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    I got this boat back in 1996 from Deans Marine. Scale is 1/32 Length is 965mm Beam is 180mm The model is of an 1893 Rhein Tug. She has a glass fibre hull with a detailed moulded hull. the deck housings are in Vacformed plastic and 1mm sheet plastic, and the fittings are in white metal, the ships boat on mine is resin cast. Today's models have laser cut decks and deck housings, fittings are in light alloy. All in all she is a good model to make, and like all Deans kit's there is room to make her your own.
    Tsekoa 2
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    This started out as a Seaport Dickie Harbour Tug, that came with a 40Mhz radio system, ESC and a small water pump. So the first thing was to remove the 40Mhz system and replace it with a new 2.4 alone with a replacement ESC, I also removed the water pump. It was now time to think how I was going to repaint her, as the club had been invited to out local R.N.L.I. station I came to the decision that I would make her into a R.N.L.I Concept Tug. (Motor: 540) (ESC: ESC from Chiner) (5/10)
    (Tug Boat) H.M.S. Attentif W68
    I think that this is a Assurance class Tug of world war two vintage, It has tank steering, sound unit and a water vapor smoke unit, 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 anchored 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 anchors and drifted down onto the harbours, possibly causing more damage (5/10)
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    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Martin

    Thank you for your comments, I just do not like to see any of my friends treated in a bad way.

    I know that we have not had any form of post from Fireboat to say why he removed you and Bill from your posts, so to me that is a case of throwing his toy's out of his pram.

    Keep safe the both of you

    Fred
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    πŸ“ Moving
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All

    Having read about Martin and Bill being removed as Mod's I now feel that I will just be come a spectator from now on.

    I will be moving this build to another forum, as said in Hitchhiker's Guide " So long and thanks for all the fish".

    Fred
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    πŸ“ Rudder
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All
    Well I have been looking at the rudder on the Guardsman.

    Taking into account all of your comments, I have been thinking (not a good idea) I will make a bespoke rudder but unlike the one on the plans, I hope that the new one will be fitted into the shape of the hull and not look like a barn door.

    I will post updates as I go alone.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fitted Running Gear
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Redpmg
    Thank you for your comments, you are not the first to comment on the size of the rudder of the Guardsman, so today I will have a look at trying to making mine a bit larger but to look the same as the drawing.

    I used you method when I made the rudder for my Lady "T".

    Fred
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    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Martin

    Thank you for your tip, I do have a block of wood shaped to the hull for the post to sit in, its just that I do not like the fact that the black rudder post has to be so far out of the hull to get it to sit right due to the shape of the hull, if I use some brass tube in its place it will look like it is part of the rudder, hope that came out how I have it in my mind?

    When I have done the new post I will post some photos of both post.

    Fred
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fitted Running Gear
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Rob

    Thank you, I would say it took about two hours in total, I took most of it off with a jewellery saw then finished off with files.

    Fred
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    πŸ“ Fitted Running Gear
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All
    Well I have spent some time reshaping the rudder into the shape as per the plans, have I done the right thing? John said that he made his rudder larger as it did not respond to well going astern, so I may just have to make an extension to the rudder at some point in time.

    As I had made the cut out for the prop shaft in the keel, I now cut out the rest of the shaft tunnel and made the breakthrough into the hull, I have just placed the shaft in the hull to see were the moto mount has to go, but first I will fix some ply so that when the time comes I will have a base to fix the battery and any other items that need to go into the boat.

    I moved onto making the hole for the rudder post, now when I tried the rudder post it put the rudder out of place, so that has gone out the window, so in the next week I will have to go to my local model shop ( Sussex Model Centre) to get some brass tube to fit and make a new rudder post.

    Well that is it for the time being.

    Fred
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    πŸ“ Seen at the Lake
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Newby7,

    I do think, I did hear a ticking clock.
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    πŸ“ Seen at the Lake
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All

    Our lake had a surprise visitor today.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Calling this one Finished
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Cashrc

    Yes the early plans do leave a lot out, I have parts that I can not find on the plans left over.

    I also replaced the W/M railing with some 20mm two hole brass ones.

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    πŸ“ Started the Build
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All

    First of all I will answer John's question yes I am using the
    vac formed hull, as I do not want to take too long on this build like my last one.

    Yesterday (Monday) all the parts that I ordered from Model Boat Bits came in the post.

    My first decision was not to cut off the waste, The reason I did this was that I felt that it would give me a more stable platform for when I was cutting out the rudder post and the prop shaft, I then moved on to cutting out the keel, now this fits into a grove in the hull, to make the keel more stable I put three 2.5 mm nylon bolts through the hull into the keel, I also cut some dragon teeth into the part of the keel that is glued in to the hull grove, I used a new to me epoxy from Devcon, it takes up to 12hrs to fully set. I also cut out part of the keel to take the prop shaft for when it was time to cut through the hull, Last thing was to glue the keel onto the hull and tighten up the bolts.

    All being well tomorrow I will start cutting the rudder into shape.

    Fred
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Items Ordered
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Nerys

    Thank you for your comment,
    As for tall funnels I just felt that the early type of work boats are a bit more appealing, but saying that I do have a more modern tug, along side three Oil Rig supply Vessels that are in stock to be built at some time.

    Fred
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Items Ordered
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi

    Thanks Doug, I will try and not let you all down.😊

    Fred
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    πŸ“ Items Ordered
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All

    Have just come off the phone to Steve of Model Boats Bit's, I have placed an order with him for a 7" x 4mm shaft, 385 motor with a set of couplings to fit and a Medium Brass Rudder.

    He said that they will be in the post tonight, so should have them some time next week.

    So here end's the first instalment.

    Fred
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Vic Smeed "Guardsman"
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Will do MartinπŸ‘, and again thank you for your help.

    Fred.
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    πŸ“ Vic Smeed "Guardsman"
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All

    Now that I have finished the Wacht am Rhein I need a new project, I have the MMM Lady "T" that I have had so long that Nelson had both eye's when I got her, but I fell that some thing that will not take me a year or two to finish is needed, so I have decided to start on the Guardsman, again this will not be a step by step build just me rambling along doing my thing.

    Fred
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    πŸ“ Wacht am Rhein
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    I got this boat back in 1996 from Deans Marine.
    Scale is 1/32
    Length is 965mm
    Beam is 180mm

    The model is of an 1893 Rhein Tug.

    She has a glass fibre hull with a detailed moulded hull. the deck housings are in Vacformed plastic and 1mm sheet plastic, and the fittings are in white metal, the ships boat on mine is resin cast.

    Today's models have laser cut decks and deck housings, fittings are in light alloy.

    All in all she is a good model to make, and like all Deans kit's there is room to make her your own.
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    πŸ“ Vid of first open water sail
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All

    Martin 555 has came up with a good idea with regards to my posting problems, you can now see the vid I made of the first open water sail on YouTube.

    Thanks Martin

    Fred

    https://youtu.be/2Cf35oj73kQ
    https://youtu.be/2Cf35oj73kQ
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Posting a Vid
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Martin

    Sorry I am still getting the same old message. when I click O.K it takes the file out.

    Going to call it a day for now

    Fred
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Posting a Vid
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Martin

    Sorry got called away by SWMBO.

    Will try again

    Fred
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Posting a Vid
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Martin

    It is saying

    Model-Boats.com Says
    Invalid File Type.

    I have tried renaming the file to just MP4 and I still get the same message, if you can put some light on this I will be very grateful

    Fred
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    πŸ“ Posting a Vid
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All

    Thank you for the comments.

    I have just read how to post a vid (quick site guide) the thing is my vid is in MOV and I need to convert it to MP4, so I downloaded a converter and it still seems it does not to want play ball,

    Any Ideas???

    Fred
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    πŸ“ First Time on the Water
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All

    So today I took her out for her first open water trial.
    I now need to downsize the motor and add some weight to the bow and stern.
    Will try and add a vid soon

    Fred
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Joffre
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Bombero

    That is a very nice build you have done there.

    Fred
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Calling this one Finished
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Cashrc
    Thank you for your comments, I am sure that you will do a wonderful job on yours, is your kit a later one as mine is one of the early ones.

    One of the things that I did was dump the W/M portholes and replaced them with brass ones, just run out of them for the hull, I also got a brass prop to replace the w/m ones.

    Fred
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Calling this one Finished
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug

    🀣🀣🀣🀣

    Fred
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Calling this one Finished
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Rick

    Thank you.
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    πŸ“ Calling this one Finished
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All
    Well it has been some time since I posted with regards to the boat.

    I have made a mess of the portholes, as when I got round to fitting them I found that I had run out of the brass ones, so I went with the ones in the kit ( may replace them at a later date) and as for the Nav light they are only good for the bin, so I ordered new one's from C/M and when they arrived one was broken so they are sending a new one out.

    Well I am calling this finished and ready for water trials, which I hope will be soon, I will try and take some on water photos and post them up.

    Fred
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    πŸ“ Stands
    4 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi
    I have used these in the past, from Hughes Aircraft Kits (https://hakits.co.uk/?page_id=372), and no complaint's so far.

    Universal Model Boat Stand,
    Medium for hulls up to about 5β€³ beam. Β£8.00

    Large for hulls 5 – 9β€³ beam Β£10.00

    XL for boats over about 9β€³ beam Β£11.00

    These are available to purchase from there eBay store,

    Fred
    https://hakits.co.uk/?page_id=372),
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    πŸ“ Finishing
    5 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi redpmg

    I go along with you on this one.

    I just let things take there course, so if I did hit the hull at any time I just let it go, or if some paint get on to the deck when doing the bulwarks so be it, to me it just adds that bit of realism.

    Fred
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