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Brooklyn Tugboat Print Booklet
Author: figtree7nts   Posts: 72   Photos: 105   Subscribers: 4   Views: 6324   Responses: 182   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)

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Dumas 12 Volt Motor! - Posted: 24th Mar 2018
I know I could have gotten a cheaper motor.
But the Dumas motor is what I'm going with!
I ordered it yesterday Friday.
It's a very expensive purchase for the model!
$82.00 😤, so will be ordering the paints in two weeks time.
Maybe go to the hobby shop to look at the paints first hand!

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Response by Donnieboy on the 28th Mar 2018
These motors are very dependable.I've never had any problem with them.
Response by figtree7nts on the 28th Mar 2018
I really like how sturdy the motor is!
Well made, One of the best motors I've purchased!

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Union Jack and Flag Staff! - Posted: 24th Mar 2018
I've placed the Union jack and the Flag staff.
In place just to see what they'll look like!
Yes, I know eventually I have to start painting the model!
The base of the union jack is made of white metal.
Drilling it was a challenge! Cut my finger in the process! It's a bit sore. Good thing I got a tetnus shot six month's ago!

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Main Mast! - Posted: 21st Mar 2018
Main mast in place. Dumas has the mast being held by small staple you have to make! I guess if your going to make the mast removable ok! But I'm going to put wires on my mast! So the mast has to be a bit more stable and more secure in it's place.
So, I made a support base using 1/8" ABS. Which I laminated to give it more gluing surface. This I then glued to the cabin! I put angles to keep the piece from moving port or starboard. This made the mast feel solid!

Eventually I'll start painting her! But for now I'll keep working on her!

The mast is suppose to have one light suspended above the deck.
But I’m going to run wires to power one light aloft.
I believe it’s the steaming ahead light….

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Response by RNinMunich on the 21st Mar 2018
A mast with leaves! Novel but continues the Greenhouse horticultural theme 😁 A grapevine would be nice He He, I promise to help with the harvest😉
PM answered, cheers Doug 😎
Response by figtree7nts on the 22nd Mar 2018
No matter what I do. I can't get away from the flora.....😁
Response by RNinMunich on the 22nd Mar 2018
Oh, was there a mast in the pic? 😲 Couldn't see it!
Must get some new goggles 😉

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Bollard Hieght! - Posted: 20th Mar 2018
The bollard height on the Brooklyn.
Is off by about 1/8" towards the bow.
And a little over 1/8" towards the stern!
If you use the recommended height.
Given the bollards don't have enough to bite on.
So I compensated by adding 1/8" to the bollards!
Now by adding the thickness the bollards needed.
The bollards are in their right height....

I've seen this inaccuracies on prier Brooklyn's built!

If you take a look at the picture of the Brooklyn.
You can see that person followed the Dumas instructions.
Which gives the bollards incorrect height!

My bollards will be at the correct height required! 👍

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Response by figtree7nts on the 21st Mar 2018
Thanks for the Navy flashback!
I'm going to work on her details.
Then I think I'll workout her Running lights and her deck lights!
Then I'll think of painting her!
See the real Brooklyn had deck lights.
So I'm thinking of deck lights!
If you look at the original Brooklyn she has deck lights!
I have some LED's so I might give it a go......
But I'll have to see how the LED's look before I brainstorm!

Then I'll think Now how do I paint her...
BTW, I don't like the dark green the original Brooklyn was painted in!

I prefer a light green!
Response by RNinMunich on the 21st Mar 2018
My pleasure Ed,
It's actually a New Zealand navy frigate, probably one of the German (Blohm & Voss) MEKO types built for the ANZAC program. Pic is from under the Heli Deck on the stern. First 'fairlead' pic I stumbled on in my archive, don't have too many tugs in the electronic stash😉
Let me know if you need any help with the LED circuit; dropping resistor etc.
I agree with the green, so dark makes her look a bit drab and 'sinister'. A lighter shade would be more cheerful - and easier to see on the pond!
Attached is a Humbrol wall chart (with some conversion tables to other makes) which might give you some inspiration 😉 How about #90, Beige Green matt? You might also look at Tamiya and Italeri acrylics.
Cheers Doug 😎
Response by figtree7nts on the 21st Mar 2018
Hi Doug,

All I saw was the grey, Reminded me of my Navy days!

Thanks for the paint chart! It really helps a lot.
The #90, Beige Green matt is what I'm looking for!
I've use Tamiya paints in the past! Liked the way the paint went on smoothly on to the surface!

Yes, I will be asking a lot about the LED's connection!
I'll be using 3mm LED's. Steve (Cormorant). Was very kind to send me some to me. also a smoke generator which is not tested yet! Have to order the fuel for it!

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Main Forward Ladder! - Posted: 20th Mar 2018
Made up the main forward ladder!
After carefully gluing it together.
I had to cut off all the outer rungs!
There are two more ladders to be made up.
There's a 3 rung ladder and a 4 rung ladder.
There not bad to work with.
But I wish they would have been made of plastic!

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Response by Colin H. on the 20th Mar 2018
Had similar problems with wife's doll's house stairs covered the outsides with veneer to hide the joints before varnishing.
Cheers Colin.

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Caprail Guards in place! - Posted: 19th Mar 2018
The caprail guards are in place.
They are the thin piece of plastic.
You see going far and aft!

Hi Doug, Couldn't see if it was on the original.
But saw it was on tugs of that era!

It should prove to be interesting.
Painting the caprail guards!

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The Caprail Guards - Posted: 19th Mar 2018
The caprail guard are used like chaffing gear!
Thoughs are the tan pieces you see on top of the caprails!
Towards the bow and Stern. but I feel It's going to get in the way!
What do you think?
Should I put the caprail gaurds on?

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Response by figtree7nts on the 19th Mar 2018
Hi Doug,

Of the tow line aft! I'm afraid the caprail guard. Is going to cut into the tow line! The piece that's used has a sharp edge to it!
I'm going to have to lookup Tugs from that era!
See if they had caprail guards!
Response by figtree7nts on the 19th Mar 2018
OK, I looked into it. Going to put the caprail guard as recommended by instructions!
Response by RNinMunich on the 19th Mar 2018
Round off the edge?
Difficult to believe that they'd deliberately add a piece to protect one thing but endanger another 😲 Presumably it was to prevent the line chafing the painted caprail and was considered expendable and replaceable. Looks like unpainted wood in the picture. Bolted on?
Happy Capping 😁

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SkyLight! - Posted: 19th Mar 2018
The skylight is completed. But not glued in place yet!
The picture in the middle show the skylight without detail.
Because it has to be painted!

I placed 1/4" squared pieces of wood to center the skylight assembly! I'm putting lights on my tug so now.
I know where to place the switch! I'm placing it under the skylight! The skylight will be removable to gain access to the switches!

The forth picture is of the underneath of the skylight.
Just to show what it looks like. And how I used the squared pieces of wood. To center the skylight!

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Response by Donnieboy on the 19th Mar 2018
Good idea.Some times it's hard to find someplace o put the switches.Nice to find some place to put them.

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Placed the Moulding on Cabin! - Posted: 16th Mar 2018
It helps to have small hands for this task
Tweezers help a lot as well.
The moudings is made up of 1mm x 2mm plastic strips!
Oh, I neglected to say good eye's as well!
It only takes about 30 minutes. to glue the moulding on.
But keeping your fingers from gluing to the model.
Is a task on it's own!

The clear plastic that is vertical.
Is simulated rivet plating!
It was a different kind of challenge.
But it kept me busy!

For those who are going to venture.
In this model be prepared for a good amount of challenges!
They'll keep your on your toes!!!

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Cabin Aft! - Posted: 16th Mar 2018
Cabin aft is now completed!
I had to use a bit of Bondo (P38).
To tidy up the seam that was left.
From joining the two pieces of Balsa wood!
The Balsa wood made it very easy to shape the cabin aft!
The Port lights are optional in this kit. They give two more Port light, If you want to port them on.
I used the measurements given then.
I drew a circle with my compass. About 1/2" or so. I didn't have a 1/2" drill. So I improvised. I use a 1/32" drill. went around the circle. Then cut the balsa wood with my exacto! Then routed the hole with my Dremel!

Next is the moulding that goes around the bottom of the cabin!

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Response by Donnieboy on the 16th Mar 2018
What I use to cut out the portholes is a step drill.I don't put it in a drill.I just use my fingers to rotate it.Works good on balsa and styrene.It makes a clean cut.
Response by figtree7nts on the 16th Mar 2018
You know that's idea.
I didn't think about!
Well now I need to purchase a step drill!👍
I'm just glad Balsa is as soft as it is.😊

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