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    Re: First time builder: Candu Junior Mini Tugboat

    I don't mind the look of it, plus it does it's job which is even better :)

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Yeah they are far more effective once the blade is screwed on :)

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Started the window frames today :) going to be a slow job but worth it I think, the outer frame will be rebated for the glass and the inner frame will be rebated to allow for the thickness of the...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Here you go, the breadknives done with a little map of Tasmania and timber species engraved in, turns out there was actually 40 to do :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Well spotted, I am a fan of capitals so will fix the missing ones if the panel suits where I would like it to go, I'm unsure if there will be a cabin light or lights yet but the spot lights will be...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I mostly use it for model making, here's my page, have a glance through the pics :) https://www.facebook.com/Mersey-Models-250190361689419/

    Phill
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    Switches for my minitug, what do I need?

    I'm after some advice about which items need their own switches so I can finalize the board before mounting, my list of things so far is...
    Forward spotlight
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    Nav lights...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Here's a good video showing the machine and how to use it :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HuH05TM1nc
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Almost :) I do the drawings or artwork on a CAD program called CorelDraw on a PC, the laser is kinda like a funky printer (not to be confused with a 3d printer) if I get a chance I will take a...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    No great trade secret, I have a laser cutter/engraver, it's how I made some parts for the hatch earlier on in the build, I also use it for making my model boats, it's an Epilog Helix 50watt, the...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    So I expanded on this idea by making another trial panel with the switches running up length ways, I haven't tried it in place yet but I think it looks OK, note that the item's engraved in are not...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    So I had a play around with the switch panel, sitting it where I thought might work when I hit on the idea of having it over next to the throttle in such a way that it wasn't going to get nocked.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Thank's, it's a piece of scrap Huon I had kicking around, it's only a quick try to see roughly how much room I need to have on the dash, I may change some things on it yet.

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    And finally for today, I wanted something different to all those off the shelf switch panels so I fired up the laser and came up with this, this one will go on the left wing of the dashboard and...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I needed some sort of spacer to mount the throttle to, all I could come up with was this box arrangement.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Finished dashboard shape, just needs switch panels and covering in Jarrah.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    First mock up of the dashboard today, the panel with the curves would be mirrored on the other side.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Mast temporarily screwed in place with for effect :)
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    Re: Antipodean Boats Connection

    Alternatively it's all here on line :)
    http://magazine.afloat.com.au/?iid=161013#folio=8

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    While waiting for epoxy I concentrated on the mast, laminated it out of 4 pieces of Tas Oak then shaped it to suit, partly to plans but partly to what I liked the look of, you might be able to tell...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Time for an update :) The plans show the roof as having curved support rails inside but my head would never cope with that, even with the increase in height so instead of one layer of 6mm ply I have...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Hi, yes, that'e exactly the reason I made it like that, just the right size for 120mm microlene flotation foam :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Thank's :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    All input is appreciated, I take it all on board, worst case scenario is that if it becomes a problem I can either tap the bushings out and re-size or just skim a little off the pivot pin with the...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Finally I have a roof :)
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    Re: Glass or plastic windows?

    Hi,yes, still here, been away from the computer for a bit, very grateful for the feedback, lots to take in, all very good arguments for and against, the plans do call for tempered glass but thought...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I didn't know that, I had some nylon bits left over from making a sliding door on a trawler years ago, there are definitely 2 grades in my collection, one is really soft and machines like butter but...
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    Glass or plastic windows?

    I'm looking at the windows on my mini tug and wondering what most people use for the glazing, glass or one of the many acrylic/polycarbonate plastics, I seriously thought about laminated glass but I...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I also started work on the tabernacle, the plans show a simple V cut with a hinge on the back which I didn't like the look of so I'm opting for a proper folding mast, I hunted around for some 316...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Front hatch in place and a coat of epoxy on the cover :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    And the hatch box section glassed, filled and epoxied ready to fit the lid when it's all set, there's snow down to 500m at the moment so everything's slow to dry.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I plan to do the hatch in the same style as the sole with the Jarrah and Celery to pine strips.....
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I could see why you might think that but anyone that knows me will tell you you're more likely to starve waiting for me to cook something :) for example, the kids are home sick today so it's fish...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Last photo for today, all the front panels epoxied in place and left overnight to set.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    The front hatch all done, I had to make it slightly smaller due to my oversize cap rail but I can still fit through it, I may use it as an incentive to keep my weight down :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Things are flying along now, I cut and screwed on some angle brackets to hold the front panels in place while the epoxy dries, this method is a throw back to my days building corner pantry units :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Side walls finally epoxied in place, pictured with various straight edges holding it all while the glue dries.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    2018 update photo :)
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Or do I have them all non opening and aim for a roof hatch or couple of cowl vents?

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I'm after some advice today, the wheelhouse should be a no brainer so I'm starting to work out how to do my window frames, the plans suggest the front right one swing inwards and latch to the...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Hi Phil, it would be great to catch up sometime, I really thought the Festival was a sure thing but as it's gotten colder and everything's taking longer I'm not quite as confident that we will be...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I got the black pinstripe around the edge of the white strip and the stainless strips screwed back on today, if this is all too tedious let me know and I'll hold off until I have a heap more done.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Tape removed from the cap rail, I'm a tad annoyed cause I left the tape too long so the edge isn't as nice as I would like but I will just touch it back in with a modelling brush.
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    After a few weeks off sick I managed to get the second coat of port wine on the hull and today I masked up and sprayed the white strip, I thought long and hard about the white strip but I'm glad I...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I only wish I had started when I had full access to a well equipped joinery shop.
    The wheelhouse will be white but I'm not sure if the big sunvisor will be the Port Wine or black, also there is a...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Did the pro thing, 8 years of joinery spray painting, 99% of what I had to spray was satin finish so you had to have a fair idea what you were doing, there's no sanding back and buffing with satin :)...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    Not long at all, about 30 mins to cover the timber and about the same to cover the bottom, that plastic sheet with the masking tape pre applied is the greatest invention ever, just mask as usual then...
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    It's a race against time to get the painting done before it gets too darn cold but I managed a coat of Port Wine today :)
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    Re: The Harbor Master Called me Today

    Wow, exciting times :)

    Phill
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    Re: Tasmanian mini tug build

    I spent a fair chunk of today sanding and polishing the stainless rubbing strips, by far the least enjoyable part of the whole build so far :( I have decided that I don't care anymore and they are as...
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