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    Tug Brooklyn
    Tug Brooklyn is a Circa 1910 Steam Tug!
    (Other) Alpha Boat
    Service Year: 1969 Type: Armored Riverine Assault Boat National Origin: United States Ship Class: Assault Support Patrol Boat Number-in-Class: 86 (Motor: Dynamite Tazer 390 22T) (ESC: 60A Marine ESC WP) (5/10)
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    I guess I'm a kid at heart, I purchased this on impulse. it works on 2.4ghz its really not that bad. it actually handles quite nicely for it being a toy and all... (Motor: Mini Motors) (ESC: Micro Controller) (5/10)
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    Redesigned 1:32 scale JERSEY CITY by Dumas Boats. Depending on the water I run her at 6volts or 12volts! (Motor: MFA Geared Motor 2.5:1) (ESC: Mtroniks Viper Marine 15) (10/10)
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Main Deck!
    13 hours ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,

    I love the stuff!
    It dries quickly and sands very easily!

    Watch out for the fumes!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Acrylic Rudders, Oh My!
    14 hours ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks Rooky,

    Slowly, Slowly I'm getting there!

    The Acrylic rudders are to me a bad design!
    Who know how long they'll last!

    Soon, I will be ordering the brass ones!

    Cheers, Ed

    rudders
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Kort Nozzles, Shafts and Shaft Supports installed!
    17 hours ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,

    Put them on Ebay!!! LOL 😁

    Nah, Probably use them on one of my other tugs!
    I might look to see If I can use it on my San Pedro tug!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Kort Nozzles, Shafts and Shaft Supports installed!
    18 hours ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks, Cash and Martin!

    Slowly, Slowly I'll get there!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Main Deck!
    18 hours ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    I laid the main deck today!

    I had thought of using PVA wood glue!
    I had done a test on some scratch wood.
    But, I didn't like how it let go to easily!

    So, I used Slow Cure Cyano Glue!

    Let me tell you, You have to work.
    Very fast as the cyano starts to dry quickly!
    Any way I put a 1/8" bead all around the deck.
    Flipped it and placed it as quick.
    And as accurate as possible!

    I used Duck Tape to hold the deck in place!

    I then used green Model Putty around the deck!
    That is to cover the seam between the deck and the hull!

    I'm still peeling glue off my fingers! LOL 😁

    Now, I'm currently waiting for the green putty to dry!

    Having waited 1 hour for the green model putty to dry!
    I sanded down the whole entire deck!
    I also sanded the green model putty!
    The deck is nice and smooth now!

    and the crevasses are also filled!
    Everything is nice and smooth and even!

    Model Putty
    Slow Cure Cyano Glue
    Duck Tape
    bead
    crevasses
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Model boat's push tug
    20 hours ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Jacko,

    Your Push Tug looks very nice!
    Can't wait to see her completed!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Kort Nozzles, Shafts and Shaft Supports installed!
    2 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Kort Nozzle are now installed!
    After installing the Kort Nozzles.
    I installed the shafts!
    I used a disk measuring 31mm in diameter!
    I drilled a 4mm hole in the center.
    To accommodate the shaft!

    I then pressed the disk into the Kort Nozzle!
    This gave me the center of the Kort Nozzle!
    I then measured the shaft!

    Did this for both Port and Starboard sides

    I also had to find the proper position.
    Of the Shaft support.
    Once I found it using the disk in place.
    I marked where it was to go!

    I also marked the other side as well!

    The shaft support are two pieces you have to glue together.
    And in the center goes a 2mm screw.
    Which is used to strengthen the shaft supports!

    The shaft support are glued in place.
    But, You have to find the center.
    Where the shaft support go.
    Drill a 2mm hole. Then place the Shaft support.
    Put the tiny nut, It measures about 4mm!

    Now, The Kort Nozzles also take a screw!
    You have to find the center of the Kort Nozzle Platform.
    You then Drill a 1.5mm hole in the center!
    Place the tiny Screw. Screw it in place!
    Now the Kort Nozzles are Secured!

    Kort Nozzle
    nut
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Kort Nozzles and Becker Rudders!
    2 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks Martin,

    Slowly I'll get there!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Kort Nozzles and Becker Rudders!
    2 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Michael,

    They were fairly easy to build!
    Using inverted tape was the key!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Accurate hole drilling
    4 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    I just found it here in the states!
    Looks like I'll be ordering one as well!
    It'll be a nice addition to the tools collection!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Boat Stand
    4 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Michael,

    Great job on the boat stand!
    It looks very good!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Kort Nozzles and Becker Rudders!
    4 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Kort Nozzles supports were easy to assemble!
    It about 6 pieces of formed ply!
    Just had to glue them together!

    Set aside to dry!
    Oh, I didn't have wood sealer.
    So. I used thin Cyano to seal the wood!

    I'm sure others may disagree.
    With that technique!

    But, It's just temporary.
    Until I can order some Ezecoat!
    Recommended by RNinMunich "Doug"!

    After working on the Becker Rudders.
    For a day and a haft!
    I am finally finished with assembling them!
    They should completely dry by Saturday morning!
    Surprisingly, they do work!

    But, I feel that the brass ones will be better!

    Tomorrow Saturday, I will be laying the deck!
    As after working with the becker rudders.
    I found I can disassemble them when needed!

    But, may have to glue them in place.
    After, I receive the brass ones!

    wood sealer
    Becker Rudders
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Painted superstructure
    5 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,

    Great job, Looks very good!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Old times
    5 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Yes, I remember having one too!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Acrylic Rudders, Oh My!
    5 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Today I also worked on one of her rudders!
    The new rudders are made of Acrylic Plastic!
    They used to be made of brass!

    Its very time consuming assembling them!
    First you have to take apart the Acrylic pieces!
    Be very careful! It splinters easily!
    It's almost like working with glass!

    Oh, It helps to have Acrylic Glue!
    You can't use any other glue.
    But that's made for Acrylic Plastic!

    I had purchased to different viscosities!
    As I wasn't sure which to use!
    I ended up using the thin viscosity

    I had never worked with Acrylic Plastic!
    There's a first time for everything!

    I took all the acrylic pieses.
    I put them on a piece of tape.
    So the tape could hold the pieces in place!
    I then ran the glue across the pieces!

    You have to make sure the pieces.
    Are tight to each other!
    The glue starts to hold within a few minutes!
    It'll take 24 to 48 hour for the glue to fully set!

    I have one completed and one to go!

    I am currently working on purchasing.
    The old fittings kit which comes with the brass rudders!

    I decided to assemble the Acrylic Rudders to show.
    What they look like!
    I find them to be weak in design!
    And look forward to getting the Brass ones!

    This is what's holding me up!
    See the rudder post are high in the hull.
    And you also have to tighen up.
    A small nut that holds the rudder in place!

    It would be some what difficult to reach.
    After the deck it laid!

    So, for now I'll work on a few things!
    Once I have recieved the Brass rudders.
    It'll be full steam ahead!

    nut
    fittings kit
    Acrylic Rudders
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    πŸ“ False keel and Engine Room Deck!
    5 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Today I installed the false keel.
    It has to be trimmed as the keel.
    Is some what narrow toward aft end!
    So, I used my trusty Dremel to trim.
    The false keel which is 10 mm squared x 580 mm!

    I also glued the main deck support
    This was done using paper clamps!
    I put a clamp every few inches.
    Ran a bead of thin Cyano!

    Did this a few time till I had the whole main deck support glued!

    bead
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    πŸ“ Modified Figures.
    7 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    Nice job on the modification!

    Is he the one that sits around while everyone else work?
    I remember there were a few on my first ship.
    That did the same thing!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: And now for something different!
    7 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,

    Now I remember!
    It was you that recommended I get a tester!

    Thanks for the Recommendation!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Superstructure, or my love/hate affair with plastic
    7 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,

    My Brooklyn Tug Superstructure is made the same way!
    It will look very good once painted!
    I taped my windows with electrical tape.
    Very carefully cut it to size.
    Press down on the tape.
    When done it will look fantastic!

    On my superstructure you could barely see the details before painting it!
    Now look at it! Except for the booboo!

    You'll see it's going to look great!

    tape
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    πŸ“ Assembly of the Shafts and Drill the Boss!
    7 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    The Smit Nederland comes with shafts.
    They are all brass!
    Don't know how they will perform!

    The Shaft are easy to assemble.
    You just have to.
    Put the bearing on the shaft sleeves!
    It helps to use a hammer!

    I found that after I assembled them.
    The shafts wouldn't go in to the bearings.
    So, had to drill the bearing a bit!
    But after doing so the shafts.
    Went on and could spin freely!
    With just a bit of tension!

    Next, I had to drill the bosses.
    I made a small template.
    Circle with a divider!
    Used this to find the center of the boss!
    Then drilled the boss using 1mm drill.
    Then increased to 6mm for the shafts to go though the Bosses!

    Having found the center of the Boss and the Center of the Kort Nozzle support.
    I then drew a line from the Boss to the Kort Nozzle support.
    This line will be used to center the Shaft Support!

    hammer
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    πŸ’¬ Re: And now for something different!
    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cheap test! But it actually works!
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    πŸ“ And now for something different!
    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Now how many times.
    Do you want to test an LED But can't?
    Well, I know I get tied of hunting for a small wire.
    To test my LED's!
    So, I splerged $3.00 for a cheap LED tester!
    I'm hoping I don't blow myself up with it! LOL!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Trimming the Deck!
    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for the advice!
    Problem is neither I or the missus eat cereal!

    But, The poster boards just cost $5.00.
    And it had been raining here for a few days!
    So, even any cardboard that was outside.
    in the trash would have been soggy!

    But, Thanks for the advice really appreciate it!

    Cheers, Ed

    cardboard
    cereal
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Trimming the Deck!
    9 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Peter,

    Not at all had no problems!
    With the deck of the Jersey city tug!

    You just have to join them at the seam!

    It's the same thing as the Brooklyn Tug as well!

    Oh, don't forget to cover the seam!

    Cheers, Ed

    PS.

    The deck of the Smit Nederland was a good challenge!πŸ‘

    PS
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Glue, Glue, and more Glue!
    9 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    I had emailed my contact their at Cornwall Model Boats!
    I was told that he has been in constant contact.
    With the folks in Germany!
    I just have to be pacient.
    Which I have been.
    All, I want is working componants!

    But, I know what you mean.
    Sure is taking an awful long time though!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Trimming the Deck!
    9 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Well, I finally got a chance to purchase.
    two pieces of poster board.
    To use as a template!

    I had measured the hull.
    It measured in at 33 1/4"
    But the deck is 33 3/8"

    So, I traced the deck on both pieces of poster board.
    making sure the template measures 33 1/4"
    I then placed the template on to the deck.
    Then drew around the bow and the stern!

    Next, I will trim the excess!

    Having carefully trimmed the excess.
    The Deck now fits the Hull!
    It has a comfitible fit! LOLπŸ˜‚πŸ€£

    I was very worried about trimming the deck.
    I had thought of cutting the deck.
    But, the simulated ribs.
    Which will be place in on another step.
    Would of not matched the bulwark correctly!

    So, Thanks to all on your advice.
    Of using a template.
    The advice worked like a charm!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    I had never had to cutdown a deck before!
    There's always the first time!

    I had ordered some glues.
    Their scheduled to arrive on monday morning!
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    πŸ“ I've not died.
    9 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Colin,

    As Martin said,

    Welcome back glad to hear your better now!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Glue, Glue, and more Glue!
    10 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    I had sent the unit back to Cornwall Model Boats.
    They sent them back to Germany!
    Where they are being tested!

    I should be recieving new replacements.
    Within a month's time!

    I hope!🀞

    Cornwall Model Boats
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    πŸ“ Glue, Glue, and more Glue!
    10 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    OK, I've ordered some medium and some thin glue!
    I do have some on hand.
    But, Over time Cyano tends to thicken up!
    And I can't glue the deck support to the hull!

    So, once I received the glues.
    Which will be this Monday!
    I'll be able to glue the support strips in place!

    Then onto fitting the deck to the hull!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Over sized Deck!
    12 days ago by figtree7nts ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thank you, all for your suggestion!
    As it has been raining here.
    For the last couple of days!

    Any cardboard laying.
    Around outside is wet

    I'll have to wait to see.
    If I can find some cardboard!
    I don't have any on hand!

    I figure I'll have to trim about an 1/8" of an inch.
    On both the bow and the stern!

    Looking at trimming an 1/8" of an inch.
    On both the Bow and the Stern.
    It would change the look of the model some what!

    Further investigation is needed!
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