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sea monkey

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #45 on: April 06, 2019, 20:41:06 »
Thanks Jason.

Before I get to the next stage of the build I need to sort out the funnel. It has a couple of air intakes that need to be attached before the funnel is glued in place (between the top and second to top rungs on the ladder). I won't be able to get to them when the funnel is in place. This all has to be done and set in place before I can paint the superstructure.

The funnel construction followed my usual method: laser cut ply frame packed out with balsa and covered with a skin of 0.3mm styrene. Sounds easy when described like that.


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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #46 on: April 06, 2019, 20:42:43 »
The funnel didn't cause too many problems. I've used this method a few times now and I'm familiar with it. I'm sure that there are better ways to do it but I'm comfortable with the results.

The exhaust pipes will go on later.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #47 on: April 13, 2019, 19:43:39 »
So... the superstructure and the funnel are ready to be painted but before I get to that I thought I'd finish off a few items that can be attached to them before painting: the railings, a few air intakes, ladders, companionways, hatches, etc. you know the drill.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #48 on: April 13, 2019, 19:55:11 »
The list just keeps growing and even though each thing only takes about half an hour to make, there never seems to be an end in sight. I'm slowly getting there. Only the mast, windlass and fire hydrant to go.

Oh, and the anchor, life raft, air-con, fire buckets, life buoys,, axe, tow hook and tyre fenders.

The railings went together OK. I miscalculated the depth of the companionway steps and needed to add a little extra the side rails so that they sat further out from the bulkhead. Not a major issue luckily.

The railings for the bridge roof have a strange shaped stanchion. All of the stanchions and the companionway are PE brass.

The thing on the top rail of one of the sections is the bracket for the tow hook emergency manual release cable.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #49 on: April 19, 2019, 17:49:24 »
The companionway is one piece that folds up to form the steps and side rails. I usually make up a jig to hold the railings for soldering but this time I chanced it and soldered them in place. That's the type of short-cut that often ends in disaster. I got away with it this time but I don't think I'll risk it again.

My box of bits is slowly filling up although it seems like a never ending task. I think I'm getting on top of it mast, capstan, tow bow, P&S nav lights, searchlight, bitts, samson posts, hatches, doors, vents and intakes, lifeboats, life raft, axe, exhaust stacks, tyre radome, anchor, and fire hose box are all done and dusted.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #50 on: April 19, 2019, 17:50:54 »
Starting to feel like I'm in the home straight now. Only the nav lights, wipers, hydrant, windlass, deck flood lights and aerials to go. And the glazing. I still have to glue everything in place.

The hull is now 99% completed and has had the fenders attached and painted, and the deck vents and tow bow attached.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #51 on: April 19, 2019, 17:52:16 »
...and a couple more...

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #52 on: April 19, 2019, 17:54:36 »
Last one for today.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #53 on: April 27, 2019, 20:19:15 »
I've just about finished all of the little detail parts and I have finally got to the point where I can paint the superstructure and start attaching the pieces from my box of bits.

With every build there seems to be a process that depends on things being completed in a certain order. For this build it meant getting the superstructure finished with the rails, companionway and funnel all attached before it could have a base coat of paint and then be glazed.

This is it so far most of the blue bits from the box are attached and it can have one more light spray to cover and scuffs and scratches.

There's a lot of blue going on.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #54 on: April 27, 2019, 20:20:17 »
As you can see: the exhaust stacks, fire equipment, lights, searchlight, anchor & windlass, bridge doors, aircon, radar, tow hook, and life rafts/buoys still need to be attached.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #55 on: April 27, 2019, 20:21:27 »
Don't think I'll make it haven't ordered the rub downs for the names and hull markings, or the decals for the deck signs. I should be able to get the tow hook, and navigation and deck floodlights done (my least favourite part of the project). As long as I manage to paint everything that needs to be blue before I leave. I mixed up enough special Ports of Auckland blue paint for the project but I don't think that it will last for 6 months while I'm away and matching it again will be difficult.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #56 on: April 27, 2019, 20:24:07 »
And the deck equipment...

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #57 on: April 27, 2019, 22:51:50 »
Hi Steve

You referred to rub-downs for the name and hull markings etc - I would ordinarily think of "rub-downs" as Letraset or similar, which are almost impossible to buy these days.  Or do you get them printed to order for each of your projects?

I've used computer cut vinyl lettering on my boats, but for lettering under 3mm this can be a problem.  A light spray of clear coat keeps the letters down.

I tried digi-prints once - dismal failure.  Although the guys at my local hobby shop suggested a light spray of matt clear coat usually makes the film edges disappear - no, it didn't.  Fortunately I tried that suggestion out on a piece of scrap, and not on my hull or I'd still be trying to clean it up!

Des.

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Re: The Tika 1971 Auckland Harbour Tug
« Reply #58 on: April 28, 2019, 17:18:12 »
Yes, you're spot on there Des the rubdowns are exactly the same as the old Letraset.

I usually get them custom made by All-Out Graphics in Vancouver. This time I'll try Aeroflot.com in the US. I supply the artwork as a PDF and they do the rest.

The sheets aren't cheap so I always try to get enough on each order to use for 3 projects this project, the next and a few to finish of the poor little Hikurangi that has been sitting in a cupboard for 2 years waiting for it's name on the hull..

I'm also getting a few water-slide decals made up as an experiment. These will be for safety signage, Furuno logo for the radar, and life-raft labels. I'm interested to see how they turn out.