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Foundation Franklin
« on: January 06, 2008, 06:34:04 »
Hello Everyone,  Like to share a few photo's of my current project Salvage Tug "Foundation Franklin".
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Re: Foundation Franklin
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2008, 06:46:58 »
Welcome Franklin,

Like the photos.. Any technical spec to go with them?

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Re: Foundation Franklin
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2008, 07:38:19 »
What a great model, the prop alone is a work of art.  Can't wait to see more pics.

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RE: Foundation Franklin
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2008, 17:09:43 »
The Franklin is scratch built 3/8" to one f.t which give's her a length of 60". Not really sure, but i think she weigh's around 75 l.b.s. I began the project making most of the fittings before building the hull. The assembly surrounding the prop was cut out of 1/8" brass plate then filed to shape and silver soldered to the stern tube ( 5/8" dia. brass tube). The pintals on the the rudder and rudder post were machined as a set to ensure everthing lined up with no binding using 4 B.A. screw's to hold it all together. The unit was then epoxied to the hull as one piece. Drive shaft is 3/8" stainless with a woodruff key to drive the prop. The prop nut is simply made in that 1/32nd dia holes were drilled in the end of the nut then the ball shape was filed on a lathe to give the appearance of bolt holes. The hull is constructed using 1/4" plywood for the frames of which there are sixty. The hull is covered with 1/16th aircraft plywood for the most part, but used 1/32nd ply for the compound curves in the stern area. Wasn't sure what the forward deck was constructed of on the real tug so i used walnut strips 3/16" wide. The rear deck area is covered with printers plate attached with contact cement.The entire hull is covered with printer's plate also. This stuff is great to work with, only about .010" thick and looks like the old iron plating when painted. For power she has 12 volt Dumas Motor geared 5 to 1 which is ok but i think a larger motor would give better performance. To build the funnels i built a plug then a mold to produce them in fiberglass.

Hope to finish her soon, Just a few more fitting's to make






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Re: Canadian Tug - Foundation Franklin
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2008, 07:56:15 »
Absolutely Beautifull model there Franklin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers!

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RE: Foundation Franklin
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2008, 15:29:05 »
Thank's Tug's,   She has been great fun to build although not finished yet. I can really see the appeal of building kits as the builds here seem to move along quite fast with great result's. May be something to think about.
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Re: Canadian Tug - Foundation Franklin
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2008, 01:05:09 »
Franklin, when you scratch build it does take longer but you end up with a model that stands out from the crowd.

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RE" Foundation Franklin
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2008, 08:00:58 »
***I guess there are pro's and con's to either building method. The kits may be a nice change, but i find myself going back to the plans figuring out scales and the like. Maybe one more scratch built then a kit!  We will see.


Franklin  :)
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RE: Foundation Franklin
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2008, 07:42:43 »
***Here's a few more photo's from last summer.


Franklin  :)
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Re: Canadian Tug - Foundation Franklin
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2008, 07:53:57 »
Beauty!!!!!!!!

Maybe this summer there will be a disabled freighter on the lake that you can rescue!!
An 18 foot long liberty ship (style) ship would be perfect!

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Re: Canadian Tug - Foundation Franklin
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2008, 22:28:05 »
Franklin,

That low level shot is a cracker....How on earth did you do that one? It looks like you must have been in the water with her!!

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Re: Foundation Franklin
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2008, 01:21:34 »
Your a real star , what a job  ;D

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Re: Foundation Franklin
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2008, 07:17:30 »
Your a real star , what a job  ;D

peter

Thank's Peter
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Re: Foundation Franklin
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2008, 12:34:22 »
Franklin,

I edited Peter's post just by putting the title in correctly ..ie "Foundation Franklin"

The content is as Peter wrote and is unchanged.

Is it possible you could reply to my PM and/or email.

Thanks

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Re: Foundation Franklin
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2008, 10:41:36 »
Hi Lee:
Had a fellow show up at my door this morning who's building a 'scratch build' of the 'Franklin'!
Really interesting , ex RCN chap!
Not to sure how he found me :-\, but anyways, he has no computer as yet, so if it's OK, he would love to communicate with you, here on the forum, thru his daughter.
Just thought I'd give you the 'heads-up'!!

Let me know if this is OK! ;)

Cheers!
MIKE