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Nov 12, 2008, 03:42 AM
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Scratch Tug

Well Ive been told that I should do scratch builds by several friends, and they say I will never go back to kits again.
I guess we will see cause here we go!

This is my first at scratch building so don't laugh to hard at me!
And if you guys have some input on better ways to do something please feel free to say " Because I need it"

I am going to try and keep it totally scratch I even went as far to mill out my own planks from Douglass fur 1x6 board.

This boat is going to be very large at 54 inches long and 13 wide, I think I will power it with a pitman motor sense I have 3 on hand.
This tug is bigger than the Mr. Darby
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Nov 12, 2008, 06:25 AM
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Great start LONGBIKE. From watching your previous projects, this will be a great thread. Looking forward to following it to the end.
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Nov 12, 2008, 07:07 AM
Mmm, tugs...
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That's solid!
Once you get one hull done, you'll see that that part isn't so hard, but quite satisfying. (and don't forget the fiberglass skin!)
The challenge will be in all the fittings and doo-dads that come later, especially on a "modern" tug"...
Nov 12, 2008, 07:56 AM
"day ain't over yet-"
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Looking good Jeff---. BIG tug---.
Nov 12, 2008, 10:29 AM
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Nov 12, 2008, 11:13 AM
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You've made a very clean construction till now.Looks very good
Keep it on!
Nov 12, 2008, 12:14 PM
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Is this your own design or are you following a plan?

Looks great so far!!
Nov 12, 2008, 12:30 PM
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Thanks fellows,

Im using a plan for the hull layout only, the rest Im going with a new york central steam era but in my own style, Alot like my old Hartman tug.
This build will be that tugs replacement, That one was my fav and I miss her!
Nov 12, 2008, 04:02 PM
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Ooo, another big tug, I like it. I bet your gonna do a great job on it.
Nov 12, 2008, 08:18 PM
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Beautiful wood working...
Nov 12, 2008, 10:43 PM
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Cool! Looks great so far!
Nov 13, 2008, 05:36 AM
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Very nice hull. Why not put a steam engine in it?
Nov 13, 2008, 02:14 PM
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Longbike; You are doing a wonderful job with the planking! Have you seen the book New York railroads in color? Lots of great pix of New York Central tugs, both steam and diesel, from the late 50's till early 70's. Harry
Nov 13, 2008, 04:58 PM
If you cant find it Build it!

You know I'm really thinking on putting a steam engine in. I'm thinking on coming up with a switch out motoring system from electric to steam so I can do it both ways.
But the steam set up I want is around $3000.00 that might have to wait till latter.

I would love to see this book your talking about I'm going to do a search on it thanks.

Thanks guys
Nov 13, 2008, 07:29 PM
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Longbike -

There are a pair of books by Thomas Flagg:
New York Harbor Railroads in Color Volume 1
New York Harbor Railroads in Color Volume 2

Incredible record of PRR, NYC, NH, Erie/Lackawanna, LV, B&O, CNJ and some other smaller terminal lines. Great color photos from the 1950s until Conrail closed down the marine operations in the late 1970s. Photo printing quality is very good. More tugboat and barge pictures than one has a right to see!

Volume 1 is out of print. I was able to find a copy via a few weeks ago, but they don't have any listed this afternoon. Volume 2 is still in print from Morning Sun Books


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