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John Moore Jul 20, 2022

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    Well on a 98 Deg. F. day with a heat index of 125 I am safe inside the cool man cave working on the ship. Thought I had fabricated another cargo hook but after being forced to clean up the workbench I did not so have shaped another one. Taken me most of the afternoon to drill out some small winches to accept lines and start designing the rigging for the main cargo boom. Right now I am finally getting around to installing the slewing lines for the forward cargo boom that control the side to side swing. In this overhead shot you can see on of the small winches rigged to the cargo boom and I have a 2nd one to do on the opposite side.


    In this shot is my big pulleys that mount at the top of the mainmast and heavy duty cargo hook and a small winch made by Seaport Model Works.


    Got word today that the new superstructure for one of my scrapped 65 foot hulls has shipped from Japan and will be here Monday. Going to build a 65 foot deep sea crabber out of what used to be a small cargo ship. The superstructure is all wood and in kit form.
     
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    Well spending some more time in away from the heat working on the ship. Today with a lot of trial and tribulation I finally got the hoist line rigged for the main cargo boom and the hoist line rigged for the cargo hook at the boom end. Lots of excess line to rig them all to the main winch. But that is about all for awhile while I wait for the new winch to get here from Shapeways. I found a much smaller Loran antenna in my parts box, a nice surprise, and took the old one off and installed this smaller on behind the pilot house on the radio room roof.

    My new superstructure kit is in Los Angles and I have resumed work on the new deep sea crabber on the stripped down hull pictured beside the freighter.

     
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    Well while waiting on the winch to finish rigging the main cargo boom on the freighter I have started on the 65 foot deep sea crabber. It is slated to replace the ship right behind it with a better built and more modern vessel. The ship is one of the cast 65 foot hulls built a number of years back as small cargo vessels. The one in the foreground of this shot.


    The ship was demo'd down to the hull and usable parts saved. I am now putting new sides on the hull and since this phot was taken (below) I have completed bending the stern section of the new sides around and secured it.


    I will probably shift my focus back to the freighter and start the railings on the flying bridge while stuff is drying.
     
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    Yeah, I can't get good help either...
     
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    <rimshot> Ba dum dum :LOL::ROFLMAO:
     
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    Well a little more progress. Have installed the first set of railings up by the pilot house and on the flying bridge, More railings go on after the lifeboats are installed that will be next to last. Meanwhile working on the hull for the deep sea crabber. That structure is just a temp fitting and not the one I will use.

     
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    Slow but steady progress while waiting for parts. Installed four searchlights, two on each side of the flying bridge. The searchlights were too short for the railings so I fabricated some base mounts that raised them and because the platform is narrow installed them on the outside of the railings. Cut down a small boat and installed it on the stern of the deep sea crabber along with a small crane to swing it out for launching. Making a mast for the crabber using a surplus steel cat pole. The insulators make great mast lights. It now needs to be trimmed to length. Also seen with the mast are sections of the crab pot snag and hoist mechanism and an assortment of new and homemade ventilator cowls.


    In a rare snafu DHL has had my superstructure kit from Japan laying in LA for 3 days and it is finally moving. And the new Shapeways winch has lain in Shapeways shop for three days after declaring it was shipped has finally actually got to the shipper. By the time UPS and USPS get through playing football with the package I will be lucky if I see it by next week for something that would normally take two days.
     
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    Sure hope google translate works on those instructions... At least I would need it!
     
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    I'm guessing "superstructure" in ship-building refers to anything above the main deck?
     
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    Good guess and yes it does. Super in this case meaning above. These kits are a very heavy paper kit and are meant to replace the superstructure of a TomyTec tugboat and use other parts from the original to finish out. I have purchased several of these kits and the last one was to extend the superstructure of the heavy sea going rescue tug, Wile E. II. When working with these kits one needs to use care in cutting and only the sharpest tools will do. I used a rotary very thin steel blade chucked in the Dremel and single edge razor blades that are sharper than an Exacto knife blade.

    The basic structure.


    And after modification needed to increase the work deck space.


    Next up is to raise the superstructure slightly with a styrene pad then a base coat of paint after sealing. The glue used for assembly was Elmer's white glue. I will use a spray of Tamiya dull coat to seal the surfaces.

    The new winch for the interisland freighter is on the move after setting in Shapeways shop packed to ship for 3 days. It is now in the nightmare of Postal Innovations a nightmare combo of the UPS and the USPS that does nothing but delay shipments.
     
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    Very nice John very nice
     

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