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Is it wrong to have three logs at once?  Another solid hull to keep me occupied while my other boats are drying, or waiting for something.  No rigging and I think this one will be fun.  Surprised there are no logs for this boat, perhaps there is a reason?  For the low sale price of $39.99 the castings are really nice and the is vastly improved I believe since the cabin is now laser cut and not a solid chunk of wood.  

 

I sanded some some of the hull and I’m hoping this will be good practice for the thin bulwarks my phantom requires.C57F2F5D-9E98-4A2B-A96A-833123963CC9.thumb.jpeg.543ec4bf92f6756581bbacef7836acb2.jpeg

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I found some wonderful pictures online of similar tugs so I’m going to try and do better with the details, however I can’t get over the cast fittings in this kit!  The plans lack dimension and detail like spacing of bulwark supports, distance off the deck the grating is, etc.  I am thinking about drilling the holes out between the grating rather then painting them black, what do you think?9AF30B82-7037-46A9-A902-3B3500BBF4C3.thumb.jpeg.dca1feb26dfc83bbe900d5e95eab4c61.jpegB616CCD6-E7EE-4A66-9422-B99B0A047C00.thumb.jpeg.a0d86d776f21e85de0aabef9ef24feb0.jpeg

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Made some head way on the bulwarks...thinned them more and started fitting the decking.  9A6A807E-B0A7-4189-A1AD-17140D6CFB68.thumb.jpeg.33d6f6f99f4dd853eebf28c8c2ceaf77.jpeg

 

I got the bow way nicer then yesterday.  I am struggling matching the cabin with the deck since it is not flat.  Wish the had a template for it.  Trying to match the prints to my best ability.0BCCA66A-E336-47B5-8C4F-0A5CE1F4F121.thumb.jpeg.870d82a6102d0df9dfac4c093b5a583c.jpeg2CC76F1A-6269-40FE-865D-1DE6DF12869A.thumb.jpeg.139f58ea48ca6cef712e71df0be3725e.jpeg8579430A-4F2E-485E-B187-5FD396FDFCDC.thumb.jpeg.83a2241960d40d6476da30704ac75637.jpegB42983D3-3847-4A74-BB39-C9A3F57DAD5C.thumb.jpeg.131bae7a48eb30e8d4c0d5dec4066cbe.jpeg

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On 9/24/2019 at 9:00 PM, Duanelaker said:

Is it wrong to have three logs at once?  

I’d say not wrong, but I’m not in charge. Do as many as you can! Like you I need multiple models going to fill in the time when glue and paint is drying or I get bored with something. Currently I am building the C W Morgan, City of Pekin, A6 A Intruder, Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra (incidentally a horrible poorly fitting kit I have been messing with for ages) and a Guillows de Havilland Beaver  stick and tissue kit. I am only doing logs for the two ships as this is after all a ship model site. I will post the occasional non ship kit progress in the Shore Leave section 

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I have a Charles Morgan on the shelf, but I certainly need a few more ships under my belt before that one gets started!  If I was retired and had more space, I’d probably have more builds going on lol.  At one point I was trying to schedule the work for my boats and that was a disaster...took the fun right out of things.  I believe once I finish these build logs I might enjoy building one without a log.  I’m kind of embarrassed with the amount of ships I have in waiting...probably enough to keep me busy for a few years!

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So instead of using the card stock image for the exterior of the pilot house and main cabin I decided to drive myself nuts and use the smallest of wood possible...FE4D4D72-142C-4EFA-9D7D-0D969A2B09D3.thumb.jpeg.caa79774287e22b322da00a9fb5276b5.jpegE179E08C-2E6F-487C-BBA7-0FAB2E208537.thumb.jpeg.0c4e4b4a47ded5407ccf63fa7ee8415b.jpeg

i happen to think it looks so much better.

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I also installed the remainder of the rub rails.  

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As I stated when I first started this build, I was hoping for practice for my phantom...i installed the top rail today in one piece and I have to say it went better than I thought it would!  I also installed the splash rails...rub rails next and the hull is pretty much ready for paint 😊9F2A57D8-5898-49A5-815E-C94CB5FE0306.thumb.jpeg.63ea85b9e6ed864ac43a98c9100ba996.jpeg563970FB-4D38-4391-84AC-0CF0164FBE50.thumb.jpeg.827088c45db7b98b05e0fa2ac163afcc.jpegA24E3CED-169A-418E-B076-B0035ED6A66E.thumb.jpeg.4df0bf2f042dba3f8ef1dc1b5b08e51c.jpeg7673E721-67D2-47AC-BC3E-E450971B0108.thumb.jpeg.142f21d0f48517c43f918098c2afa810.jpeg

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Just for fun I cleaned up some fittings and laid them out to see what things will look like...this is actually a pretty nice model for the money!  Lots of details and since it isn’t a real boat as they state in the beginning of the kit you could go many directions or color schemes, which I am undecided still...thinking black hull and red cabins with white highlights.1B2B25B6-7066-4571-ADA6-43ACCE061D60.thumb.jpeg.e28662f988c813810c5d8ec31221a606.jpeg728BE6F2-62E0-43B8-8F55-C75C5652550D.thumb.jpeg.3c3e0befc5e2c214a4b2b167d09c9f0f.jpeg08E9DA05-F2E6-4E8D-9F32-6228C69E4B85.thumb.jpeg.5425764aff03bd46b749fcbc1819c2de.jpeg

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Hi Duanelaker,

 

I've built four of these over the past 40 years. Original list price was $13.00.

Shaping the interior of the hull never got easier as I always struggled using a chisel.

My latest build, somewhat modified, sits in a river scene on my model railroad.

I believe the latest issue of the Taurus has an etched brass pilot and deck house.

That sure would make the build much easier and quicker.

 

Will follow you along to see what additional ideas you might come up with. I love

these little tugs as they add greatly to a maritime theme if in a diorama.

 

John Elwood

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3 hours ago, jbelwood said:

Hi Duanelaker,

 

I've built four of these over the past 40 years. Original list price was $13.00.

Shaping the interior of the hull never got easier as I always struggled using a chisel.

My latest build, somewhat modified, sits in a river scene on my model railroad.

I believe the latest issue of the Taurus has an etched brass pilot and deck house.

That sure would make the build much easier and quicker.

 

Will follow you along to see what additional ideas you might come up with. I love

these little tugs as they add greatly to a maritime theme if in a diorama.

 

John Elwood

Very nice!  I would love to see a picture of one if you don’t mind.  I found the bulwarks were easiest to carve with a dremel tool, followed by a scalpel with #11 blade for some fine carving...my kit which was purchased about two months ago was laser cut basswood for the pilot house.  Any advice on fastening the windows?   It has a lot of nice details.

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