1/33rd Tug for your Airplane

Discussion in 'Gallery & Designs' started by bclemens, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

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    Gorgeous

    Very impressive Bruce. A gorgeous piece of work, both in the design, and the implementation.

    SJ
  2. bclemens

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    Thank you, SJ.

    Here is the result of a long evening's work...

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    The motor's partially complete, and the steering wheel is on the way...

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    Much more still to come- I need to finish this prototype, get the instructions made, and finalize the two .pdf pages. But I can see the end of the project on the horizon.

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    Cheers!
    Bruce
  3. lriera

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    Your model seems to very nice, even though it is not finished.

    Tell me, please, how you have managed to make the holes of the frontal piece so perfectly aligned?

    Thank you.
  4. bclemens

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    Thank you. I am fortunate to have a tool that I used years ago in a watch repair business, called a Staking Tool.

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    It holds small pieces of steel wire that I can shape into punches.

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    These are then guided very accurately into a matching hole in the plate below.

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    Its original use was for pressing the tiny axles on to watch gears, setting watch pivot jewels, and lots of other delicate operations. I use it for punching holes and making rivets and dimples in paper. When you punch a hole the little round piece falls out below, and those can be useful.

    So I just used a piece of wire that matched the size of the hole for the Tug front plate and punched them out one at a time.

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    Cheers!
    Bruce
  5. lriera

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    Incredible, it is a very useful machine also for paper builds. Do you know the name of an actual manufacturer?

    Thank you for the information and your great job.
  6. bclemens

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    Staking Tool

    You can find new ones here for close to USD 1000.

    Jules Borel & Company

    But there are many on eBay for much less.
  7. lriera

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    Thank you, Bruce.
  8. bclemens

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    Motor and Air Cleaner Progress

    Here's what I accomplished today...

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    Added quite a few parts to the motor...

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    And built the air cleaner housing. I also began work on the instruction sheets. Build...revise...redraw...change the instructions...so it goes. I hope to be finished with the project in another week or so and present the final kit. I'll be pleased to return to my Yak project!

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    Cheers!
    Bruce
  9. bclemens

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    Tug Finished!

    Yahoo! I hit it hard this evening and got the basic model finished...

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    Now it's time to finish all the small last minute design changes on the two parts sheets and get the instructions done. Then I will "officially" release it.
    I hope some day to see what a good modeler can do with this tug...
    Cheers!
    Bruce

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  10. lriera

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    Congratulations Bruce. You have done a great job on the design side and on the build side. I feel very satisfied looking at it. it is a well done job.

    Thank you for sharing.
  11. bclemens

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    Tug Now Available

    Hello,
    I have made the Tug model available free on my web site.
    It is a .zip file with two 8 1/2" by 11" (U.S. letter size) parts sheets.

    http://www.avantcard.biz/Tug.zip

    As yet there are no instructions- I'm working on them now and they'll be uploaded as soon as I'm done...
    Cheers!
    Bruce
  12. bclemens

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    The Tug Package is complete!

    I finished the instructions and uploaded all the files.

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    There is one .zip file with the parts and 3 .zip files of instructions!
    I would have put all into one .zip, but my web host only allows 5Mb transfers through its user interface and I don't have access to my FTP program from where I am right now.

    So here they are...
    www.avantcard.biz/Tug.zip
    www.avantcard.biz/Tug-Instructions-part-1.zip
    www.avantcard.biz/Tug-Instructions-part-2.zip
    www.avantcard.biz/Tug-Instructions-part-3.zip

    I hope someone finds this model enjoyable and useful in itself or as a complement to an airplane.
    Best wishes,
    Bruce
  13. Goncalo Mendes

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    Tug

    Great worK! I tought many times in designing one.

    Do you think on realising other versions? Other colours, like white, navy gray, olive drab? what about a 1/48 and 1/72, 1/87 version (simpler versions)? :mrgreen:

    Many thanks for sharing!!!

    GMendes
  14. hmas

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    Bruce I'm certain we all will thanks for doing it!
    Tony
  15. bclemens

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    You're welcome, Tony.
    GMendes, I think I will do some in other colors and markings. But that'll come after one or two other projects come first- I am ready to take a break on this one ;)
    Cheers,
    Bruce
  16. lriera

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    Bruce, great work on the Tug (both design and build) and for sharing it.
  17. Lex

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    Really nice build!!