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A Freelance Anchor-Handling Tug
« on: July 03, 2009, 10:43:53 »
Well as promised before by myself in other topics, I am ready (well sort of) to start a build log of one of my many currents projects.

Now, where do I start  ;D

Ok, the link below will show the start of the build by GARABALDY as the WIMPEY SEAHUNTER, the hull was bought from Models By Design. I purchased the boat from Gary and firstly installed the second working bow-thruster as you will see from the link ;

http://modeltugforum.com/index.php?topic=903.15

When I eventually got round to starting to add detail etc I noticed that unfortunately Gary had not trimmed the hull down and had positioned the decks 8mm higher on the starboard side, this is almost visable from the attached photos. As the decks and supports were very well attached I could not risk removing them incaase of any damage to the hull so I then decided to 'cover over' the original decks and turn her into a free lance tug of a more modern look.

I have many photos of my progress of which hopefully tonight and tomorrow I will resize and add as much info that I can, this is going to be a long and slow progress but will try my best  :)

So for the first few photos, hopefully you can see the height difference in the decks.

As always, please feel free to offer advice if I am going wrong somewhere.

Regards, Dan.
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Re: A Freelance Anchor-Handling Tug
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2009, 10:47:27 »
I then decided to build up the hull to make a higher fo'c'sle so temporarly lined the hull with timber and added 3mm styrene sheets (leaving a 1mm gap for P38 filler. Very suprised at the flush finish after lots of sanding ;
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2009, 10:49:48 »
A few more ;
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Re: A Freelance Anchor-Handling Tug
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2009, 10:53:02 »
Forward main deck bulwarks removed and new main deck offered up for fitting ;
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Re: A Freelance Anchor-Handling Tug
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2009, 11:17:09 »
Going wrong says the man......Only in so much as it has taken so long to post this ??? ??? build thread!!!!

That is proper muck and bullets modelling......Looks great to me Dan. Now you have started, keep em coming! :) :) :) :)
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2009, 11:25:44 »
Cheers FOOTSKI, I obviously hadn't planned building what I am right now but obviously after the first 'bath tub trial' the decks looked well out of line, maybe this is only because I measured them etc, any way, the next 3 photos show the main deck fitted and if you notice in photo 6c I had started to form the new main deck bulwarks (in clamps);
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2009, 11:33:16 »
The next stage was to fit the first part of the main deck bulwarks, again a wooden mould was made and 3mm styrene sheet used to make it.

You can also notice after the temporary wood supports were removed I have covered in the old decks and also fitted the new forward deck with styrene sheeting, obviously leaving a 1mm gap for the P38.
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2009, 11:38:47 »
The next photo shows both of the first parts of the aft bulwarks in place, I have lost some photos somewhere along the way, but guessing that you all get the idea of what I have done  ;D
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2009, 11:44:48 »
A quick spray of primer to see if there were any imperfections before going any further ;
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2009, 11:48:41 »
Aft bulwarks removed ready for the next installment of the new bulwarks
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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2009, 12:04:54 »
She looks great keep pict coming :) :)
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2009, 12:10:38 »
Supports clamped in place for the removable aft deck, I was originally not going to go for such a big opening but do to the location of esc's, rx, motors, rudder servo, oiling points etc, I felt I had no choice, so the plan to secure and ensure the whole deck is watertight is to mount either containers / pipes  or anchors over twist bolts to disguise them.
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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2009, 12:19:13 »
Again I have mis-placed some of the photos I took for the construction of the aft end of the new bulwarks, I guess you all have an idea of how I did it, so here it is ;
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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2009, 12:24:01 »
An overall impression of the almost completed starboard side ;
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Re: A Freelance Anchor-Handling Tug
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2009, 12:29:58 »
Finally I have raised the bow for a more modern look, there are many tugs of this type and my inspiration came when I saw the HIGLAND PRESTIGE in Aberdeeen. You may think she looks strange, but further into this log you will see and hopefully will agree with me she looks good  ;)
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