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Danube V a condensed build
« on: February 28, 2013, 08:08:25 »
Hi this is going to be an odd build blogg as I didn't take any pictures of the hull build or superstructure carcasing  :-[ :-[ :-[, but I have covered it before in previous bloggs.

The danube V was one of a pair built in 1935  the other was Danube VI.  they were built for Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co   for work on the thames on civil engineering contracts and were not specificallt ship handling tugs although they were plenty big enough 110 ft and powerfull enough at the time 800ihp, they were steam powered with triple expansion engines. the first couple of pictures are of the real tug.
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2013, 08:11:11 »
Now these first pictures are of the wheelhoused ,funnel and lifeboats which \i built while waiting for the wood for the hull to arrive
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2013, 08:13:18 »
The next few jump forward about a month and show how she looked a week or so ago.
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2013, 08:17:22 »
She is built to a scale of 1/25th making her about 54" long, she will be powered by a 12 volt MG roadster cooling fan motor with a 26amp battery, We now jump forward another week to today and some pictures taken this afternoon.
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2013, 11:05:12 »
Hello Tugman,

That's a beautiful build you have going there, very impressive high quality.

May I ask how you did the covers on the lifeboats? as I have a copy of Tiffy's Workshop, Marine Models from Scratch (hive of information). He shows a technique of laying a piece of styrene over the top of the lifeboat, attaching pegs to the perimeter and gently heating (I assume with a heat gun, until the weight of the pegs drops and pulls and forms a natural taunt lifelike cover, it looks very effective.
I can attach pictures form the PC at work, as I don't have the 'snagit' option on a Mac. Did you use this method or is it natural cloth you used?

Kim

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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2013, 11:16:50 »
Blimy Bruv slow down :), she realy looks good,i met wayn B he said he has still got his one.

 ATB John
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2013, 11:22:16 »
Hi kimosabe, he he I have always wanted to say that.

The method that I use is to make the boat first,then get hold of some fine cotton cloth, an old handkerchief,or,an old cotton shirt, lay the boat upside down on to the cloth and draw around it, mark the longtitudal centre line and the draw the width of the side panel and tie down triangles around the outside of the shape of the boat.
Then cut it out with a sharp knife or scissors, now comes the  messy part,make a wet mix of the paint colour that you want the cover to be,and then spread the cover out onto a piece of card put on some rubber gloves and paint  both sides, hang it up to dry over a piece of taut string after folding along the centre line. Meanwhile fit the boat with a long beam and fit the sideway stretchers out of wood.
When the paint is dry,glue the cover to the centre bar. And working one side at a time,glue the cover to the wooden stretchers and the boat gun whale, when that is dry run the palm of your hand around the cover folding it down the sides,when happy with the folds glue in place. And fit the tie down ropes etc,  hope this helps.  Geo
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2013, 11:24:27 »
Blimey BRO she must be a few years old now,is she still in working order?
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2013, 11:36:54 »
she is high and dry in the loft ??? :(
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2013, 11:44:05 »
That's a shame ::)
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2013, 20:33:56 »
Another beaut George. You sure do knock them out. What number was that one?
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2013, 04:32:29 »
Thanks Tugnut, I will try that method oneday!

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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2013, 06:54:57 »
Hi Kim give it a try it looks a bit daunting but it is really easy   George.

by the way tugnut is my brother. ;) ;)
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2013, 08:29:12 »
 well I have got a few more bits added to the danube and she is looking like a gracefull old lady.
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Re: Danube V a condensed build
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2013, 08:30:40 »
and a couple more pictures
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