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Steam Tugs / Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Last post by tassie48 on May 23, 2018, 16:22:42 »
model Tugman I keep looking at your build and spot more and more detail what motor did you use in this build looking at a 1/48 scale model as well as the 1/24 one I am keen to build tassie48
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Steam Tugs / Re: New Steam tug on the slips
« Last post by tassie48 on May 23, 2018, 16:15:45 »
Second set of plans rocked up only difference is the fwd main mast is shorter on one plan to the other just the top section from the cross trees upwards every thing else is all ok Sent copy of plan of the laser man to look at cutting and costing so the spending starts haha Simon is making 4 blade cast bronze propellor drive motor is a fan motor style type of motor 8 mm shaft is being used looking forward to this build taking a serious look at both a 1/48 and 1/24 scale model all 20 channels now accounted for on rc operation taking a second look at a secret drop down bow thruster One due to large scale and Two the single prop will make it hard to turn in a hurry should I need to get about in a hurry the bow thruster will look like the hull plating just the plating and thruster will be able to drop  down turn her around and then pull back into the hull to look like the rest of the hull plating some of the guys still think I am a great captain and can turn about quickly still do not have the heart to tell them any different tassie48
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Steam Tugs / Re: Wanganui River Steam Tug: Kumea
« Last post by sea monkey on May 23, 2018, 12:49:10 »
Thanks John, I'm enjoying your latest project.

Well the funnel turned out OK.

Got some paint onto it and it looks alright.

The red of the funnel needs to match the ventilators. These are 3D printed and can't handle enamel paint so I need to do these parts in acrylic.
I have a love/hate relationship with acrylics. Some brands and some colours are OK but there seems to be a great variance between them.
The red that I ended up using is very transparent and took a lot of coats to get a smooth even finish. It ended up darker than I had planned because of all the transparent layers.
I can live with it. At least they dry quickly.

The ivory band is crying out for an emblem or logo of some sort the K is just to see how something would look, it won't be staying.

The water tank (I think it's a water tank) goes immediately behind the wheelhouse. I assume it is for the galley and head. Or it's an oil tank for the generator?
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Modern Tugs / Re: New Tug,s
« Last post by Kev30 on May 23, 2018, 11:20:30 »
I agree very nice neat work please keep us posted on progress.

Regards
Kevin
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Origins of Nautical Terms / Re: Were do you find a SPAR LASH
« Last post by tassie48 on May 22, 2018, 22:22:53 »
Sorry Des just having some fun trying to liven the joint up tassie48
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Steam Tugs / Re: Wanganui River Steam Tug: Kumea
« Last post by tugnut on May 21, 2018, 20:41:07 »
Very nice love all the brass work.
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Origins of Nautical Terms / Re: Were do you find a SPAR LASH
« Last post by des on May 21, 2018, 14:28:34 »
OK - I got it wrong;  I took it more literally.

SPAR LASH -
1 - A rope lashing that joins two spars, eg lashing an extension to a yard arm in order to set studding sails (on a square rigger);  or

2 - a lashing to secure the foot of a sail to a boom, or the head of a sail to a gaff or yard arm.

Des.
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Origins of Nautical Terms / Re: Were do you find a SPAR LASH
« Last post by tassie48 on May 21, 2018, 13:21:36 »
SPAR LASH or Spur lash most ships have one or more it is the sound the anchor makes when it hits the water tassie48
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Steam Tugs / Re: Wanganui River Steam Tug: Kumea
« Last post by sea monkey on May 20, 2018, 19:54:36 »
The funnel was the next job.

Started out with the basic cylinder. I couldn't get brass or styrene tubing at the right diameter so I padded out some 15mm brass with layers of styrene to take it up to the required diameter. Simple enough nut when I'm using styrene that thin 0.2mm I'm paranoid about getting ripples as it is glued down. Not too bad this time and I just needed to fill and sand the seams.

Before I started the build I had photo etched some brass fitting for the funnel: some seam/join rings and a stack top/flange and grating. One of the rings has eyes for the stays. The whistle is a piece of brass rod. These bits aren't attached yet, only pushed together for this photo.

The flange for the base of the stack is already attached to the boat deck.
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Steam Tugs / Re: Wanganui River Steam Tug: Kumea
« Last post by sea monkey on May 20, 2018, 19:45:28 »
Funny you should mention that!  My 'to do' list is starting to get of hand. Tika next, then I'll have to start planning for next year. Could be Tumeke (tiny pusher tug), Titan (big paddle tug = daunting), Te Maru, Te Matua (both large) or Maui (small, classic 60s Voith drive). Too many to choose from.

I've ordered some parts from Shapeways so I can't get started on a couple of things yet, but I was able to knock out the railings, rails and ladders.
This tug doesn't have many of these so the whole lot only took a few hour's soldering. The ladders are all brass rod so a simple jig was needed to hold everything in place while soldering. Worked out fine. Strangely enough, I enjoy soldering, it's very satisfying.

The soldering didn't need to much of a clean up, and after a quick undercoat I was able to give it a top coat of the deck colour.
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