Tug Forum

Specialist Types Of Tug Boat => Classic Diesel Tugs => : sea monkey January 25, 2019, 11:51:43

: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey January 25, 2019, 11:51:43
I finished my last project 2 weeks ago and there have been no new posts on the site since then – so rather than grizzle about the lack of action (again),  I'll fill the void.

Some-one's got to do it – might as well be me.

So... no prizes for guessing where this next tug comes from.

Yes, it’s another NZ harbour tug, and this time it’s the little Tika from Auckland. 1/50, display.

Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand. It has more than double the number of people than the next two cities put together – although it never seems to be able to find 15 decent players to put in its provincial rugby team. It also seems to have more than its fair share of tossers, and politicians.

It even has double the normal amount of harbours per city. It is built on a narrow ithsmus and has a harbour on each side. Greedy bastards!

The Waitemata Harbour on the east coast/Pacific/Hauraki Gulf side is the biggest and busiest port in the country, and is served by 5 or 6 tug companies. The Port of Auckland’s (POA) tugs are state of the art ASD docking tugs. I’m reluctant to admit it but their harbour is even more beautiful than my home town, and I’ve caught many good sized schnapper on it.

The Manakau Harbour on the west coast/Tasman Sea side is the 8th largest natural harbour in the world (the 7th, Kaipara Harbour, 947km2, is just up the coast). The harbour mouth is only 1800m wide, but after a 9k channel it opens up into a roughly square basin 20k across, with a water surface area of 394km2, and a 4m tide.

Many sites on the internet wrongly tout Poole (UK, a miserable 36km2 – yes – 36!), Cork (Ireland, a Poole size puddle) and Sydney (just a creek at 55km2) as the largest harbours but actually San Fransisco, Tokyo and Rio are duking it out for top spot. Depends on the difference between a harbour and a bay: Protected on 3 or 4 sides? Poole, Cork and Sydney don’t even make the top 10 in surface area.

Despite its huge size the Manakau gets very little traffic due to its shallow depth and treachorous bar – the site of NZ’s worst maritime disaster – the loss of the Orpheus in 1863, when 189 seamen died.  To reach Auckland via the safer east coast was an extra few day’s sailing from Australia so Manakau was quite busy until the Orpheus disaster. The only POA facilities on the Manakau now, are a few small wharves for servicing coastal trawlers, and the cement transporters that travel up the west coast from the cement works in Westport.  The only tug on this huge harbour was the little TIKA, which was there to handle the cement ships.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: tugboyben January 25, 2019, 13:27:24
Evening sea monkey

I for one all ways look forward to seeing your work
Please keep posting  :)

Jason
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey January 25, 2019, 17:04:39
Thanks Jason.

Tika was built by Whangarei Engineering and Construction Ltd (WECO) in 1971 for the Auckland Harbour Board, and measures just 16.76m x 5.3m x 2.4m, has an 8 ton bollard pull, twin screws and is powered by two 365hp Caterpillar D343 TA 6 cylinder turbo-charged diesels. A pretty conventional set up considering many of WECO’s tugs from around this time were Voith drives, like the Kupe and Maui (also built in 1971). WECO built quite a few tugs during the 70s and 80s. Two of my projects have been WECO tugs: the Kupe and Te  Matua. . My next 2 projects after the Tika will also be WECO tugs: the Maui, and the Te Matua (1986), again. WECO had tugs in most NZ ports and they are what I associate with a ‘classic’ NZ tug look – especially the Kupe class. The Kupe is a personal favourite – my son got to drive it when he was 5.

WECO are still making some pretty good tugs but it’s hard to compete with the Allen/Sanmar and Damen yards.

: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey January 25, 2019, 17:12:12
Tika served in the main Auckland port (Waitemata) until moving across to light duties on the Manakau in 2001. She had a relatively stress free working life other than one really bad afternoon in 1982. She was assisting the 1433 ton freighter Shereen move from her berth to the mid-harbour position, and was about to release the line when the Shereen started to pick up speed. The Tika’s emergency tow release failed to function and the tug was pulled over and capsized. The deckhand made it but Tika’s skipper, since she had been launched in 1971, was trapped in the wheelhouse, and drowned.

A couple of years ago the cement company got a bigger boat that couldn’t use the Manakau facilities and Tika was put out to pasture. Last year while it was waiting for sale I was able to get onboard and take lots of photos.  POA were very helpful and also gave me hull lines and GAs. Much more friendly and helpful than some of the much smaller provincial port companies.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: Capt.Towline January 29, 2019, 02:35:02
Enjoyed the background intro...now looking forward to the build. 1971 was a good year indeed 🎂
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 01, 2019, 16:39:29
Thanks Capt.

So here we go...

Tika is tiny and has nice lines – it’s a straightforward design and shouldn’t present too many problems in construction: Hard chine, no winch, basic deck equipment and simple window frames. Plus – painting should be a breeze – it’s all one colour from the neck down. Yahoo!

A lot of you will know my MO by now –  ribs and keel 3.6mm laser cut; superstructure, deck, bulwark knees and funnel frame 1.5mm. All of the components fitted onto an A3 sheet ply.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 01, 2019, 16:44:07
These all slot together pretty easily and quickly, with a bit of internal bracing, and the deck keeping everything square.

Fitting and glueing these bits together only took about 2 hours. The laser cut part take all of the guesswork and time out of this part of the build.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 01, 2019, 16:45:01
All good so far...
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 04, 2019, 21:45:22
After that smooth start I had assumed that the hard chine hull would be pretty straightforward. You know about assumptions – make an *bottom* out of u & me. Well just me this time.

I made a real pig's ear of skinning up the hull. So much so that I can't bring myself to show you the progress photos. They are more of a 'how not to'.

I really should use stringers to keep the chine edges sharp and smooth. Not rushing things would also be a good idea. Next time!

I wasn't happy with the state of the Parakaki hull about the same time last year and I was able to rework and salvage that, so not all is lost – yet.

Here's the progress so far. It'll need plenty of fill and sand sessions. This is after the first session with the 120 grit.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 04, 2019, 21:48:38
I'm on a time limit with this project – I need to finish it by the end of April. I'll have to try and keep things moving without rushing and making errors that will take time to fix.
As you can see – plenty of work to do yet.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 13, 2019, 21:41:27
Geez – I had to brush the tumbleweeds off the site when I logged in – it's a ghost town.

Anyway, I've been doing a little remedial work on the hull between sessions working on the gunwales. I'm not sure if it is gradually improving or if I'm just getting used to it.

I decided to attach the gunwales so that I could get a better idea of how the hull looks now and how it should look.

The gunwales went on by my usual method: laser cut bulwark knees and ply bulwarks.

The knees are positioned in pre-cut slots in the deck and squared up with a piece of lego (they are pretty much perfectly all square).
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 13, 2019, 21:45:10
I wrap a piece of  thin card around the hull/knees to make a pattern for the bulwarks.  This is used to cut the bulwark ply, then they are attached. I make sure that bias of the ply works for the curves. The curved sections at the stern are 2 layers of 0.8mm ply. Plenty of clamps to hold everything in place as you don't get a second chance with this.

I try and ensure that the base of the bulwarks fit a best as possible to the line/shear of the deck so that the glue holds well. The top of the ply sits a bit higher than the knees at the moment but I can sand it down to correct height later.

The hull is surprisingly strong and can take some rough handling. Just as well because it's going to get a good seeing to with the 120 grit over the next few days.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: Capt.Towline February 15, 2019, 02:12:21
Does the second layer of ply need to be slightly bigger on the curved sections or can you get away with it and fill any gaps afterwards?

Coming along nicely!
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 16, 2019, 23:45:39
Thanks Cap. 

Yes,the second layer needs to be slightly longer to account for the curves, but as the ply is really thin the extra length is minimal – only 1-2mm at this size. I'm not too concerned with gaps. I try to offset the ply spot any gaps are only with one layer and easily filled without effecting the structural strength.

Here's where I'm at at the moment. The bulwarks/gunwales are done and I added the capping rail – then decided that it just didn't look right – and removed it.



: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 16, 2019, 23:46:39
I've been slowly and steadily reworking (sanding/filling) the hull. It's a very slow process and hard to gauge progress – I'm not happy yet...
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 16, 2019, 23:48:25
Getting there– hopefully
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: Kiwinz February 20, 2019, 00:07:13
The pegs used on the bulwark construction give it's some size perspective! I'd not logged in for many weeks and your already half way through! Nice little tug. What colour scheme..blue/white version or with a flash of orange/black?
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 20, 2019, 10:36:09
Hi Simon. This one is blue and white only – all blue from the neck down. I'm making it as it was on the day I was onboard, 18 months ago.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 21, 2019, 20:40:45
I've been slowly chipping away at the hull and its starting to take shape.

I've smoothed out the bulwarks and added the capping rail. On this tug the capping rail is steel tubing so some 1.5mm styrene rod was just right at 1/50. Some of the bulwark knees needed to be sanded down flush with the rail but it's all working now.

The propellor shaft bases are in.

Also cut out the freeing ports/scuppers. The ones second from each end are where the bulwark gates go.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 21, 2019, 20:42:52
What is the correct term for the gate/hatch/door in the bulwark?

Anyway, these holes have the radius curve at the bottom rather than the top, as on the scuppers.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 21, 2019, 20:44:25
You can see how I've sanded down through the various layers of ply in my attempt to sort out the hull. Hopefully that's all of the heavy duty sanding and filling on the hull – touch wood.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 24, 2019, 22:01:47
I tend judge a model by the quality of its hull so I'm always a bit overly fussy with my hulls in case anyone else is as pedantic as me. I'm about as satisfied with this one as I'll ever get, now, so I can move on to some other tasks.

Next up: the propellor guard.

This tug has an unusual (for New Zealand anyway) propellor guard. It looks like it was to protect the props from hitting the sea bed – the Manakau Harbour is quite shallow in parts and has a 4m tide. Luckily I have several photos of the Tika out of the water and they show the set up pretty well.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey February 24, 2019, 22:03:52
I decided to make the guard from brass strip sandwiched between strip styrene. It's a simple method and I'm trying not to buy any new material and use up stuff from the offcuts box.

Here's the brass base so far. I'm always nervous about cutting holes into a perfectly good hull.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: VANYA February 25, 2019, 02:54:19
Looking good Steve.

What diameter are those props?

How is Wellington? A few days inside and a bit of wild weather? Snow on the hills here so definate Autumn feel.

Did you find those Koranui lines drawing?

Hayden
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 02, 2019, 23:53:50
Well that went well.

The styrene/brass sandwich method worked out fine. The brass spine is very strong and the styrene allows me to glue various sections onto it. The outer ends are glued into slots in the hull and the centre strip is pinned into the foot of the keel. It's not going anywhere.

The shafts have a collar and V struts attached to the hull, and another lower brace that also forms the heel/foot of the rudder. These last parts are not very robust without the rudders attached.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 02, 2019, 23:54:51
It all looks straight and true. So far so good...

The next step is attaching a couple of vanes/guards onto the cage. You can see them in the photos of Tika out of the water. Not sure what they are for – could be to prevent prop wash – they don't seem to offer any protection for the props.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: mike_victoriabc March 03, 2019, 08:19:06
Interesting build!

The V struts and brace - are those styrene glued to your brass support?

Where did you get your props from - nice looking units.

Thanks for the detailed progress.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 06, 2019, 15:17:19
Thanks Mike,
The props are Raboesch, from Cornwall Model Boat Supplies in the UK..

The struts, etc are styrene and glued onto the styrene sheet that is laminated to the brass strip base.
The styrene strip is CA glued onto the brass. Thin styrene cement for the styrene on styrene. All seems pretty solid so far. Haven't had a brass/styrene failure yet and the styrene cement is like liquid soldering.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 08, 2019, 00:56:52
 I need to add the vanes/splash guards to the cage, but first the fenders.

They are basswood cut to fit snug with the curve of the hull at the deck line. They are attached in sections to align with the sheer of the deck and will be sanded down to the correct width – and given a radiuses edge to look like a rubber fender. Basswood is such a nice material to work with.

That's the last major work on the hull. Next I have to add the fender housing details and then the vanes. I've left this part of the build until now as I don't want to give them any rough handling – any repairs later will be very difficult and time consuming.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 08, 2019, 01:10:02
Pressing too many keys too late at night
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: olscuzbut March 08, 2019, 09:12:51
Hi seamonkey,  a little late in responding, and you may have already seen this but I have used a thick 1/4" rubber for the bumper.  If you have seen the black rubber bungee cords from auto parts stores, stretch it just enough to be able to slice it length wise with a sharp hobby knife down the center (cuts easy) and you have two bumper strips.  I used the longest bungee cords and was able to go all around my tug.  CA glue to the hull and sticks really strong. 
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 13, 2019, 22:31:49
Hi Olscuzbut. I did think of using rubber strip but this boat's fenders have a 'D' shaped profile rather than an 'O'. I've got a box full of odd bits of rubber and tried a local supplier but I couldn't found a piece with that shape, at the right size so it was easier to make them out of basswood. I've tried this method before and it works out fine. If I was doing heavy duty towing I'd definitely need rubber.

The sanding down of the fender strip is all done and they turned out fine – a bit of matt off-black paint and they'll look just like rubber. That's the last of the big jobs on the hull. From now on the all little detail pieces go on.

The first of these were the vanes/splash guards which fit between the hull and the propellor protection cage. Then the rudders. They all seem pretty sturdy so far but the hull will need a bit of gentle treatment from now on. I can be quite clumsy and when I've tried to take short cuts in the past and I've dropped a couple of hulls at this stage of a build and I sure don't want to go through that again. The neighbours learned a few new words that day.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 13, 2019, 22:33:49
The fender housing is also finished and the loops for the tyre fenders are all attached. This boat only has a few anodising plates and these will go on after the hull is painted.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 13, 2019, 22:35:11
The hull has had a final undercoat and has been prepped for painting. I got my trusty waterline jig into action again. You can see by the various bits glued onto it how much use it has had – it has been used on about 5 or 6 models. Works just fine but I might have to treat myself to an upgrade for the next project.

The hawser holes on this boat are the 'Panama port' style. I've had them printed at Shapeways in ultra fine detail material however I've had poor results with this material and enamel paint before so these bits will be installed after the hull is painted.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 13, 2019, 22:35:44
And to any eagle-eyed viewers who noticed – the upper fender roll on the bow is supposed to be larger than the lower one.

Now for some paint...
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 17, 2019, 22:51:09
I gave it a few coats over the weekend and the hull is almost complete. The Panama Ports, bow fenders and the anodising plates will go on later. And the fender rolls need to be painted.

Still plenty to do but I'm away travelling in 6 weeks so I better keep working if I want to finish it before I leave.

: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 17, 2019, 22:52:13
...more
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 17, 2019, 22:53:29
I'm probably about at the halfway mark, got the funnel, superstructure (which isn't too complicated) and all of the deck equipment, railings, mast and all the little bits and pieces left to do. No winch (good), simple paint scheme (good), temptation to take shortcuts (bad).
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 17, 2019, 22:55:38
and a couple more...

The anti-foul paint is quite a bright red – that's how it is on the real boat.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 23, 2019, 14:14:23
For the next stage I can either work on the deck fittings and finally finish the hull, or start on the superstructure so I've put the hull aside for awhile and made a start on the superstructure.

Two minor booboos before I'd even got started: I had managed to mistake the bridge/wheelhouse deck for a scrap piece of ply and used it as a paint palette, and although I noticed on the plans that the port and starboard doors were not in the same positions I completely forgot about it when I had the ply laser cut and ended up with 2 starboard sides. Both problems easily fixed but a little more attention would have prevented them.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 23, 2019, 14:15:09
Anyway, the basic superstructure carcass slotted together pretty quickly. I've added a little bracing inside the corners so that I can sand them to a rounded corner.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 23, 2019, 14:16:51
So far so good, now for some rivets...
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 31, 2019, 10:05:19
Not too much to report today – I've spent the last few evenings adding a few 'rivets' to the superstructure.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey March 31, 2019, 10:06:45
Seemed like a good idea at the time but these things always take longer than planned. I think it's almost ready for some paint

And no, I haven't forgotten to put rivets around the forward portholes – that's where the doors go.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: tugboyben March 31, 2019, 13:14:36

Hi sea monkey

Great detail on the port holes please keep posting the pictures

Jason
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 06, 2019, 20:41:06
Thanks Jason.

Before I get to the next stage of the build I need to sort out the funnel. It has a couple of air intakes that need to be attached before the funnel is glued in place (between the top and second to top rungs on the ladder). I won't be able to get to them when the funnel is in place. This all has to be done and set in place before I can paint the superstructure.

The funnel construction followed my usual method: laser cut ply frame packed out with balsa and covered with a skin of 0.3mm styrene. Sounds easy when described like that.

: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 06, 2019, 20:42:43
The funnel didn't cause too many problems. I've used this method a few times now and I'm familiar with it. I'm sure that there are better ways to do it but I'm comfortable with the results.

The exhaust pipes will go on later.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 13, 2019, 19:43:39
So... the superstructure and the funnel are ready to be painted but before I get to that I thought I'd finish off a few items that can be attached to them before painting: the railings, a few air intakes, ladders, companionways, hatches, etc. – you know the drill.

: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 13, 2019, 19:55:11
The list just keeps growing and even though each thing only takes about half an hour to make, there never seems to be an end in sight. I'm slowly getting there. Only the mast, windlass and fire hydrant to go.

Oh, and the anchor, life raft, air-con, fire buckets, life buoys,, axe, tow hook and tyre fenders.

The railings went together OK. I miscalculated the depth of the companionway steps and needed to add a little extra the side rails so that they sat further out from the bulkhead. Not a major issue – luckily.

The railings for the bridge roof have a strange shaped stanchion. All of the stanchions and the companionway are PE brass.

The thing on the top rail of one of the sections is the bracket for the tow hook emergency manual release cable.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 19, 2019, 17:49:24
The companionway is one piece that folds up to form the steps and side rails. I usually make up a jig to hold the railings for soldering but this time I chanced it and soldered them in place. That's the type of short-cut that often ends in disaster. I got away with it this time but I don't think I'll risk it again.

My box of bits is slowly filling up although it seems like a never ending task. I think I'm getting on top of it – mast, capstan, tow bow, P&S nav lights, searchlight, bitts, samson posts, hatches, doors, vents and intakes, lifeboats, life raft, axe, exhaust stacks, tyre radome, anchor, and fire hose box are all done and dusted.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 19, 2019, 17:50:54
Starting to feel like I'm in the home straight now. Only the nav lights, wipers, hydrant, windlass, deck flood lights and aerials to go. And the glazing. I still have to glue everything in place.

The hull is now 99% completed and has had the fenders attached and painted, and the deck vents and tow bow attached.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 19, 2019, 17:52:16
...and a couple more...
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 19, 2019, 17:54:36
Last one for today.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 27, 2019, 20:19:15
I've just about finished all of the little detail parts and I have finally got to the point where I can paint the superstructure and start attaching the pieces from my box of bits.

With every build there seems to be a process that depends on things being completed in a certain order. For this build it meant getting the superstructure finished with the rails, companionway and funnel all attached before it could have a base coat of paint and then be glazed.

This is it so far – most of the blue bits from the box are attached and it can have one more light spray to cover and scuffs and scratches.

There's a lot of blue going on.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 27, 2019, 20:20:17
As you can see: the exhaust stacks, fire equipment, lights, searchlight, anchor & windlass, bridge doors, aircon, radar, tow hook, and life rafts/buoys still need to be attached.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 27, 2019, 20:21:27
Don't think I'll make it – haven't ordered the rub downs for the names and hull markings, or the decals for the deck signs. I should be able to get the tow hook, and navigation and deck floodlights done (my least favourite part of the project). As long as I manage to paint everything that needs to be blue before I leave. I mixed up enough special Ports of Auckland blue paint for the project but I don't think that it will last for 6 months while I'm away and matching it again will be difficult.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 27, 2019, 20:24:07
And the deck equipment...
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: des April 27, 2019, 22:51:50
Hi Steve

You referred to rub-downs for the name and hull markings etc - I would ordinarily think of "rub-downs" as Letraset or similar, which are almost impossible to buy these days.  Or do you get them printed to order for each of your projects?

I've used computer cut vinyl lettering on my boats, but for lettering under 3mm this can be a problem.  A light spray of clear coat keeps the letters down.

I tried digi-prints once - dismal failure.  Although the guys at my local hobby shop suggested a light spray of matt clear coat usually makes the film edges disappear - no, it didn't.  Fortunately I tried that suggestion out on a piece of scrap, and not on my hull or I'd still be trying to clean it up!

Des.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey April 28, 2019, 17:18:12
Yes, you're spot on there Des – the rubdowns are exactly the same as the old Letraset.

I usually get them custom made by All-Out Graphics in Vancouver. This time I'll try Aeroflot.com in the US. I supply the artwork as a PDF and they do the rest.

The sheets aren't cheap so I always try to get enough on each order to use for 3 projects – this project, the next and a few to finish of the poor little Hikurangi that has been sitting in a cupboard for 2 years waiting for it's name on the hull..

I'm also getting a few water-slide decals made up as an experiment. These will be for safety signage, Furuno logo for the radar, and life-raft labels. I'm interested to see how they turn out.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 05, 2019, 13:05:58
I've been on holiday since the last post back in April but all good things must come to an end and I'm now back at home with time on my hands. I have been following the forum while on my travels and towards the end of the trip started thinking about this build again.

The forum has been unhealthily quiet over the last 6 months – let's hope it's not terminal. Are you still out there boys? Do we still have Tugmaster and moderators? Hope it's not last one out turn off the lights.

Anyway, the spring weather at home is unseasonably cold and windy so I may be able to get in a bit of bench time.

I've taken a few hours the re-acquaint myself with the project. The list of things left to do only stretches to half a page. Some are quite simple: Glazing the wheelhouse doors and some are quite time consuming: make 14 tire fenders and attach them, plus the nav lights which is my least enjoyed part of any build. Three fire buckets will also be a challenge.

The decals and rubdowns mentioned in my last post have arrived. The waterslide decals are from Bedlam Creations and look great so far.
The rubdowns are for this build and 2 future ones. These came from Aeroloft and seem pretty good. I usually get my rubdowns from All Out Graphics and although I have always had good service and quality from them, I just thought that I'd try someone else for a change.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: des November 07, 2019, 23:12:52
So - how was the holiday?  I saw a couple of your photos that you posted.  Guess you wanted to get away from NZ for the winter.

No - you're not the only one still posting on the forum;  there's still a couple of us left.  But you're right - I haven't seen anything from any of the moderators for some time, although Tugmaster is back with us.

I was glad to see your posts regarding the rub-downs and decals - I really miss Letraset.

Keep plugging away with your modelling and postings;  I always look forward to your contributions 'cos there's usually some idea that I can use myself.

Des.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 08, 2019, 12:14:51
Thanks Des. Yes, we managed to miss the mildest winter in years and have come back to the coldest, windiest spring for years. Bugger!

I've been following your styrene build. I tried one a few years ago but left the half built hull in the sun for a day – irreversible warping. haven't been game since. Yours looks much sturdier and better built.

There seem to be petty of people reading our posts and tons of guest viewers just not many making comments or posts. It would be great if some of those guests joined up. I'd like to see and hear about tugs from other places round the world, and find out what other modellers are making. Some of the European/Russian forums are full of great ideas and building techniques.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: des November 08, 2019, 12:50:08
Yes, it was at a Task Force 72 display and swap meet where one of the members showed me how he had built an Armidale class patrol boat from styrene that finally decided me on giving it a try.

TF 72 is a group who all model various warships, all in 1/72 scale so that they all look realistic when seen together.  in this way the patrol boat really looks tiny up against an aircraft carrier, or even a destroyer.

Des
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: Graham D November 11, 2019, 20:47:33
Keep up the good work Sea Monkey and Des.
I was also surprised how quiet the forum has been lately, and how little interest was shown re my Damen tug build.
It seems that all the action is 'down under'.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 11, 2019, 21:40:32
Don't give up on the forum just yet Graham.
We are still getting plenty of viewers but everyone seems a bit shy so we aren't getting many contributions like we used to.
In 10 months this topic has had 10,000 views which is way more than Mayhem of RCGroups.
Have you got any more photos of your Damen? or any other tugs in your fleet?
Steve
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: des November 12, 2019, 17:01:53
Yeah Graham - I read all of your posts ref the Damen tug at the time.  I just didn't comment 'cos these modern things are just not my thing (but I am coming around to appreciate them more).  Maybe we should all offer more comment and encouragement at times.  But at least no comments also means no criticism.

I did think that your twin prop drive arrangement was a clever, unique solution for operating twin screws from a single motor and esc.

Keep working - and keep posting.

Des.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 13, 2019, 14:41:06
Slowly easing myself back into this project. The model is 99% finished but that last 1% is sometimes the most difficult to complete. Some times I just run out of steam – mostly I get distracted by the next project. This time I'll try and finish this one without getting sidetracked so I've started working through my 'to do' list.

First up: an extra 14 tyres for the fenders.

These are made from some laser cut components that I had cut last year. I had a quite a few cut at different sizes to allow me to make car, truck and tractor tyres. I now have a small bag of each size.

These truck tyres are made up from 3 x 1.2mm discs glued together, with a slightly smaller diameter 0.5mm disc on the facing side. Easy but tedious.

15 in total (I already 3 on my spares box). One extra to cover any mistakes along the way. Next they get an undercoat and a thick brushed on coat of very dark matt grey (95% black), and the fender tie loops attached.

Yes, I know you can buy them but they cost more than I am prepared to pay, by the time you include freight and tax to get them to New Zealand. This method of making them actually works out quite cheap and the end result looks good. Plus I like the idea of scratch building as much as possible.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: Graham D November 13, 2019, 20:48:48
Geeeeez, hand made tyres !!!
You're a sucker for punishment.
I must admit they do look realistic though.  :)
Cheers
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 14, 2019, 12:49:04
Ha ha, yeah it looks like a lot of work but the laser cutting does all of the hard work, the rest is easy.
The burnt cut edges actually look a bit like tread when all glued together and painted.
The tyres are all finished and attached.
The real boat has them tied on with rope. Over the years the rope has been blue, orange, yellow and white nylon. I've opted for pale grey which is what the white nylon looks like after a few years. That's also how it looked the day I was onboard.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: des November 14, 2019, 12:57:49
So - do you hand-make the lifebuoy rings too?

Des.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 15, 2019, 12:26:26
Yes Des, same process and ply but only a single piece. I also have a bag of these too – luckily lifebuoy rings are universally the same size.
I've managed to keep everything on this build scratch built – apart from the Raboesch props. Don't think I'd be able to make them.
The photo etched brass was done by PPL in Scotland, and 3D printed parts were produced by Shapeways, and i've mentioned the decals and rubdowns. For all of these I draw up the artwork and they produce it. I guess that still counts as scratch built.
The laser cutting, PE brass and 3D bits sure make the whole build easier.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: des November 15, 2019, 12:39:32
I considered laser cutting for my styrene hull build, primarily for accuracy of each piece, and thereby accuracy in assembly.  But the price I was quoted was outlandish, and then I read the fine print and found it was not laser, but router cutting - so no square internal corners.  So back to manual cutting, basically due to price.

As it turned out, laser cutting the frames and keel may not have been a success anyway, as I was continually having to ease each joint so that there were no stresses applied from the frame to the keel due to tight joints - I hadn't learned that lesson yet.

Des.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 18, 2019, 18:40:22
Well, she's all finished – at last.

The final task was to make 3 fire buckets. At 1/50 they are pretty small. Let's just say that next time I have to do that, I'll get them 3D printed.

Anyway, here it is:

: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 18, 2019, 18:54:58
Some more...
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 18, 2019, 18:56:16
and again
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 18, 2019, 18:57:30
ditto
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 18, 2019, 19:04:11
More
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 18, 2019, 19:05:29
Having  problems with the old 'security clearance' again
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 18, 2019, 19:07:35
...and finally.

Thanks for watching.
steve
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: des November 18, 2019, 20:53:34
Looks great.  But boy, you have some funny looking tugs in NZ.

At just 16+ m full size, and 1:50 scale, your TIKA must be just a little over 13 inches in length.  And some time ago you thought my TENACIOUS tug might be too small at 1:50 scale, even though it is twice the length (8x overall size) as your TIKA.

So, what's the next one on the ways?

Des.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: sea monkey November 19, 2019, 10:33:25
What are you talking about – NZ tugs are the most beautiful in the whole world!!

Yes, it is small. Too small for RC, it would only be able to handle the smoothest of conditions. I do have a small tug about this size with RC and it bobs about so much that it looks ridiculous when it's on the water – even when ballasted to the max.

No project on the go next. I have a long wishlist but nothing decided. Still need to do the finishing touches to the Hikurangi – now that's a good looking tug.
: Re: The Tika – 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
: des November 19, 2019, 12:15:18
Have you found any info on Yorke Syme?