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Old Oct 19, 2008, 03:38 PM
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Dumas Jersey CIty Tug

I'm starting to build the Dumas Jersey City.
I notice that one tedious job is ninety pins to hold the
bumper auto tires.
When I look at actual photos these tires are held by ropes
through holes not tied outside to loops.
If I'm going to drill holes anyway why fuss with the reinforcing
pads?
Any comments?
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Old Oct 19, 2008, 03:46 PM
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If you don't like tedium, don't do scale boats! But 90 pins is nuthin... try joggling all the curved deck planks on a Robbe Valdivia, or laying in HUNDREDS of stanchions on a 6 foot Yamato, or hand applying THOUSANDS of rivets on a 1:24 steel hull tug...

You'll be happier after doing the job right.
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Old Oct 19, 2008, 03:59 PM
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You missed my point. I not trying to get out of pads plus
holes. Just questioning if anyone cared to comment on
difference between kit and photos
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Old Oct 19, 2008, 04:08 PM
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Ahh, then I'm of completely no help! Except- I've seen photos where a tug's bulwarks were cut later in life to take fender lines... so maybe external pins were original, and the through-ropes were a later hack job.

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Old Oct 19, 2008, 04:14 PM
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Fender chain hack job on 1906 tug Jupiter.
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Old Oct 19, 2008, 05:30 PM
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That's a good explanation and I'm going to go with it.
New York Harbor Railroads seems to show most with holes.
Thanks
Shields (Yes that's my first Name)
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Old Oct 20, 2008, 03:45 AM
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I added the plates to the eyes on my Jersey City, it isn't very hard or time consuming, but I also didn't do all 90 eyes either, since my tug is going to be freelanced anyhow. Using a simple measuring jig and a pinvise made the job pretty easy. The pads make it look more realistic I think, adding a thicker plate so the eye doesn't try to pull through the sheet metal on the real tugs. I'll try to get a photo of them later this week so you can decide if it's worth the effort or not. Also do a search in this forum on the Jersey City and you'll see others who have added all the eyes.
Whether you add the eyes or just go through holes or even loop rope or chain over the sides is purely your choice.
And the Dumas kit is really a "semi-scale" version of the real tug, the hull sides are incorrect on the model, the length is off a little, etc, these points have also been discussed in previous threads on the kit. But I still can't wait to get mine in the water anyway.
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