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Sep 20, 2019, 01:16 PM
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Odd one to see on the mississippi.


I was going across the mississippi river today and saw this towboat waiting to lock through lock and dam 15. I have never seen this kind of load on a barge. Each barge appears to have 4 wind turbine blades on them. Guess you see something new every day.
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Sep 20, 2019, 01:25 PM
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That's a smart move. They hold up traffic as they drive through here on I-74. The less time they spend on the highways, the better.

Plus barge transport is probably more "green" than a convoy of trucks and pilot cars.

Andy
Sep 20, 2019, 02:09 PM
Mmm, tugs...
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Now, who's going to model some turbine blades in 1:48 for our barges?
Sep 20, 2019, 04:38 PM
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On the assumption that those barges are about 200' long, those blades look to be longer than the ones we see around here on the roadways. That's gonna be one big windmill.
Sep 20, 2019, 04:38 PM
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Too funny


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Now, who's going to model some turbine blades in 1:48 for our barges?
Lmao
Sep 20, 2019, 04:55 PM
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On the assumption that those barges are about 200' long, those blades look to be longer than the ones we see around here on the roadways. That's gonna be one big windmill.

They do get big: https://www.lmwindpower.com/en/stori...e-in-the-world
Sep 20, 2019, 06:12 PM
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I have seen those come thru downeast on US 1, that's a 1 lane road for Flatlanders, and they close the entire highway. Be thankful for your rivers!
Sep 20, 2019, 07:56 PM
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They became one piece.



Sep 20, 2019, 09:26 PM
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Tow


Info on the tow says it is 128 feet long.
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Sep 21, 2019, 08:31 AM
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I've thought they would make a nice cargo load for a ship or barge model.
Maybe a large scale model airplane prop, cut off one blade and cast up a bunch from that one balde.
Sep 21, 2019, 11:17 AM
Mmm, tugs...
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In 1:48, that would take some model airplane! Single blade would be 3 to 4 feet long.
Sep 21, 2019, 11:19 AM
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Garage sale prop clock?
Sep 21, 2019, 12:39 PM
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One of those truckers that carry them down I-80 here told me each blade weighs 30,000 lbs.

They use to carry two at a time which would place them over the weight limit on I-80 of 80,000.
So 60,000 lb's for 2 blades and then you have the truck/tractor+trailer for another 30,000.

Cost of highway permits would be big $$$$.
Sep 21, 2019, 01:01 PM
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Now, who's going to model some turbine blades in 1:48 for our barges?
I did the windmills for the local OMSI museum exhibit.
But more like 1/146 scale.

The molds may be around here somewhere.
Sep 21, 2019, 03:17 PM
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Maybe you can ask Etsy.com if you can borrow or rent their 40" (fake) Mustang prop blade for making a mold Or you could buy it outright for $552



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