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LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Lieutenant   Posted: 5 days ago
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 anchors? 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 misled 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

Pilot Boat by MouldBuilder Captain   Posted: 13 days ago
Wednesday did not go too well. I used a new method to hold the skins in shape but could not line them up as I would like with the stringers. The keel also looked a little up and down which was going to hinder the fitting of the bottom skins. I made the decision to carefully break some of the joints and re-bed the keel in place. I have broken it up and found a bit of a mystery. I have adjusted the keel which now sits in a much better place. The problem I have found, and possibly the cause of most of my alignment woes, is that the Transom seems to be sitting about 1.5mm low which in turn sets the heel too high (see picture). The stringers seem to agree with this as when I put a straight edge along them the last joint seems to drop. I will reset the Transom in line with the keel which in turn will lift its feet above the jig. I cannot explain why this is but I think my plan will solve the problem. I just hope that I am not adding to the problems later on. I cannot see why this should be. I thought it might be my baseboard not being flat, so I rotated the model 180 degrees on the board with the same result. I will try again to set the model in alignment and hope that the skins fit better. All of the evidence points to this being the source of my problems. We will see.😤

Brooklyn Finally Completed! by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 17 days ago
Mornin' Doug, That sounds like an idea! But, as much as the Brooklyn weighs. I think the best thing to do. Is get someone else to carry it! I have a wagon I'm going to cut a notch into. That way I can pull it to the pond! Now, How do I get it down to the ground floor? It's always something with these models..... I think I'll get a smaller boat! Maybe a pilot boat......

Pilot Boat by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 17 days ago
Thanks for that explanation looking forward to seeing the skins ,I hope it goes well

Pilot Boat by MouldBuilder Captain   Posted: 18 days ago
Hi Mike. The bulkheads are all slotted as is the keel. The front of the keel is also located in a slot in the base board and so therefore all of the bulkheads are automatically held square in both directions. It has been glued and on a trial run, the skins fit well. I have been as careful as possible. The manufacturer has thought about assembly. The jig is not card. It is a strong sheet of 3mm Depron. If you see the picture above, you can see the slots for the bulkheads and the centre front slot for the keel. It does seem to keep everything in place very well.😊 I am going to try to fit the skins tomorrow. I wll report back if I don`t do myself an injury trying.🤓

Pilot Boat by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 18 days ago
Agree right down the line Mike 👍

Pilot Boat by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 18 days ago
Is there anything that holds the bulkheads at 90 degrees to the base? I assume you fastened this base card template flat to a wooden building board otherwise there is a danger that the bulkheads could be out of true hence my comment - bulkheads at 90 degrees. Its also important that it stays in the jig while the skins are applied. Is the structure already glued? as my comments may be too late

Pilot Boat by MouldBuilder Captain   Posted: 19 days ago
Thanks Doug and Mike. I will use this when I attempt a scratch build next year. I have added a picture of the hull frame in the setting jig. It is surprisingly strong. I removed it only for the pictures.😊

Pilot Boat by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 19 days ago
Excellent example Mike 👍👍 and a neat job. Cheers, Doug 😎

Pilot Boat by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 19 days ago
Here's a picture of the building board I am using on on a small cabin cruiser, I hope this explains the principle. The excess lugs on each bulkhead are cut off after skinning.

Pilot Boat by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 20 days ago
Hi MouldBuilder, You can do it. Just look at the instructions! Use the building board. That come with the kit! Take your time. No need to rush! Cheers, Ed

Pilot Boat by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 20 days ago
Agreed Mike, that was exactly my thought as studied the pics of frame arrangements👍 Pete, I hope you managed to get all frames fitted at right angles to the keel! To skin it I would fix the frame structure firmly to a build-board upside-down as Mike says. Make sure the keel is straight and then FIX THE BOTTOM SKINS FIRST making sure that they are flush to the keel and that the keel is straight and the frames not twisted. Leave overnight to set thoroughly. If you are having trouble fitting the skin round the bow and sticking the whole length then as a first stage glue the 'flat' bit aft. Leave to set overnight and then you can play with the 'bent' bits the next day without shifting what you have already done.😉 When the bottom skins are fixed file and sand to fit so you can fit the side skins smoothly and down over the bottom skin edges. Use the same technique for the side skins, stick the back end first if you ain't got enough hands handy to fiddle aft and bow on simultaneously😉 Use clamps if you can, e.g. the simple plastic X types or bulldog clips, whatever. Instead of Sellotape try aluminium Duct Tape. Cheers, Doug 😎

Pilot Boat by MouldBuilder Captain   Posted: 20 days ago
Thanks Ed. I will have one more go and if that fails I will ask Cormorant.😊 mturpin013, The kit comes with a hull assembly base plate which aligns all of the formers in the correct position. I will add a picture with the hull in place tomorrow. I would like to see your picture though as I hope to do a scratch build in wood next year.😊

Pilot Boat by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 20 days ago
looking at the bulkheads I would suggest that the structure is meant to be built upside down on a building board. Each bulkhead should be fastened to a piece of 12mm sq timber then fasten to the base board at the appropriate spacing keeping them upright and square, then the keel can be glued in place followed by the chines keeping all the structure square and true. Just a thought. Ill post a picture of a similar vessel I am building at present in this way, but will be tomorrow.

Pilot Boat by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 20 days ago
Hi Mouldbuilder, Send a PM to Steve "Cormorant". He built a Pilot Boat a while ago! I'm sure he wouldn't mind. Sharing some pointers with you! Cheers, Ed