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Brooklyn Tugboat Print Booklet
Author: figtree7nts   Posts: 89   Photos: 128   Subscribers: 4   Views: 7920   Responses: 204   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)

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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 teejay on the 22nd Jun 2018
I have following your build and I am impressed by your work.
I have been watching a documentary on the Queen Mary this afternoon ,it showed the first arrival in New York and noticed that some the boats where very similar to your boat , as coincidence would have it my daughter has invaded Brooklyn last Monday as she is on a working holiday with americamp, so god help America
Response by figtree7nts on the 22nd Jun 2018
Hi Teejay,

Thanks,👍
I'm trying as best as I can.
And taking my time with the build of the Brooklyn!
She should be completed. Within a month or so, time will tell!

Oh, I haven't been in Brooklyn in 35 yrs!

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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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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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