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A Tug of two halfs

My scratch build of James P. Woods

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Roger Clark19/04/2019 18:47:11
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Thanks Eddie, looks like tomorrow is a poxing day then seeing as I can't play boats 'cause I haven't got one yet sniff sniff crying. I'm using Eze-kote it shouldn't take too long.

What sanding sealer and varnish do you use Eddie?

Regards Roger

Eddie Lancaster20/04/2019 09:09:52
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Hi. Roger, get that job out of the way and the decking done and the hull is well on its way.

The sanding sealer is the aircraft dope type, thin it slightly then it will penetrate into the balsa, and three coats is enough with a light sanding between each coat, the varnish is Ronseal outdoor.

The Kerne tug has a painted steel deck, but I was sure I had seen a video of it with a wooden deckfrown but the Daniel Adamson is scrubbed wood and it has two decks the same as ours.

I will be spraying the first primer coats onto the hull this weekend. I use Halfords high build primer for the first coats and then follow on with red or grey depending on the top coat colour.



Roger Clark20/04/2019 15:05:33
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What a lovely day for getting glassed!!! smiley





I'll do a light sanding and then a coat of primer, then I can see it needs a bit of filler.

Went relatively well for a first fiberglassing job, Eze-Kote did make it easier but still had to slice some dry areas and restick but all in all I'm quite pleased with the result.

Time for a beverage I think.

Regards Roger

Eddie Lancaster20/04/2019 15:16:09
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Have been busy putting finishing touches to the hull.


Rails and gunwales have been fitted with the vertical supports, quadrants have been made and fitted for the new rudder control system.


I have cut and fitted a 1/16"ply capping to the top of the gunwales, it will give a smooth surface to paint and add a bit more strength to that area.


Separate pieces were fitted at the stern and bows and then two more pieces fitted down the sides.



The same technique was applied to the engine house deck to cover the top edge of the balsa sides, but using 1/32" ply.


Decking being applied.


Decking finished and ready for sealing and finishing.


Eddie Lancaster20/04/2019 15:21:27
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Hi.Roger you must have put your last post on as I was composing mine, its looking good.You are on a roll nowsmiley.



Roger Clark20/04/2019 16:48:55
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Cheers Eddie, yours looks cracking, if mine ends up anywhere nears yours I'll be really pleased. smiley

Regards Roger

Tim Rowe20/04/2019 20:49:46
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Yours is going to look great Roger.

Tim R

Roger Clark20/04/2019 21:03:27
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Cheers Tim, trying to learn all I can from my peers. smiley

Eddie Lancaster20/04/2019 21:49:57
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Hi.Roger,I agree with Tim, you have got the hard bit out of the way now, the rest of the build is fairly straight forward and you will have a good looking boat to enjoy.



Roger Clark22/04/2019 16:38:52
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Hi Eddie, hard bit? the hard bit is motivating my planking team, flippin wasters wink


I decided to edge with planks as well, don't like seeing the ends of planks exposed. also steam bent the first Bulwark support, I'll finish planking this half then start the other side, phew!

A bit of brasswork for a change:


Not fixed in yet, a little bit of fettling to do to tidy it up but getting there.

Have to finish for the day now, back's playing me up big time. sad but a productive day. Looking at the deck I should have gone with wider planking but that was all I had. The walls are going to be ply and I'm going with a different style of roof light just because I can.smiley

Regards Roger

Edited By Roger Clark on 22/04/2019 17:14:34

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