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Just curious, Tecko, did the inspiration for this come from watching river ferries?  The few that are left (it's been 20 years since I've been there so I don't know if there's even any left) along the Mississippi (the bigger ones) have dual controls and the lights do the same thing.  

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2 hours ago, mtaylor said:

Just curious, Tecko, did the inspiration for this come from watching river ferries?  The few that are left (it's been 20 years since I've been there so I don't know if there's even any left) along the Mississippi (the bigger ones) have dual controls and the lights do the same thing.  

No Mark. Never watched river ferries along the Mississippi. Its just a solution I had to work out if I were to use navigational lights.

I did not have to use the lights, but did so as an educational exercise for the museum visitors.

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23 hours ago, druxey said:

Oooh. Very clever!  And I thought I was being smart. 

You are smart druxey. Without being questioned or given suggestions I would end up doing things I have to undo later. So I am grateful for your smarts. :cheers:

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Added deckhands having a conversation.

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The name of the boat is BINGAL, named after the aboriginal name of the place before Wardell (where the bridge is). Bingal reminds me of the word 'bingle', which means 'collision'. The boat is a collision of sorts with two bow sections. To play with the words, an added bingle occured on deck as well.

 

Altered a plastic figure to make him look as if he tripped over the rope.

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Thank you @KeithAug, @mtaylor, @BANYAN, @prutser, @Jack12477, and @*Hans* for your reactions. Much appreciated.

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Started building the boat vane.

The gap in the table is 3 mm, and I am using 2 mm aluminium plate for the vane.

Electrical connections, or tracks, must reach the boat from under the table, to operate the nav lights.

A printed circuit board (PCB) is 1.5mm thick, leaving a 0.5 gap if the PCB is mounted within the aluminium plate.

So here is my attempt to create this by-pass.

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The slots in the vane is to allow bulkheads to fit in.

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Making brackets for both the PCB and the base plate.

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Made the PCB and attached it to the vane. 

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Have ordered some parts to further my progress with the vane section.

Will return to this later-on in this build log.

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I do not only hit the like button as many times as possible because this is a nice topic, but also really like all the electrics you are doing!

 

It's a bit like electrickery (with copyrights on this for Catweazle)

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@*Hans*, I have not seen Catweazle before, until now on YouTube. Very funny. Would like to have seen it in Australia. Also, thank you for compliment.

 

Thank you @KeithAug, @druxey, @BANYAN, @oneslim, and @prutser for your 'likes'.

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Completed the boat.

The rigging string, as someone previously suggested, got pre-stretched since November (I think). I added weights to either end of a lenghth of string, and hung it over a door. Since rigging the boat, we had over a short period of time, both high and low humidity. Neither effected the tension of the rigging, so I am very pleased about that.

 

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I really enjoyed building my first vessel. Though it is only a small boat, I have learnt a great deal from putting her together. This introductory exercise has increased my respect for model ship builders. It may turn out to become a new hobby for me.

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Thank you @BANYAN@Farbror Fartyg, @Tigersteve, @*Hans*, @druxey, @mtaylor, @oneslim for your 'likes' and comments.

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Started doing something about the empty space on the left side of the diorama. It needs some sort of side-line attraction. I have a few ideas, and one of them is to have a bit of drama on the bridge. The police farce force has a broken down highway patrol car approaching the headlights. Another policeman, from behind the car, will be halting other approaching cars,

 

The blue flashing light will be only ON the same time the orange traffic lights flash _ for fifteen odd seconds (at start of bridge operatations).

 

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Somewhere on the south bank there will be a angler, appearing to have caught a fish.

 

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Thank you @BANYAN, @oneslim, @John Allen, and @mtaylor for your 'likes'.

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Decided to build another boat using the leftover stern sections from the kit. This boat will be a Buoy Tender, called CLEM-PETER, named after the two museum members who had built a diorama showing the different types of buoys and navigational signages around the Port of Ballina. Their display will be replaced by this Bridge and Boat(s) diorama.

 

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Wow. Thank you @Omega1234, @jablackwell, @oneslim, @John Allen, @BANYAN, @KeithAug, @mtaylor, and @prutser for your 'likes'.

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Decided to add a bow section to the wider end. The bulkheads already in place did not allow me to deepen the bow section.

However I still carried on the best I knew how at the time.

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Needed to bend planking wood at a sharper curvature. Decided to made a variable curvature plank bending mould.

As I was planking the bow I realized I will eventually need to use wood putty. So I changed tactic and only placed planks to hold the putty.

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Decided on the cabin type and started to build this from 3 mm Masonite.

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Thank you @mtaylor, @BANYAN, @Mike Y, @druxey, @Omega1234, @John Allen, and @oneslim for your reactions. Much appreciated.

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Yeah, sometimes it's fun, especially when it works out okay. :D

 

Had a bit of a headache working out how to attach the overhanging roof. So I placed a block of wood inside and secured it with a screw at either end. Then made window frames to fit in the gap, gluing only ceiling end of the frames. Then took out the block to complete the construction.

 

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Thank you @Omega1234 for your response. Yes, a big part of the satisfaction of building a model is overcoming the difficulties. Many modellers are happy for their models to come together easily. Yet many of the same modellers would not part with the ones that were most challenging.

 

Thank you @mtaylor, @KeithAug, @John Allen, @oneslim, and @BANYAN for your 'likes'.

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Decided to take a break from making the boat. My mind was getting too preoccupied about the buoys and crane part of this model.

 

I needed an old unserviceable buoy which was found aground near the Wardell bridge. This storey will give reason for the CLEM-PETER to be in the vicinity. It's task is the pick up the old buoy and replace it with a new buoy somewhere downstream.

 

Had fun making this buoy. It looks like a giant squid. I have an image in mind that will use that appearance to its advantage in the diorama.

 

Used an old broken broom handle, red Biro casing, and thick copper wire.

 

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Thank you @*Hans* for your compliment; and others who liked it too.

Thank you @RichardG, @mtaylor, @BANYAN, @John Allen, @*Hans*, @Omega1234, and @oneslim for your 'likes'. Much appreciated.

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Since the squid buoy is so big, it needs a big crane.

Used scrap wood and nails.

 

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2 hours ago, BANYAN said:

Nice scratch building Tecko; will there be a replacement squid buoy on the vessel ready to go into the water?...

Yep. A brand spanking new red buoy.

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Thank you @Jack12477, @BANYAN, @oneslim, @druxey, @KeithAug, @GrantGoodale, @mtaylor, @Omega1234, and @*Hans* for your reactions.

Glad that you are liking the crane (one of my first toys as a child.  A pulley-cable system ^_^).

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Used black cable and aluminium foil for the hydraulics.

 

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Used pin heads for mounting bolts.

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Thank you fellow model builders @BANYAN, @GrantGoodale, @paulsutcliffe, @druxey, @oneslim, @Omega1234, @KeithAug, and @mtaylor for your reactions.

Thank you Pat and Mark for your comments. Much appreciated.

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All we need now is a brand new red buoy.

As usual, an ad hoc assembly of found items.

 

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4 minutes ago, mtaylor said:

Ah... updated the buoy in the process.   Looks super.  Do the solar panels generate any electricity for the lights/horn/bell????  Just kidding...

Thank you Mark. I take that as a great compliment.

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