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Brooklyn Tugboat Print Booklet
Author: figtree7nts   Posts: 127   Photos: 175   Subscribers: 5   Views: 13576   Responses: 280   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)

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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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Taping of Windows! - Posted: 8th Jun 2018
The pilot house of the Brooklyn.
Is made of clear lexan.
Or some sort of clear plastic.
Anyway you have to tapeup the windows.
if you want clear windows to show!
So, now i'm waiting for 10mm tape.
To tapeup the forward windows on the brooklyn!
Pacients is a virtue!
In the plans Dumas wants you to neatly.
cut the windows out.
Just to put another piece of clear plastic in it's place!
What? yes cut it out to replace it with another piece of plastic!!!!

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Response by RNinMunich on the 8th Jun 2018
What the heck were those guys drinking or sniffing when they wrote their instructions 😲
Response by figtree7nts on the 8th Jun 2018
So far the hardest part of the build is the pilot house!
Painting it will be another challenge.
Oh, not sure what they where thinking drinking or sniffing!
But the pilot house needs to be redesigned...….

A lot of the builders of the Brooklyn.
Paint the whole pilot house.
Then paint the windows black!

Not me I want visible windows......

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Pilot House and Main Cabin! - Posted: 7th Jun 2018
Well, I finally assembled the pilot house and main cabin!
I drilled holes straight through the pilot house and main cabin!
I'm using very thin wire! Don't even know what gauge it is!

For those of you who may want to build the Tug Brooklyn.
When making the main cabin be careful.
That the main cabin deck is flat!
So that when you go to put the pilot house on to the main cabin deck. they are flush the main cabin deck has camber.
But the pilot house doesn't have camber! So when you put them together they don't match! I sanded down the pilot house bottom. to match the main cabin deck as best as possible.
I had to put an extra strip of plastic to hide the uneven seam. from where the pilot house met the main cabin deck!

I think once painted it won't be too noticeable!

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Response by RNinMunich on the 7th Jun 2018
So far so good Ed 👍
Looking closely at the pics of the original I note that she also had such trim boards around the base of the pilot house so no sweat eh? 😉
Response by figtree7nts on the 7th Jun 2018
I'm trying that's, why I'm taking my time with her!

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Final Color Choice! - Posted: 2nd Jun 2018
I was going to use a very light green. By Humbrol but decided against it because.
I thought about it Tugs of that class and era.
Where a dark green! But I don't want to use dark green!
So, I purchased medium light green instead.
It's called "Army Green"!
Oh, It has no shine what so ever.
A very matt finish which is what I want!
If you look at the picture to the right.
That's the original Brooklyn.
Docked somewhere on a New York City pier. Circa 1910!

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Tamiya Tape! - Posted: 25th May 2018
Well the Tamiya Tape arrived! Now I can go ahead and fix the waterline on the Brooklyn! There's some over spray I have to tidy up. Once I'm done with that. on to the Deck and Deck hardware!

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Response by Donnieboy on the 25th May 2018
The Tamiya tape is great stuff to work with.I use it all the time.
Just make sure you keep a constant pressure on it.Don't pull on it too hard.It does take curves depending on the width of the tape.
Enjoy marking your waterline.
Response by figtree7nts on the 25th May 2018
Thanks, for the input won't pull on it too hard!
I got the 6mm and 40mm for now! I got the 6mm to help me make the turn on aft of the hull! Here goes nothing!

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