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About fnkershner

  • Birthday 08/14/1953

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    Woodinville WA
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    Anything to do with Sailing! Scuba & Travel

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  1. Ben - I am sorry you missed the meeting. Since this model is to be used as a teaching tool and never leave the classroom. The school declined having any kind of R/C. They were more interested in things moving that would inform the students. Such as the thrusters, search lights, and the winches. We volunteered to have the fire nozzles rotate, and you will see that when I have the wiring done for the pilot house. The school has decided to mount the models to a roll around cart. This way the students can simulate being on the water and the correct angles on the nav. lighting. So when we are done there will be a 4 ft. long cart and a 7 foot long cart in the classroom. They will also use the winches to tie off to each other. A quick note on the Foss Waterway museum - As Ben mentions it is located in Tacoma and it has 3 models that were built by members of our club. They are 1 inch to 1 foot scale. I encourage anyone in the area to go see them. The model of the Discovery (the ship that discovered the Puget Sound) is 10 feet long and 12 feet tall, complete with Treenails.
  2. Ok, I thought you might like an update and some photos. On Friday last week I had a project meeting with the customer. We did a review of where we are at and we discussed the issue on the starboard side. He decided that he did not want me to do major surgery (Yahoo!!), and we came to an agreement on how to make it look better and that would be good enough. This past weekend we had a meeting of our local model building club and the photos you see below are the result. So let me explain a little bit of what you see. First of all I have used spackle to fill cracks etc. This is in preparation for sanding. The main cabin is just sitting on the deck. It is sanded and painted. you can also see the smoke stacks coming up thru the deck. the furniture for the pilot house is glued in place. and the life boat canisters are sitting on the roof of the main cabin. the Pilot house is not here because it is in the shop being wired for navigation lighting. It too has been sanded and painted. On the fore deck you will see the emergency hatch just sitting in place, it needs painting. The hole in the bow is for the forward winch. It was decided that since this will get a lot of hands on attention from the students it may need to be replaced & repaired. So we designed it so it could be removed. On the stern is the main winch. Similar to the forward winch it too can be removed. It is not complete yet but you can see the hole in the deck where it will be installed. It was requested that the thrusters rotate so the deck is not in place until they are painted and glued to the shaft.
  3. PLA Welding only works with 3 mm PLA. The 1.75 is too flexible. And yes I have been able to fill gaps and it does create a bead very similar to real welding. Neal - you and I can discuss this in person over the weekend. I will have the hull with me.
  4. Ok, On this site we share both our success and our problems. If only to help others avoid the same mistakes. I have been plagued by a difficult problem that has created a significant delay in this project. As you will see in the attached pictures 2 of the hull sections do not line up correctly, and it is very noticeable. My suspicion of the cause is the many different 3D printers used and many different suppliers of filament. Out of 15 parts for the hull this is the only join that has such a large gap and does not line up. I should also mention that it does line up at the keel. So it is this section that needs to be modified so that if fits. Also the deck is out of alignment. My plan is to very carefully do some surgery on this part to lower the deck line so that the railing is lined up. Then I will use a technique call PLA welding to close the gap. PLA welding takes advantage of the low melting point of the filament and creates a bead in the gap between parts. Wish me luck. I have been ducking this for several days, hoping for a better solution. If I fail it will mean several pieces of the hull will need reprinting.
  5. I went to this museum in Sept. It was fascinating! One of the highlights of my vacation. I spent 3/4 of a day just here. The admiral waited for me in the café. I also heard that they are about to raise another section of this ship soon. I can't believe that some guy spent every weekend for 5 yrs diving and looking for the wreck.
  6. So first off, Neal is way too modest. He did all of the CAD design for the Tug, and it was not easy. We did receive PDFs from the designers. But there was a lot of detail omitted. Neal did all of this work. Also Neal has had to put up with my constant nagging "when will you have the STL files ready" "Please recreate this part" etc. Once he had completed the CAD design and shared the rendering (see above). I had the fun of sending everywhere and getting all the excited feedback. I believe it is that rendering that really sold this project. Also once we had the rendering Neal had to figure out how to slice the design so it would fit on the various 3D printers. Not an easy task. For this project I broke it into 3 major parts - Part 1 - Neal would do all the CAD work for the Tug Part 2 - Per would do all the CAD work for the Barge with support from Neal Part 3 - Floyd would handle all the admin (contracts, NDA, communication) & the 3D printing, assembly and painting of the models. And this includes the manufacture of the oil containment booms. Bill - You are exactly right. I will never do a project of this type the same way. In fact the barge will likely be foam and wood with some 3D printed details.
  7. The masts are made of 8 mm carbon fiber. This is not to scale but it is necessary to get all the wires inside. Once the wiring is done I will place hoods over the LED to control the dispersion angle. The square holes are for the wiring from the lights in the pilot house. Main Cabin below -
  8. Ok here is a bit of an update. In the last photo you saw the main cabin with the pilot house sitting on top. Most of those parts were not glued in place. I was just anxious to see how it looked. Well as of today I have finished painting the fire nozzles and glued the stack and furniture in place. I also finished the windows and glued the short mast in place. There is also a picture of the ladder/stairs and the life boats. The stairs were 3D printed as 3 parts glued with CA then primed and painted. I am rather pleased with them. I have pictures of the life boats painted red & also painted white. So I chose red so they would stand out against the white walls. The fire nozzles are held in place with a magnet (nice idea Neal). The windows don't show well in the pictures, but they are there.
  9. So First I would have to find out if this would be a violation of my NDA with Crowley. I should also mention that R/C was discussed with the school. They declined. The thruster Pods do rotate at the clients request. But, the props do not. this was to make them student proof. And the Oil booms will come as an addition not on a spool to rotate. But that could be done. I will have to discuss this with my engineering team. Frankly I am more interested in a different product. But that is too soon to discuss here. Give me a few weeks.
  10. Ben - The tugs belong to Crowley Marine. I am told they have a wholly owned design firm and they did the work. I will send you the most recent copy of the PSSM newsletter and add you to the distribution list. Also you live in one of my favorite towns. I might have to bug you the next time I am nearby.
  11. Ben - Besides being in this project. I am also the president of the Puget Sound Ship Modelers. Please PM me with your email address and your physical location. I will make sure you are invited to our events and added to the newsletter distribution. The ship yard was Dakota Creek in Anacortes.
  12. Yes it is kinda like when the doctor says "this won't hurt at all"
  13. Ok let me take a moment to tell you about the program that will be using this model in the classroom. The school is located in Astoria, Oregon. They have 120 students in the Maritime program. There are 18 instructors. The kids must be under the age of 26 and underprivileged. They have to meet an income requirement. That is family income below a certain level. They come from all over the US. They live on campus and the program consists of 18 months of classroom and 6 months of experience. At the end of the training. They must pass a few exams. If they complete the program and get a passing grade. They get certified by the US Coast Guard and Union membership. The Union takes on the responsibility of finding a job. Currently everyone who completes the program finds a job. One of the critical tests is Rules of the Road. The student must be able to look at the model,read the lights, and tell you what they stand for. He/She must also know the dispersion angle of all the lights. So my challenge is to get it right when I build the model. I don't want a student to fail just because I screwed up. Besides the learning that I am doing for this project. It is nice to know that all this work is going for a good cause.
  14. Shipmodel - now that I have done it. I would not recommend 3D printing for such a large project. Too much material and too much time. This project would have been much easier if I had just done it in wood.
  15. Druxey - I ahve myself to blame for the scope creep. when they said Navigation lighting. I was sure what that meant. Well a retired Coast Guard Chief has an entirely different definition than a casual boater like me. But the good news is now I have studied the COL Regs.

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