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Brooklyn Tugboat Print Booklet
Author: figtree7nts   Posts: 101   Photos: 145   Subscribers: 5   Views: 9979   Responses: 232   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)

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One light done! - Posted: 24th Jun 2018
One light done!
Decided to work on the forward main cabin light.
I'm using tiny wires for this. Don't know what gauge it is!
It's about the point of a pencil. A very sharp pencil!
I still have three more lights to do.
But taking my time on them!

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Sorting Resisters - Posted: 24th Jun 2018
Today I spent 2 hours sorting resisters!
It was a very boring task.
But one that had to be done.
I found what Resister I'm going to use.
I don't want the running lights on the Brooklyn.
To be bright so I will be using 270 Ohm Resisters.
On all the running lights.
This will help keep them not too bright!
Remember the Brooklyn is a 1910 Tugboat.
I don't think running lights were bright back then!
Response by RNinMunich on the 24th Jun 2018
Hi Ed, you might find this page useful in future 😉
https://www.digikey.de/en/resources/conversion-calculators/c...
This company ships from 'Thief River Falls' (😲) Minnesota!

Some places you can also buy a little mechanical calculator. See pic of mine.
Turn the wheels to show the colours you see and read off the value below.
Example shows a 1k Ohm 5% tolerance resistor. 10x100!
Alternatively; if you are looking for a specific value, turn the wheels until the numbers below show what you need and the dials will show the colours to look for👍 Happy 'wheeling'. Ciao, Doug 😎
Response by figtree7nts on the 24th Jun 2018
Hi Doug,
Thanks a bunch!
That's, what I used! I wasn't about to spend days on this!
Oh, I remember when Radio Shack use to sell the color slide rule Calculator. Now that was a long time ago....

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Recieved some supplies! - Posted: 22nd Jun 2018
Today besides spray painting the handrail to the Brooklyn.
I recieved the resister and Switches.
I had ordered two weeks ago!
The resisters come in a plastic bag.
With the various values on the reverse!
Now all I have to do. Is spend the weekend sorting resisters.
And putting them in other plastic baggies. With the values written on them Oh, joy!😱

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Response by RNinMunich on the 23rd Jun 2018
Have fun Ed😉
Write the values on the tape holding them together as well.
Helps when you've got several out the bags!
BTW: are the toes an optional extra these days? 😁😁
Don't get too lit up, G'night all, Doug 😎

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Live and learn! - Posted: 22nd Jun 2018
OK, I've learned that.
When paint companies make a batch of paint.
You should get as many cans from that batch as possible!
For a set project if need be!

I used Bright Touch automotive paint.
For the bulwark and outer hull.
Had to get two more cans of the stuff.
It being BT43 Flat Black!

Wouldn't you know it's a different shade!😡
Not too far off but, noticeable!
At least the Red Oxide Primer.
Being BT51 is the same shade!

I must have lucked out on that one!
So what have I learned.
Get two or more cans if needed at the same time!👍

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Response by RNinMunich on the 25th Jun 2018
What's a 'Skew number'?
I've heard of 'Skewe's numbers' and the skew binary number system!
If you mean the bar code I believe the batch number is buried in that, so check the human readable numbers underneath it.
Some manufacturers actually print 'Batch # xxxx' or maybe a date code (year / month) on the cans.
I've only run across this problem before with cellulose paint for vehicles.
Bad luck 🤔 Back to hull sanding for me 😡
Response by figtree7nts on the 25th Jun 2018
Thanks, Doug
I found it on the bottom of the can!
The batch number that is!
Response by RNinMunich on the 25th Jun 2018
"Seek and ye shall find"! 😁👍

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Another great summer day! - Posted: 22nd Jun 2018
Today is another great summer day!
So, I took to spraying the Handrails and Davits.
The handrails that go around the cabin aft.
Need to be made up and sprayed as well!

The Life rings that come with the kit.
Are made of white metal.
I figure for now spray them orange.
And put white ribbons every 90 degree's!
Kind of make them look like life rings!

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What do you think? - Posted: 21st Jun 2018
It is a beautiful summer day.
Thought I'd do some spraying!
So I sprayed the Brooklyn's Pilot house and main cabin!
The origanal Brooklyn was a deep dark green.
But I thought against using a dark green!
I myself like a light green tug! But the port lights will be a dark green! to show some contrast. The pilot house window frames will be a brown (Using brown primer) for this!
All the hand rails will be black....

So, What do you think?

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Response by RNinMunich on the 21st Jun 2018
Evenin' Ed, colours sound fine👍
But why not polished brass hand rails?
One of the jobs for the ship's Boy!? 😉
Response by figtree7nts on the 21st Jun 2018
My first tug I worked on was made of wood!
She's now retired and is a museum piece!
Built in 1932 with a GM 6110 Diesel.
My Capt had me polish. The only thing made of brass.
Was her ships bell! I spent 9 years polishing that bell.
There's no way I want the crew of the Brooklyn.
To remember me by Polishing brass!!!!😜
Response by RNinMunich on the 21st Jun 2018
Fair enough 👍

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Running Lights arrived! - Posted: 19th Jun 2018
Yey, the running lights arrived!
OK, I was going to put deck lights But, am not!
I figure port starboard steaming ahead. and one Lamp is enough! also don't want to run all those wires!
Still waiting for some resisters to arrive in the mail.
And also waiting for some Slide DPDT switches to arrive as well!

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Response by RNinMunich on the 21st Jun 2018
Shame about the deck lights🤔
I've got some I will add to my 'Southampton' tug. The 40MHz version with no lights or other frills. Currently in the 'Fitting out' berth.
On a night run I figured they are a 'must'.
BTW: I hate those tiddly slide switches, they are always the first thing to fail due to water ingress and rust.
Have replaced several with small toggle switches in the garden lamps for my GF. I use ONLY toggle switches in model boats
Each to his own taste! Cheers Doug 😎
Response by figtree7nts on the 21st Jun 2018
Oops, I should have asked first!
Looks like I'll be ordering some.
For when the slide switches fail!
Response by RNinMunich on the 21st Jun 2018
When you get 'em Ed push a little grease into the base of the toggle, to ensure that wet stuff doesn't get in! They'll work much longer than the slide switches. Apart from the flimsy construction of the slide switches the toggle switches have a self-cleaning action and are more robust. Ciao, Doug 😎

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Windows Taped! - Posted: 17th Jun 2018
Windows finally taped!
Now all I have to do.
Is putty the main cabin deck.
Around the fascis board (coaming around main cabin).
Maybe paint the superstructure by Thursday or Friday!

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Deck Hardware Painted! - Posted: 17th Jun 2018
Today was a good day to spray paint the Deck Hardware.
I also hand painted the Fire Monitor too!
I painted the Deck Hardware black.
The main Deck will be a light Tan.
And the Main Cabin Deck light Grey!

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Response by RNinMunich on the 27th Jun 2018
Hi John, of course you are dead right👍 Vaseline is the stuff!
I should have mentioned that!🤔
Definitely NOT graphite or Lithium based grease or any other conductive / semi-conductive material or any thick heavy grease.
Warming it slightly is also a good tip 👍
Alternative is the switch cleaning / protection spray. Comes in cans with an applicator tube just like WD40. Vaseline is probably cheaper though.
Nevertheless, I still prefer toggle switches to slide switches every time.
They have a spring loaded snap action for better contact and self-cleaning. I like the hi current jobs from the auto branch with built in LED so you can see what's happening, or not 🤔
Like in my Sea Scout for instance. Cheers, Doug 😎
Response by RNinMunich on the 27th Jun 2018
Hi Ed, stick with the switches you have!
Those little ones are only rated for 300mA.
Don't use them for switching the motor supply!!
Yours are 6A which should be enough for your motor.
They'll have some 'safety margin' built in anyway.
Cheers Doug 😎
Response by figtree7nts on the 27th Jun 2018
Thanks Doug,

Big and clunky here we go!
No one's going to see the switches anyway!

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Building the Ladders! - Posted: 13th Jun 2018
Today I worked on the ladders!
Fairly simple to do. Just had to measure the rungs.
Cut them to size 1 1/4"! The actual rung will be 3/4"!
Wait for the glue to set. Then cut off the excess!

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