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Stephen Brown28/11/2008 20:04:00
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Is anybody building Tugboat Craig which appeared in the recent "Tugs and Warships" winter special edition of the magazine. I've just obtained the plans and started work yesterday. This is a first working model for me although I have done a static model so any help/ advice would be much appreciated.
Chris Nelson25/01/2009 13:38:15
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I am starting the Craig in a few days and have been reading the model boat magazine with the craig featured in its pages.  I don't understand however, how the bottom of the wheelhouse/engine house is made to curve to the same level as the deck???  I see it slips of the built in lip in the deck space but how do you get a good fit with the bottom o the deckhouse and the actual deck?
Barry Foote23/03/2009 08:18:31
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Hi Chaps,

I have just started building the Craig. I have the frames cut out and the base board marked up ready to take the frames. This is the first fibreglassing I will have ever done. 
I have built several working models, so just ask away.


I am not quite sure, Inuderstand your question. Getting the lines right for a good fit is a matter of trial and error. try using a card template, cutting it down till you are happy with the profile and transfer this to the wood. 
Yabbie124/03/2009 04:31:07
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G'day Chris, Barry and hopefully still Stephen,

Craig was my design and article so time permitting I should be able to answer queries on its construction.

Chris, once I had the basic deckhouse "wrap" I marked the highest point at the front of the wheelhouse, joined it in a smooth curve to the rear of the superstructure as per the plan, cut oversize and then carefully sanded to fit.  As Barry suggests, you could use a cardboard template first.  Take your time, a poor fit will detract from the model.  It is a smooth natural curve, so should not be too difficult to match.  Hope this helps.


Peter Fitness24/03/2009 05:40:05
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Barry, Stephen and Chris, please post some photos of your builds as they progress, as I also have that plan, and it appeals to me. I will follow your builds with interest.
Barry Foote24/03/2009 08:05:10
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Good morning Yabbie 1. Your design and article were excellent and inspired me to have ago at scratch building a hull for an RC model. It is good to know we have "The man" available to answer questions. By the way, I am sorry but I used the medieveil way of marking out the frames, using a compass point, I just found it easier....sorry.


Watch this space ... 
Yabbie124/03/2009 10:13:03
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Your method of frame marking probably expains why my Craig has suddenly taken on a deathly pallor.....  but glad you liked the article.
Barry Foote25/03/2009 08:37:55
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Okay a few early photos. Now don't cringe Yabbie 1...
Barry Foote01/04/2009 18:28:01
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Planking has been done now and the hull removed from its board. I just need to do some finisheing, a little filling, sanding and then onto the glassing!!!!!
Yabbie101/04/2009 22:19:28
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Nothing cringeworthy here Barry, you are making splendid progress.  I hope the others will be able to join in and provide mutual support as I can only check the forum out occassionally.  It is both gratifying and a little nerve wracking to see your creation being duplicated elsewhere!  Your weather should be getting a little warmer now for the glassing.

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