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Specialist Types Of Tug Boat => Classic Diesel Tugs => : model tugman February 28, 2016, 07:14:14

: A 54" Hendon
: model tugman February 28, 2016, 07:14:14
the start of the build of a 1/24th scale Hendon of Alexandra towing co, using a fibreglass hull,with a home made 6" kort nozzle, the rest will be scratch built, these pictures show the inwhales and deck beams being fitted,and the kort under construction
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: tug-arlyn-nelson February 28, 2016, 15:42:21
Looks good so far, look forward to progress. Probably pull like the dickens.
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: 2tugboats February 28, 2016, 16:53:29
Looks like you are going to have, as S. said, a tug that will pull like the dickens.
Being a big fan of "bigger is better"no pun intended, and for those with the same
in their tugboat hearts, we all will look with pleasure at your building pictures
and drive train close-ups.

Thank you, as usual, for the super sharings George,
Michael
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: model tugman February 29, 2016, 11:41:53
Thanks guys, alittle update so far, I am waiting for the prop to arrive from propshop, and I cant fit the shaft and motor etc until i get it, so I have started on the superstructure and decks,   I have cut out the decks from 3mm ply and fitted the foredeck, but the after section will have to wait until the running gear is fitted, the coaming is temporarily held in place with clamps so that I could get a good fit with the upperworks, the superstructure is made from 3mm ply again ,it was a very awkward thing to make as all 4 sides slope inwards towards the top.  The wheelhouse front is made from1.5mm ply as are the light boxes etc.
\the combined funnel and mast is made from 1.5mm and 1mm ply which had all been very well soaked in boiling water to enable the curves that were required, well that is it for now  Geo
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: model tugman February 29, 2016, 11:43:48
The funnel, if you click on the picture somehow it opens the right way.
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: model tugman February 29, 2016, 11:47:30
the after deck halves are cut out with an access hatch but not yet fitted.

I really must reset the time and date on the camera.
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: tugnut February 29, 2016, 22:55:05
Looking good bruv another beast .
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: model tugman March 01, 2016, 02:10:47
Thanks Bro, he likes em big that boy.
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: 2tugboats March 02, 2016, 21:50:01
Thank you George for the excellent sharing pictures. For those on the Forum here
who have been model tugboat building for decades, I am sure some take their
building experiences as quite basic and sometimes - mundane or "ho-hum".
For example, ". . .of course you buy wood of the best thickness. . ."

This Forum's members have, in the 4 years I have been privileged to me a member
of", left no stone un-turned when sharing their ways of creating their museum
quality tugs. I suggest that the Forum here is tugboat building heaven for members,
like myself, who are so lacking in building techniques that when I see how simple
you have created your funnel. . .and such a fine one, I can now make one to.
Thank you again George.

Really, I have struggled with my funnels for years. . .I love funnels. Problem is,
they weigh about ten pounds. . .they have been tugboat sinkers. Now, thanks to
your sharing pictures, my next funnels will not only be fantastic, they will be light
weight.

I could go on, but my main point is thank you to all the builders here who go the
extra mile here to give all who are interested the very best and even more. For me,
my new tug's funnel will have the grace and spirit such as yours. . .

(http://twotugboats.com/images/79877df92c9e3f765967b6c021d32412.jpg)

As you say George, "tugboats are for [giving] life-"

Michael
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: Stumps March 03, 2016, 06:03:39
That's going to be a nice looking tug... Can I ask, are you using a Orion Mouldings' Cragsider hull?

Stumps
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: model tugman March 03, 2016, 07:42:05
Thanks Mike very nice comments.
And Hello Stumps, yes it is the Cragsider hull, there were only two of these built, the Cragsider and the Hendon, she worked down here on the Thames for quite a while and she took a bit of getting used too, she was a big heavy powerful tug for her day,and it is nice to think that she is still working ,as well as two more ex Thames tugs   Hibernian. In Greece and Avenger in Canada both now over the age of retirement.
I have spent the last two days making brass window frames for the wheelhouse and accommodation,very fiddly but they have come out well,I will post some more pics later.  Geo
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: model tugman March 03, 2016, 07:50:03
The new brass window frames trial fitted
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: model tugman March 03, 2016, 10:23:29
After two coats of sanding sealer and a lot of rubbing down, the first of many coats of undercoat has been applied,this will be almost completely rubbed off ,then any imperfections filled and sanded, then the serious painting can begin.
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: sea monkey March 04, 2016, 01:19:39
I wondered were you'd got to George.
Good to see you back at the bench.
Steve
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: model tugman March 04, 2016, 02:47:35
Hi Steve, this year I am going to take it easy,I am planing on only 3 or perhaps 4 builds, not 7 like last year, my wife said she wants more holidays now that she is retired too,   Oh. bummer.   Geo
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: tug-arlyn-nelson March 04, 2016, 10:05:45
Sure progressing rapidly!  Looking good. 
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: Puffin March 05, 2016, 17:47:24
HI ALL ; Good to here you guy's are still making sawdust .   Those are sure neat window frames . Where did you get them .     PUFFIN
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: model tugman March 05, 2016, 23:03:14
Hi. The window frames are home made. Using 3x0.8mm brass strip. I made a plug from wood to suit each window shape but 1.5mm smaller than the window shape required,only5 in total as all the front ones are the same.
Then cut brass strip and bent it around the former shape and soldered the ends,a bit fiddly but I think it worked OK.  Geo
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: model tugman March 23, 2016, 10:50:00
Well I am still waiting for my prop from prop shop, 7weeks now, so I can,t get the shaft etc fitted ,but I have been playing with the superstructure,
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: tugnut March 23, 2016, 14:13:23
Looking good Bro,
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: model tugman April 20, 2016, 07:44:43
A bit more done to the superstructure whilst I was waiting for the prop to arrive ,looking quite good I think
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: model tugman April 20, 2016, 07:46:39
Now the prop has arrived I could get the stern gear fitted and the motor lined up.
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: model tugman April 20, 2016, 07:49:08
Stern gear all sorted and now getting on with fitting the decks and making the steering gear cover.
The Bulwark knees are next on the list only 50 to make and fit.
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: sea monkey April 20, 2016, 12:26:38
That's huge! Any idea what it will weigh in at?
You'll need a van to cart that one around.
Steve
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: spud April 20, 2016, 12:54:55
Hi Model tugman

Enjoying your build,

What motor are you using to turn that large prop ?

Will it be used for tug towing when you have finished it?,

Thanks
Spud
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: model tugman April 20, 2016, 23:15:38
Hi guys, the Sun London that I built earlier this year is about the same size and she weighs in fully ballasted at 95 lbs.
And the motors are extra cooling fan motors for land rovers etc and spin an 18" fan in normal use , on the models the 6" prop is not a problem for them and on full speed draw 5 amps.
They are 5" dia and 4.5" long with a 10 MM shaft size.
We do use them for towing but we tow the club dinghy around as our 16 ft towboats are no load at all.
Geo.
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: spud April 21, 2016, 15:11:00
Hi Model tugman

Thanks for the information,

I will be following your build


Cheers
Spud
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: model tugman April 22, 2016, 05:38:48
Latest pics of her so far a little colour added makes all the difference even if it is only undercoat, all fittings just put in place roughly.
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: olscuzbut April 22, 2016, 06:32:50
Sure is taking shape.  Very nice.  Will be watching for sea trials.
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: tugnut April 22, 2016, 10:18:51
Looking good Bro, You and Trev will have to come down with her for the tug tow in May ;)
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: model tugman April 22, 2016, 12:28:57
What date is it Bro?
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: model tugman April 29, 2016, 03:26:51
Here are the latest pictures of the Hendon, the hull and deck is now glossed, and the tow hook table and hook are fitted along with the winch and tow bow,
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: sea monkey April 29, 2016, 11:59:34
That looks great.
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: tugboyben April 29, 2016, 12:04:25
Hi George
Another fantastic model you have built well done  :)
Can't wait to see the next one

Jason
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: tugnut April 30, 2016, 10:49:56
Nice one Bro
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: tug-arlyn-nelson April 30, 2016, 19:22:47
Wow!  I bet that tug would pull all three of mine backwards!!  Really nice job again!
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: model tugman May 01, 2016, 05:39:43
Thanks guys,  I am hoping to have her finished in two to three weeks, so look out for the next one!
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: CAJ May 02, 2016, 11:57:54
Great looking model. Always enjoy your building blogs.

I'm slowly building a Lowgarth between work and family commitments.
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: spud May 02, 2016, 13:24:18
Hi Model tugman

Nearly finished , Very nice ,

great to hear your planning another build  /blog , any clues to it might be??

Spud

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: 2tugboats May 02, 2016, 21:05:19
Very super George. I like a bigger tug model. Yours has the most attractive
workmanship and portrays a strong tug spirit. Thank you for sharing.

Michael
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: model tugman May 02, 2016, 22:40:13
Hi Model tugman

Nearly finished , Very nice ,

great to hear your planning another build  /blog , any clues to it might be??

Spud


Hello Spud here is a clue look for a Growler.  Geo
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: model tugman May 05, 2016, 12:09:17
After a lot of sweating and swearing here she is with all of her lights on
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: model tugman May 10, 2016, 04:54:41
Well another job done,ready for sea trials now,just a few tyres to put on when they arrive,and she is complete, roll on the next one,a different kind of tug  this time a 52"Bustler class.
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: model tugman May 10, 2016, 04:56:11
A couple more pics.
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: 2tugboats May 10, 2016, 21:44:35
Pictures worth a thousand inspirations George. Thank you very much for sharing.

Michael
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: model tugman May 14, 2016, 04:47:34
Here she is on her sea trials with a couple of her with her fleet mate.
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: model tugman May 14, 2016, 04:48:49
With the Sun London
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: olscuzbut May 14, 2016, 06:57:52
Very nice indeed.  A job well done.
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: model tugman May 14, 2016, 07:24:21
Thanks olscuzbut,I shall be coming to Kamloops next year on the Rocky mountaineer.
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: tug-arlyn-nelson May 14, 2016, 08:13:25
Looks fantastic in the water!
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: tugnut May 14, 2016, 08:44:57
Some more Bro
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: model tugman May 14, 2016, 09:49:08
Thanks John, we had a good morning today it was nice to see you Bro.
Can't believe how manoeuvrable they both are for big tugs,Trev is over the moon.
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: sea monkey May 14, 2016, 12:32:28
That turned out great. I think it's one of your best. Keep 'em coming.
Steve
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: model tugman May 14, 2016, 12:37:58
Thanks Steve,👍
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: dufmiester July 06, 2017, 20:26:37
Hello, I have been building a 54 inch  tug for the past three years.  Seeing your fantastic work has encouraged me to post photos . Interested in sharing  ideas . Thanks for sharing.
Sam Duffy
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: model tugman July 07, 2017, 00:40:21
Well done Sam. Let's see some pictures, we are like children on here we all love pictures,  George.