Well, I'm at it again. This time I'm doing my own thing based on a DRAVO Viking class 140' x 42' towboat. I decided to build to model in 1:48 scale for a model of 35 inches. It will be radio controlled with separate motor control and separate steering and backing rudder control. Since I've taken a few trips on this class of vessel I have a lot of detail photos so I have decided to detail the pilot house, guestrooms, doghouse, and some basic detailing of upper engine room.
Here's the color scheme I designed for my vessel. I named her "American Viking" after the American colors and it being a Viking class boat. I decided to use a modified AEP logo, not because of the company that granted me the trips on the boats, but because I'm "Another Eccentric Pilot".
I cut the frames one scale foot short to allow for the thickness of the of the hull sides.
In this photo I have already sheeted the bow down to the flat part of the hull bottom.
You can see here how I cut the cross frames for the tunnel area of the stern.
Before I sheet the deck, I add 1/2" blocks in the corners so I wood to round off the corners.
The blocking in the front is where the 12 volt battery will go.
I've also got the main cabin laid up and in place. I make sure it's glued good to the deck to keep water from getting in the hull.
Cabins painted, masking tape off the main and cabin deck cabins. Now to get it off the Texas cabin and pilot house. Exposure is a little dark. paint is white not almond. I masked off the doorways to the engine room and doghouse cause I wanted to model the doors open.
Main deck interior painted showing the doghouse open doorway, battery compartment, and motors in lower engine room.
Here's a view of the engine room and rudder room decks.
Here's overhead views of the pilot house before I put the ceiling on. Standard details are console with switches and gauges, two 2-way radios, two radars, CEACT computer, boat's computer, pilot seat, roll top cabinet with toilet , water fountain, GPS unit, swing meter, CD player, spot light controls, refrigerator, and lazy bench. Little Extras are coffee maker, coffee cup on console, stack of filters and non-dairy creamer near coffee maker, book on fridge, river chart, mouse pads, log book, notebooks in cabinet, two clipboards and one notebook lying on roll top cabinet.
Pilot house ceiling has a horn lanyard, boat's intercom station, engine room warning lights console, two 2x2 lay-in type fluorescent lights. Extras was the hook that was used to hang center windshield when it was pulled up and a table fan mounted upside down used as a defroster fan for the windshield.
Here's the Doghouse. I'm not going to put much detailing in it since all that will be seen is what can be vied from the open doors onto the bow deck. View from top (starboard side) to bottom (port side) is the stall for the toilet, greasy lavatory, electrical relay panels for the winches and capstans, deckhand ( who looks like he had a rough time in the toilet?, and next to the door a fire extinguisher.
On the other side is a deckhand looking out the doorway, an end table with water cooler, couch, overhead cabinets, next to couch is a locker, and against port wall is a work bench. I might add a first aid kit on the stall wall next to the lavatory, but that will probably be it since I have a lot of other things to do.
If you plan a project like this and want to super detail your doghouse, here's what to add. Hangars along the wall where the deckhand is looking out the doorway. On those hangars are slickers, jackets, and work vests (life jackets). On the workbench are various hand tools for repairing tow lights and bilge pumps. Under the bench a couple of bilge pumps. On the shelves above the bench various battery powered tow lights, red, green, and amber. You could throw in a jam box too.
Here are some photos I took of the pilot house at night.
Here's the mechanism I came up with for making the radars work. The aluminum sheave is on a shaft that goes down through the manual spot light control arm with a sprocket on the other end below the guestroom cabins. I used a drive belt from a VCR to drive two sheaves that will turn the radars. A fourth sheave was needed to create tension on the belt and to route it around the pilot house light.
The deck color is Gloss Sail Blue. Non-skid color is Flat Sea Blue. Yellow line is 1/16" trim tape.
I also painted the front edge of the stair treads yellow.
Spot lights are made with ultra bright LED's. See how-to on Lighting page.
I made the rudders with thick styrene plastic and brass tubing. I slotted the tubing and epoxied the rudders into place.
Here are the starboard coolers. Auxiliary generator coolers, gearbox cooler, and engine cooler. These are basically radiators mounted in a recess in the hull. I made them by placing three vertical .040 x .100 strip styrene on the inside plate and .040 x .060 strip styrene glued on the vertical strips with narrow side facing out. With 1/8" hull thickness it is almost flush with outside hull.
There are no coolers for the generators on the port side. Both are mounted in a hull recess on starboard side.
The two wires below the windshield are the antennae for the wireless intercom system used out on the head of the tow.