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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #60 on: June 27, 2014, 04:21:42 »
Thanks MTM
Some more detail on now. Tripod mast stays, Anchor Davit, Mizzen mast [temporarily rigged for painting], Fire main and monitor. [I know technically these should all be grey but used a bit of modellers licence just to give the model a bit of a 'lift'], fore stovepipe, tow bar over capstan. Few more odd details to make and put on and then looking at rigging and electrics.
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #61 on: June 29, 2014, 04:07:38 »
Name boards now on and rear roller and gog pins.
The empire tugs appeared to carry no permanent names or ports of registration during WW2, especially when at sea or on coastal towing. No doubt to starve the enemy of routing info etc. However when in port they seemed to adopt various forms of temporary bolt on or 'slide into brackets' name boards, some abbreviated to EMP. ----- or even E. -------. These were fitted in a variety of places, deck house sides, bridge wings, even monkey island railings.
I had a PM and rough sketch from a guy involved with the tugs about the stern roller and removeable gog pins. [apparenly also called mollygoggers.] These were fitted to a number of the Empire tugs involved in sea and coastal towing as there were reputedly some close shaves when gog ropes werent used or broke and the tow line slid round the bulwarks towards the midships of the tug putting it into a capsizing situation if using a long heavy wire. The roller assisted in the recovery of a long broken tow wire when using the rear capstan.
The screw head in the rear platform, which is removeable to get to the rudder arm and linkage will eventually be covered by a convenient coil of rope.
One more day I think of detailing and then onto rigging.
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #62 on: July 04, 2014, 06:27:05 »
Rigging completed this week and details just about finished.
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #63 on: July 06, 2014, 02:11:13 »
Afloat for the first time in the domestic test tank today for initial ballasting.
the hull and deck plus motor weighs in at about 8lbs.
the main superstructure weight 4.5lbs

to get more or less down to the waterline took 8lbs of 12v12ah battery
3.25 lbs of metal in the forepeak
4.5lbs of metal aft.

as the pics show there is still a little bit to go especially astern for final trimming after the control gear is fitted.
total weight at the moment about 28.5lbs so may make the ballast removeable as the old back is not getting any stronger!!!
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #64 on: July 06, 2014, 02:14:27 »
Some shots showing access to the motor and battery etc with superstructure and engine casing removed.
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #65 on: July 11, 2014, 03:08:54 »
Battery, ESC, RX and other electrics now fitted and tested OK
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #66 on: July 11, 2014, 05:23:56 »
 ^-^  Looking good Pete, not long before sea trials then?    Geo
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #67 on: July 11, 2014, 07:29:37 »
Thanks Geo and all others. Its finished [I think] apart from last trimming of ballast.

My tribute to the 17 crew of the Empire Wold and all the other seamen who have no known grave other than the icy waters of the North Atlantic. RIP and thank you all.
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #68 on: July 11, 2014, 07:31:16 »
A few more
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #69 on: July 11, 2014, 07:32:11 »
Last one until sea trials
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #70 on: July 11, 2014, 09:16:16 »
Hi thames
Fantastic build i have been watching your build can wait to see it on the water

I have a mountfleet cruiser hull in the shed i would love to build a tug like your's useing that hull 

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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #71 on: July 11, 2014, 10:28:43 »
Looking forward to seeing her afloat now Pete, I hope to have sea trials next Wed on the XVII, be nice to see them both afloat,   Geo
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #72 on: July 13, 2014, 02:32:40 »
Thanks Jason

Geo I have got wednesday pencilled in!!!!
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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #73 on: July 14, 2014, 10:19:24 »
Great looking tug, very nice work.

Hope she's a floater!!!

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Re: EMPIRE WOLD build
« Reply #74 on: July 15, 2014, 05:34:44 »
Thanks MTM

I now know she's a floater from the bath test now it remains to be seen if she is a go-er!!!
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