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    Lew Zee (LewsModelBoats)
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    Retired test and production equipment senior designer. Designs own projects using 3D modeling and printing.
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    My Web Site (LewsModelBoats.org)
    My "Scale Model Boats" (and tanks... and more) web site is http://lewsmodelboats.org It goes into a lot of detail on my model boats, tanks, R/C, 3D modeling, 3D parts, tips, and beyond, including many photos and links to videos. Along the same line, I have YouTube channel "eymccauley" (American Civil War naval officer) link: https://www.youtube.com/c/eymccauley/videos where you can find videos of scale model boats, tanks, club meets here in Florida U.AS.A.) and more.
    "Star Wars" Patrol Boat
    As weird as it sounds I just can't seem to see a model boat go in the trash. In this case, you can see the derelict model in the first two photos. It's not very fast and has a low freeboard. I decided to have some fun with this one - the photos are evident as to what I did. (1/12 scale.) Lew
    Ironclads of the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865)
    Disclosure: First off, these are not my models, but that of the "Old Navy" Steve Lund and Bill Hathaway. I had the pleasure of meeting them in 2007 at the Monitor Center at the Mariners' Museum in Virginia, U.S.A. At that time I was involved in Civil War reenacting (role as a U.S. navy officer) and we were all participating at a special event. The "Old Navy" guys brought a trailer loaded with 1/35 scale R/C ironclad models. I am putting together this information in case others are interested in building a Civil War ironclad, and need more information. I thought I had more still photos of the models but these are all I found. The video shows many of the models. [Sure, the U.S was not the first country to have an ironclad but did have the first battle between the in March 1862. Between the north and the south about 66 ironclads were completed during these four years. Some quite simple and others quite out of the norm. If you want to build a U.S. ironclad check them out - the variety is amazing.] The first photo is the full scale replica (hollow) of the U.S.S. Monitor located behind the museum. The second photo is that of Steve (right) and Bill (left), middle person is unknown. They are standing in front of an accurate reproduction of the Monitor at 1/35 scale. It an R/C - powered model. The remaining photos are close-ups of the Monitor model. So here is my video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMnEmFW0XPk The video is a bit old but I think you get the idea. Steve and Bill made an excellent book, 'Modeling the Ironclads" which is available at: https://thenrgstore.org/products/modeling-the-ironclads . However you can preview it or print this out yourself you can download it at: https://walternelson.com/ironclads.pdf ps. I was going to build a 1/35 scale Monitor but got side tracked while searching for a way to make thick, black smoke which I could not find and this project eventually gave way to building other models.
    Standard Oil Tug
    Well, we all started somewhere! My first model boat (not including inexpensive model kits as a kid) was the Sterling kit, "Emma C. Berry." I had planned to R/C it including glassing the hull, but never got that far. So jumping forward to the next model I scaled up that little Standard oil tug kit "Despatch No. 9". I scaled it up to be 42 inches long and about 35 pounds in weight. Made mostly out of planked balsa with fiberglass covered hull it was not well done with many imperfections but from 10 feet away it looked good. Back then (early 1970's) there was not too many components available for large R/C scale models especially here in Florida, the "boonies" back then. I used a automobile heater motor for the drive and a servo driven three position switch for the speeds (low, medium, high) with power resistors. Another servo driven switch for forward, stop, and reverse. The radio was a four channel Heathkit that I had to build up. Power came from a 6V motorcycle battery. I enjoyed this boat for a few years. I bought the Graupner Schnellboot "Wiesel" in London in 1975, started it, but it took another 35 years before I finished it. Is that a record? Now the old tug sits up high on a shelf where it gets little notice. It reminds me to think about how the finished boat should not look. (Even the "S" on one side of the stack is up-side-down.) To make matters worse, I added some expanding foam ๐Ÿ˜ฎ under the deck for floatation - oops, needless to say I got more camber to the deck that I really wanted. Lew
    Club Rescue Boat ("Miss Amelia"; scratch built; Scale: ~1/18)
    What do you do with a boat hull that nobody wants, not in good condition, and not realistic looking? Build something different! This boat was the model for a "Balloon Boat". OK, this was a competitive one design boat where each boat had a balloon tied to the stern and a long prick on the front. The object was to puncture all the balloons and the last boat remaining with a balloon inflated was the winner. This was the prototype from which a mold was made and fiberglass hulls were produced. Now back to this boat... As you can see this hull has a weird shape and not built for speed. However it is very stable. By tearing out the guts and adding a Kort nozzle with a five blade prop yet trying to keep a "scale" appearance, this boat became the SSMBC's rescue boat. All it needed was a yoke to catch the disabled boat. Simple electronics, a stable platform, good power all makes for a good rescue boat. So far the record push for this boat is a 60 pound whaleback freighter.
    PT61 Gunboat WWII (Frank's kit with major mods; Scale: 1/20)
    This boat kit was started by buyer and passed though many hands until it finally reached me. Before starting I looked at the history of the PT-61. In the middle of WWII it was converted to a gunboat along with PT-59 & PT60. Trying to gather information took a long time before being able to start construction (which involved de-construction by the original owner). This is a heavy model but runs like the real one would because of all the armor, guns, and ammo on board. Yes, the real PT-61 did have two 40mm Bofors and sixteen 50 caliber BMGs. All three motors work, the outer two run through ESCs and the center one has a servo driven switch running forward only on another channel
    Springer #3 (Zip Kits; Scale: 1/18)
    This Springer (Jo Ann) is my third Springer build, I made it for my son. It is based on a real truckable pushboat but one that I saw within about 1,000 feet from where we operate our model boats (Lake Seminole Park, Florida). To get the real one in the water it had to pass the pond within a 100 feet of the road. I took a lot of photos of it from the shore and planned out how to build the model.
    Springer #2 (Zipp Kits; Scale: ~1/25)
    Ah, the "Skeleton Crew" Bill E. Bones! This Springer obviously has a comical theme. Unfortunately it is kind of top heavy and wind is its enemy. I will probably make an alternate structure for it. Bad planning!
    Springer #1 (Zipp kits - Scale: 1/18)
    Looking for a fun boat? Take a look at the Springer type tugs. Zipp Kits is one manufacture that makes the Springer easy to build and inexpensive. You can easily scratch build on yourself. I bought four of these. At 18 inches long they are small and "turn on a dime" and can be quite quirky like trying to ride a wild horse - a lot of fun. You can build them in almost any style (above the deck) from looking like a real truckable pushboat (like this model) to something completely zany. Let you imagination run its course. If you follow the regulations/specifications, these boats are meant to be "one-design" that is from the deck down there as rules and dimensions that apply so the boats can compete in water sports and racing. This one is base on a real pushboat that I found on the internet. The cabin can rise up thanks to some old inkjet printer parts I save a while back.
    Modular Barge (Scratch build; Scale: ~1/16)
    Want to build a barge to go with a Springer tug? Modular barges are truckable, that is they can be brought to a site, unloaded, fastened together to make a larger barge or bridge of almost any configuration. The real ones come in several sizes, 10 X 10, 10 X 20, and 10 X 40 (feet), X 5 feet high, are the most common sizes. A variety of accessories can be added. Mine is actually one barge scored to look like four 10 X 20 barges tied together. It is made out of wood (34" sides, ends, X 1/4" top and bottom with some weight added internally.
    M/V David Sizer (Scratch build towboat; Scale: 1/35)
    This is a scratch build inland waterways (U.S.) towboat, often called a push boat. (Not based on any real boat.) It has two motors individually controlled turning props in Kort nozzles plus four flanking rudders and two regular "barn door" rudders which gives it exceptional control, just like the real ones. It just loves to push barges!
    LC-3 (Trumpeter plastic model kit; Scale: 1/35)
    Bought this little model (about 18 inches long) wanting to motorize it. It took some time figuring out all of the electronics and getting the components to fit in the little compartment. It runs great as long as it is not too windy.
    Trawler (Helen kit by Artesnia Latina, modified; Scale: ~/20)
    One model boat I would never thought of buying/building was this one. It was partially built and got a good deal on buying it. With the double ended boat which gives great handling, and the multiple details of a fishing trawler, it is a boat that has a lot of appeal. I downloaded a number of photos of the type of trawler on England's east coast. Re-worked the hull a little as well as the rigging, added many details, lighting, etc. I like to run it when the wind is not too high.
    Dusseldorf FLB 2 (Krick model kit - major modifications; Scale: 1/25)
    This model was given to me by the original owner. It was about 80% complete but in "not so good" condition. It was partially working and I think the builder was frustrated with the multiple functions required. After looking at the model I realized that the kit manufacturer (Robbe years ago) design the kit after the real boat back in 1965. In 1979 it was lengthened and otherwise modified and the model bears little resemblance to the real fire boat as it exists today. This is my current project (September 2022).
    Wiesel (Graupner kit - major mods; Scale: 1/40)
    I partially built this boat, set it aside for a few years, the restarted it after the internet was available. That prompted me to do some research which resulted in me back-tracking and making major changes through completion.
    ProBoat USCG 47 ft Motor Life Boat (Pro-Boat RTR, modified; Scale: ~1/18)
    Overhauled/modified and a lot of details added. Upgraded to an 8 channel RC Spektrum radio and two ESCs.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aquacraft Atlantic Tug
    4 hours ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    DaveB, I called it a "Dumpster Joker" (which I might name it) because of the condition it is in. Probably make it a dirty, well used tug, lots of rust and weathering just for fun. I was going to "Americanize" to a NYC tug it but the hull lines are not right and would take too much time.
    I was looking at your harbor and you have a nice selection of boats. My 47 ft USCG MLB barely made it back (being pushed) to the dock. Only about 3 inches of the nose above water. Do you ever get water in yours?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aquacraft Atlantic Tug
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    You got a "Shelf Queen" and I got a "Dumpster Joker." This Atlantic tug has seen better days! Why would anyone put a bow thruster in this? I'm thinking of making this a true fireboat, one that actually smokes and has [artificial] flames so my Krick Dusseldorf FLB 2 has something to spray water on (if I ever finish the major rebuild).

    Recently I have been getting a lot of boats that other people either have given up on or no longer interested in. Before the Dusseldorf there was the USCG 47 ft MLB, before that another Atlantic tug (in good condition) which I passed on to my son, and a sailboat. Some boats I had to pass on. Today I got an email about someone wanting to get rid of a Graupner rowboat #2152, partially built.

    Looks like I will never get back to building the Arne Christiansen towboat with Graupner Z-drives.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Mini Bar Clamps for Model Builders
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    I had a need for several sets of bar clamps with about 6 -6 inches capacity. The only ones I saw were too heavy or expensive so I designed a set with a few extra features and made a handful via one of my 3D printers.

    I have the STL files on my site for FREE downloads as well as two YouTube videos, one an intro and the other a how to build. Here are the links:
    Intro: http://lewsmodelboats.org/Mini-Bar-Clamp.htm
    Make: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n91onP_e3M4
    Downloads: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrujDxf_a-4

    I hope they are of use to others.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Wiesel (Graupner kit - major mods; Scale: 1/40)
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    Pete, about the Wiesel's crew...

    (Sorry I did not answer this quickly, must have missed your post.)

    The Graupner Wiesel is 1/40 scale so 1/35 scale figures are close, but slightly oversized. By making two horizontal saw-cuts, one a the waist and the other at the knees, the height is reduced to a good size for the model. I have info on the particular 1/35 scale figure kits on my web site at http://lewsmodelboats.org/M-scale-figures.htm and kept the uniforms simple with a dark blue top, white trousers, and a flat cap (except for the gunners and officers).

    Everyone who has built this model completely missed the design of the bridge. It was hard to find what it really looked like and I have posted photos on my web site (http://lewsmodelboats.org/Schnellboot.htm) of that as well. If you need more info check there and let me know if I can be of assistance. I have tried to make these pages as the most comprehensive information on the Zobel type 143A boats as possible.

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Batten down the hatches, Hurricane Ian is on the way!
    6 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Made it through the hurricane OK, "Ian" shifted direction to the east so we missed the worst part that was predicted to hit us. However we are now out of power.
    Thanks for the good thoughts!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Batten down the hatches, Hurricane Ian is on the way!
    9 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Got the boats (and everything else) packed up. Ian is heading right for us with winds now at 105mph and getting worse. It's a humdinger, about 500 miles wide. People are panicking, store shelves are empty. Hope we can weather this one.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Calypso
    12 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Good job! Lot of Calypsos out there, this is the first I have seen converted back.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mtronics Viper Marine 20 esc for brushed motors
    12 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have been using the 1060 brushed ESCs on all sorts of batteries for several years now. I have about 10 of them and they all work very well.

    I have two Mtronics on one burned out (yeah, fire and smoke on the water). The Mtroniks has a slight advantage being it will run the motor with the prop barely moving to to point where the boat does not even move. The 1060 has a great slow speed where one can still watch the prop turn.

    To me the 1060 has a big price advantage, last time I looked it was almost half the price (here in the U.S.) of the Mtroniks and that was comparing a 1060 60A versus a Mtroniks 20A.

    I'm completely sold on the Quickrun 1060's.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Caypso
    14 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I believe the spelling is "Calypso." Nevertheless, a fine looking model!๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Filler to use on Styrene (large/thick areas)
    15 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    For some reason I forgot about modifying my Graupner Wiesel schnellboot almost 15 years ago. I built it according to the plans but then found out the the boat had four shafts and two rudders (see photos). I removed most of the aft bottom with a hole big enough to easily slide one's foot through, sealing it with styrene and a lot of JB Weld.

    For the past few years I have been buying the JB Weld in the large tubes five ounces each (pack of two for mixing). Quite a bit cheaper! That is what I plan on using for the current project.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Rebuilding the Dusseldorf FLB 2 (Krick model) Superstructure
    18 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Very nice looking and well detailed! What scale is this fire boat?
    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Filler to use on Styrene (large/thick areas)
    18 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks' for the replies! Looks like Bondo might be the way to go. Anyone tried Bondo Glazing and Spot putty? It is supposed to work on plastic, mainly bumpers.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Filler to use on Styrene (large/thick areas)
    19 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Anyone experienced with using a filler to use on styrene? This is for a model boat hull exterior. I'm not talking about the small tubes (would need too many) but for larger areas and thickness (up to about .10 inch / 2.5mm). Need something that is strong and adheres well.
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    ๐Ÿ“ My Web Site (LewsModelBoats.org)
    23 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    My "Scale Model Boats" (and tanks... and more) web site is http://lewsmodelboats.org
    It goes into a lot of detail on my model boats, tanks, R/C, 3D modeling, 3D parts, tips, and beyond, including many photos and links to videos.
    Along the same line, I have YouTube channel "eymccauley" (American Civil War naval officer) link: https://www.youtube.com/c/eymccauley/videos where you can find videos of scale model boats, tanks, club meets here in Florida U.AS.A.) and more.
    http://lewsmodelboats.org
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    ๐Ÿ“ I'm looking for a good liberty ship kit
    24 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    In the U.S. - http://www.bluejacketinc.com/kits/libertyship.htm
    (1/16" = 1' scale, 27-1/" long, $390 US).
    http://www.bluejacketinc.com/kits/libertyship.htm
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Star Wars" Patrol Boat
    27 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    As weird as it sounds I just can't seem to see a model boat go in the trash. In this case, you can see the derelict model in the first two photos. It's not very fast and has a low freeboard.

    I decided to have some fun with this one - the photos are evident as to what I did. (1/12 scale.)

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Work stand
    27 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Bassman,

    My work stand is a little different. I originally built it for racing sail boats (which I no longer do) but it works for just about all my boats. It is the right height so working on the boat is easy. It can be used at home, outside, and folds flat for transportation and will support up to 100 pounds.

    Materials are easy to find. I used 1 X 2 clear lumber, webbing from tie-down straps, and ยผ-20 bolts, flat washers, and wing nuts. It is glued with carpenterโ€™s wood glue (waterproof after drying), some wood screws, and finished with spar varnish.

    The legs are 36-5/8โ€ long and the width of the outer set in 18โ€ with the inner pair fitting between the outer pair. The webbing is about 18โ€ long across the top plus allowance for going down the out side of the top cross piece (about 20-1/2โ€ total length). The axis bolt is located 23-1/8โ€ from the bottom of the legs to give it a slightly wider spread for some stability. Use a soldering iron or hot nail to melt/pierce the webbing and use two screws per each end.

    When you set it up with the webbing taunt, and then sit the boat on the webbing, the weight of the boat will push down so a rounded bilge boat will sit even. Just a little caution: This is not as stable as a table so be careful if people will be around it or if the wind is heavy.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: new project "MV American Beauty" Kit
    27 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Roy,
    I was looking for something else and came across these taken photos of my Korts and rudders about 10 - 11 years ago.
    Lew

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    The rudders are actually about 3/4 inch wider. The boat suffered cavitation in reverse as the Korts/props were too close to the transom. So I added 3/4" to the transom as well as the rudders.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: new project "MV American Beauty" Kit
    28 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    That should be "towboatjoe" - link: https://towboatjoe.tripod.com/
    (I believe Joe passed on a few years ago but his site is still up as of now).
    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: new project "MV American Beauty" Kit
    28 days ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I just did a search on "towboat" and a few posts came up including yours. First off, I recently saw the real "American Beauty" going through Mississippi Lock 19 on YouTube live streaming. I know several who have built the model including one scratch build using the Dumas drawings.

    Don't know if this is too late: As for the rudders, each of the two drives (fixed Kort nozzles) has two barn door rudders aft of the props, one each. Forward of the props there are two flanking rudders per shaft, one on each side. They are fairly close to the shafts but far enough to turn, and they really work well on the model.

    I scratch built a towboat (no specific real boat, it is 1/35 scale and about 28 inches long) with flanking rudders (check out my harbor for photos: https://model-boats.com/harbour/110651). Actually they are all connected together to one servo (unlike the real boats).

    The photo is superimposed with indicators to show the parts and movements (for a right turn). Note that the flanking rudders turn in the opposite direction of the main rudders. Check out this video to see how well this towboat turns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSUH3PX5QMY

    B.T.W., any updates on this build?

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Duna Tug
    1 month ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi, I started building the Anfora tug "Duna" (actually the "Frederic Mistral") several years ago but stopped when I could not get the drag chain for the steering strong enough. Seems the all the pulleys along the deck caused too much drag. How does yours work? Any photos?
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ironclads (U.S. Civil War)
    1 month ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Information uploaded to My Harbor on U.S. Ironclads. Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ironclads of the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865)
    1 month ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Disclosure: First off, these are not my models, but that of the "Old Navy" Steve Lund and Bill Hathaway.

    I had the pleasure of meeting them in 2007 at the Monitor Center at the Mariners' Museum in Virginia, U.S.A. At that time I was involved in Civil War reenacting (role as a U.S. navy officer) and we were all participating at a special event. The "Old Navy" guys brought a trailer loaded with 1/35 scale R/C ironclad models.

    I am putting together this information in case others are interested in building a Civil War ironclad, and need more information. I thought I had more still photos of the models but these are all I found. The video shows many of the models.

    [Sure, the U.S was not the first country to have an ironclad but did have the first battle between the in March 1862. Between the north and the south about 66 ironclads were completed during these four years. Some quite simple and others quite out of the norm. If you want to build a U.S. ironclad check them out - the variety is amazing.]

    The first photo is the full scale replica (hollow) of the U.S.S. Monitor located behind the museum.

    The second photo is that of Steve (right) and Bill (left), middle person is unknown. They are standing in front of an accurate reproduction of the Monitor at 1/35 scale. It an R/C - powered model.

    The remaining photos are close-ups of the Monitor model.

    So here is my video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMnEmFW0XPk The video is a bit old but I think you get the idea.

    Steve and Bill made an excellent book, 'Modeling the Ironclads" which is available at: https://thenrgstore.org/products/modeling-the-ironclads .
    However you can preview it or print this out yourself you can download it at: https://walternelson.com/ironclads.pdf

    ps. I was going to build a 1/35 scale Monitor but got side tracked while searching for a way to make thick, black smoke which I could not find and this project eventually gave way to building other models.
    https://thenrgstore.org/products/modeling-the-ironclads
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ironclads (U.S. Civil War)
    1 month ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I'll gather the information and most likely put them in "My Harbor" with a disclaimer that I did not build them. I'll add info on sources of information in case people are interested in building one (or more). May take a few days.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Ironclads (U.S. Civil War)
    1 month ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I searched the site and I didn't see anything on U.S. Civil War era ironclads. I have some photos and links to videos on well made 1/35 scale R/C models in case anyone is interested and can upload them.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Water up prop shaft.
    1 month ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    If it comes to the point where you can't find any information and you need to move forward, take pencil to paper and layout everything. (Pardon my rough sketching.)

    Locate the rudder on you side view of the hull and place the propeller forward of that leaving a gap. The prop shaft should be centered on the prop hub and would run back into the boat. Often the motor and mounting bracket height off the bottom inside of the hull will determine the angle of the shaft (like in the sketch). You don't have to put the motor far forward to keep the shaft horizontal unless the hull is a strange shape, ... and that is one unknown to us who are responding. Like one of the other responders mentioned, we need more information ๐Ÿ™„(photos?).

    Once you get this right on paper then you can locate the sweet spot on the hull. This takes some work especially if you are drilling into a sloped surface. Perhaps not a drill but a Dremel type tool and fill in the gap with epoxy (or?). Don't forget some other shaft support either on the inside or outside or make the part of the hull extra thick where the shaft goes through it.

    B.T.W., I use Vaseline for my prop shafts, more environmentally friendlyโ›ต, works, and it lasts a long time.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Lew's Model Boats, Tanks, and More (R/C scale)
    1 month ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Plenty of photos and information on R/C scale models, (boats, tanks, accessories, and more) are on this site. From how-too-s to 3D printing for models, including free downloads of drawings, information, and files. All non-commercial.
    Http://LewsModelBoats.org
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Standard Oil Tug
    1 month ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    No, I'm not going to do anything more with the tug other than leave it on the Shelf. The hull is not exactly really even, at least to my standards today. Just too much work and I have a lineup of boats that I'm working on. Thanks for asking and the comments!

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    ๐Ÿ“ Standard Oil Tug
    1 month ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well, we all started somewhere!

    My first model boat (not including inexpensive model kits as a kid) was the Sterling kit, "Emma C. Berry." I had planned to R/C it including glassing the hull, but never got that far. So jumping forward to the next model I scaled up that little Standard oil tug kit "Despatch No. 9".

    I scaled it up to be 42 inches long and about 35 pounds in weight. Made mostly out of planked balsa with fiberglass covered hull it was not well done with many imperfections but from 10 feet away it looked good.

    Back then (early 1970's) there was not too many components available for large R/C scale models especially here in Florida, the "boonies" back then. I used a automobile heater motor for the drive and a servo driven three position switch for the speeds (low, medium, high) with power resistors. Another servo driven switch for forward, stop, and reverse. The radio was a four channel Heathkit that I had to build up. Power came from a 6V motorcycle battery.

    I enjoyed this boat for a few years. I bought the Graupner Schnellboot "Wiesel" in London in 1975, started it, but it took another 35 years before I finished it. Is that a record?

    Now the old tug sits up high on a shelf where it gets little notice. It reminds me to think about how the finished boat should not look. (Even the "S" on one side of the stack is up-side-down.) To make matters worse, I added some expanding foam ๐Ÿ˜ฎ under the deck for floatation - oops, needless to say I got more camber to the deck that I really wanted.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bunker Boat
    1 month ago by LewZ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Great Build๐Ÿ‘!

    I remember many years ago I had a magazine with an article (plus page sized plans) on this boat. Thought about building that a number of times after the kids moved out, but never did so.

    Not long ago word went out about a competition quality built Bunker Boat model looking for a new home - a freebie! The RC Sub Guy picked it up immediately. (One of our club members missed getting it by only a few hours.) If you want to see his video of it you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVtKUlGQZJU

    What luck.

    Anyway, keep sharing photo of the build. Lew
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