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    Rescue Tug
    Rescue tug is based on Springer tug plans for the hull and drive. The superstructure is scratch build with polystyrene. Constructed to assist in recovering stranded sailing yachts at the local pond. It has two - 4.5ah 6 volt batteries which give a nice balanced ballast and provide for hours of run time. See my build log for more details, search "rescue tug". 😎
    (Tug Boat) Brooklyn Steam Tug
    I built this from a Dumas Tug Kit, nice kit with lots of detail. Two SLA batteries provide ballast along with lead weight. Gearing is from an older type model aircraft type. ESC is a marine type, forward, backward drive, big 4" Dumas prop. This tug is back in dry dock for addition of led navigational lighting. The initial build was undertaken while I was battling stage 4 cancer, it keep my mind occupied during chemo and surgery recovery, stayed positive! Model building is very meditative to me, try it if you have't, Have fun. Photos to come once out of dry dock. (Motor: 550 dc) (ESC: Tamar T15) (8/10)
    (Yacht) US1Meter
    This is a US1Meter class boat that I built with the lendgendary southern Californis boat builder Swede Johnson. His design and molds. Fiberglass hull, carbon fiber rudder, keel, spars and mast. Nice fast boat. (5/10)
    (Other) SeaTurtle
    Scratch built gaff rigged cutter sailboat. RC sails, rudder and auxially motor. (Motor: 550) (5/10)
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    πŸ“ US1M Build - Decking
    14 hours ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Placing forward deck which is curved. Lots of rubber bands and some elastic cords hold the bent 1/16" plywood in place until the glue dries. Nothing fancy but it works! Will stay clamped for 24hrs minimum.

    Hatch cover being built out of styrene plastic, it is very stiff and will hold the sail servo, rudder servo and rx beneath it. This design will become clearer in the near future.
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Planking continues
    5 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Dave,
    Nice job on the start of planking, looks good.
    Joe
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    πŸ’¬ Re: US1M Rudder build
    7 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Doug,
    Thanks for the note. Paint πŸ€” we will see......
    Cheers,
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ“ US1M Rudder build
    8 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Yes, I know it's just one photo, but at least I remembered to take a photo before I glassed this rudder. I had laminated multiple layers of 1/8" plywood, now I am shaving and shaping with my small plane. I like the wood pattern that shows up!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: US1M Build - Fiberglassing Hull
    10 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Pete,
    Thanks for the comment, each hull gets a little better, I just need to keep building/practicing.....
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: US1M Build - Fiberglassing Hull
    10 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Doug,
    You are so right! THAT debate has been raging for 4 days.....to compound curve or not to curve.....some flat, some compound? πŸ€•

    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: US1M Build - Fiberglassing Hull
    10 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Doug,
    " Enjoy your debate. looking forward to the outcome."

    Okay Doug you got me! What debate? πŸ™‰

    Joe
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    πŸ’¬ Re: US1M Build - Fiberglassing Hull
    10 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thanks JB!
    It's always a bit of a challenge when pulling a boat off the building board, this went well.
    Thanks for your interest.
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: US1M Build - Fiberglassing Hull
    10 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Ed,
    Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate your interest. Glad that we all have this hobby to keep us busy during these times!

    Good luck with that 3d printer!
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ“ US1M - Removed from building board
    11 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hull has been removed from the building board. Working on rudder support, keel and mast steps.
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    πŸ“ Model Boats Magazine August 2020
    13 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Doug,
    Thanks for the heads-up......"No free plan though GRRRR!😠"

    I was just about to subscribe to the digital, but won't bother as the free plan is one of the best parts of the mag. ☹️
    Joe
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Props removed
    14 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hillro,
    I like the idea of using the jet drives, I will have to look those up.
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Final Assembly
    14 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hillro,
    A fantastic amount of detail, it looks good! You should be pleased.
    Joe😎
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    πŸ“ US1M Build - Fiberglassing Hull
    14 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Glassed the hull using the very light .75oz cloth. Using West Systems 105/206, I was able to get the initial coat plus a 2nd resin coat done during the same day.

    Next, I plan to cut the stern to create a reverse rake transom. In addition, I am debating the deck design - flat vs curved vs combination of both. Since I have time I may have some fun with it and add some complexity.

    Stay safe.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: US1M Plank Taper Explanation
    14 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Pete,
    Thanks for your continued interest!

    Yes, every hull is different, my numbers are just that, my numbers for this hull.

    It actually took less time to do than it did to type up an explanation. It's simple once you get the hang of it.

    But when I first tried to figure this out from internet searches I was quite confused!! πŸ™„

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    πŸ“ US1M Plank Taper Explanation
    14 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Pete,
    As promised but delayed a bit, I have attached images showing how I calculated taper.

    Last photo shows the build stage that I was at when I did the calcs.....all frames in, keel planks and shear planks in per first sketch.

    First sketch showing bulhead / frame. Since each frame will be different, first measure the dimension X shown. I did this in mm as this is the easiest.

    Next I recorded these dimensions for frames 1-10 plus the stem (bow).

    Third image shows my chart. 1st column is frame station. 2nd is dimension in mm.

    Jumping to column 5, this shows the taper in percentages. Since frames 5 & 6 are 134mm, the largest distance, this becomes 100%. Then each other frame is calculated for the taper percentage. Example, frame 2 is 110mm divided by 134 mm = 82%. Record these in column 5.

    Column 3 shows this in actual plank width. Since I knew that I wanted planks about 8mm, I divided 134 into 16 divisions to give me a starting plank width of 8.37mm. Multiplied 8.37mm times each station % gave me the taper widths. For example frame 8 is 7.2mm.

    I took a full plank at 8.37mm and marked the station location by holding it on the hull frames and penciling lines. Then a each frame line I used a caliper to mark my widths. Then it is just connecting the dots and draw a taper line.

    Once shaved to the line, I used this plank as a template and marked each plank.

    This constant taper worked pretty well until I got down to the last 3 planks on each side. Then I just adjusted the taper to fill the gaps.

    It worked out pretty well.....at least I no longer have a Fear of planking!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‰

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Installing Electrics
    17 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hillro,

    Nice to see the proper switches and fusing, well done.
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Deck Winch.
    17 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I'm a fan of winches, yours looks great!
    Joe
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull painting
    17 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hillro,
    Paint looks really good, I like your paint scheme!
    Joe
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    πŸ“ US1M Build - Planking Completed
    17 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Finished the balsa planking Friday night. Then I spent Saturday block sanding the hull with 120 grit sandpaper. Very dusty work so I did it all outside on a portable workbench. Of course I forgot to take more photos during sanding.

    I glued a chunk of balsa on the bow and then sanded to shape. Ready to start glassing but will wait until morning when I will have the whole day and hope to get several coats on while green.

    Pete, I have not forgotten about your question regarding calculating plank taper. I just haven't got around to sketching something up. Will do.
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: US1M Tapering Planks
    21 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Yes, all I had to do was look at it!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: US1M Tapering Planks
    21 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Rick,
    Thanks, it's coming along...
    Joe
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    πŸ’¬ Re: US1M Tapering Planks
    21 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Pete,
    Regarding tapering I will put together something to explain it, like a sketch and calcs. It's simple but I need to figure out how to explain it in a post, today or tomorrow...
    Joe
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HARTLEY FLARELINE, NEW PROJECT
    22 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Nice work, thanks for sharing the great photos. It's encouraging to see your work!
    Joe
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Repulse Refit..Deck and Hull Update.
    22 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Bill,
    I like your efforts so far but I must admit I got tired just looking at all of your work. Good luck, keep it up!
    Joe
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The end is in sight....!
    22 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Very nice mast detail, great photos as usual.
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    πŸ“ US1M Tapering Planks
    22 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Working with two planks at a time, one for each hull side, I mark the taper on the 8.3mm wide planks. Then using the pictured rasp-like thing, (don't know the proper name,) I trim each plank to the taper line. Usually I prefer to use my small Stanley planes but they did not work well with this balsa.

    Continuing to plank and let dry, I have been getting about 6 planks per day. Not a lot but I have no schedule! It's a hobby, No Hobby Police around here πŸ˜‰!

    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Pistol Grip Controller!
    23 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Ed,
    Sounds like that pistol grip will work great on fast boats, sounds logical. I have only sailboats and slow tugs so I'll stick with my stick setup. ( don't know if my pea brain could keep up with two systems! πŸ€•)
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Rats.........
    23 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Ed,

    Regarding our USPS, it's funny I have had some things come much faster than expected! Only two times in the past two months have I received delay notices but they got here within 2 -3 days.

    It's our taxes at work Ed, I keep supporting those workers that face covid everyday. Do you use the email notice service? It's great and I get daily emails on my package status. I always have about 4 items either coming or going and I like to track them all.

    Good luck with your builds, they look like fun!
    Joe😎
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    πŸ“ older R36
    23 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Jacko,
    Nice find, you've got some nice fittings there. From the looks of your harbor I see you've got a number of sailboats, should be a fun one to piece back together. πŸ‘
    Joe
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