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T24 RC Tugboat by mikiek - RADIO - Tippecanoe Boats

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I've been following along and this is real interesting. I actually checked out their site.......and it is so tempting;):)

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I guess I've been away from RC too long.  I've never heard of sealing the deck that way, but it's a lot easier than what I used to do.  Good job.  Can't wait to see her in the water.

 

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Don - although it interferes with my model building I am having fun with it. It's kinda cool building a boat that you can actually get wet. I have their tri-maran on order.

 

Bob - this guy Will is a wizard with epoxy. All kinds of interesting tricks. And he explains them all very well - both in his videos and the kit instructions. I've learned so much from doing his builds. As a for instance, I think my old problems with the 15 minute 2 tube epoxy was not mixing it well enough. Will is adamant about that. Used to be the 15 minute stuff was still gooey the next day. I know I added the proper amount of hardener, but if it ain't mixed in it ain't gonna work. Will stresses 30-60 seconds of mixing before use.

 

Anyone that has dealt with Tippiecanoe will tell you they are a top notch outfit. Great products and great customer support.

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1 hour ago, mikiek said:

Anyone that has dealt with Tippiecanoe will tell you they are a top notch outfit. Great products and great customer support.

I second that!

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With the deck glued to the hull I couldn't resist doing a little painting and varnishing. A long way from finished, but she is taking shape.

 

I am one step closer to planking the deck. Overspray from painting the hull got all over the main deck. Lots of little black dots. It will probably sand off but I can leave it if I plank. The one scary thing about that is using epoxy to glue down the sticks. I tried that on my T37 sailboat and it was a mess. As much as I rave about this epoxy, it is extremely difficult to use for planking.

 

I've also thought about adding some brass hand rails in a few places. Not sure if it would just get beat up down the road. Was also thinking a bunch of model car tires around the hull would look cool.

 

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I'm tempted to fill up the tub and see how she floats  :P

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She is quite the tug Mike, I'd enjoy seeing her run around the lake too. If are thinking about planking Titebond III is completely waterproof and would be much easier to use. 

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Well I did pick up some Titebond III today. I believe planking is the only option now. Too much overspray from painting the hull.

 

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If the deck was solid wood I'd be sanding right now, but it's plywood with a thin mahogany veneer. If you do much sanding on it you go right thru the veneer. It should look pretty nice planked. I'm thinking some pretty wide strips, maybe 1/4".

 

I still want to get some model tires to hang around it.

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Planking it will look real sharp. What type of wood are you thinking about? Tires are a sweet idea and would look so cool. I would still sand to get it smooth just be a little cautious, it would be about the same as sanding the second layer of planking on a hull

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I agree that the planking will add a cool element to the build and enhance the overall appearance. The tires will also look great and may even prove functional if you have to go out and retrieve a lost ship. 

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Don, E.J., thanks for the feedback. I have a lot of boxwood strips so I imagine I'll go with those - maybe darkened a little bit. I have some walnut and maple sheets on order - I could make planks from those. But I'm not sure when they will arrive and I would like to get this build finished this weekend.

 

I definitely want the tires, however that must be a hot item in the model car world. Lot's of sites have them and lot's of sites are out of stock.

 

Had not thought about the tires being useful, but you are right E.J. And I do plan on this tug being a rescue boat for my RC sailboats.

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You might try ebay. I have bought bunches or "junk" tires on there before for other projects. Probably best bet too for a lot of inexpensive tires.

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Got a lot done in the last 24 hours. Deck is planked, stained and first coat of varnish. I used 1/4" x 3/32" boxwood sticks, miscalculated and ran out before I was finished. That was disheartening as it was early this morning, I was on a roll and had planned to finish planking. Fortunately I had a 3/32" sheet and was able to rip enough from that to get the rest.

 

Staining (Minwax Provincial) really showed up all the spots where I didn't sand the glue off well enough. I was going to sand the stain off and try again but then I thought for a tugboat, all the spots kinda add to the ambiance. So I left them. I used a satin finish on the deck rather than the glossy that is on the sides and bottom.

 

Got to thinking, all the wood is covered now so I could put it in the water tomorrow. We'll see. Pix are a little dark this time, not sure why.

 

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May have to postpone the christening today. I slapped another coat of varnish on the deck this morning. Not sure it will be dry in time.

 

Per - traveling with the fleet is getting difficult. 1 - T37 sailboat, 2 - Dragon Force sailboats, 1 tug with barge and soon 1 trimaran (with 7' mast). Plus sails, tools, chairs, etc.  If the trailer wasn't filled up with astronomy gear it would be perfect.

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