Atlantic Tug build/discussion

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JeffVC

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Have an Atlantic Tug by Artesania Latina , my first venture in a boat build.
I have a older battery speed boat that required assembly but not real construction.I have built planes for 30 years so not new to building.
Have the interior structure assembled and squared up, not sure if required as plans only show 90 angle at join, but old habits die hard when you want a plane to fly straight.
Now just have to decide what adhesive to use to attach to ABS hull with

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Oh man... that looks like hella fun to build! Watch this one. I love wood kits!!
 

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Little bit of progress on Tug.
Different build then used to as all material is light ply with different thickness. I am used to balsa where it comes to curved surfaces but a little steam and heat and fit is pretty good.
Rear deck done, front deck done and both placed for fitment on hull. Not real happy with fit, hull is way wider will have to squeeze in when gluing, might be normal as have never built a boat like this before.
Nothing is attached at this point as still working on internal control stuff, just needed placement so I can make sure all is serviceable once deck is on.

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Rudder support built, did a few mods as per instructions. They had two rounded surfaces where the two pieces attached. I put a proper size support between the two then did an angle join and drilled in two dowels from top for extra support, maybe over kill as both pieces attache to hull
 

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Better to reinforce it now and be safe, than to find out later that it needed it. Looking good. :thumbs-up:
 

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looks good..id look into the newer thruster as a drive,its a dual function driver.(rudder and motor)
 

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All I have done was glue the ribs where they made contact with decks not on, thinking I will glue that part once I am ready to attach the deck. I used a construction adhesive that gives me lots of working time.
As for the rudder, took a lot of sanding and fitting to get a fit I was happy with. I just made sure it was level and straight with the bottom of hull and then epoxied it on.
I have not drilled for the rudder or prop shaft yet as am waiting for internals before I move on.
In the mean time I did some assembly on the superstructure, I had some fitment issues with the lower and mid section, it is not easy to see but the slots are not cut level causing floor curvature, will try and post a few close ups.Also there is a part #107 which has an up/down side, good thing I did a test fit before gluing or would have had an issue, you dont really notice until you put # 108/109 in and it does not fit.
Have also started on the life rafts as they are a slow build with all the small planks, almost just traced and carved out of solid balsa as I have lots that size.
On a last note, my grandson feels the ship is the perfect size for the lego men and had to show me.

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As I said the superstructure has a curved lower portion, follows the deck line, but as it continues to build up it causes a slight misalign. I do not want to force to top floor down as the upper portion fits nice as it is now, will just build up the front piece with some scrap to fill in the gap.
 

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