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Old Jul 07, 2014, 02:01 PM
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Lord Nelson Victory Tug Build

This will be my first boat build! I've been following a few build threads and got interested primarily for the wood working aspect of the project. I picked the Victory Tug for its pudgy character and it seems like the LNVT will look great on display. Another reason for a boat project is my interest in building an Ivan Martin Mars or Solent. Following the build threads for those flying boats I see a lot of parallels in build techniques with building boats. I do enjoy a good project especially when it challenges me and helps add to my building experience. I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions as the build progresses.

I've read in a few other threads that the instructions were hard to follow. This made me a little apprehensive at the start of the build. However, I was lucky enough to have a very busy work schedule that kept me away from home for a few weeks. I brought the instructions with me to read over. On the first pass, there were definitely sections that I had a hard time wrapping my head around. However, as I re-read the instructions, I found some funny and witty sections and the confusing parts were actually pretty easy to figure out once I had the build in front of me. It really did help a lot to read the instructions ahead of time and go through the emotions of "what the.....?!?!?" to "oh, I get it now!". I'm sure I'll have more "what the.....?!?!" moments.

I'm currently done planking the hull except for the rear. Planking has been fun especially when the plank goes down without snapping! I do have a few uneven spots that I'll need to fill in. I noticed some people use bondo. Would wood filler work also? Is it preferable to use bondo?

I'll follow up with pictures as I progress. I wanted to say thanks ahead of time for my questions as I progress, I'm sure more than a few will be dumb or simplistic (my first boat build after all).

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Old Jul 07, 2014, 02:18 PM
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Awesome! I have been looking at building one of these. Looking good so far!

Bondo is the preferred method. it's more durable and once it's painted with enamel it's water proof.
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Old Jul 07, 2014, 02:21 PM
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great work so far pootman.
i believe that this is one of the most beautiful tug boats...
keep up the good work..

Bill...
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Old Jul 07, 2014, 02:55 PM
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Lookin' good .

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Old Jul 07, 2014, 03:17 PM
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Nice work . . .
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Old Jul 07, 2014, 05:13 PM
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Great job on the planking. The LNVT is the first boat I built.


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Old Jul 07, 2014, 06:31 PM
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"First build" and he's almost done. Some kind of beginner you are (1st boat, I know). When you get finished, maybe you'll have some questions you didn't get addressed.
Seriously, fine work.

Are you not considering fiberglassing the hull?
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Old Jul 07, 2014, 06:37 PM
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Great subject !

We love to see planks goin over frames around here .......

Do you plan to detail the interior ?

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Old Jul 08, 2014, 02:03 AM
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Thanks all the for encouragement.

Ed - I've read through your build thread and if my LNVT comes out half as nice as yours I'll be super happy. Hope you don't mind if I pick your brain as I build my boat.

Harquebus - Yep, first boat build. But I've been building planes most of my life now. I'm planning on fiberglassing the hull. However, with all my plane projects fiberglassing was always a chore and never came out very nice. I just ordered some fiberglass from Nick Ziroli that's suppose to lay down nicely around curves. Got that tip from a AMA YouTube video on fiberglassing. We'll see how it turns out.

Tim - I would like to detail the model as much as I can. I've never added much scale detail on my planes so I'm gonna follow the build instructions as the base to start. Then I'll try to add more afterwards. Scale details and fiberglassing will be a couple of major hurdles for me.

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Old Jul 08, 2014, 02:22 AM
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This is the fiberglassing video.

Fiberglassing Tutorial (17 min 20 sec)
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Old Jul 08, 2014, 02:43 AM
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your doing great....ive always wanted to build this kit.
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Old Jul 08, 2014, 08:55 AM
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I've had very good results on my first two boats following the tips on the AMA tutorial.
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Old Jul 08, 2014, 02:29 PM
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bondo

I prefer to you use regular spackle or famowood wood filler bondo is so much harder than the balsa or baswood planking that you usually get a lot of high spots where the bondo is if you are going to glass the hull spackle makes it much easier to blend everything
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Old Jul 08, 2014, 06:27 PM
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Thanks GFONG. I was leaning toward wood filler instead of bondo. I knew bondo was stronger but since I'm fiberglassing anyways it doesn't seem needed.

Haven't done a whole lot to the boat. Planked the bottom rear and got started on the top rear planking. Unfortunately I have to head out of town for a week for work. Hopefully the fiberglass I ordered will be in next week.

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Old Jul 08, 2014, 06:50 PM
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Tim - I would like to detail the model as much as I can. I've never added much scale detail on my planes so I'm gonna follow the build instructions as the base to start. Then I'll try to add more afterwards. Scale details and fiberglassing will be a couple of major hurdles for me.

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