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Author: figtree7nts   Posts: 150   Photos: 206   Subscribers: 6   Views: 32935   Responses: 353   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)

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Crack in Seam Update! - Posted: 28th Dec 2018
Captain's Log: Supplemental

Well, today was a good day to fix.
The leak in Brooklyn's aft end!

I scraped off the paint around the skeg area and boss!
I then took a piece of 10mm x 110mm plastic.
And glued it to the seam. Making sure to cover the area.
That was cracked and leaking!
I am then going to let the glue set over night.
If all goes well, the leak should stop.....

I will reassemble her aft end.
And do a Domestic Test Tank Test!

If the Test Succeeds.
I will then repaint the aft end of the tug!

And put all of her Ballast back and her batteries!

Hope my repair works!!!

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Response by RNinMunich on the 29th Dec 2018
Star date 29.12.18 Supplemental 00.52 😁
I hope it works too Ed. 👍
Don't forget to seal any exposed wood before dunking it again.
And I would recommend putting all the ballast and batteries back in (at least loosely) to recreate actual sailing conditions; i.e. water pressure on the potential leak area.
I wondered why you went to such lengths anyway.
Had similar problems with the restorations of my Sea Scout and fish cutter. I simply soaked the affected areas in resin, inside and out, while holding in clamps. Sand, fill (Bondo?😁), sand, paint and Bob's yer uncle and Fanny's yer Aunt 😁😁
Nevertheless; hope it works for you Ed, cheers, Doug 😎
Response by figtree7nts on the 29th Dec 2018
Morning Doug,

I had to take everything out of the hull.
Because she weighs too much!
So, Everything had to go....

Anyway, I'll do the domesticated test tank test tomorrow morning!

Then do another entry in the Captain's Log!😁

Cheers, Ed


Check your emails Sent you an Email this morning!
No reply as of yet!😲

Response by figtree7nts on the 29th Dec 2018
HAHA, Star Date! very funny!
Crack in Seam! - Posted: 25th Dec 2018
Captain's Log:

I have discovered where the leak is coming from!
As the Hull is two halves glued together.
The aft end of the hull.
Is the weakest part of the hull!
It has cracked under stress!😲😡😭

So, what I plan to do.
It strip the paint in that area.
And glue a piece shaped like the seam and Boss!😁😁😁

But, for this I have to take everything out of the hull.
The hull will be light and easy to work with then!

It's good to do a Domesticated Test Tank Test!
As often as possible. If a leak is going to develop.
Better for it to develop in the DTTT!
Than for it to happen 125 meters into the pond!

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Hum, Now What! - Posted: 23rd Dec 2018
Captain's Log: Continued!

I have found where the leak is coming from!
It's coming from above the shaft as it exits the hull!

I'm not sure why it's leaking.
The area is tricky to get to.
As it's deep in the hull!
An hard to get to.

Since the hull is made of plastic.
Am thinking of making a flange plate!
And gluing it to the aft end of the hull
On the outside of the hull!

But, of course need to see where the leak.
Is coming from the outside...….

I have already looked into getting a water pump.
Also a water detection circuit to activate the pump!

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Response by Joe727 on the 23rd Dec 2018

Tilt the boat up and just pour two part epoxy into this area. I always do this, first I glue tack the stuffing tube to insure alignment. Then pour in the epoxy usually along with lead bird shot or bb's for ballast.
Response by figtree7nts on the 24th Dec 2018
Hi Joe,

Thanks for the Idea!

I'm going to take the boat apart!
I have to take her ballast out!
Take her batteries out!
I think she's leaking from where the prop shaft.
comes out of the Boss!
So, I'm going to make a flange.
Which will be the same size as the Boss.
And will cover the Boss!

Hopefully this will fix the leak problem!

Regards, Ed
Oh, NO Water Everywhere! - Posted: 22nd Dec 2018
Captain's Log:

Ok, I like to float Tug Brooklyn!
Last night I did this.
I filled the tub with water.
Then placed Tug Brooklyn.
I left it alone for about half an hour.
When I came back.
I started looking at her.
She looked different in some way.
I hadn't realized she was taking on water.
anyway I looked at her water line.
And her water line was below the water!
I then took her superstructure.
Off of her when I looked inside.
I was shocked to find.
She had taken on more than 12 ounces of water!

I then started to panic!
I went and got my syringe.
Which I had purchased just in case water ever got into her.
And started pumping out all the water she had in her!

I'm not sure where she's leaking from!
Or why she is leaking!

There's only one opening in the Hull.
And that's where the shaft comes out of!

Going to have to do another float test.
to see where the water is coming in from!

I'm glad I discovered this before next boating season!

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Response by jugge on the 26th Dec 2018
I hope everything Will workshops out for you wish the crack
It looks like a verk fine boat you got theres
And i wish you and Dough and everybody on the Model boats a Happy New Building Year
// JÖRGEN from Sweden
Response by jugge on the 26th Dec 2018
Damd autocorrekt! !!!!!
I hope everyone can read my messages anyway
Its not so easy to wrote a message in english
// Jörgen
Response by figtree7nts on the 26th Dec 2018

Tack så mycket. Jag ska fixa sprickan!
Och få henne redo för nästa sommar.

I Hope you have a very good sailing year as well!
I also hope my translation is ok too!

Cheers, Ed
First Snow! - Posted: 15th Nov 2018
Captain's Log:

Well, we are expecting the first snow of the season!
Here where I live!
I was going to take the Brooklyn to the pond.
This weekend,
It was suppose to be her Maiden Voyage!
But nature has other plans!

So, Brooklyn's Maiden Voyage.
Is going to have to wait till the Spring!

Unless we have a warm day which I doubt!😡😤😭

I attached a picture of the Brooklyn.
Patiently waiting in the domestic test tank!
For a Maiden Voyage!!!😊😊😊

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Response by RNinMunich on the 16th Nov 2018
Same here (Munich) Steve,
When I first came to live here (Oct 1985) about half a metre of snow by mid November was the norm. For the last 15 years or so we mostly haven't had any snow in Autumn at all (no white Christmases 😭), if any a little came around Feb. / March.
Fingers crossed for a warm day for you Ed. 👍
Until this week we've had sun and day temps up to 20°C, in November! Nuts!
Cheers All, Doug 😎
Response by Ron on the 16th Nov 2018
Port Perry snow...glad my snowblower is working.
Response by figtree7nts on the 18th Nov 2018
Thanks, Steve! I'm very happy with the Brooklyn!
Also I'm optimistic but, I 'don't see any warm days coming around the corner!😤 But you never know!
Doug, I hope you have a white Christmas!
Ron. Good to see your snow blower works!
The Skipper and Crew! - Posted: 31st Oct 2018
Captain's Log:

Well the Skipper and Crew have finally shown up!
But, There's always the one deckhand that's running late!
Aft bollard deckhand missing.
Reporting to work in one week!
I think he's getting a write up. 😡

Skipper in the white hardhat.
Already giving orders! 😜

But they are a happy crew! 😁😁😁

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Response by RNinMunich on the 31st Oct 2018
Sorry Donnie, didn't mean to instigate a mutiny. 😲
Capn's missus probably isn't amused either! 😤
Response by figtree7nts on the 31st Oct 2018
Can't let the Missus see the Browser!😱😲
Response by RNinMunich on the 31st Oct 2018
"Anyone of them will do😁😊😉!"

OK Ed, What's your pleasure?
Truncheon or handcuffs 😁😁😁😉😲
Steam Whistle! - Posted: 6th Oct 2018
Captain's Log:

I finally got the Steam Whistle for the Brooklyn!
It's made by RAM! It's a RAM80 to be exact!
It's not a bad device at all.
It sounds quite loud!
But I haven't tested it outside yet!

I left all the Portholes opened on the Brooklyn.
So, that helps a lot with the Steam Whistle sound!

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Response by JBRCfloats on the 16th Nov 2018
Where can I get the figures that you show in one of your posts? I live in the USA.
Response by figtree7nts on the 16th Nov 2018
Hi JBRCfloats,

I got the figures for the Brooklyn.
From Cornwall Models in the UK!
After shipping they come to about $10.00 a piece!
I have about 5 on the Brooklyn. I paint their hardhats blue.
And leave one figure with white hardhat.
As an indicator he's the Captain!

Regards, Ed
Elizabeth Park! - Posted: 9th Sep 2018
Captain's Log:

I just got back from the park!
The wife and I go for a walk.
Three time a day!
We ended up at our local park!
Of course I planed it, like that!
I wanted to see if there was any weeds or algae.
Guess I'm lucky. There wasn't any at all!
Just about a dozen ducks that's all.

Looks as if her Maiden Voyage. Will be in about two weeks!
It takes a lot of planning. When your model weighs 15-16 lbs.
And you live on a third floor with no elevator!😱😲😤😭

One way or another. Brooklyn's having a Maiden Voyage!

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Response by RNinMunich on the 9th Sep 2018
Just like Newport News huh - More delays!! 😁😁
Budget overruns as well!? 😲😉
Very nice venue Ed, looking forward to the vid!
Regards to both, Cheers, Doug 😎
Response by figtree7nts on the 9th Sep 2018
Thanks Doug,

Hope the weather holds up!😱
Now, where did I put my back brace?😜
Two more weeks and counting!👍

Cheers, Ed
Response by RNinMunich on the 9th Sep 2018
I have a spare corset (!) with a steel bracing plate left over from an old severe back injury if you need one!
You could even use the plate as ballast 😁😁
Grub Screw! - Posted: 28th Aug 2018
Captain's Log:

I decided to put Tug Brooklyn back in the tub!
Just to see how everything works!
Luckily This didn't happen at the pond.
The grub screw that holds.
The collar aft of the dog bone.
Loosened up after about 20 minute of 1/2 ahead!

I made a notch on the shaft.
And retighted the grub screw!

Would anybody recommend lock tight to be used?

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Response by figtree7nts on the 28th Aug 2018
Gentlemen Thanks, I will do that!👍
I'm just glad she didn't brake down.😲
In the middle of the pond!😭
I'd hate to have to go swimming!😡
Response by RNinMunich on the 9th Sep 2018
Swimming is good for you Ed😉
Had to swim out after my destroyer once, RX failed and she was drifting towards one of the lake fountains! 😲😆
Sun was warm but the watter bl***y cold! 😡
Cheers, Doug 😎
PS: stripped down to me knickers before going in, got a ripple of applause from the audience in the adjacent Biergarten, and some intriguing proposals from some of the er' 'ladies' present!😊
Response by figtree7nts on the 9th Sep 2018

I hate cold water!😡
I should be receiving some Loctite.
I ordered a few days ago!
Don't want any of the grub.
Screws to get loose!

I'm not taking her anywhere.
Until I secure those grub screws......👍
Brooklyn Finally Completed! - Posted: 26th Aug 2018
Brooklyn is finally completed!
It took me 8 months to assemble her!
The Brooklyn is a very nice kit!
I don't know how much she's going to weigh.
I don't have a scale! But I do have lead shots!
A lot of lead BB's about 14,400 BB's!

So, anyone that want to figure that out in weight.
Please let me know!

The bollards are now glued in place!
That was my last step on the Brooklyn.

Was a lot of fun...…...👍

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Response by RNinMunich on the 5th Sep 2018
Evenin' Ed,
When you first mentioned the weight I started thinking of a guy I'd seen with a big heavy boat slung over his shoulder!
No, Not the boat itself 😲
He'd made a sling attached to the boat stand so he could hang the weight over his shoulder and just guide it with his hand.
Might have to start doing something like that soon for my 5foot Destroyer, Belfast and Graf Spee models. 🤔
Like the Stones used to sing, "What a drag it is getting old"!
Cheers, Doug 😎
Response by figtree7nts on the 6th Sep 2018
Mornin' Doug,

That sounds like an idea!
But, as much as the Brooklyn weighs.
I think the best thing to do.
Is get someone else to carry it!
I have a wagon I'm going to cut a notch into.
That way I can pull it to the pond!

Now, How do I get it down to the ground floor?
It's always something with these models.....
I think I'll get a smaller boat!
Maybe a pilot boat......
Response by captaindoug1 on the 16th Nov 2018
My Brooklin weight in at 23 pounds and I have pulled a 250 pound barge with it and I think it would pull 33 with no problems

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