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Dumas Barge Kit# 1219 Print Booklet
Author: figtree7nts   Posts: 18   Photos: 39   Subscribers: 1   Views: 2150   Responses: 2   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)

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Sanding of the Barge - Posted: 8th Jan 2017
So, I've been sanding all day long. Just to square the Barge off.
I had asked about how to finish off my Barge awhile back.
But didn't get any response, That's another Blog but anyway. so I've decided to use Resin, which I don't really want to use because of the vapors. But, I want to finish off my Box Barge correctly.
My Lead Barge was finished using Ductape. I don't want that for the Box Barge. I know I should use some glass cloth. But that's an area I'm not use to. First time is a charm, I guess I'll take a crack at it.
Response by jarvo on the 9th Jan 2017
Hi Ed, Use one of the model aircraft resins, they are water based and don't stink the workshop out.

Cut the cloth or try ladies tights!!! stretched over the hull, i have used both with success, if using tights especially on the barge, use 2 or 3 layers, paint each one on then add another layer, bumping dock walls etc.
Response by figtree7nts on the 9th Jan 2017
Good Morning Mark,

Thanks for the suggestion, I'm going to call one of the model boat stores near me about four towns away. I'm going to see if they have what you are talking about. I really can't afford the resin smell in my place as it's an Apartment.
But on the other hand, I want to finish off my Box Barge in the right way. I'm going to post my work as I progress, I've only worked once before with Resin and fiberglass cloth. It was a small strip of fiberglass 1"x6" not big at all!
I will do as you say and work in layers, Let's give it a try shall we!

Oh, should I sand between layers?

Tug & Barges Display - Posted: 3rd Jan 2017
With the Box Barge completed, I can now put my Barges together with my San Pedro Push Boat. The Tug & Barges will be about 120" Inches long! Which make for a good tow. The Barges aren't the same scale as the Tug, They are 7/32" scale while the Tug is 1/32". But that's OK. Oh, I know the Box Barge needs painting. It's raining today so, scratch that idea. maybe tomorrow will be a good day to paint. Anyway took some Pictures of my Tug & Barges together, Their going to be a sight at the pond come this summer, I'm sure of it.

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Caprails in place and Glued - Posted: 2nd Jan 2017
The Bulkheads are about 1/8" thick, which mean that when putting the Epoxy on to glue the Caprails on. you have to be careful not to let the Epoxy run over the bulkheads. I used a piece of wood 1/16" as an applicator which worked ok.

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Caprails in place - Posted: 2nd Jan 2017
OK, both far and aft caprails have been glued in place.
Next will be the port and Starboard caprails, which have been glued in their respective places.

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All Ribs in place - Posted: 2nd Jan 2017
Now all the ribs are in place, next to be placed is the caprails.

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Marking of the Rib Supports - Posted: 29th Dec 2016
So, there are 46 Rib Supports that go around the Bulwark.
Marking of the Rib spaces in crucial as the Ribs will look uneven other wise.
The Ribs do add a bit of detail to the Barges, as their really isn't much to see in the way of details

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Majority of the Box Barge Completed - Posted: 28th Dec 2016
OK, the Box Barge is 85% completed. next step is the rib supports, which are evenly placed every 2" around the Bulwark. But first lets mark the measurements for the rib supports!

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All sides in place - Posted: 28th Dec 2016
Having glued all the sides to the Barge, also left it to dry overnight.
Now to measure the rib supports and the caprail as well!
The only thing left to do is place the rib support on the upper Bulwark. The Caprail is the last piece of the puzzle.

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Glueing on the sides - Posted: 26th Dec 2016
After having glued the sides in place. The sides are fairly easy to glue on, as it's a straight piece of Ply wood.
The major components of the build are made up of 1/8" ply, spruce being used for the Ribs.
The Barges are very light and sturdy, and actually measure in at 42.75". the Barge weigh about 1 lbs.

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Bow and the Stern - Posted: 25th Dec 2016
The bow and stern are comprised of two pieces of 1/8" ply laminated together.
Which make for a strong bow and stern.
After looking at the way they go on the bow and stern that is,
it's better to glue them in first. before putting on the sides on.

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