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Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« on: June 01, 2017, 05:50:04 »
I was asked if I could build a model of the Rumania ex Empire Susan from the hull of an old empire Ivy kit.
After some deliberation and a few tots of rum I thought yes this is possible, but the fibre glass hull will need some radical surgery first as the Ivy had a flush deck and the Rumania had a raised forward deck.
So first things first,the surgery I decided to cut the bulwarks and rubbing  band off completely and reduce the sheer of the hull.
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2017, 05:51:11 »
The surgery begins.
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2017, 05:52:58 »
The next task was to fit a good strong set of deck bearers and stringers to strengthen the hull,after which the hull was built up to give the raised foredeck,
The after deck was then cut out and fitted as well as the after bulkhead of the raised focsle.
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2017, 05:54:50 »
After bulkhead and after deck cut out.
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2017, 09:52:13 »
After fairing up the forward frames the fore deck was cut out and fitted ,the after bulwarks and knees were also fitted in place and a start made on the bridge structure.
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2017, 11:26:56 »
More done to the build now , she is beginning to come to life.
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2017, 11:30:22 »
You'll be creating some dust when you start sanding down the hull George interesting design though. Funny enough I jigsawed off the bulwarks of one of my tug hull's when I received it and it wasn't that I was changing the design of the tug it was because they were all over the place when the fibre-glass hull was made and there was no way resolving the problem.

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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2017, 12:32:09 »
Hi Kevin, yes it's something That I do with most fibre glass hulls, take the bulwarks off and re make them, it also makes it easier to fit the decks.
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2017, 07:13:04 »
Unusual colour for a tug. Did it belong to a liner fleet?
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2017, 22:27:53 »
Hi Steve, yes it seems that Watkins must have had a tie in to the Union Castle line, I know that on the Thames they had the contract for towage , and that they used their Lavender hull colour for their ocean going tugs.  Oceana, empire John and Rumania.  Geo.
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2017, 13:12:03 »
More detailing done now handrails and rigging etc.
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2017, 21:40:17 »
Another nice one Bro is that for the fleet upstairs.
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2017, 22:04:37 »
Well you know who kept on about a Rumania, and we had that empire Ivy hull kicking about, so with a bit of surgery and stretching by 3" it came out at 5/16ths to the foot , it keeps the old boy happy, he hasn't seen it for 2 weeks ,so should be interesting when he gets back from Norfolk today.
Are you going to the open day on the 16th, unfortunately we are away again this year, Canada and the States for 3 weeks.
Have you seen Jim yet? He looks taller or I am shrinking.   Geo.👍👍🍺🍺
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2017, 21:21:33 »
Yes i will be there not sure about the others :(,Jim is one big Lad he looks the same every time you see him.
Have a good holiday and love to Mags.
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Re: Building Rumania from an empire Ivy hull
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2017, 23:16:33 »
Got it wrong Bro it's the 16th of July the open day , but I think we are away again then, Doh.
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