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Club Events / Towing at Balne Moor
« Last post by poll on September 14, 2018, 11:10:59 »

   Sorry Folks. late putting this on Tug Towing at Balne Moor  Svitzer challenge trophy
   Three man team, don't let that put you off we will fit you up with team mates, come along
   and enjoy your selves you will not be just sailing round in a circle, also we can fit you up
   with a Tug to use.  Sunday 16th Sep  10.30ish start. Hot  Sarnies as well.

   John          POLL
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Steam Tugs / Re: Wanganui River Steam Tug: Kumea
« Last post by sea monkey on September 10, 2018, 23:50:58 »
Success!
Finally got the image to load up.

This is the stern fender finished and ready for staining. I'm working on a similar but longer and fatter version to finally finish the Hikurangi.
I also need a smaller pudding fender for the bow and a couple of rope fenders to hang over the bulwarks. That's probably another week of evenings spent hitching. Happy days!
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Steam Tugs / Re: South African Steam Tugs
« Last post by sea monkey on September 10, 2018, 22:17:10 »
Post as many pictures as you like, we are always interested. Might even get a response from some of our SA members.
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Steam Tugs / Re: South African Steam Tugs
« Last post by shiploversa on September 10, 2018, 06:30:21 »
hello - i am an avid lover of sar&h tug boats - have a fair collection of pictures and plans in (pdf format) if any one is keen to share what they have i can reciprocate  - many thanks
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Steam Tugs / Re: Wanganui River Steam Tug: Kumea
« Last post by sea monkey on September 08, 2018, 23:47:37 »
Hi Des. Yes, I have a couple of those fenders from Float-a-boat but they are too big for 1/50.
The Kumea stern fender is 80mm long and only 10mm Diameter at the fattest point.
Still unable to post a photo
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General Building Advice Wanted / Re: home made z drives
« Last post by Tnaki tugman on September 08, 2018, 15:52:14 »
Hey Vanya, actually my nickname is a abbreviation of Taranki used by a lot of us truckies. Not sure how big the new tug is but it looked pretty sharp the day it arrived. What would be a good site to get GA drawings of a SDM?Haven't managed to find any really good ones.
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Hulls / Laser Cutting in Brisbane, Australia.
« Last post by Silververfern on September 06, 2018, 16:47:52 »
Hi guys,

I'm chasing a company that will do laser cutting of plywood for a keel and ribs in Brisbane, Australia.

I have rang around a few companys this morning and the answer is always "no we don't do that"

So if anyone has some info I will appreciate you sharing with me. I think it will make a big difference to my next build if I have the keel and frames cut true.

Thank you kindly, Bob
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Steam Tugs / Re: Wanganui River Steam Tug: Kumea
« Last post by des on September 06, 2018, 14:10:52 »
Hi Steve

Try Float-a-Boat in Melbourne - they can supply woven rope fenders for reasonable prices, and saves you all that half-hitching, and all those hours.

Des.
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Steam Tugs / Re: Wanganui River Steam Tug: Kumea
« Last post by sea monkey on September 06, 2018, 11:07:28 »
This tug has a pudding fender on the bow and a fender on the stern. Both are the coir/rope type.

I had put off making these until the last part of the build, partly because I had no idea how I was going to make them.
I thought about:
1. Rolling them out of modelling clay (the type you bake in the oven) and stamping some surface detail on them. Couldn't get the death uniform enough.
2. 3D printing them too easy and they would look too solid.
3. Wrapping a base in some sort of material to give the impression of woven rope. Didn't look realistic

So, in the end I bit the bullet and did it the old fashioned way hitching around a rope middle but in this case; several pipe cleaners tied together..

I hadn't anticipated how many hitches would be needed or I would have settled for any of the methods above. Using a 1/50 2inch rope (cotton thread) works out to thousands of tiny half hitches about 1000 for every 10mm of fender. And each 10mm takes about 2 hours. I've finished the stern fender (about 14 hours) and still have the pudding to go.

I've always liked the New York style beard fenders so I'm thing of adding one to the front of the Kumea but at the moment I am pretty much over hitching. I needed a fairly long section of rope fender to complete the Hikurangi which has been languishing in a cupboard almost finished for over 12 months. I'm 15mm into 130mm so it's going to be along slog.

Here is the stern fender before dyeing/staining.

I think my next project will have to be a bit more modern and have rubber fenders or tyres!

Bugger!! Getting the "attachment failed security" message again. Hopefully the moderators will get it sorted soon as I'm sure this has been deterring members from posting in the past.
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NEWBIES - START HERE ! / Restoring Bugsier 3 plans needed
« Last post by bwatman on September 06, 2018, 00:13:55 »
I have aquired a Graupner Bugsier 3 (pvc hull) in need of some restoration and TLC.
The boat (from a widow whos husband made it many many years ago) is in lots of bits.
I have repainted the hull but need the plans to rebuild it back to its former glory.
Does any member of the forum have a set of plans for the Bugsier 3?
I will of course cover the cost of copying, postage etc.
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