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Old Yesterday, 10:46 PM
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Beginner Vac U Tug Jr Recovery Boat Build

Hey guys i'm attempting my first build on a scale model, well i am not exactly sure if its a scale build but its my first time attempting to build a displacement hull. Lets get started.

First impression the Vac U Tug Jr kit is very well thought out comes with almost every thing you need to build it and the instructions are really easy to follow.

here are the instructions i printed out

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what comes with the kit

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First part tells you to put grease in the stuffing tube

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The grease it comes with and the stuffing tube

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How to apply the grease

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Pushing the shaft back in the stuffing box making sure not to get any grease on the outside of the stuffing tube

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next you want to mark the shaft at 3/8 of an inch

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Drill a hole where marked on the bottom of the hull for the rudder bearing

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should look like this

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Next it says to cut open the stern tube hole

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TBC
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Old Yesterday, 10:47 PM
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Part 2

cutting the stern tube exit

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next you want to sand the skeg reinforcement

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sand where the skeg reinforcement will be glued in the hull

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mix epoxy for the skeg and place some on the bottom of the skeg

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I take it, you do NOT, want any questions, or comments.
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I take it, you do NOT, want any questions, or comments.
no yes i do want questions and comments and help of course sorry i should have put discussion rather than build log will change it.

thanks

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I was referring to, was the blocked, post spaces. What I was going to ask was, had you thought about "adding" a soldered on tube, for greasing your prop shaft, stuffing box? It would make your life easier, in the future.

Keep it listed as a "Build Log", as that is what you have.
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I was referring to, was the blocked, post spaces. What I was going to ask was, had you thought about "adding" a soldered on tube, for greasing your prop shaft, stuffing box? It would make your life easier, in the future.

Keep it listed as a "Build Log", as that is what you have.
No I have not thought of that I will look up how to do that and see if I can solder on A tube for greasing the shaft.

I reserved those posts for more pictures incase some other beginner wants to see all the info on one page.

Thanks again Capt
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This is what I had in mind. This is my 12'' Truckable Pushboat. I can "add" grease, at any time, and get it much fuller, than "just pushing the shaft into the geased tube".
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This is what I had in mind. This is my 12'' Truckable Pushboat. I can "add" grease, arrive time, and get it much fuller, than "just pushing the shaft into the geased tube".
Oh ok I see how thats done. Looks simple enough to do, only problem is that I had already glued the stuffing tube in but I can still drill a hole and I got some low temp solder paste I can use to tack the tubes in place then add some jb weld.

Btw my tug is already built i'm just sharing my experience as a beginner building this tug. But since my top half and bottom half is not glued together its just held together by a rubber bumper I can still do all these mods you and others suggest I am learning alot from this build made my first brass soldered rails and bollards.

Thanks again

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