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PostSubject: The Craig.   Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:04 am

Well I thought it was time to show that I do actually build models, so here are shots of my Craig. She is a classic tug from 1924. I have not done much with her for the last year but this site has rekindled my interest and I have started work again. I will post more as and when I have any...



















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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:50 am

Lovely lines there, Barry and great planking too.

How long is she,and where was she orriginally based
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:35 am

Neil,

Craig is 83 cm long and has a 19cm beam. She was originally built for the Craig Brothers Marine Railway Company in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, U.S.A.
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:41 am

thought she had the looks of an American tug...they look so majestic with thir full superstructures.....almost like private yachts, some of them.

I like it, Barry, she'll look lovely,when finished, not that she doesn't now.
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:34 am

Well at long last, I have started work on her again. The workroom has been redeveloped and I have got on with the superstructure. It looks a bit rough yet as final finishing, painting and staining is needed, but at least the electrics work, which in itself is a miracle for me!!





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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Jul 06, 2011 10:33 am

Cracking stuff barry..............love to see working lights, but where I sail it's a total waste of time as the wire corrodes in the salt air quicker that the thing rusts, lol
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:28 pm

Cracking build there Barry,I like that alot! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:30 pm

Excellent job Barry.
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:56 pm

Lovely work, Barry. Really interesting build. Smile Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:46 pm

Hey Barry.
If there has ever been sown doubt about your knowledge when it comes to model building. Can we just once and for all say that it was wrong.
Nice work.
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:39 pm

Thanks guys for the comments. You inspire me to carry on... Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:32 am

It looks like the Captain is all at sea and going nowhere on the bench Barry. Looking very nice mate.
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:15 am

Barry

That is a great looking tug, it is all down to you that I have now got my Lady "T" out of the loft, I just hope that I can come up to 1/2 of your work.
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:16 am

Looking forward to seeing this on the water! very nice.
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:09 am

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That is a great looking tug, it is all down to you that I have now got my Lady "T" out of the loft, I just hope that I can come up to 1/2 of your work.

Thank you for your kind words. "Lady T" was my most satisfying build to date. I loved building her.

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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:56 am

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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:12 pm

Reasonable progress made now. Superstructure well under way, and after using spare nuts and bolts as ballast the deck has been secured in place, coamings fitted and the planking started.





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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:31 pm

Looking good Barry, wondered what you'd been up to, thought you might have been on your holidays.
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:02 pm

Cheers Richard, we have actually been away, nipped up to France to visit our son...Back to the Tug now though.. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:05 am

Looking very nice Barry,a great little boat there!Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:07 pm

some nice work there Barry should look the business when she's launched mate
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:47 pm

Lovely piece of workmanship.. cheers

Can't wait to see the progress report. You do like you cabins eh !!


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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:30 pm

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Lovely piece of workmanship.. cheers

Can't wait to see the progress report. You do like you cabins eh !!


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You know me so well Kenny.. Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Thu Oct 06, 2011 4:35 pm

Onto the funnel, after much worrying about it. I simply made up a frame from scrap timber and then folded thin ply around it to form the finished shape. I was delighted that it worked first time...





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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:13 pm

That was a good idea Barry, it's made a nice funnel



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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:51 pm

Cracking Work Barry really cracking
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:34 pm

Funnel now attached to model, with the whistle which was made from brass tube and rod.

As for the second picture, I will leave you all to guess what I am making here? It may be a while before they are finished...



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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:43 pm

Port hole frames at a quick guess Barry ????

love the whistle by the way
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:40 pm

Looking good, Ill go with Phil on the port hole frames



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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:43 pm

Well that didn't keep you guessing for long and to think I have been working hard on them all evening to put you out of your misery!! Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:17 pm

All looking rather nice. Noted the funnel with interest as I have a Ryhope to build and that is the way the Ryhope funnel is supposed to be made and I ahve to say I was dubious as to how easy it was going to be to make the funnel that way - before I got the kit I was expecting it to be the traditional two half vac form. Now I know that if I struggle to do it then its down to me thats at blame not the kit!! Plan b of course is to post you the funnel bits and tell you how marvelous you are doing funnels that way and look forward to a perfect funnel by return of post!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:00 pm

Thank you for your kind words...Pop them in the post anytime... Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:34 pm

Barry it was the circles drawn on the cabin that gave it away to me mate looking forward to seeing how these porthole frames work out as I'm always on the lookout for any good ways of doing them
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:49 pm

More work done on the superstructure and electrics....





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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:59 pm

oh boy love the guy with the torch Barry very nice !! is that an led or fibre optics for the torch bulb ??
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:28 pm

Very nice Footski, that must be torchy the battery boy Very Happy (for those old enough to remember)



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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:25 pm

Love it all lit up like that. cheers

Random thought 1. do you end up making all your models RC or do you make some just for display?

Random thought 2. This puts me in mind of a build I saw somewhere a while ago. The guy had gone to the trouble of putting a blue and white bowl with porridge (and a paper I think) on the wheelhouse table - and this is why I remember it - it was there because it was his childhood memory of a visit to the wheelhouse. I think it is the warmth of your first image that reminds me of it. Not a clue which vessell it was, but just maybe a Clyde ferry.

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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:15 am

Thanks for the comments guys. The main lights are LED and the rest, including the torch are grain of wheat bulbs as we used to call them..
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:03 am

Very effective. Looking absolutely classic.
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:35 pm

Ooooh I wish my hands were steady and my sight only see's one of everything.
Fantastic job Barry a real credit to your craftsmanship please keep posting.
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:51 am

The temperature has risen and all seemed well, so today I decided it was time to put some paint on the hull. I refuse to try to post a photo at this stage, because of my little disaster.

I set the hull up outside on my workmate, removed any dust from it and got the spray paint out. First coat applied with no trouble. The red looked great. I decided to leave it for 10 minutes before applying the second coat but when I went outside to do it...........it was b*****y raining....... Sad Sad Sad

Big blobs of water all over it and an hour or so later you can see where every blob hit the paintwork.....and all this at the end of a winter where we have had almost no rain! I will leave it overnight to see if there is anything I can do other than to sand it all down and start again..
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:39 am

ooooh !! What a problem.

I had this happen to me. It does tend to be quite a problem to restore without major work. Let us know the results please.

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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:10 pm

I'm sure we can all recount a similar story Barry doesn't make it any easier to deal with though, comisserations mate but bet it doesn't hold you back for too long
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:02 pm

Quite right Phil. Second coat went on ok and I have decided to do her with a weathered bottom....if you will excuse the statement. This way, the small blemishes will actually add to the overall effect.....Well at least that is the idea.....Any one got any good ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:38 pm

Not really started weathering, but decided to put her through first sea trials....Bang on waterline and responded well to the radio. Very pleased so far..



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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:49 pm

Okay, I have now moved onto the weathering of the hull. The first thing to do is distress the paint. I did this by lightly sanding the raised areas and those areas that would naturally get banged about during normal use. Then using weathering powders as seen on the workbench together with the brushes you can see, I applied some dark browny green powder to the upper works, brushing the excess off and then rubbing it in with a finger.

This was followed with the lighter rust colour where needed, again rubbing off excess. Where I wanted more colour, I simply wet the area first, then apply the powder, which sticks better and then when dry brush and rub the excess away so there are no sharp edges left. Any areas that appear overdone are then gone over with a black powder in the same way as the first powders were applied. I rubbed in some black and brown powder to the bulwark capping to give it an aged appearance. This is not finished yet by a long way. I have many other coloured powders to give a deeper rust look which must be used sparingly. Still I am quite happy with the start.





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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:55 pm

that looks very realistic and superb Barry.........a black art which I have never mastered........why I build lifeboats......they don't allow them to "weather" lol



very nice indeed.

........and what a beautiful finish on the hull as well........I wouldn't believe it was plank on frame had I not followed the build.

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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:26 pm

Just done the other side and am happier with that....More to follow Neil...



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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:59 pm

superb barry.not overly done like some we see.

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PostSubject: Re: The Craig.   Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:39 pm

Pretty dam good Barry as with Neil its a black art or some other sort of witch craft to me must dabble one day but not right now

The only painting I'm doing at the min is the domestic sort having just taken possession of the new house. 2 bedrooms the lounge, stairs, landing and hallway and kitchen all done in 6 days by just 2 of us and a little hindrance from Pam's granddaughter bless she actually helped a lot. just the new carpets and laminate floor to lay tomorrow and we're ready to move on tues. the bathroom and downstairs privvy will get tackled later . After I've gone back to work for a rest lol
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