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    Tug Brooklyn is a Circa 1910 Steam Tug!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Final Supplies! OK, almost Final Supplies!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Michael,

    I sourced my smokers from:

    Harbor Models in California, USA!

    https://www.harbormodels.com/smokegenerator.html

    But as the smokers come with smoke liquid.
    They can't be exported to England!

    But, they are very good smokers!
    I have their medium smokers and their small smokers!

    I haven't tested the small smokers yet.
    But, I'm sure they'll work great!

    My Smit Nederland build will have independant throttling!
    And each motor will have a smoker connected!
    There being two motors in total!

    But, I must admit they are pricey.
    But, Well worth the price!

    Oh, here in the US!
    I've only been able to find one source for smokers!

    Cheers, Ed
    https://www.harbormodels.com/smokegenerator.html
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    7 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    Fantastic details, Love the simulated wood grain!πŸ‘

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Bulwark!
    11 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Today, I'm painting the bulwark!
    It takes about three coats.
    Of paint to cover the Bulwark!

    Not sure why but, I started on her Starboard side!

    So, far so good!
    The three coats are just right!
    Next will be her Port side!
    Then her bow then stern!
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    πŸ“ Final Supplies! OK, almost Final Supplies!
    11 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    The Smit is just a big money pit!

    I finally ordered the rest of the supplies.
    I needed to complete the Smit Nederland Build!

    And I still need miniature wire.
    Which I'll use on her mast!

    But, I'll probably need something else!

    OK, supplies received are:

    Two 12 volt smokers and fuse connectors!
    And various other connectors as well!

    Also Miniature LED's in various colors!

    PS. when you only have one source.
    For smokers be prepared to pay handsomely for them!

    My smokers cost me $105.oo!
    And I needed two..........

    My total was $270.oo


    NO, the wife never saw the Bill!!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ€£
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    πŸ“ Float Test!
    11 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Today I did the old float test!
    In the tub of course!

    It took about 7 lbs of weight.
    To bring the Smit to her Waterline!

    I left her in the water for a few hours!
    And not a drop of water in the bilge!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull completed!
    11 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,

    I think I'll have the Maiden of the Brooklyn first!
    Smit Nederland won't be ready for a while!

    Cheers, Ed

    PS. Crew members have to be ordered soon!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull completed!
    14 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Mouldbuilder,

    Thanks, she's coming along nicely!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull completed!
    14 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    Thanks, slowly I build!
    She'll get there though!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Hull completed!
    14 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Slow progress, but the top of the hull is now painted!
    The main cabin is all painted! You can't tell from the last picture.
    But the main cabin is painted white now!
    I also used pin stripping around the Bulwark!
    To simulate the white stripe that goes around the Bulwark!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Rudder Linkage!
    18 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi all,

    Thanks for the hints and questions!

    I have ordered rudder linkage from.
    Cornwall Model Boats and some linkage from China!
    Linkage to be used to connect.
    The port and starboard rudders!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Rudder Linkage!
    19 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Does anyone know where I can source?
    Rudder Linkage as the Smit Nederland.
    Doesn't come with any!

    The rudder linkage has to be 4 mm bore?
    With set screws preferably!

    I also have to connect two rudders as well!

    Anyone know???
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Top of the Hull!
    19 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    I minus well have been using a wire brush!
    No matter what I did!
    It just didn't look right!

    Spraying was the only choice!
    To correct this little problem!

    Looks just right!
    Just what I wanted!!!!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Top of the Hull!
    19 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Steve,

    Thanks so much!
    I have made a note of the website!

    I may order some paints from them in the future!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Waterline in Place!
    19 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hull painted waterline in place!

    I tried brush painting the hull.
    But, Just couldn't work with the paints!

    So, Spraying was the best solution!
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    πŸ“ Top of the Hull!
    20 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    It's quite windy here where I live!
    But, today I was able to spray the top of the hull!

    A few days ago.
    I tried to use Tamiya flat black paint.
    But, I had the same problem as I did with the Humbrol flat black paint!

    No matter how many coats I put.
    The paint just didn't look right!

    Anyway I decided to spray today as the winds.
    Were a bit still!

    So, having sprayed the top of the hull.
    Now it looks very nice!
    A good even coat!

    Tonite, I'll spray the main cabin!
    I hope the wind stay down!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Smit Nederland Slow Progress!
    27 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Mouldbuilder,

    You may say you are rubbish at painting!
    Not from what I see of your past builds!
    They look great to me!

    Hope my painting come out.
    As good looking as your builds!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Smit Nederland Slow Progress!
    27 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,

    Thanks, for the advice!
    I must look into buying a new brush!
    But, I think my brush may do!

    May have to do some trial runs.
    On some scrap piece of wood!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Smit Nederland Slow Progress!
    27 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Martin,

    I found that the first paint.
    I was using tended to pull!
    And dried to quickly as I painted!
    And left brush strokes!

    This is why I ordered the Tamiya Flat Black!
    I've used it! It's better to use!
    And doesn't leave brush strokes!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Smit Nederland Slow Progress!
    28 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    I was going to paint the top of the hull.
    But, I have decided not to spray the top!
    Instead I've ordered Tamiya Flat Black!
    And I'm going to brush on the paint!

    As the weather has turned for the worst!

    I've used Tamiya paints before.
    And they give a good finish!

    I'm just hoping the paint doesn't have any brush strokes!
    If so going to have to wait.
    And give it a spray!!!
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    πŸ“ Coronavirus
    28 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Nerys,

    I understand, But I'm sure your package is on it's way!

    I had ordered quite a few thinks from china.
    And I got them all with in a months time!

    Just be patient you'll get yours!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Dry docked for a year, sea trials soon.
    28 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Joe,

    Welcome Back!πŸ‘

    Ed
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    πŸ“ Coronavirus
    28 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Nerys,

    I've been ordering from China.
    With no problems what so ever!

    I too thought there might be a delay.
    But, There wasn't any at all!

    At least with my orders.
    I had no problems!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Waterline!
    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    LOL, I never thought of it that way!
    Thanks!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Waterline!
    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    On my second try!
    I have placed the waterline.
    In it's correct position!

    Now all I have to do.
    Is work on the top of the waterline!
    Which would be above the waterline.
    And also the bulwark!

    This I'll do in a day or so!
    Bad weather on it's way!
    And I can't spray!

    I had ordered some Flat Black paint.
    From Hornby but, I don't like it!
    After using it I saw brush strokes!

    So, I'm going to use BT43 Flat Black, rattle tin!
    I've used it before!
    It leaves a nice matt finish!
    Which is what I want!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: kelpie
    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Great looking Pusher Tug!

    I really like the Winch!πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Painting Red Oxide!
    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Steve,

    Thanks,

    I definitely agree!πŸ‘

    Red Oxide Primer is extremely forgiving!
    And looks great!
    Rattle cans are the best!

    Unless you have access to a spray gun!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Painting Red Oxide!
    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Today was a good day for painting.
    The bottom of the Hull!
    I had ordered some Red Oxide primer.
    And some Matt Black paint!

    Billings want you to use Crimson!
    But, having worked over 20 years on real tugs.
    I never seen the bottom of the Hull painted Crimson!
    Always Red Oxide Primer!

    After the paint has cured.
    I will tape up the top of the hull!
    Maybe paint in a day or two!
    Or maybe even three days!

    Making sure the red oxide primer has set!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Pilothouse Windows!
    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Escrich,

    Great work on your windows!πŸ‘
    Are the windows 3d printed?
    Or are they from a kit?

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Pilothouse Windows!
    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,

    I was going to use G-S HYPO Cement!
    Which is formulated for plastics!
    But, I found it didn't like to stick.
    Plastic to wood!

    So, I used Thin CA!
    Keeping in mind about the fumes!

    This I found worked well!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Maiden!!
    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,

    I'm glad to see your Maiden Voyage went well!
    She looks great on the water!

    Cheers, Ed
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