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    Folding Bulwark????!
    Hello John Thank you for looking through your new books! The picture you have uploaded is indeed a curious and interesting vessel. I have never seen such before. Could make a great ahs unusual model. I believe I have the cargo winches sorted and hope to make those next week. Now to sort an
    anchor
    winch. I have asked a number of modellers about folding bulwarks and I have been met with no idea expression each time. Obviously not something modellers bother with out would seem. Regards Toby
    3 months ago by Toby
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    (Tug Boat) Anteo Harbour Tug
    My first ever Tug about fifty years ago, and my very first steam engine hence the super-structure looks a little hacked about, especially the engine housing with globe valves stuck out here and there. this was and still is an amazing kit from Panart, a plank on frame double skinned hull, and all the fittings were brass to a very high quality, (note the
    anchor
    winch all brass and it works. The engine and boiler was from Maxwell Hemmings one of the very few manufacturers at the time. (Motor: Piston Valve Twin Cylinder) (ESC: Servo controlled) (10/10)
    3 months ago by GaryLC
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    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hi, Doug: As “luck” would have it I managed to fall down several of our basement stairs last Fall (no pun intended, I promise. But I really hope it’s the “last fall” I ever take). I had a good hold of the railing & I don’t have any idea why I fell. Luckily it was only about six steps; it could have been much worse. As it is, though, I dislocated my right shoulder & tore the right biceps tendon loose from the bone. The dislocation was fixed with physical therapy but surgery via scope was needed to install two titanium
    anchor
    s in the front of the shoulder bone. The tendon tatters were trimmed, then it was sutured to the
    anchor
    s. Seeing that I can tie my shoes by myself again now I’m trying to get back to work on my tug. I’m still severely klutzy but I’m getting better every day & my fine motor skills are coming back OK. When the doctor told me I needed surgery I said I wanted a second opinion. He said: “OK, you’re ugly, too”. Then I asked him if I’d be able to play the violin when I’m all better. He said I shouldn’t have any problem playing at all. That’s great news for me seeing as I can’t play one now. Seriously, I do miss not being able to play my guitars. Well, that’s all I can write for now. I hope you’re doing really well & having great success with all of your projects. Take good care. Pete
    4 months ago by PittsfieldPete
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    (Naval Ship) MV Krait
    The MV Krait is a wooden-hulled vessel famous for its use during World War II by the Z Special Unit of Australia during the raid against Japanese ships
    anchor
    ed in Singapore Harbour. The raid was known as Operation Jaywick. The MV Krait is on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum. (5/10)
    5 months ago by rcmodelboats
    Blog
    Tow hook assembly
    The white metal fitting has an awful lot of detail on it but lacks definition so some time spent on filling the body to better define the components. The
    anchor
    part has six hex dummy bolts cast into the base but I intend to drill these out and then use 8BA brass bolts to secure it to the woodwork. Looking at pictures of the assembly it is obvious that there is a handle arrangement missing so I made this from a piece of brass wire and epoxied in place. The two parts have a linkage to fasten them together so again using brass wire and a piece of scrap tube a linkage was made and holes drilled and tapped to secure the assembly. Finally, a couple of coats of primer followed by a “Gun Metal” finish and the items are finished. A pleasing result, however taking some time to do, now for the circular running rail, and supporting posts to complete this unit.
    5 months ago by mturpin013
    Blog
    Sanding done
    Most of the sanding is now done and the not so easy task of getting the propshaft and tube out (M3 so not really man enough). Bought loads of bits including the grab rails I've fitted. Bollards, cleats, capstan,
    anchor
    , chain, instruments,nav lights etc all boxed up ready to fit after paint. Also the crew has arrived from China. But, I have failed to find a VHF 'White Stick' style antenna anywhere....anyone seen one in any of the catalogues? Steve
    6 months ago by steve-d
    Response
    Dressed overall for launch party back in June 2018
    Such a great looking model! But she needs her pots, floats, dans and
    anchor
    s to go to work! There’s a launch party to pay for! Great job!
    7 months ago by GrahamP74
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    anchor
    drops
    Just found this on youtube, just goes to show, dropping
    anchor
    isn't always that simple😲. Very dangerous...those with a nervous disposition take care in watching!!!😆 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMytHt1D1go Peter
    7 months ago by Rookysailor
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    HELP needed re: Graupner Neptun
    Your container idea shows two yellow cranes. I have no life boats, railings, forecastle deck hardware,
    anchor
    s, masts, just what you see here.
    7 months ago by Ron
    Forum
    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hi, Doug. I’ve attached a zoomed-in photo of the “
    anchor
    Enclosure” that’s built into the starboard bow bulwark of the Wyeforce. There’s an
    anchor
    in the box but I can’t tell for sure what kind it is. Maybe a navy-type with the fluke & bill pointed inward toward the deck? A better photo is needed to be sure, so I’ll keep looking. The enclosure itself would be simple to build & fit to the hull. I remember seeing a photo of the boat’s foredeck area that showed what may have been a hawse pipe running inboard from behind
    anchor
    enclosure & down through the deck, presumably to a winch belowdecks? Does that make sense? Pete
    8 months ago by PittsfieldPete
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    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Doug: I feel like a dunce for not noticing that
    anchor
    before. it sticks out like a sore thumb if you know where to look. That’s another thing that I’m surprised hobby engine didn’t add to the boat. I guess in the long run it was easier for moldmaking purposes to omit that particular detail. That’s another thing, however, that wouldn’t be all that hard to scratchbuild. All that’s needed is to cut an opening in the bulwark & build a sheet styrene box for the housing. it’s not exactly a high priority item, but I think it would go a long way toward adding realism. So far none of the photos of the Wyforce I seen show what the
    anchor
    enclosure looks like on the inside of the bulwark. Then again maybe some of them did & I missed that, too. I assume there’s an
    anchor
    winch, possibly below deck near the chain locker. I expect there’s a “drop/raise” button inside the pilot house. I’ll browse for a photo of the
    anchor
    & post it if I succeed. Thanks
    8 months ago by PittsfieldPete
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    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hi Pete, Welcome back👍 Yes, I did remove the moulded rungs. No chance of cramming the wiring in if you don't. I just twisted them out with a small pair of pliers and machined the rest out with a 3mm milling bit in my mini drill. I had hoped you would come to the 'cluttered' conclusion about the mast! Don't know of any standards for lamp spacing, never thought about. Spect there is, maybe Ed (figtree) knows, but he's having internet problems at the moment 🤔 Thanks re antenna cables. Not difficult with a couple of chunks of copper wire and the pin-drill. Some time I will also add the two small booms carrying a GPS antenna and an anemometer. Re
    anchor
    s: all tugs I've ever seen have
    anchor
    s. This is on my list of 'Missing details on the model'. it's quite a long list🤔 Pics attached showing the
    anchor
    in a recess on the stbd bow. BECC still exist but only seem to sell through agents/stockists now. Here the US/Canada stockists;- http://www.becc.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d47.html This probably your best bet http://www.loyalhannadockyard.com/ Some of the others have disappeared😲 Look forward to your winch sketch, cos I wanna build one too! Cheers, Doug 😎
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
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    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hello, Doug: Out of curiosity, did you remove the molded-on plastic ladder rungs from inside of the mast to gain more space for wires? Seeing your finished mast has shown me that it’s best to keep the original nav light locations. Having all 6 lights on the main mast will make it look too cluttered. With all of the lights switched on it’ll look like a light saber is jutting out of the pilot house roof. Do you know if there are standards governing the horizontal spacing of navigation lights? There should be, otherwise I’d think the lights could tend to overlap & look like one big light, especially in fog. BTW, the cables you added to the mast antennas look great. The smooth curve of the cables & the weather boots at the antenna connections add a lot of realism. Well done!👍🏻 Speaking of details, do you know if tugboats carry
    anchor
    s? if so, what type? As far as I know the US Coast Guard requires every powered vessel to have at least one
    anchor
    . I see no reason why tugboats would be exempt from this rule. I’m glad you mentioned using a Tamiya sanding sponge as a means of removing the factory-applied lettering. There’s a model railroad technique I’ve used successfully where an ordinary pencil eraser & window cleaner are used to remove lettering. I’m sure it would work on my boat but I might not live long enough to get it finished. Shortly after I got the boat I ordered a cloth American flag & scale Plimsoll markings from BECC. Sadly BECC has gone out of business. Another good supplier goes around the bowl & down the hole. Sad. Regarding the winch again, your comments tell me that I may have mislead you into thinking that my boat has a winch. it doesn’t, but I did say I’m planning to scratchbuild one. in fact, I’m going to sketch one out right after I post this message. Thanks, Pete
    8 months ago by PittsfieldPete
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    nearing completion!
    So, I have managed to crack on quite a bit this week. Ive done a heap at work on nights this week, followed by near enough a whole weekend of no interuptions as the "long haired Segeant Major" has been at her parents for the weekend!😁 it took a couple of days to build the coxswains console out of balsa and alot of fettling with plastitube and sheet, very please with the outcome. its not 100% scale acurate as is the rest of the model, but close enough to give a good representation of the wheelhouse contents. Just the Coxswain and seat to build and paint for a completed wheelhouse. The rest of the weekend has seen the cockpit just about finished, painted and laquered. So, to complete the model the following items need to be built, painted and fitted. Radar mount and radar, instrument dials, cockpit glazing, antenna mast and rigging, towing bitt, rear cockpit railing and winch, hull grab ropes,
    anchor
    , and finally about 2 kilos of lead ballast to get her sitting right on the water. I reckon another week to 10 days for a completed model!
    9 months ago by Skydive130
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    46Firefloat Mk2 paint
    Hi Astromorg, Hmm! Your assessment throws up some interesting questions! 1 if the 'teardrop' is a DF antenna what frequency band was it intended to detect? it's way too small to contain the multiple antenna elements necessary to detect, and determine the angle of incidence, of any frequency in common use at that time. I've also never seen a microwave waveguide that shape. if DF I would expect a rotating loop antenna in that era. 2 it's my conviction that the tear drop on the Vickers Wellington is a streamlined VHF antenna. Or just possibly a radar detector much later in the 'grand ruckus'. 3 Why would a Fireboat need a DF set anyway? 4 Some photos clearly show a forward facing lens (white disc) in the teardrop. 5 Such boats when tied up to a mooring buoy instead of the dock would require a 360° visible light. Hence mast-top is the favourite mounting place. 6 Visible angle is primarily a question of the lamp and lens construction and not necessarily the mounting position. 7 A stern light providing the 'fill in all round' is a contradiction of the purpose of running lights which are so constructed and mounted as to help the observer to determine which way the vessel is moving. Forward and aft lights visible 180°? red and green 90°. Which combination you can see helps indicate which way the vessel is moving; towards or away from you. Conversely the single
    anchor
    light should be visible from any angle. it can be yellow to distinguish it from a running light. Current regulations also recommend the use of deck lights while at
    anchor
    . 8 I agree re position halfway up the mast for the forward running light, BUT, as the masts on these vessels were often folded down the permanently fixed forward running light on the cabin roof would make sense. But then, that's only my opinion! And what do I know?😲 I only worked in communication engineering for 45 years, the last 32 of 'em in integrated Naval Communication Systems, on all types of vessels from Fast Patrol Boats through FACs, OPVs, corvettes, frigates, conventional subs and up to Escort Aircraft Carrier. Cheers, Doug 😎
    10 months ago by RNinMunich
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    46Firefloat Mk2 paint
    The mast top light is most likely the
    anchor
    Light and the one on the cabin roof a running light.😎 I figured Robbob would have the gen Gen 👍
    10 months ago by RNinMunich
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    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    I stand corrected Rule 30! —INTERNATIONAL— Lights and Shapes Rule 30
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    ed Vessels and Vessels Aground (a) A vessel at
    anchor
    shall exhibit where it can best be seen: (i) in the fore part, an all-round white light or one ball; (ii) at or near the stern and at a lower level than the light prescribed in subparagraph (i), an all-round white light. (b) A vessel of less than 50 meters in length may exhibit an all-round white light where it can best be seen instead of the lights prescribed in paragraph (a) of this Rule. (c) A vessel at
    anchor
    may, and a vessel of 100 meters and more in length shall, also use the available working or equivalent lights to illuminate her decks
    10 months ago by figtree7nts
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    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    That's the diagram I have been working to Pete, Was also surprised to hear red for the
    anchor
    light, but Ed has worked on tugs!? Your boat, your choice! Cheers and G'night All, Doug
    10 months ago by RNinMunich
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    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hi Guy's, R2 should be RED not WHITE! Top most light on the Mast!
    anchor
    lights are RED and their arc of view is 360 degree's!
    10 months ago by figtree7nts
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    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hi Pete, Hope the eyeballs are better 👍 Think I've now got the ultimate configuration 😊 (or the possible, tentative, subject to committee approval and board resolution, potential penultimate configuration 😲) See attached pdf. All new stuff is in red. Thinking is as follows, according to the mast diagram you sent me- L3; NAV & Towing in parallel 2 ccts; one for the port & stbd in the cabin roof, one for the white rear NAV & Towing, yellow, on the mast pointing aft. L4; 2 white deck working lights plus new LED for the cabin light - white or yellow/amber. Your choice. I might be inclined to go for yellow as bridge lighting tends to be not too bright so it doesn't impair the night vision of the watch. Could be why it was a bulb in the first place - softer light ? R2;
    anchor
    light at mast top only. Makes no sense to combine with running (NAV) lights etc. R3; The three new white running lights on the mast pointing forward. L2 and R4 remain as they are for searchlight and horn. Now working on the corresponding wiring sketch. More tomorrow. Cheers, Doug 😎
    10 months ago by RNinMunich
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    The
    anchor
    .
    Hi Molly. The planking is 7mm x 1.5mm Maple and the caulking is 0.7mm black plasticard. Have a look at the 'Planking' sections in this blog to see how it was done. Robbob.
    11 months ago by robbob
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    (Tug Boat) Happy Hunter
    Found this kit on a well-known auction site and bought it for £100. it is the original Robbe kit and fittings included. There was no command module and so I have devised a way of having working
    anchor
    s, tow, crane and warning beacon, bow thruster, nav lights and searchlight. It was a bit of a struggle to balance her properly and she needs quite a lot of ballast. A real handful, you might say but she looks really well on the pond. (Motor: MFA Torpedo 800) (ESC: Action P94) (8/10)
    11 months ago by liamduck
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    Foredeck
    Thanks. Had not forgotten the big capstan, and there may have been four 14lb guns but difficult to tell from photos. I can alter the base plates for the
    anchor
    winches easily enough.
    12 months ago by Gdaynorm
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    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hi, Doug: You’ve been a busy man! I certainly appreciate your efforts & assistance. I haven’t removed the tug’s deck or the bottom cover of its pilot house to look at the circuit boards as yet but I’ll do it later on this morning. I’ve included a marked-up scan from the tug’s instruction booklet to show the transmitter’s current use of its function switches. I also suggested a way to add LED navigation lights to the mast (in two groups) & control them with two of the transmitter switches. Please let me know if the scan or my poor printing are unreadable & I’ll try again. The table below lists the factory-designed transmitter function switches & their original purpose. TABLE ONE - EXISTING CONFIGURATION Switch L2 - Controls (1) clear LED pilot house roof searchlight. Switch L3 - Controls (1) red LED port sidelight. Switch L4 - Controls (2) clear LED aft deck lights. Switch R2 - Controls (1) clear pilot house interior light*. Switch R3 - Controls (1) green LED starboard sidelight. Switch R4 - Controls the horn. *This appears to be an incandescent bulb. Table Two suggests a way of combining some of the existing functions with two groups of new mast LEDs, then using (2) of the existing transmitter switches to control them. For mast lights I’d like to add (1) yellow LED mast top
    anchor
    light, (3) clear LED forward-facing navigation lights (1) clear LED aft-facing navigation light & (1) clear LED aft-facing
    anchor
    light. TABLE TWO - MODIFIED CONFIGURATION Switch L2 - [No change] Switch L3 - Controls (1) red LED port sidelight, (1) green LED starboard sidelight, (1) aft-facing clear LED
    anchor
    light & (1) aft-facing clear LED navigation light. Switch L4 - [No change] Switch R2 - [No change] Switch R3 - Controls (1) yellow LED mast top light & (3) forward- facing clear LED navigation lights. Switch R4 - [No change] Even though an actual tugboat probably wouldn’t have all of her mast lights turned on together, I don’t mind if they’re all on at once on my tug. The modifications above result in having (4) LEDs controlled by Switch L3 & (4) LEDs controlled by Switch R3. if these changes are possible then adding the (6) new LEDs should be relatively easy, plus all lighting & the horn are still powered by the tug’s 7.2 volt battery. I plan to upgrade the battery to a much higher mAh rating to help offset the extra drain from the additional LEDs. Doug? if you’re still awake after reading this what are your thoughts? is my plan feasible? Thanks again for your help. Pete
    12 months ago by PittsfieldPete
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    Foredeck
    Hi Norm, not bad 👍 Coupla points: 1 Weren't the two capstans on the stb side mounted on the same base plate? See attached GA drawing. 2 And there seems to be a slightly larger general purpose capstan on the centre line slightly forward of the
    anchor
    winches, and a few other 'doodads' dotted about the foredeck. 3 The hawser pipes should be more elongated and angled towards the hull side. Neat work nevertheless😉 Cheers Doug 😎 PS: the bollards on the port side seem to be just forward of the
    anchor
    winch.
    12 months ago by RNinMunich
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    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hi Pete, Okaaay! That complicates the issue a little. 'I think I better think it out again'! Now we have to decide which lights you want to switch together as some would not normally be on simultaneously; e.g.
    anchor
    and running lights. Do you perchance have a layout drawing of the circuit board and the plugs and sockets? 'snipped' out of the instruction book perhaps. Or a good focussed photo might do. As I understand it you currently have the following switchable functions, correct? 1. red running light, 2. green running light, to be combined with the red, 3. white deck lights, How many individual LEDs? 4. white searchlight, 5. white interior lights, How many individual LEDs? Need to know the numbers of LEDs in 3 and 5 to estimate the current the switching circuits can handle!!! Maybe we could combine some others as well, e.g. deck lights and towing light or
    anchor
    light? Stern light with the red and green? Deck lights with the interior lights? Interior lights with the running lights? Let me know what you prefer, (I know... ALL singing, ALL dancing and beer from a tap on the side😁) cheers, Doug 😎
    12 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Catheads
    Hi Norm, Why a winch? I believe the catheads are only there to hold the chain away from the side and stop the
    anchor
    bashing the hull until it is fully weighed. Hang over from wooden ship days. Or "Small projection from ship’s side just abaft hawser pipe. Used for suspending an
    anchor
    when cable is disconnected and used for mooring to a buoy." See pic of 1/192 version from John R Haynes, Cheers Doug 😎 http://johnrhaynes.com/catalog/fitting-list/product/JRH18/?
    12 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Winches
    Sorry Norm, Got a bit carried away 🤔That's HMS Hood, but I strongly suspect that the capstan /
    anchor
    chain arrangement would have been very very similar. After all Hood was only 10 years or so later and much from the Dreadnought was used again and/or improved. Suspect that, as you said, foredeck arrangements were virtually identical on the Nelson class. Cheers, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    Winches
    Hi Doug, What a beautiful model. Whose? Keep seeing things differently. The 14pdr gune set up on the main turrets on that model seems a bit different from the photo I have of a rear turret. I will stay with what I have done and say a prayer or three. Have started on
    anchor
    s, see pic. The shot you gave me of the bow shows the ab nchors very well. They were huge! Don't look too closely at my pic. There is all sorts of cleaning up to do! I am surprised the
    anchor
    chains seem to be hauled across the deck planking. Nelson had steel runways for the chains to run across.
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm
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    deepdivers Rescue tug - Assurance class?
    Thanks to Doug for all his help in finding the name of my Tug. So armed with this info I started to Goggle the name and below is the results. H.M.S. ATTENTIF W68 French Naval Tug. Allocated SNO Portland for towing Bombardons. Built 1938 Forges et Chantiers de la Gironde, Bordeaux. L114.75’. B27.75’. 672grt. 1000ihp 3cylTE steam engine. Armament 1x20mm AA, 2xMG. 1938 Delivered to French Navy. 19-6-1940 Arrived Plymouth. 3-7-1940 Seized and Req by RN. 9-1940 Based Devonport. 0-1940 Based at Aberdeen. 1-1941 Based at Milford Haven. 2-1941 – 1942 Based Aberdeen . 1942 – 1944 Based at Harwich. 5-1944 - 1945 Based Portsmouth. 6-1944 Towed 30ton crane 1206 Cardiff to Plymouth. 5-6-1945 Released from Overlord tug pool. 7-8-1945 Returned to French Navy, pennant A671. 1946-7 Renamed Locmine. 6-3-1964 Laid up at Brest. The Bombardons were large 200 ft (61 m) by 25 ft (7.6 m) cross-shaped floating breakwaters fabricated in steel that were
    anchor
    ed outside the main breakwaters that consisted of Gooseberries (scuttled ships) and Phoenixes (concrete caissons). 24 bombardon units, attached to one another with hemp ropes, would create a 1 mi (1.6 km) breakwater. During the storms at the end 1944 some Bombardons broke up and sank while others parted their
    anchor
    s and drifted down onto the harbours, possibly causing more damage Fred
    1 year ago by Fred
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    Winches
    Doug, Have you any info on Dreadnought's
    anchor
    winches? She now has all,I think!, of her portholes, well over a hundred.
    anchor
    s next, then guard rails around the focsle.
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm
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    Bristol pilot cutter mascotte
    Thanks kmbcsecretary, I just saw the
    anchor
    I need!
    1 year ago by figtree7nts
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    Bristol pilot cutter mascotte
    thanks figtree7nts and Donnieboy i purchased the
    anchor
    from cornwall model boats, i tend to use these for most of my fittings orders as 99% of time they have in stock although they had to order the rigging blocks in for me due to the quantity needed.
    1 year ago by kmbcsecretary
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    Bristol pilot cutter mascotte
    Great job on the eye splices. and of course the rigging! Question where did you get you
    anchor
    from?
    1 year ago by figtree7nts
    Directory
    (Tug Boat) ODIN
    All, lights, smoke, sound, radar, stern winch,
    anchor
    , fire monitor all work (Motor: Power 1000) (ESC: electronize) (10/10)
    1 year ago by kimbo
    Blog
    Getting ready
    The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum moved their Model Boat Expo back to May and I'm getting Constellation ready to sail. It's a tradition now that I have some progress to show each time she sails, so this time I want to set the courses. Since her last sail the aft bulwark was added and new winch drums made, and a wedge added to the cart to keep her from sliding back. Putting her on and off her ballast was a pain by myself, so I ground off the threads on the rods for about a centimeter so they act like pins and hold the boat in place while I thread in the other rod. That little hack was much simpler than figuring out some sort of cradle to fit on the cart. I looked at all sorts of ways to control the courses, and the simplest method was sort of a yard at the bottom, but one that wasn't obvious. I used a length of vinyl coated clothes hanger and sew pocket onto the clews on the backside of the sails. in the center of the foot, I sewed a sleeve. The rod goes through the sleeve and onto the pockets. if I need to reduce sail, I can easily pull out the rods and bunt up the sail. I also figured I'll set the two gaff-headed Spencer sails. So far I sewed hoops on the forward one. Their a line on it to brail it up if I need to lose it. The t'gallants and royals will get hooks on the halyards, and some sort of easy release on their sheets, so I can take them off, yard and all, if it's too windy. if need be, I should be able to brail up the spencers, bunt up the courses, and remove the t'gallants and royals all in just a few minutes, and have her down to just tops'ls, spanker, and jibs. if THAT's too much sail, well, then it's just too windy to sail. Hopefully I'll get to sail her with all 17 sails set! The other bit of "progress" for this sail will be to use both winches. Previously I used one winch to control the main corse yard, and the fore and mizzen were slaved to it. Last time I controlled the fore tops'l yard and slaved the main and mizzen to the fore. This time the main and mizzen tops'l yard will be controlled together on their own winch, and the fore tops'l yard will be controlled separately on it's own winch. This way, when I come-about or tack, I can back the fore against the wind to push the bow across. So, I was looking at images of the real ship to refresh my memory of how the main and mizzen brace were led when I noticed the main tops'l brace was
    anchor
    ed in the rig in one place when sail was set, and another place without sails. Looking around I found there was some sort of ring or band that slide up and down the mizzen topmast pushed by the tops'l yard parrel when it was raised and lowered to set or take in sail. I'd never noticed that sort of thing before, but looking at images of ship contemporary to Constellation, I found it was actually pretty common place, and I even saw it done on a few British ships of the 1850's and later. Always learning something new.
    1 year ago by Jerry Todd
    Blog
    Progress
    At least she looks like a warship at last. I wonder if her
    anchor
    winches would be different to those twenty years later. She had multiple booms for torpedo nets. I assume they were mounted to the hull a few feet above waterline and swung out from there. Were they wood or steel does anyone know? Must have been quite an operation setting them out!
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm
    Response
    Focsle
    Actually you sent me the bow shot some time back. What I am missing is the layout of
    anchor
    winches and
    anchor
    chain runs. I guess they will be similar to Nelson. Pity Greenwich has got SO expensive!
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm
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    Graupner ranzow refitting
    I originally built this about 6 years ago when I was still a novice builder and some mistakes were made and it ended up partially sinking , it was left in the workshop for about a year before I decided to refit it out. The deck just lifted of the framing without any problems because it was rotten as well as some of the framing , the motors and prop shafts had seized and most of the electrics and the battery had shorterd and corroded due to the sinking. I had been doing the odd bits of the refit over the past couple of years not really in any rush to complete it. After replacing the rotten framing I started to replace the electrics with all new gear Battery 12v 7mah Motors Mtronic 560 Working crane using 3 mini motors with Mr RC world micro speed controllers Working
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    winch (krick I think) Full lighting kit and working radar Main speed controllers electronize The pictures shows as it is now ready for the new decking to be fitted
    1 year ago by kmbcsecretary
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    The German coastguard model, 120 cm long, 2 x TURNIGY AC motor, 2 x 5200 mA battery, shines and lights the
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    s. Riding in Prague in the Friendship Park, a small water area allowed only 1/4 of the boat's capacity😁😤
    1 year ago by Inkoust
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    Graupner ranzow refitting
    Hi there the krick working
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    winch is now £111 Ouite a price! Did you scratch build the crane? all looking really good, carry on building
    1 year ago by mturpin013
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    Graupner ranzow refitting
    Here is the working
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    winch, i did cheat and purchase this from cornwall model boats if you search for " krick working
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    winch " when i purchased this it retailed at £69 but i do think it is worth the expense and i have in the past used this to make my own working
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    winch for one of my tugs.
    1 year ago by kmbcsecretary
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    Hi That is a nice tight looking deck, just hope mine comes out that good.
    1 year ago by Fred
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    Hawsepipes Old Chap, Hawsepipes! 😁 Pronounced hawse(r)pipe. Build is coming on fine, very tidy work 👍 The weights you use look extremely familiar 😉 Did the same with the cabin roof for my Sea Scout reno. Carry on Blogging, cheers Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    HMS HOOD by Trumpeter
    The deck has arrived and two days before the due delivery date! It was boxed and well packaged to avoid damage in transit and came complete with two lengths of the promised (free gift)
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    chain. Fitting will be a steep learning curve as this is my first one, but there is plenty of help on youtube. In fact, should it need any treatment, my wife has found some helpful hints and tips here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkmeoYKYctw. I will keep you posted. Steve
    1 year ago by cormorant
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    HMS HOOD by Trumpeter
    I have just found one - and ordered it. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-200-HOOD-Wooden-Deck-for-Trumpeter-03710/292244329037? From the pictures it looks good - and I'm protected by ebay and PayPal if the wheel comes off. The vendor has even thrown in pre-blacked
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    chain as a 'free' gift. Watch this space.
    1 year ago by cormorant
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    I forgot about this bit, it was done before the hull and decks were painted. The tubes to take the
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    chain, there is probable a proper name for these but I have no idea what it is 😡 The positions on the deck were marked off and two holes drilled slightly smaller than the plastic tube that I was going to use, the same size holes were drilled on the hull, there are markings on the hull were the
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    s go. Using a small round file the holes were opened up to take the tube, a small amount of super glue to hold the tubes in position and then the plastic tubes sanded off against the hull and deck. A bit of P38 around the tubes and sanded. Job done 😁
    1 year ago by AlanP
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    Evenin' Fred, just got back from shopping & car-wash, -3C° and still snowing 😡 so no sailing for a while😭 Thinks; must chuck my hovercraft together 😉 Re: marking out - use a medium tip red felt marker and it'll show up on anything (except perhaps red satin pyjamas!!😲😁) If you've got a mini-drill (Dremel or similar) just whiz the paint off where you need to glue with a mini sanding disc. No great shakes, we've all had to do it, especially with renovations. Cheers Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    Deck Beams and
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    Hi Doug Good point👍 I have just made more work for myself😆, my thoughts behind it was that I could see my fixing marking's when I started fitting the cross beams for the rudder servo and speed controller. All the best Fred
    1 year ago by Fred
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    Hi Fred, More haste, less speed! it's not a race. Glad to see that you're making progress, but I would have waited to paint the inside of the hull until it was fitted out. To make sure that the internal fittings stick and STAY stuck. 😉 Good luck, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich


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