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Noel10/09/2018 13:50:19
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Its basically the same idea as the pencil through a block of wood, but solves the problem of the pencil thickness.

It might be ready in two months not sure about weeks!

Noel21/09/2018 11:02:10
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Getting on with this. Need to sand the stern section to final shape, then ready for skinning with 0.8mm ply.

Added a big bit of pine plank to act as a keel inside to stiffen it as it’s going to have to support a lot of ballast.

Tug fits inside nicely for storage. But it is big!

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ashley needham21/09/2018 17:31:12
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Tim. Don't forget you will not see it all once its in the water.

My HMS London is also looking a bit big, and much bigger than the card model. They are roughly the same size of course, but the card one is a waterline rendition whereas the ply one has the rest of it hanging underneath.

Ashley

Noel26/09/2018 08:37:15
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Good point, I think to start it will have a load of real shingle to see how it sits. Thing is it’s going to be a fair mass to tow.

Now have the plywood round bow and stern so it is looking more finished now. Coming and a few bollards on deck then I will seal it.

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Noel02/10/2018 21:26:35
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43238bbd-ed90-40cf-a6cd-8440205a1318.jpegFirst coats of paint. Nearly there.

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ashley needham13/10/2018 17:24:18
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Forgot to mention that Noels barge made its maiden voyage last Sunday. I must say it did look like a whopper on the workbench (seat) but once in the water and with a scale figure sitting on it, it almost could have been a bit longer!

Noel has to grasp the thorny nettle of ballast now. He needs a LOT of ballast as demonstrated on this inaugural run where he had no ballast. We simply had nothing heavy enough at the pond (barring a small boy that is) to even make a try at weighing it down. The bits of lead that I carry around paled into insignificance. Good luck with that Noel!

Ashley

Ray Wood 213/10/2018 17:41:07
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Hi All,

The 2 & 4 pint milk cartons are great for portable ballast, fill at the lake with a cover over then remove and empty !

I use coal in my little barge

Regards Ray

ashley needham13/10/2018 18:04:07
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We discussed having basically a lift out tray or box with concrete or something in. There are two wells either side for a bit of permanent ballast, but the centre has been sized to store the tug so Noel would not want the basic barge too heavy.

Ashley

Noel14/10/2018 17:07:29
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Indeed it did have an outing last week and was generally successful!

Here it is being towed by Eddie doing a negotiation of Richard's buoys.

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I have since made up some big ball fenders for it based on squash balls which are correct for size and should also be effective at actually being fenders.

It has a couple of bits of batten glued in now for the tug to nestle onto when in storage, but still plenty of room for ballast.

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