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    PS Enterprise
    This model is intended to be used to carry camera such as a go pro. my current camera vessel is a
    barge
    and I can't turn the
    barge
    without it looking bad on video so I wanted a vessel that can move under its own power but not too fast. The model is 1/20 and will have 2 paddles wheels, one on each side. This particular vessel is currently in Canberra NSW but it used to operate in Uchuka NSW.
    6 months ago by rcmodelboats
    Blog
    Ketch
    barge
    ''Pearl of Ipswich''
    Hello, As I have mentioned before, I like the workboats from the age of sailing. The sailing
    barge
    s caught my interest some time ago on one of my stays in the UK and I recently purchased a number of books on them. interesting history, more to it than I realized. Finally decided to build a Ketch
    barge
    that is categorized as a Boomie as well. Several reasons; I wanted to model one of the larger ones, this one is 85', and I like gaff rigged boats with booms. Topsails a must as well and I like ketches. This one fits the bill and who could resist the chance to set 7 to 8 sails! Frank Carr's book tells the story of the
    barge
    Pearl and included plan, elevation, lines and sail plans. Nice bit of information, I can build with that. See attached photos. This will probably be a lengthy build, my Falmouth Gaff-rigged Cutter took me two years. I built that one while on assignment in Grand Cayman using only my small kit OD hand tools. More to come, hope to start this week. Cheers, Joe
    5 months ago by Joe727
    Response
    Re: Build manual/ instructions
    Hi, try this > https://docplayer.net/44439682-Building-a-model-thames-sailing-
    barge
    .html I can reccommend Model thames sailing
    barge
    s at facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1036890286476399/ Tom
    3 months ago by tomarack
    Forum
    Rigging a model
    barge
    Hi, here I put rope diameters (above mentioned) . Kathleen ropes - in attachment
    3 months ago by tomarack
    Forum
    Rigging a model
    barge
    I am building a model Thames sailing
    barge
    and have reached the stage of spars and rigging. I am wondering what to use to make the main shrouds and forestay. Pictures that I have seen look as if it is a model rope product rather than a wire. Can anyone tell me what they have used please.
    4 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Rigging a model
    barge
    Many thanks for your advice. I think you have confirmed what I had worked out from looking at pictures of model
    barge
    s and other craft, however the very comprehensive dimensions you have given on facebook are very welcome and will help me a lot.
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Rigging a model
    barge
    Hi, on Facebook I have added for you to the dimensions of the rigging corresponding rope diameters for the 1:24 model. I think the wires are more suitable for a static model. On my models I used black waxed cotton(?) string with a diameter of 1 mm for shrouds and fore stay. For other ropes I use cotton strings and cords produced by ropewalk . For main sheet , vangs and jibsheets I use braided fishing lines. Ivor Bittle reccommended black leather strings for main shrouds please look here > ( https://www.ivorbittle.com/ ) - very usable pages !!! Tom
    3 months ago by tomarack
    Forum
    Rigging a model
    barge
    Hull is a 30" generic Mastman hull. Will be RC. I have all but finished the hull, now making spars. Photos I have seen all look like rigging rope, available from various sources, Mastman etc. but I was wondering if it would be better if I used a wire. if so, what do I use. Cornwall model boats don't seem to list a wire. Bear in mind, difference in thickness for mainmast rigging to topmast. Any ideas?
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Rigging a model
    barge
    Question, is this intended to be a scale static model or are you building a sailing RC model? Joe
    3 months ago by Joe727
    Blog
    Auxiliary motor, rudder servo, bowsprit bitts
    Back to posting again....I decided to added an auxiliary motor since I had several laying around and it will come in handy when I am tweaking the sailing setup in case I get stuck in the middle of the pond. Made a stuffing tube just like I did on my rescue tug build. Made a shaft from some 3/16" steel rod, threaded it and polished it up, works great. Photo of the aft section shows continued hull framing and upside down mount of the rudder servo. I will enclose the servo with the small pilot house as is typical on the
    barge
    . This will make maintenance and adjustment access easy. Yes, the build is wandering away from the true "Pearl" which I used the hull plans from. it will maintain the same sail plan, but I will modify some items for ease of RC use. Bowsprit will be retractable, bitts are shown in progress. The bowsprit will be made from a carbon fiber "arrow shaft". Mast will be wood and I am shaping out of maple that I have. Staring to plank the hull as well. More to come shortly, Joe
    4 months ago by Joe727
    Media
    MV Ionia and Ray IX whaler
    From Hubertus onboard the Camera
    barge
    . There was the Rau IX whaler which was the best model at the club that day
    4 months ago by rcmodelboats
    Media
    MV Ionia
    A video from Hubertus taken onboard the Camera
    barge
    4 months ago by rcmodelboats
    Media
    DS 30
    Took time out from my new build to test float the
    barge
    I am building for my push boat to give it a long awaited float test for leaks and to mark the waterline. First decent day this winter!
    4 months ago by Mariner85
    Response
    San Pedro by Harbor Models!
    Thanks Joe, I have thought of building a sail boat. Or even a sail
    barge
    . like what your currently working on. But, I don't have the tools or the space required! As a matter of fact. My next build will have to be my last! As I only have space in my hobby room. For one last model! Maybe two if I squeeze thing's! And I have elected the Tug San Pedro to be the last build! I'm also interested to see how she works. Using a Z Drive at her bow. Should prove to be very maneuverable! When I worked on tugs in New York harbor. I never got the chance to use a Z Drive! It should be a lot of fun! Cheers, Ed
    5 months ago by figtree7nts
    Place
    Rigging
    Gary try looking on amazon i bought some last year for my Thames
    barge
    good luck ๐Ÿ‘ Bob
    5 months ago by Northumbrian
    Blog
    Planning Ahead
    Spent the last two days studying the
    barge
    design and planning the build. First I scanned the small book-page size images, then with my laptop I cropped them into separate smaller images to my chosen scale. I cut, align and tape them, assemble an image that is to the size of the build. in the past I would use the local print shop and just enlarged on their large roll printer. it added up to a lot of money as they are about $7 a shot, with mistakes made it cost too much. Now that I am retired I pinch those pennies much tighter. This was more time consuming but is very accurate. Next I sketched out the keel board shape, colored up as seen in the photos. Sketch out an idea to accommodate the bulb keel that I intend to add. This one is to sail on Sunday's at the pond, so I will do my best to engineer to sail well. Cheers Joe
    5 months ago by Joe727
    Response
    Ketch
    barge
    ''Pearl of Ipswich''
    Michael, Thanks for the interest, I hope I can keep up with your high quality of work. Joe
    5 months ago by Joe727
    Response
    Ketch
    barge
    ''Pearl of Ipswich''
    Chris, That's very interesting - your Pearl, I assume you meant the real, full scale one..? What kind of
    barge
    was it? Thank you for your interest, Joe
    5 months ago by Joe727
    Response
    Ketch
    barge
    ''Pearl of Ipswich''
    I look forward to seeing the build Joe
    5 months ago by mturpin013
    Response
    Ketch
    barge
    ''Pearl of Ipswich''
    Well done Joe will watch this build with interest and having owned yacht 'Pearl of Holyhead' for just short of 20 years a project close to my heart. Regards Chris G
    5 months ago by ChrisG
    Media
    Thames cruise
    barge
    total scratch built on fibreglass hull 127cm x24 cm,11 months to build 6volt system brushed motor,3blade 35mm brass prop.
    5 months ago by markiee
    Forum
    Book on Sailing
    barge
    s
    I have an aged bedraggled copy of Edgar March's book, I acquired it about sixty years ago and whilst I think the text is one of the best on the subject and what illustrations there are, are very good, I am of the opinion that the illustrations in the Cooper/Chancellor book are more extensive. The
    barge
    plans in March are very good and I imagine can be blown up but I am referring to the depth of useful illustrations of construction and gear in Cooper/Chancellor that I consider so useful.
    5 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Book on Sailing
    barge
    s
    I have always like the English sailing workboats and have built some fishing boats. Now my interest turned to Sailing
    barge
    s, found this nice book - Sailing
    barge
    s by Frank Carr. It's full of etchings, photos and some line drawings. Think this will be helpful in scratch building a
    barge
    . Over 450 pages and found a lightly used copy for $18.00 USD, on eBay. Regards, Joe
    6 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Book on Sailing
    barge
    s
    Interesting, Nice to see it gets around to other countries.
    5 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Book on Sailing
    barge
    s
    I have it in German Language ,great Work ๐Ÿ˜‰
    5 months ago by Dampfgerd
    Forum
    Book on Sailing
    barge
    s
    Don't forget Mersey Nobbys https://www.google.com/search?q=River+Mersey+working+sailboats&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=fEOcJLd1Lxt5CM%253A%252CBPsj5bxGmE8CFM%252C_&usg=AI4_-kTWKzKjXGx4NwUO8KuLfZiPlmqi2g&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjkiuvBjvbfAhV8WhUIHXiCBskQ9QEwDHoECAMQDA#imgrc=fEOcJLd1Lxt5CM:๐Ÿ‘
    5 months ago by onetenor
    Forum
    Book on Sailing
    barge
    s
    Chris, Don't think I ever thanked you for the information on books. I am ordering the Edgar March book today. Joe
    5 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Done it.
    Well done Ken. I foresee the day when we have Thames
    barge
    racing at Cold Knap.
    5 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Done it.
    Hi all, now Iโ€™ve done it, finally sent away for The Veronica Sailing
    barge
    , been drooling over it for a while now, but yesterday was it. shall I,, no, shall I, no, shall I, upps done it, hehe. So now Iโ€™m sitting on the stairs waiting for the post man with my parcel. Iโ€™ll let you know how I get on when I start her. Model Loyal Moderator on the bench at the moment so she has to be finnished first, (orders from her who has to be obeyed).ohwell, back to the bottom stair for now, cheers all, let you know when I come off the stairs, hehe.
    5 months ago by KenThompson
    Forum
    Done it.
    Ken, That's great! A sailing
    barge
    is on my build list hope to get started on one in the next couple of months. What did you buy, is it the short kit? Cheers, Joe
    5 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Mersey Mammoth / Lara 1
    Has anyone built or is anyone, apart from me, building a model of the large
    barge
    crane, Mersey Mammoth; now named, Lara 1? I have a plan in 1:100 from the Dutch builders and various photographs but would be interested to hear from others tackling this project. Toby
    7 months ago by Toby
    Response
    VB30
    Thanks for posting the photo of the
    barge
    build, gives me some ideas.... I have some tugs in progress, but no
    barge
    s. I like the way you framed the hull. Joe
    6 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Book on Sailing
    barge
    s
    Hello Joe We seem to be of a similar mindset, my interest is mainly in sail although I have several tugs etc. I found a really useful reference book is 'Spritsail
    barge
    s Of Thames and Medway' which was published around 1948 and written and researched by Edgar J March. As well as being interesting and a good read has many illustrations and drawings of old gaffer rigs. May not be easy to find but well worth the effort. Another avenue for information is the Society for Sailing Boat Research I have contact details if required, it is possible to join and contribute to this organisation for ยฃ15 p.a. Best regards Chris G
    6 months ago by ChrisG
    Forum
    Book on Sailing
    barge
    s
    Chris, Thank for the information, I will look into that book. I started in RC Boating but building and racing several classes of sailboats, including several US1Meter class. Being a much better builder than skipper, I was drawn to schooners that many club members had. Got interested in working sailcraft due to the history and the slower, power of these craft. The Gaff Rigged Handbook by Jihn Leather is one of my favorite build guides. Yes, I really like Gaff Rigging. This book was great for lots of rigging details and sails... See photo example. Joe
    6 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Book on Sailing
    barge
    s
    Hello Joe Like you my interest turned a few years to sailing
    barge
    s and East Coast sailing vessels in general, I was then given a first edition of 'Sailing
    barge
    s' signed by the author Frank G.G. Carr and was then even more 'hooked'. For beautiful drawings and a marvellous book try to get hold of a copy of 'Vanishing Craft' by the same author but illustrated by Frank Mason who in my opinion captures the essence of all things maritime in the 18 and 19 hundreds. They sometimes come up on Amazon but aren't cheap. As Nerys states there is lots of stuff out there, best of luck researching this most interesting subject. Regards Chris G
    6 months ago by ChrisG
    Forum
    Book on Sailing
    barge
    s
    Nerys, Thank you for the information, I will take a look at that book. Joe
    6 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Book on Sailing
    barge
    s
    There are many excellent books on Thames Sailing
    barge
    s, but for the modeller, I think 'Handbook of Sailing
    barge
    s' by F.S.Cooper and John Chancellor is one of the best. Fred Cooper was a well known
    barge
    Skipper, John Chancellor, a former Merchant Navy Officer, lived with his family on the sailing
    barge
    Viper for many years. An accomplished artist, he illustrated this book with excellent line drawings of every aspect of the rig, deck fittings and construction details. There are usually copies for sale on Amazon and Abe Books. Nerys
    6 months ago by Nerys
    Media
    VB 30
    Just finished adding a crews quarters and pump engine house to the stern of my
    barge
    , then added the necessary bitts for stern pushing.
    7 months ago by Mariner85
    Forum
    Sailing
    barge
    plans help
    Lemmerhengst, Thank you for the reply, I saw that site and couldn't reach it, thank you for pointing out that they are rebuilding. I'll keep an eye out, looks good. Joe
    7 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Sailing
    barge
    plans help
    I have been intrigued with British sailing work craft and built a 45" Gaff Rigged Falmouth Cutter. Now, I want to build a Thames Sailing
    barge
    , are there any free plans out there (tight budget as I am retired), even just the hull plans would be great. Regards, Joe๐Ÿ‘
    7 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Sailing
    barge
    plans help
    Hello Joe, Try AMBO (google) They are the association of model
    barge
    owners and I believe they are based around Maldon, Essex. A great site that is currently under rebuild (like many 12'' to the foot
    barge
    s!) Good luck with your research. Cheers Lemmerhengst
    7 months ago by Lemmerhengst
    Forum
    Sailing
    barge
    plans help
    Hi Joe, Just happened to be trolling by the computer when it honked! ๐Ÿ˜ Glad it was useful, don't forget the Build Blog ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have fun, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Sailing
    barge
    plans help
    Hello Doug, Thank you for the quick response! I will probably take the hull lines drawing and create the ribs, etc. Cheers Joe
    7 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Sailing
    barge
    plans help
    Hi Joe, You should be able to find something here. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b&q=thames+sailing+
    barge
    +plans&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwic8szWkYnfAhVDZVAKHXeMDvAQ1QIoAHoECAQQAQ&biw=1922&bih=953 You might have to do some scaling up though. Happy Hunting, cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Media
    VB 30 and Miss Doris
    Checking for size comparison and scale! The
    barge
    is 50 inches long by 12 inches beam, will draw 2 inches light and 6 inches loaded. I plan on making it an oil tank
    barge
    with a swiveling boom and two deck houses aft for the pump engine and housing for crew.
    7 months ago by Mariner85
    Media
    VB30
    Scratch building a
    barge
    for my tugboat Miss Doris to push. May deck it over to become a tank
    barge
    I used to push on the Delaware River. if i do deck it over, I'll hinge the deck to make use of the space for my RC gear.
    7 months ago by Mariner85
    Response
    Miss Doris
    Nice job Cap'n ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Will she be a 'Push me' or 'Pull you' when you have the
    barge
    done? All the best, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Brooklyn Finally Completed!
    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
    7 months ago by captaindoug1
    Forum
    Landing Ship Tanks (WW2)
    Thanks very much Doug for that wealth of information which I hadn't found. I never knew there was so much information available and am extremely grateful to you for bringing it to my attention. I will also pass it on to my sister who has all his personal records, published writings, drawings and cartoons etc. As a matter of interest, there is a drawing of LST 368 on a beach somewhere, by my father, in the D Day museum in Southsea. An LST is on my list of future builds, but at the moment I have a Dutch coaster, a Thames
    barge
    and the restoration of a pond yacht on the stocks. I feel I owe it to my father to build an LST, but equally should I also build one of his previous commands?, a tramp Ship, S.S. Ashbury or the last ship on which he served?, the training ship Arethusa, perhaps in her original guise as the four masted barque 'Peking' Fair winds, Nerys.
    8 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Mcgregor 1990s transmitter/receiver
    Thanks Mike, just got one for my grandson to use with his tug, he's only 4 but really enjoys trying to manoeuver his
    barge
    s, and getting quite good at it. Cheers Colin.
    9 months ago by Colin H


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