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    American river Springer pusher Tug
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    πŸ“ More hull work .....
    8 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Last thing yesterday was to glue in the bottom hull stringers which add some more strength and bonding areas for the hull sheet.

    At the same time, I was happy enough to install the hull sheet which to aid bending around the complex curves of the hull had been part depth laser cut every 3-4mm. Although this made bending the hull sheet into position a lot easier, I still felt the need to hit the sheet with the heat gun for a few minutes to soften the ply glue and aid behind even easier. Once I was happy with the fit I PVA glued the hull sheet down and with loads of non stretch picture framing tape it was on! I put the deck piece on at the same time but not glued just to ensure everything was true and square.

    This morning has see the tape removed and a solid hull requiring very little sanding and prep before glass clothing. I shall cloth it once the prop shaft is in place.

    Last couple of jobs before a weekend β€œup Norf” was to put some 1:8 square obechi in the corners to strengthen the joints and a couple of pieces of 1:8 obechi strip either side of the motor mount former for a little more belt and braces.

    Due to the very nature of the shape of the hull, it will need a considerable amount of ballast to get her down to the water line. Better to use batteries in lieu of lead, I will be using 2x 6v lead acid 4.5ah mounted. Either side of the motor. According to the seller, this little model runs well on 6v and 12v so I have the option of both via parallel or series and can make a wiring loom to suit both easily enough.

    More next week.......
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    13 hours ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    It is Alan, I’ve not done much apart from glass cloth the hull this week as I’ve been busy decorating the new kitchen. However, should get a bit done Sunday and Monday before work Tuesday πŸ‘
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    2 days ago by alan44 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking like a stress free build Sy πŸ‘
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    8 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    I see it as a nice relaxing blank canvas. I think it’s nice every now and again to have something relatively simple and stress free to build in between harder projects.

    But yes, adding all the home made bits n pieces will bring this to life

    Kind regards Sy
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    8 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    After seeing your other masterpieces this part must vary boring for you.
    I bet you cannot wait to get on to the scratch building and interesting detail work.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ American river Springer pusher Tug
    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    And now for something different! I know that I suggested my next build would be the Dumas Motor lifeboat 36500, bu a week ago this little gem popped up on Facebook and I just had to hit the buy now button......

    So, what we have here is an American River Springer Tug, used for pushing stuff up and down the river. The laser cut kit was a bargain at Β£80 inc postage from a very nice guy called Kevin who now owns www.Mastman.co.U.K. Or better still contact him through his Facebook page, search β€œmastman Model Boats”. He has a few limited kits available, I believe are new old stock and once gone they are gone!

    What you get is all the quality laser cut plywood parts (no instructions) but all a superb fit and a little trial and error saw the basic model pieced together in about 15minutes. Overall length is about 18” long by about 8” beam, I haven’t worked out the scale yet as need to do a little research on the real thing. I believe you get a lot of bang for your buck and Β£80 I thought was good value.

    The scope here is to add a wealth of scratch built details although these vessels are quite simple in real life. Items on order are a 500 sized brushed motor, 50mm 4 blade prop, steering servo, coupling, esc and a steerable kort nozzle. I shall be adding basic lights and still need to order 2x6v lead acid batteries and propshaft when I’ve worked out what length I need.

    Onwards with the start of the build.......

    First job was to identify the basic hull components which include the sides, various formers, servo mount, rudder plate, bow and stern pieces. All were given a gentle sand, nothing major as the quality of the wood is so nice and then the basic frame was glued and squared up with Gorrilla waterproof PVA. This was then checked for square and weighted down to set.

    Next pieces will be the hull bottom sheet supports x5 and the hull sheet.....
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    8 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cheers JB, I’ll try and keep things interesting once we get beyond building the basic hull, which will remain fairly basic as they are in real life!

    Kind regards Sy
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    8 days ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You'll have to slow down Sy, you're building faster than I can readπŸ˜‚ This one is going to be interesting, I'm sure!

    JB
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    9 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Must say Sy I crack myself up sometimes. Glad you liked it.
    Rick
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    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Oh dear Rick, you crack me up πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    9 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Was I pushing that to much. LOL
    Rick
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    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Was there a pun there Rick, β€œpushing along” like a springer tug does πŸ‘πŸ˜‚
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    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Me too Martin, should be a fun build πŸ‘
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    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Never enough hours in the day Bill!
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    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi SY.
    Your a glutton for punishment.
    I just havn’t got the time to do all you do.
    Don’t you ever sleep.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Good luck,keep it coming.
    Regards Bill
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    9 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    SY,
    This is definitely a different project for you.
    This could be interesting and as you say a lot of scratch building.
    I am very interested to see how this comes out.

    Martin555.
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    9 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    A new build Sy I see you are pushing along nicely.
    Rick
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