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sea monkey

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2016, 18:50:16 »
Once cut out this pattern was checked against the actual model to ensure a good fit. So far so good.
Then I cut the shape out of two pieces of 0.4mm ply. The second piece cut on a different bias so that when stretched around the jig and glued together they would keep the curve.
Worked out fine and it's surprisingly strong.
Also put in the details for the scuppers and hawser holes. The inside facing was painted before being glued into place on the deck.

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2016, 18:53:21 »
Now I can start refining the hull finish

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2016, 18:57:30 »
Slowly getting there. Plenty of sessions of fill and sand ahead. It's a wet Sunday so I can get a few hours sanding in today.
Any eagle-eyed readers will notice that I managed to break off the rudder shoe/heel.

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2016, 00:11:33 »
Gotta make the most of the Wellington weather..!! You just need a month of wet Sundays and you'll be all done.

What's your filling solution that you use?

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2016, 21:19:09 »
HI SEA MONKEY ; Just have to build it bettor than it was ,and that is a good thing .  puffin
 

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2016, 22:30:52 »
Simon: I use whatever is on special at Bunnings or Mitre10. Can usually get a couple of models out of each tin.

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #21 on: October 05, 2016, 19:50:06 »
Biggest 55' boat I have ever seen.

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #22 on: October 08, 2016, 01:08:25 »
Next step was to attache the rubbing strips and stempost.
The stempost was straightforward and was held in place with toothpick pins.

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #23 on: October 08, 2016, 01:10:09 »
The rubbing strips were made from 3 layers of Basswood glued together while clamped onto the bulwark jig. The base of the jig follows the shear of the deck so it gave the rubbing strips the same curve (shown by the arrow).

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #24 on: October 08, 2016, 01:12:20 »
The bow strips were clamped directly onto the bow forward deck to get their shape.
After I had made them all I decided that they were all too thick so I had to slice of one layer. Much better now.
These were pinned into position in the same manner as the stempost.

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #25 on: October 08, 2016, 01:23:02 »
Now we jump ahead a week.
All of the bulwarks and rubbing strips have been attached, The rudder heel/shoe that I managed to snap off has been repaired and strengthened with the 'metal' plate that is on the real boat.
The plate and bolts are styrene.
The rudder is not set in place yet waiting on a prop.

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #26 on: October 08, 2016, 01:26:06 »
The hull has been smoothed out and 99% of the flaws have been sorted out.
The scupper covers have been scribed into the bulwarks, hawser holes added, and the bow bulwarks re-cut to be consistent with the boat as it was in 1961. They have subsequently been raised but I want it to look like it originally was.
The rolling chocks/bilge keels are basswood and pinned in with brass rod.

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #27 on: October 08, 2016, 01:33:00 »
The protection plate around the anchor well was a feature on many of Athol Burn's boats. I guess it prevented the swinging anchor from damaging the hull as it was pulled up.
The plate is the thinnest styrene I could find.
Now onto the wet & dry.

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2016, 18:54:08 »
I'm still waiting for the propellor to arrive so the hull has been sidelined for awhile.
In the meantime the brass etching has turned up. Produced and delivered from Scotland to New Zealand in 6 days. That's pretty good service, and the quality is excellent as aways.
Any Kiwi readers may spot the next project hidden in there.

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Re: Hikurangi Classic 1960s Wooden Tug
« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2016, 19:00:24 »
So while I'm waiting for the prop I assembled the last of the laser cut components and gave the hull its first top coat.
The laser etching for the plank lines worked out OK.
I'll have to stain and varnish these parts before I go any further because if I get any glue or paint on the raw wood I'll never be able to clean it off without destroying the plank lines. No filling & sanding option on these parts so it took quite a bit of time bevelling the edges to get a clean, tight fit.
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