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    Phantom Tug
    by Black Shoe ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ( Warrant Officer)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Finally had a chance to put the tug overboard for some extended running today. The weather was breezy with occasional gusts, but not so bad as to stir up too much wave action. Having recently scaled all of the components (hull, deckhouse, and added ballast,) it was discovered the complete unit weighs in at 61lbs 4oz. and being relatively heavy the boat was very stable.

    I wasn't able to get any videos, but did manage a few stills...
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by Hande of Espoo ( Able Seaman)
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    Beautiful! A still moment of relaxation for the crew, too ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by Chum444 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hey โ€ฆ.shoe. I just found the Rangeley site. I certainly could be misguided but I canโ€™t see the MW fantail launch being designed based on their hull.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by Chum444 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Iโ€™m not familiar with the Rangeley tour boat hull. Iโ€™ll do some research on it. This was a modified Midwest fantail launch where the kit design may have been based on a Rangeley hull.The modifications were to replicate a little fantail launch that lives in Woods Hole. I have some photos of the WH boat but will have to find them.
    Hope you guys have a great time in Scarborough. Really disappointed I canโ€™t make it. But see you in September.
    I had to send this message this way since I couldnโ€™t see how to reply to your PM.

    Chum
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by Len ( Leading Seaman)
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    Beautiful job. I'll say it was a little windy by just looking at the pendants blowing in the breeze.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Nice job there sir. Outstanding work, she truly looks the part. Iโ€™d be proud to sail her.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by DWBrinkman ( Midshipman)
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    That is a beautiful boat. Superb workmanship. I am envious of your skills (and patience)!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Good idea! A couple of of 1:96's would do nicely. I could run year 'round, easy in, easy out, and when done with the model I could give the dog a bath!

    Sounds like a plan!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    LOL, maybe it is time for a smaller boat... say bath tub scale, eh Old Man?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you all!

    ToraDog, The "Launch System" took a nap when he got home. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
    Hip boots, carry the hull to waterside, then the deckhouse, then carry the ballast. Put on the hip boots, launch the hull, (apologize to the tadpoles that didn't move quick enough,) place ballast, check the propulsion system, install the deckhouse, and get underway. ๐Ÿ‘
    (After everything was loaded into the car there wasn't room for the cart, so had to fall back to the "Old School" system.)
    When it was time to pack it in, the procedure is reversed, get home, unload the car, and this old man crashes for an hour.๐Ÿ˜ด
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Looks like the real thing๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Very nice Tim. How did your launch and retrieval system work out?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by Chum444 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Finest kind Tim.Hope you have a great time on the 15 th.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    4 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Black Shoe,

    Wonderful setting and a very realistic looking tug, looking forward to a video.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fort Valley
    6 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    This is an overdue semi wrap-up of the scratch built tug Fort Valley. As things "to do" occur to me, they may be added, but with the float season approaching I thought I better tie up all the lose ends and make ready for the better weather.

    The lighting may be enhanced next building season with a few interior lights, and more "required" nav. lights, but unless FV is towing a barge, the towing lights wouldn't be exhibited, so at the moment these lights aren't necessary. The deck lights, normal running lights, pilot house lights, and the last post's stack lights are all installed and operational.

    A separate control board was designed for installation in the deck house with it's own receiver for these circuits which precludes any need for an umbilical cord from the hull to the house. (The rationale for this was mentioned in an earlier post.)

    Several crew members have been modified with "plastic surgery", "told off" (assigned tasks) and are busy checking gear in the small boat, scraping and painting, and stowing gear.

    I anticipate building a Whitehall-type small boat and will add it to the 01 deck in the future. Although the dory seems a little atypical, it wouldn't be out of the ordinary in a workboat venue being seaworthy and inexpensive to replace.

    I've included a few photos of how I create a "tarp" boat cover that I hope may be helpful.

    The photos:

    1. & 2.
    A couple of interim images taken early last summer.

    3. Through 8.
    The line handling boat. The tarp is created using tissue paper of the type found in a new shirt box. This is cut to roughly the finished size leaving ample for hanging over the cap rails of the boat. A strong back is made to support the paper down the middle, then the paper is put in place and dampened to create the desired rough shape. When the paper is dried, it's sprayed with a matte finish from a rattle can. While this is still wet, the "tarp" is given it's final shape. (The paper is very fragile at this point) Once the matte finish is dry the paper is strong enough to support a couple coats of acrylic artist colors mixed up by the droplet and just enough water to create a wash. The underside is deliberately darker because of the outside "fading" from "sun exposer".

    9.&10
    A deckhand is checking the equipment in the dory.

    11.
    Here we have the heaving line fastened to the messenger, which is in turn fastened to the light hawser, all of which is laid out on the drying grates.

    12.&13.
    Another deckhand is scraping, sanding, and painting an 01 deck storage box. There are two of these one port and one stbd. The paint brush and paint can is made up of scrap cut-offs. The bos'n insisted on the drop cloth.

    14.
    The ubiquitous swab rack with a splayed swab, scrub brush, and broom.

    15.&16
    An oil drum, with a hand pump and measuring can.

    17.&18.
    The owner on a day trip, and another angle into the pilot house.

    19.
    A deckhand laying out the bow line. Under the grating in the square hatch are the switches to activate the main and auxiliary electrical circuits.

    20.
    "Cap" keeping an eye on things.

    21. Through 24.
    General deck lighting.

    25.&26
    The panel made up to control the lighting and maybe future auxiliary systems. This consists of a couple of voltage reducers and a set of Pico switches which are controlled by the transmitter through
    an additional receiver incorporated in the panel.
    The panel actually lives in the deckhouse on a couple of shoulders built in for the purpose. Power to the panel is delivered through the clips seen on the forward coaming edge.

    27.
    Although a little too bright in this image, (The camera seems to exaggerate the ambient light,) the stack lighting is prevalent although not as intense as it appears.

    Fort Valley has been a fun build. Thank you for your patience through the "Never ending story".๐Ÿ˜€
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    5 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Exceptionally good build, very realistic and convincing with lots of fine detail, which sets it apart from the majority of others. A really great-looking tug and I love the last photo with the lights on, and very complex-looking electronics. I think personally that such a fine build deserves a steam engine as the motive power source, and I really appreciate the fact they are expensive, but there again isn't everything these days. A model boat as good as this one deserves a power source as per the real thing. Besides that fact a beautiful build, and well done you. Regards, Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    5 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Exceptional Build!!
    Thanks for the thorough explanations of all facets of the build.
    Trev
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    6 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you all for your positive comments. They're very gratifying. Thank you.

    Stephen, the helmsman is leaning against the chart table waiting for everyone to get their act together so they can move in and pick up their tow.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Thank you Ron. These details are usually gleaned from the day to day workings of another life several years ago.

    Len, you're more than welcome to use anything you see. Truth be told, I most likely plagiarized the ideas from photos, or previous work experiences anyway.๐Ÿ‘

    ToraDog, My efforts are not nearly as intricate as your builds, but thank you! Your research on your builds far exceeds my efforts.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    6 months ago by Ron ( Rear Admiral)
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    Well said, ToraDog
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    6 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    This really needs to be seen to be appreciated. Tim does amazing work. Every model is really a series of models combined that tell a story. There is no end to his imagination and his ability to bring it to life.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    6 months ago by Len ( Leading Seaman)
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    All I can say is FANTASTIC. Congratulations on such grate workmanship and ideas. I appreciate all the work you have put into this project and the in depth detail in sharing this with us. Thank you.
    I am new to this site and this is the first time I have seen your work and will be "borrowing" some of your ideas on a 1:24 tug I that I am building and is nearing the point of painting.
    Len
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    6 months ago by Ron ( Rear Admiral)
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    Always a treat to see your imagination and finished product of all your labour. Your knowledge of ship terms and equipment one will find on a working vessel makes for interesting reading. You explain the various cordage from large to small and their purpose for being where they are on the deck.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    6 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Black Shoe,

    Once again magnificent work and attention to detail, good to see the "deckies" are hard at it, the only alarming thing was there is no one at the wheel...!

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Another excursion
    7 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    When I worked on the rivers every once in a while an old boat would pass by and there'd be the faintest hint of orange color at the top of the stack at night. If there was any exhaust smoke at all this would have a hue to it as well, although the color was invisible during the daylight hours. Of course this was years ago and the current rules and regulations would probably prevent anything remotely close to this happening today.

    I decided to try and duplicate the look of a coal fire deep in the bowels of the boiler whose fringes just barely lit the exhaust in the stack.

    Having a light (LED) too close to the top of the stack produced a too bright light. Having it at the base didn't provide enough. My solution was to mount two lights port and stbd in the stack base, and mount a couple of acrylic rods on top of them terminating a couple of inches below the top rim of the stack. The rods were lightly (๐Ÿ™„) sanded and rounded on top to diffuse the light making it softer and much less directional.

    The mounting "hardware" is just a lash-up of available piece/parts to accomplish the desired end result.

    1. The base with the LED's. The black taped cylinders are "light traps". These are just tubes that fit over the LED and stabilize the bottom of the acrylic rod over the chips.

    2. One side lifted to demonstrate the "trap" effect.

    3. Both traps engaged.

    4.&5. Off, and On.

    6. Light showing from the top of the stack. If the light proves too bright a turn of tape, a lower voltage, or both may be used.

    The actual smoke discharge is through an aluminum tube that exits an inch or so above the tips of the rods which hopefully ๐Ÿคž will keep the ends of the rods from sooting up.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Another excursion
    7 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Fabulous work!
    It doesn't get any better!

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Another excursion
    7 months ago by Chum444 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Amazing T! Very ingenious.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Another excursion
    7 months ago by Mike Stoney ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hey Black Shoe!!
    Really good idea, thanks for all your tips!
    regards
    Michel-Claude
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fort Valley Deck Lockers
    8 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    .....and already it's February. The cold days are long, but the weeks seem to be moving faster and faster. It must be the age thing old people talk about.๐Ÿ˜Š

    I've added a couple details to Fort Valley.
    The deck boxes were a place where all the "stuff" went. These lockers are on the 01 deck on either side of the stack.
    As you see, there's deck equipment and parts in the stbd locker and there's a crew member sanding and repainting the port one. He is being careful of the deck with a drop cloth and was careful to put his paint can and brush on it before he incurred the Mate's wrath.

    In images #'s 1,2, and 3, it doesn't appear so, but the boxes are identical in size.

    Image #4, is the stbd locker with bosun's stores.

    Images #5 through 8 are the port locker being repainted. The deck hand in these photos has had some "plastic surgery" and is yet to be completed with the proper shirt and trousers.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Deck Lockers
    7 months ago by Ron ( Rear Admiral)
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    Sir, you Always you go the extra mile, yes sir. A piece sand paper or paint scraper in his hand.
    Whatโ€™s next?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Deck Lockers
    7 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    The deciding factor between a nice boat and a great boat, will always come back to the fine detail and going that extra mile. You have achieved and created the necessary vision and atmosphere required, to convince your audience that you have built a scale model of the real thing and not a toy. A minor comment the guy who is about to paint the box when he gets his act together, put a sheet of sandpaper in his right hand as that lid needs a bit of rubbing down. Regards, Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Deck Lockers
    8 months ago by Chum444 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Wicked good craftsmanship! Hope to see it next spring/summer.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Deck Lockers
    8 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Absolutely beautiful work Black Shoe,

    The amount of atmosphere is incredible.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fort Valley
    10 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    A couple more items to add to the pilot house.

    The chart table, a view from the outside, another view inside from the port forward window, the pilot stool.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    10 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    More superb workmanship.
    This will be a cracking build when finished.
    Peter.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    10 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Moooooo Mooooo! Rick๐Ÿ˜
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjqOibE0H7w
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    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    A Texas long horn to watch over the boat,
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    10 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Now you're just showing off Black Shoe ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Can't wait to see what you do for crew!
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fort Valley Pilothouse
    10 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Managed to get a couple more items built to fill in the pilothouse, although they're not permanently affixed.

    The "lazy bench" is mahogany with a cushion fashioned out of some soft pine. The piping around the edge is a piece of waxed thread glued on after the "butt depressions' were sanded in. It was then sealed and painted.

    The steam heat is plastruct parts cut, modified, and glued together. The valve wheels are costume jewelry parts picked up from a crafts store, edges bent, glued on and painted. The piping itself was primed, painted with a silver chrome paint, then covered in a matte clear to simulate galvanizing.

    The chart table, stool, jacket hook rack, binocular box, clock, barometer, and telegraph are on the bench.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Pilothouse
    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Top job as usual,๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Amazing what you can find in craft shops to modify.

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Pilothouse
    10 months ago by Chum444 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Some fine T.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Pilothouse
    10 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    You have been busy. Good thing it has been raining so much.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Pilothouse
    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Small detail wonderful work. Your skill amazes.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Pilothouse
    10 months ago by Mike Stoney ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hey Black Shoe!
    For this work down to the smallest detail from me 200 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    perfect job
    Schรถnen Abend aus der Zentralschweiz
    Michel-Claude
    ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Pilothouse
    10 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Superb. It looks just like the real thing. Wish I could do that. Too impatient Iโ€™m afraid.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Pilothouse
    10 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Incredible Detail and Workmanship!
    Thanks for sharing
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Pilothouse
    10 months ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Wow, love the level of detail.๐Ÿ‘ Please keep it coming

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Pilothouse
    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Beautiful work Black Shoe,

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley Pilothouse
    10 months ago by Ron ( Rear Admiral)
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    All I gotta say is, โ€œWowโ€.๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ“ Pilot house fitting out
    10 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Everything outside is put away for the winter, it's beginning to get chilly again, so much so I've enjoyed some fires in the wood stove recently. There's some ice on the pond so sailing is certainly done for the season.

    I was going to start the deck lights, but got side-tracked into furnishing the pilot house. The first thing was to panel the interior walls. The next was to create the helm. This is pretty straight forward in the building aspect, but an added dimension is the helm turning in sync with the rudder.
    I mentioned in a previous post that I didn't want any wires that had to be tended to when the deckhouse was removed/replaced. This is due to the hull having to be ballasted waterborne and the possibility of things not going well while connecting everything is very real. There's voltage provided to the house through a couple of contacts that make when the cabin is installed on the hull for the smoker, and a small receiver (also bound to the transmitter) installed in the house allows the helm to operate in sync with the rudder making a "wye" cable for the rudder/helm unnecessary.

    1. Platform and wheel axle supports.

    2. Chain drive to a small servo under the platform.

    3. Underside of platform.

    4. Hank proving scale.

    5. Set into wheelhouse to establish weathering
    effects.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Bl Shoe, love the dock, I thought of knocking something up (nowhere near as flash as your dock) for an extra bit of fun, but don't have anywhere really suitable. looks like you have an ideal spot.

    JB
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    10 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you Doug, much appreciated!

    JB, Thank you. I agree that the equipment available today is fun to experiment with. I haven't gone so far as the Arduino, but I've used the IR relays on the "River Supply Company" dock. (This outfit is in my Harbor)
    The IR controls winches for the anchors, two light circuits, the barn door, a pump for the fish cleaning station, and a transistor radio. You're right, the range isn't great, but my rationale is anything beyond 20-30' the details get lost anyway.
    It seems the Bluetooth range is better (50' +/-) and has much wider potential for sound FX.
    Fun stuff.๐Ÿ‘
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Black shoe, Fantastic work on your tug, detail is amazing.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    Re Bluetooth I've done the same thing with my Hartley and runabout models and can play music /sounds etc from my watch or a small BT player, which also has a radio capability, (don't have a flash phone). The BT boards in the boats (twin speakers) can also use a micro SD card or flash drive and can be controlled with an IR remote, (IR remote doesn't like bright sun, but has about a 25 ft range on dull days) I have over 200 music tracks on the SD card, which is great, as you can also use it as a player (or radio) if you are in between sailings. Modern tech is great fun to play with, and it's there to use.

    JB
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    10 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent 'Fancy work' BlackShoe ๐Ÿ‘
    Including the Swain's handbag I see๐Ÿ˜‰.
    Excellent attention to detail BRAVO ZULU that man.
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    10 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you all for the comments.

    There have been a couple of mentions of the "fiddly stuff" on the grab rails. This is nothing more than "French Spiral" that is applied to rails aboard ship providing a much better grip than a smooth pipe.
    There are several different designs that accomplish the same end from the "French Spiral" to "Coach Whipping".
    As far as modeling is concerned the larger scales allow this providing the line (thread) used is also to scale. Ideally, on a prototype the line used would be about 1/8" to 3/16". Anything larger would be potentially counter-productive in that it would be difficult to maintain a good hand hold. Of course there are always exceptions, but the goal is to make an otherwise mundane item functional as well as attractive.
    My favorite scales are 1:18 and 1:12 which allow some of this "Fancy Work" (the sailor's term,) to be applied.
    The actual application is simple, but requires a constant tension so the turns remain even otherwise some sections will have a tighter spiral and some wider. In my 1:18 scale a quarter to half a mm is a good size thread for this. I try to find a smooth thread that doesn't have a lot of fuzzies and depending on the final color a lighter neutral color. If it'll be painted the color doesn't matter much. My favorite finish is amber shellac. This gives a natural tone, dries fast, and can be darkened with each successive coat. Even if I intend to paint the item I usually put a coat of shellac on it as a sealer. I also always drag the working line across a piece of bees wax to lay down the fuzzies, plus it acts as a sort of binder when doing the hitches. (This is another reason for the shellac as it provides a barrier between the wax and the paint.)
    In the images below the drawings are much easier to follow than any narrative I could write. The only thing I would mention is I usually start with a clove hitch and work my way from there.

    Photos
    1. This is my go-to for the most commonly used marlinspike seamanship projects. Excellent descriptions and drawings. There are a lot of other books on the subject, but this has (to me) the easiest to follow directions.

    2. A page of the book showing the sequence of three different hitches.

    3.- 7. My ditty box sewing kit. I made this box years ago and have always had a ball of tarred marlin in it just for the smell. In photo #7 the small box lower left contains true ivory piano keys rescued from a land fill decades ago. The keys come in handy for little inlays on special projects.

    8. A little hand-hold addition to a walking staff.

    9. - 11. Some fancy work on a 1:12 scale CG 40 foot patrol boat.
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    10 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Super job Black Shoe. The detail is incredible. The woodwork is amongst the best I have ever seen.
    Peter.๐Ÿ‘
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    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Wonderful work. The detail is great.
    Rick
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    10 months ago by Ron ( Rear Admiral)
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    โ€ฆand smoking coming out of his pipe as he studies the shipping canalโ€ฆ๐Ÿค“
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    10 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Ron,

    I thought I'd have the helmsman pivot 90 deg on one foot, and his head another 90 deg so he's looking astern while taking a gulp of coffee in his left hand. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

    I have a Carson transmitter with the standard ch1 through 4 on the two gimbals. There's also a set of latched and momentary switches across the top of the unit. These switches will be assigned to lighting circuits, and auxiliary systems through the receiver mounted in the deck house. The channel numbers for these switches are higher than the channels used in the hull for propulsion, sound module, steering etc. (The helm steering will be plugged into the same channel number that the rudder servo operates from in the hull receiver.)

    The strange looking bracket on the top of the radio is a lash-up to hold my phone. The phone will do two things: one is receive a wifi signal from an inexpensive camera mounted on a tripod at the waters edge. With this enabled the phone screen will show what the camera "sees" and some water-level shots can be attained adding a little realism to the image.
    The second attribute is the "Bluetooth" capability. Any sound, message, or effect can be recorded, spoken, or otherwise created on the phone, and transmitted to a small but powerful self contained Bluetooth Mini speaker mounted within the hull of the tug. The sound is very effective, however the range is pretty limited. If the boat runs out of the Bluetooth capability, bringing it back within the proper range won't reset the connection automatically.

    Photos:
    1. The radio I'm using with Fort Valley. The phone bracket is obvious. The rheostat switch on the upper right is for the smoker. It allows just a wisp of smoke or full-on whether the tug is underway or sitting at the dock as it's not tied to the motor RPM.
    The legends on the blue fields correspond to the phones messages that have been pre-recorded. Clicking on a given number on the phone plays that sound through the Bluetooth speaker within the tug's hull.

    2. and 3. These are shots taken with the wifi camera at the water's edge, but viewed through the phone's screen. (Be sure the camera lens is clean and doesn't have a water drop on it!๐Ÿ˜ )
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    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Brilliant Black Shoe,

    Lovely work.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    10 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I'd wondered that as well Ron๐Ÿ‘
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    10 months ago by Ron ( Rear Admiral)
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    Are you making skipper with rubber arms to look like his turning the wheel in sinc too? ๐Ÿ™„
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    10 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Brilliant stuff๐Ÿ˜€ both in concept and execution๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Like the modularity (plug in helm station๐Ÿ˜‰), and the whipping on the grab rail๐Ÿ‘ FIDDLY!
    Might try the multi RX trick for gun turret control.
    Bought batches of Spektrum and Turnigy RXs a while ago at special prices so got 'em comin aht me ears! Must knock up a test rig.
    Would reduce the spaghetti effect (4 turrets) and possibly weight too๐Ÿ˜€
    Keep it coming BlackShoe๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS Next compass and rudder repeater? Also synched of course ๐Ÿ˜
    Thinks! Wonder how many RXs one can install and bind before everything starts going barmy, or the operator has a nervous breakdown!
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    10 months ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Very nice helm Black Shoe. Looks very realistic, bet it is even better when moving.

    I like the two syncโ€™d receivers solution to avoid a tangle of wires. Must remember that one for when I have a similar problem to overcome.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ“ Tedium at it's best.....
    11 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    A little preamble here.......when seeing a boat at night with the deck lights on it's seldom a stark white light illuminating a vast area unless it's a light on a work boat and even then the work deck seems to be surrounded by an aura making the area out of the light even darker. Seeing the deck lights on a ship or boat a little distance off appears to be a lighted area, then a darker space in between the lights, then brighter, then darker, then brighter and so forth as one scans down the deck. I don't recall seeing a deck evenly lit all along it's length. Another aspect of deck lights (to me anyway,) is they're seldom white. Most of what I recall were an off-white leaning towards a pale yellow. This may have been atmosphere, the globes the lights were in, or perhaps my fuzzy focus, but my mind's-eye sees them as off-white a little, and not terribly bright.

    I suppose all of the fore-going was to excuse or explain my rational for how I'm approaching the deck lights on "Fort Valley". These lights are for the observer ashore so they didn't have to be so bright as to actually light up an area. I also didn't want a lot of power being used for the system with the attendant heat of an incandescent bulb so elected to go with LED chips. Using these posed another issue as they have a strong focal point and I wanted the lights to be more diffused. The answer here seems to be using a piece of 5mm acrylic rod lightly sanded to make the "globe" opaque. A chip light glued to the top provides a glow that from a short distance provides a suitable amount of light that isn't over powering. I'll run these off 6V and a Pico switch through the receiver.

    Building one or two of these isn't much of an issue, but build 18-20 and having them come out looking somewhat like the previous one is the tedium part.
    I've built six to date, (the first five being fails,) but think I have a system now that may work and keep them relatively the same.

    I hear someone saying "you could have ordered some printed cages and painted them...." Yes, I could, but that would have been against my masochistic nature. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The following photos are the progression of building one unit. The only thing not included is the base. Another attribute of the nano chip is the small hole required in the deckhouse to pass the chip through. once the chip is passed through it is glued to the top of the acrylic rod with fabric glue. This glue is flexible, waterproof, and if the need arises can be cut with a razor blade unlike CA. It takes a little longer to cure, but worth the extra time IMHO.

    The procedure: pre-determined lengths of "cage wire". Wire bent to shape, then installed in jig. Top ring installed, then spacer slid into place to allow the lower ring to be consistent. CA is sufficient for these pieces as they're tucked up under the upper deck and are frail enough that soldering isn't necessary.
    Once I get them all built and installed I'll follow up here.....
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    10 months ago by Mike Stoney ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hey Black Shoe (or Black Feet?? ๐Ÿ˜)
    Thank you for the good tips regarding lighting fixtures! it becomes so much more precise !!
    Regarding the remote control: I have the same, really awesome!
    Greetings from Michel-Cl.
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    11 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Wow.
    Coming along very well Black shoe.
    Looking forward the next part ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿท๐Ÿท
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    11 months ago by Tug Hercules ( Leading Seaman)
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    Wow; an absolute Masterclass in Deck Light Making; THANK YOU !!
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    11 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Black Shoe,
    Well worth all the experimentation to get it right and the jigs will definitely help to get them all the same.
    Nice work.

    Martin555.
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    11 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Black Shoe,

    Brilliant!!
    No pun intended, well sort of but fantastic looking lights.
    Thanks for showing how you did it.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    11 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Nice Doug. Working on Christmas lights early. LOL
    Rick
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    11 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you all!

    Doug, you're way beyond my simple system! Your bench looks like the lab at a rocket control manufacturer.๐Ÿ˜‰

    Tug Hercules....phew! I couldn't remember who I got Ms Maude from, so scanned the pages myself. Turns out "Printle Shop" printed her. There's two (maybe more) versions. If you go to SW and search "1:18 scale female figures" you'll get a lot of totally unrelated stuff too, (they have the worst search system going I think,) but go to pg 43 and Maude has a lunch basket under her arm, and pg 45 has the Maude on "Fort Valley".
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    11 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent BS๐Ÿ‘
    LED chips are definitely the way to go these days.
    And (as Granny used to say) I do like a good jig!
    I also agree with your comments re reducing glare๐Ÿ‘
    One doesn't want to blind the workers does one ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Been experimenting with LED chips for tug lighting meself, for my Southampton upgrade, and various plastic magic projects.
    See attached pics of matrix board test setup for the tug main mast lights plus NAV and towing lights.
    Whole shebang drew less than 45mA at 5.5.V.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    11 months ago by Tug Hercules ( Leading Seaman)
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    Balck Shoe,

    Your "Ms Maude (the cook) is from Shapeways"; do You recall what Vendor?

    I searched Shapeways and could not find her. She is perect for an old Tug that i am doing.

    Thank You.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Phantom Tug
    12 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    There's more to be done with Fort Valley, but with our winter season nearly upon us I've had to concentrate on household projects so I don't suffer any guilt this winter at the bench.
    There's lighting, interior furniture, and several additional details to be done all the while contemplating the next project and what would compliment this build.
    Having thought it over and Fort Valley being primarily a harbor tug, it seems appropriate that she have a "stick lighter" to shuttle around a busy waterfront. Googling "Stick Lighter" will net a host of pictures of long BBQ lighters, fire starters, and appliances to remove the stigma of using everyday common matches to start a fire.
    In the maritime context a "stick lighter" is merely a barge (lighter) to offload ships in the stream which is virtually self sufficient sans propulsion power (although this was also common.) The "stick" was a colloquial term for the mast, boom, and associate equipment. These were sometimes steam powered, carried a small three man crew, and in an RC model will allow a modest amount of animation. A lot of possibilities for a tug/lighter combination....

    In the mean time, here's a few photo's of Fort Valley's latest outing.
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    12 months ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks for the comments!

    Tug, the figures on the 01 deck came from American Diorama found on Ebay. They have two sizes and are designed primarily for the 1:18 and 1:24th model car enthusiasts, but a little "plastic surgery" makes them useful aboard ships and boats. The skipper on "Galley News" is from them too. (Images below.)
    Ms Maude (the cook) is from Shapeways. I needed someone with attitude for her position.๐Ÿ˜€

    The stanchions came from Harbor Models in CA. however they had to be modified. They were 55mm from the top ball to the bottom of the threaded portion of the mount, but weren't quite tall enough (from the bottom flange) to be ergonomically correct for the scale (1:18 height) of the figures. I needed to modify them so they'd be correct to an average person's height. The fix was some small brass tubing cut to length, the stanchion was cut in two below the lower ball, then the bottom half inserted into one end of the tubing, the top half inserted into the other end, and a touch of solder to hold it all together. This operation netted stanchions of 52mm above the mounting flange which is within the allowed "specs" for a shipboard hand rail. The images below show the difference in stock and modified units. Few observers notice the larger diameter below the lower ball .....small difference in overall height, but necessary IMHO.
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    12 months ago by Tug Hercules ( Leading Seaman)
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    Excellent build; well done;

    What was the source for Your Crew?

    What was the source for those 2-Ball Stanchions?

    Thank You.
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    12 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Fantastic.
    She looks so real on the water.
    Great work.

    Martin555.
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    12 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    You tug looks superb Black Shoe,

    I am looking forward to seeing you build a "Stick Lighter" to complement your tug, I am guessing that the same level of care will be taken resulting in an incredible partner for your tug.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Tug Fort Valley
    1 year ago by Black Shoe ( Warrant Officer)
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    Where does the time go?

    I've added a few details here and there on Fort Valley. None of them are super sophisticated, just adding what I suspect may be found on a tug of this vintage.

    1. The dory is a temporary expedient. There should probably be a Whitehall or peapod type of boat up there, but until one of them happens the dory will do.

    2. The oil drum with a hand pump.

    3. Aft stbd corner of the deck house roof.

    4. Aft port corner of the deckhouse. If davits and another boat go here, the chains will be removed. Also apparent in this photo is the mounting and stay of the aft mast.

    5. Some of the deck clutter. A pallet with a few fathoms of wire, and a couple five gallon cans.

    6. A shot of the deck downspouts. A lot of the early boats had a raised perimeter around the roof of the deck houses and pilot house to direct rain water so it didn't just wash over the edge and down the bulkheads. There were downspouts fitted to carry the rain water off to the next lower deck and ultimately to the main deck and the scuppers. There will be downspouts fitted aft of the skipper's house, and two places on each side of the main house.

    7. The galley stack. Since the smoker is on it's own ESC, I'm contemplating a valving affair to shunt a little smoke to this stack as well. (Too bad I couldn't make it smell like bacon, eggs, and biscuits!๐Ÿ˜Š)
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    1 year ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Looking great Black Shoe,
    I love the extra details adding more atmosphere.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    1 year ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    And here I thought that you had all but given up.....nice details. How about a little electric solenoid valve for the galley stove pipe?
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