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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #60 on: 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.

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« Reply #61 on: 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.

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« Reply #62 on: 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

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« Reply #63 on: 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'.

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« Reply #64 on: 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

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« Reply #65 on: 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.

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« Reply #66 on: 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.

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« Reply #67 on: 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

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« Reply #68 on: 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.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #69 on: November 14, 2019, 12:57:49 »
So - do you hand-make the lifebuoy rings too?

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« Reply #70 on: Yesterday at 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.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #71 on: Yesterday at 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.