woody >:D
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: make it six am 2moro May 09, 2012, 06:12:26
John, Iv'e already told him :P

Yours aye
Ray
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: model tugman May 09, 2012, 06:17:18
  No ganging up on an old man now chaps. :-* :-*
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: Model Tug Man May 09, 2012, 11:31:28
Nice work on that canvas, Geo. Care to tell us what you used?
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: model tugman May 09, 2012, 13:48:06
HI MTM   it is a nice soft cotton handkerchief painted with thinned down green paint, I seem to be getting very short of handkerchiefs for some reason :) :)
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: Model Tug Man May 10, 2012, 03:31:18
Thanks George. It came out well.
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: model tugman May 14, 2012, 07:31:07
Here she is ready for sea trials and a run around with her fleetmate Sauria on Wednesday, look out for the next one. :'(
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: thamestug May 14, 2012, 08:36:23
Another brilliant job Geo. Love the Tower Bridge Tug board, a finishing touch. Hopefully see her wednesday.
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: Lighterman May 21, 2012, 08:13:54
Well done Geo! An absolute cracking conversion. Mr Gaselee would be proud! and i bet you are too!
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: capt scott May 23, 2012, 14:06:16
VERY NICE WORK I LOVE THE COLORS
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: model tugman June 16, 2012, 11:23:56
Here is a picture of Rana and Sauria on the head of our Tanker, not quite Ridham dock though. :)
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: Lighterman June 17, 2012, 13:52:38
Fantastic picture Geo! looks like the rana's driver has had the old DOUBLE RING!"give it to 'er"
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: neptune581 March 11, 2017, 16:34:09
Absolutely beautiful model, I am building a Rana as well, not quite the authentic hull shape as yours George  as mine is based on an Artesania Latina Amsterdam hull, I have just joined the forum and will post some pics later on, your photos will certainly help me with some of the detail work,

  best regards John.