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    Building a Scale Model "Springer" push boat
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    ๐Ÿ“ Bumping Springers
    23 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Probably a lot of Springers tend to go "clunk" in the pond. That is why they are the fun side of this hobby. This is my first Springer with railings so I made them with 3/32" OD copper tubing. Hope the hold up.

    Lew
    Florida โ›ฑ๏ธ, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โค๏ธ

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    ๐Ÿ“ Superstructure Railing Build
    23 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Got back on the USACE stoplog tug (my Springer #4). Been dolting around a bit. Ever get to a point where you come to a point in a model boat build where you need to stop a bit for one reason or another? Well, this railing for the superstructure caused me to do that.

    Now that I am back, I made a jig to build the railing on. Being that the superstructure is 3D pined in ABS, the ABS will melt at the soldering temperature. Solution was to build an assembly jig. Just made a copy of the superstructure file, trimmed it down to the railing mounting points and 3D printed the jig.

    With that done it was off to cutting the tubing and soldering the pieces. The jig held well. Note that the railings go from the deck level up and around as you can see. Now on to surface finishing. getting close!

    This railing will be part of the structure and when that is placed on the main deck the two bottom posts have pins protruding out that will go into the deck.

    Lew
    Florida ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜€๏ธ, USAโค๏ธ

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure Railing Build
    23 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Commodore-H ( Lieutenant)
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    Nice work.
    I build many jigs and special tools for making my models.
    It is not unusual for it to take longer to build the tool or jig than to make the part.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure Railing Build
    23 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ RonH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    ๐Ÿ˜”Very nice, also working ao a springer push boat. I will be using plastic strut for the railings.
    ๐Ÿ“ Perforated Exhaust Pipe Shields
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    (This is an update for my fourth Springer tug. It is 1/17 scale based on the real USACOE tug located at the Little Goose Dam in Washington State and used as a stop log mover.)

    The exhaust shields problem looked simple to solve but took a little time to work it out then it was easy after that!

    Trying to find perforated material to simulate exhaust shields sounds simple. The shields I needed were curved with no perforation near the edges. (The originals might have been custom made.)

    I tried making the shields using ABS 3D printed (who wants to drill several hundred holes) laid out on a flat sheet. Could not make it bend without cracking. In the end, using various settings I was able to make some.

    The photos and screen prints will show you what I came up with. Each exhaust stack is four pieces, the curved top (ABS), the tube (Styrene), the bottom flange (ABS), and the shield (ABS).

    If I were to do it again I would make a temporary support (3D printed) to fit inside the shield so I could sand it a little thinner yet. It is only about .020 thick ad a little fragile. Not bad for a curved piece made on a FDM printer with about 150 holes for each one.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Perforated Exhaust Pipe Shields
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Len1 ( Lieutenant)
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    Nice job as usual Lew. There are perforated exhaust covers made for 1/4 scale R/C trucks and I have them on my Tamiya trucks. If you Google them I am sure you will find available sources.
    Len
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Perforated Exhaust Pipe Shields
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ chugalone100 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I just "Love It".
    Its a perfect copy of the real Mc Coy.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Perforated Exhaust Pipe Shields
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ BarryS ( Warrant Officer)
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    Very nicely done Lew!
    Barry
    ๐Ÿ“ Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 5) Railings
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Gradually getting back to this Springer. This part involves building and installing the railings.

    Railings on a Springer are a bit challenging. Many Springer owners know that these boats often collide when in competition with other Springers (water sports, racing). That's the fun part of having a Springer.

    Luckily, with this Springer being at a large scale (1/16), the railings are larger in diameter. With that this leaves room for a little extra support which is detailed in this video (see link). (There is a little overlay error in the beginning titles, so please ignore that. Can't edit a finished video in YouTube and use the same link.)

    Lew
    Florida ๐Ÿคž, USA




    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 5) Railings
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ cyril413 ( Leading Seaman)
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    hey Lew, I'm a big springer fan built my 1st on from Zippkit about 5 yrs ago my grandson still playing with it. pic listed on my page.
    yours looks great good job
    Cy๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 5) Railings
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ chugalone100 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Excellent work so far. Very interesting model.๐Ÿ˜Ž
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 5) Railings
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ BarryS ( Warrant Officer)
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    Lew, that is an excellent job on the railings!
    And a excellent video on your process for building the railings.
    Barry
    ๐Ÿ“ Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 4)
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    (Sorry for the delay in getting this update out. Was in the hospital and recovered, then trying to catch up with everything.)

    Part 4 involves adding the knees, the 3D printed ABS bulwarks, fitting the hatch, and filling, sanding, and painting the hull. Next update will probably focus on making the railings.

    Lew
    Florida โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž, USA

    Video link (forgot to reduce the volume on the music soundtrack):


    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 4)
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Len1 ( Lieutenant)
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    sorry to hear about your hospital visit. Maybe getting back to building will help your recovery. Len
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 4)
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looking the 'bee's knees' Lew๐Ÿ‘
    Glad to see you 'out' and active again๐Ÿ˜€
    Cheers, Doug๐Ÿ˜Ž
    ๐Ÿ“ Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 3)
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Planning, making, and installing a deck, including the two type of access to the inside of the hull.

    Lew
    Florida, USA

    Video link:

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 3)
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ chugalone100 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I love it.
    Very informative video.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Starting the physical work on this Springer
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Already started. Made the coming ring and marking the plywood deck for the cutouts. 3D printed several of the superstructure parts and cemented them together.

    Having a bad issue with my VideoStudio app which I use to create the videos as I go. This last video was created by using ClipChamp which I had to figure out last night.

    At 79 I'm getting a little slow.

    Lew
    Florida, USA

    ๐Ÿ“ Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 2)
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Part 2 now available:


    ๐Ÿ“ Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 1)
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Part 1 video now available:


    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Building a Scale Model "Springer" Push Boat (Part 1)
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ BarryS ( Warrant Officer)
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    OK Lew,
    It looks good on the computer screen. It must be time to start cutting out the parts.
    Barry
    ๐Ÿ“ Building a Scale Model "Springer" push boat
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Many of us have seen or heard of the "Springer" push boat (a.k.a., tug, truckable boat, etc.). Most of them are not scale models but still built to the enjoyment of the owner.

    This blog deals with how I build "Springers" to look like a scale model of some real boats. I will deal with some of the issues as well as ideas for searching for you own "scale model Springer".

    Follow this blog as I build my latest "Springer", a US Army Corps of Engineers truckable push boat working at the Little Goose Dam in Washington State where it moves river debris to the "stoplog" gates.

    Lew
    Florida, USA

    Here is the introduction video:


    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Building a Scale Model "Springer" push boat
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง RogerA1 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I have an SHG Sprinter tug which is a semi scale Springer. It is very maneuverable. It also has a shallow horseshoe attachment which fits on the front for pushing a small ball around. Used to play to play football with several boats on the pool itโ€™s mayhem but great fun
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Building a Scale Model "Springer" push boat
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Lieutenant)
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    Starting by building a ZIPPKITS Springer eliminates the drudgery of plank-on-frame of your hobby boat. I'm currently building my 2nd & 3rd. Three cheers for Zippkits !!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Building a Scale Model "Springer" push boat
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ BarryS ( Warrant Officer)
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    Springers are really fun boats built for fun playing!
    Barry


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