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Old Nov 10, 2014, 12:26 PM
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Another Zipkits Tugster

A week into a Zipkits Tugster build. Really nice kit at good price. I won't go into much build detail as it's such a simple build. Mine is pretty much stock with the exception of the visor on pilothouse. I did add some additional 1/4" bracing around the deck and bulkhead perimeters to strengthen and simplify gluing. Might as well build in a bit more strenght if having to add ballest later anyway. I used a Dremel tool to hollow out the exhaust stack for more scale look (light touch here). A bit of artistic license here with the walnut planked floor for the pilothouse. The boat is now ready for a coat of fiberglass today, stay tuned!
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Old Nov 11, 2014, 12:07 PM
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Here are a few photos prior to glassing.

Pictures of pilothouse with visor, l think it adds to the character of the boat. What do you think?
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Old Nov 11, 2014, 04:27 PM
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Visor is a nice touch. Don't forget to weather the boat.
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Old Nov 11, 2014, 04:28 PM
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The visor certainly elevates the look to something much less toy-like. I like it. When I hop onto the springer ferry I'll have to remember this detail.
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Old Nov 11, 2014, 04:42 PM
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Fiberglass application...

Here are the last two pieces of glass curing. I am a fan of West Systems epoxy. More to follow.
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Old Nov 12, 2014, 07:28 AM
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The visor really add some looks to it.
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Old Nov 15, 2014, 05:37 AM
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Love the visor makes a big difference .
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Old Nov 15, 2014, 06:35 AM
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It looks top notch keep it up! I love the visor and the wheelhouse floor.
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Old Dec 02, 2014, 01:44 PM
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Steamboat Willie supervises brass skeg installation....

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A week into a Zipkits Tugster build. Really nice kit at good price. I won't go into much build detail as it's such a simple build. Mine is pretty much stock with the exception of the visor on pilothouse. I did add some additional 1/4" bracing around the deck and bulkhead perimeters to strengthen and simplify gluing. Might as well build in a bit more strenght if having to add ballest later anyway. I used a Dremel tool to hollow out the exhaust stack for more scale look . A bit of artistic license here with the walnut planked floor for the pilothouse. The boat is now ready for a coat of fiberglass today, stay tuned!
Steamboat Willie arrived the other day from E-bay, perfect size to the man the pilothouse. He was concerned about the flimsy wood extension for the skeg. Now making a proper brass replacement for same. Mickey Mouse management to be sure.
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Old Dec 02, 2014, 03:03 PM
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Brass keel shoe...

Bluto seems happy with new brass keel shoe.
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Old Dec 03, 2014, 12:15 AM
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Looking good, nice idea with the brass keel shoe
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I like the bollards, adds a lot to the boat. Were these home made? If so, how did you drill the cross holes dead center to the diameter and straight?
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Bollards...

Yes, the bollards are home made. The trick is to drill them using spade bits and making a simple drill jig from a wood block. I got fancy and glued a threaded block on one end with a nylon screw to get consistant lenghts. Just turn screw to get the desired hole distance from end.
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Old Dec 05, 2014, 02:55 PM
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Yes, the bollards are home made. The trick is to drill them using spade bits and making a simple drill jig from a wood block. I got fancy and glued a threaded block on one end with a nylon screw to get consistant lenghts. Just turn screw to get the desired hole distance from end.
Very clever, and for the mechanically challenged among us: an elegantly simple solution.
[well, then there's the nylon screw, but that raises the bar for the rest of us]

Thanks for sharing

[as he types with four fingers and a thumb, total on both hands] [jk almost]
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Bollards...

Great idea on that jig for making the bollards. I'll have to make one for myself. So, 7/16 dia vertical pieces and 1/4 dia cross pieces? I suppose rather than a separate block for the limit screw, one could just tap and screw directly into the jig itself, though that would make determining the desired depth a little bit more difficult.
Is that part shown in the last photo for reinforcing the bollard mounting or is it a drilling jig for getting the hole spacing correct?
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