MP3 Sound clips from m/v G L FURR
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Horns Phone EMD engines Air Starter All Stop
The EMD engines clip was recorded while we were fighting heavy cross
winds coming out of lock 52. Normal cruising speed is around 9 to 12 mph
running 180 rpm on the shafts. At the time I recorded the engines we
were running 210 on the shafts.
Operating Pitman Arms for Sternwheeler
Here is a mechanism
I built to make my pitman arms push back and fourth as in the prototype.
There has been many designs, from simple to complex, cheap to expensive,
that has been scratch built by modelers, but in the end it gives the
same result, a realistic operating sternwheeler.
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Listed below are the most
common paint schemes used by towing companies today. Items marked with
an (*) are sometimes painted in the company trim colors.
Decks gray or red
light green or paneled
tiled, carpeted , or painted steel
Galley, mess, head
tiled, linoleum, or painted steel
Bitts, chocks, cavels *
black with white or yellow trim
Tow knees * black
Exhaust stacks *
black or white
Handrailing * black
Nameboards * black
Window frames *
white or aluminum
Water connects blue
Lube oil connects
Fuel connects red
Water hoses light
gray or sand
hazardous areas are marked with a yellow or
white line. These include the tops and tips of bitts, chocks, buttons,
cavels, stair steps, guard (edge of hull), manholes, booms, and radar
swing area. Some doorways, hull openings, and winch areas are marked
with either a black/white stripe or a black/yellow strip.
Removable "Cargo Loads" for Barges!
Like - Coal, Grain, Rock, Sand, Gravel
& Scrap Iron!
Photo & Drawing show - two ways to make Loads of Coal... for use in
Hopper Barges. In the Drawing ( Top Diagram ), you can see how a piece
of Foam Rubber - 1 Inch thick, has been cut to proper size, to spread
out and raise up( Humped Up ), inside a Barges - Cargo Box, to appear
like a real load - of something. Once fitted properly, remove it and
then "Spray Paint" with Gloss Back" to make the foam - shine & sparkle -
like Coal. NOTE .... Foam Rubber will deteriorate after a period of
time, if its not kept clean!
In the same above Drawing
( Two Bottom - Diagrams ), you can see how a mixture of "Elmer's White
Glue" and "Kitty Litter or Fine Sand" ... depending upon material load -
Sizes. Can be mixed and poured over a Cardboard Mold. The mold and the
interior "Cargo Box" area, must be covered with "Wax Paper" - prior to
pouring the mixture over top of the cardboard - mold pattern. This
insures the mixture won't harden and stick to the Cargo Box, and makes
the molded form - removable.
Once the mixture has dried
for a day or so, pull the mold out, and remove the wax paper and
cardboard, then clean the barges - Cargo Box. Your now - formed load or
plug, once sanded & final shaped, is checked for fit and done, ready to
be spray painted =
Gloss Black to represent Coal. Or any
color - Noting...
This could also represent loads of
White Rock & Stone = Rip Rap, if applied to a Flat Deck - Barge - for an
example. This idea could also use a few shovel loads of common gravel,
glued over the model, to look like - Huge Boulders too. Or Fertilizer
loads for a hopper barge, if spray painted with proper colors to
represent such materials, or for just about any type of cargo box -
loads, as optional ideas.
ABOUT A LOAD OF - "CRUSHED AUTOS!"
This is something - Special & Unusual
a Load for Model Barges that's seldom seen
in any model barge- tow ....
a load of "Crushed Autos" or
Scrap Iron. This idea can be made
from Used - Tin or Aluminum Foil. The idea uses burnt or used "FOIL",
left over from your latest BBQ's Cookouts. Just clean the grease off the
foil, with soap & water to leave the wrinkled - foil and its burnt -
crumpled effects. Then use scissors to cut and roll small portions of
the foil, into scale size "Square Blocks", to represent Cubed or Crushed
Automobile bodies. Spray paint or dab with thinned - brush paints, in
different flat & gloss colors, to represent rusted parts. Allowing some
of the foil to carry its shiny, yet dirty and burnt finish. The stuff
really looks like crushed cars!
Canvas Tarps & Covers
Making Tarp Covers for
equipment on boats, is also easy! A Large Cake pan is used, pouring in
about a 1/2 Inch of warm water, mixed with a large amount of "Elmer's
Then several ordinary Kleenex Tissue's ( About 3 - Layered together
), are dragged through the mixture, to soak the water & glue into them.
Lift out and let excess mixture - drip away, then gently apply over the
object ( A Life Boat - for example ), to be covered. Shape and trim the
tarp - before it dries, with scissors, adding "Tie down" lines - if
desired, by using a Needle & Black Nylon Thread.
Once dry, paint the tarp with Flat Colors = Green, Brown or Blue or even
White ..... That's It! "Oh Yeah, I almost forgot this, if the object to
be covered by the Tarp, is partly exposed to show its details, this idea
looks even more Realistic!
Here's some tips
for making things out of other items
... Try cutting up a pair of the
wife's "Old Used Panty Hose" to make this item When stretched over a
Wire Coat Hanger - as a Frame, you can spray paint the stuff with
Chrome, Gray or Silver. Let it dry and this stuff, will stay -
stretched, so you can cut it. like a flat sheet of very fine scale -
WINDOW SCREEN. Also
great for making Aluminum Screen Doors and Fine - Deck Grating & Grill
Emergency - Parts
Clamp ... Why not use Old Wooden or
Plastic - Spring Loaded "Cloths Pins!"
The Wooden versions, can be
have each arm reversed in position, to the spring, making a wider
spreading - Clamp! And so do those
spring loaded - wide faced "Paper Clamps" work for this too!
Plastic Eggs Panty
... Make great parts for making Radar
Systems, or other details like a - Sink for example, in a fully detailed
model interior. Craft
Stores offer a wide assortment of these things, in all sorts of shapes &
Plastic ... Bacon &
Meat - Pads
... Yeah, that little square plastic pad the
meat man puts under the sausage & bacon, with one side - smooth, the
other side - Rough. Makes great material to make a Rug, deck - pads, and
also looks like a walk-way "Ice Sand Strip" if cut to shape. Painted in
whatever colors you need, the stuff usually gets thrown out in the
garbage - Right .... Well Quit That & Save the dang stuff!
Various Sizes of Insulated - Solid Wire
... Makes great scale" Water Hose & Steel
Pipe" for a model that needs guttering - for example, among other uses.
#6 ... Plastic Model - Kit
... Sprue ... Yep, the frame
that a kits - many parts are all molded together upon. Is great stuff to
use as Water Pipes, easily bent or shaped with a small candle or
cigarette lighter, into all sorts of shapes and all sorts of things.
If heated and
stretched to its limit, this stuff can be pulled, into the shape of a
VHF Marine ( Fake Version )
Plastic Model - Leftover Parts ...
Steering wheels, Scale tools, Fuel Tanks,
Fire Extinguishers, Exhaust pipe, Batteries, Pumps & Other Parts - Work
Great. Even modified a diesel engine from a truck kit, for example,
easily makes a Generator - Power Plant.
There's hundreds of uses for
those extra parts - left over from a model kit, limitless ideas. So use
those extra parts from model cars / trucks / ships & airplanes and put
them to good use.
Throw- Away Cigarette Lighters ...
These make great parts for all sorts of
things, like the Thumb Roller - itself. It can be used as a "Winch Drum"
with a few wraps of black nylon thread added, it looks like the cable &
drum on a Deck Winch .... Great for 1/48 scale Models.
And the Lighter - Itself, if
all the butane is removed - carefully, can then be cut and shaped into
small Exhaust Stacks for Generator Systems on a Boat, or made into a
Lifeboat - Fuel
#9 ... Bayer
Aspirin - Small Plastic Boxes ...
Make great "Sliding Hatch" Covers for some
scales, like you find on a sailboat - for example!
#10 ... Life
Rings ... Craft Stores carry
assorted "Plastic Rings" and some work great as Life Rings on model
boats. Just use Trim Tape in "Red, Orange, Or Yellow colors, to make the
rings around it and add a bit of thread for the throw - line.
And by the way guys, in some
scales, a simple thing like those "Candy Life Savers" you like sucking -
On, painted to seal them, can also make great - Life Rings.
Rivets ... Depending on scale
needed, you can use "Drops of CA Glue" dabbed into place, using a pin or
needle. Or just use the Pin - Itself, drilling tiny holes for them, to
represent steel plates held by Rivets!
#12 ... Door
Knobs ... Plastic Bead Topped
- Pins, with a small amount of sanding to shape their plastic heads.
Make great door knobs or cabinet knobs for some scale boats. They can
also be shaped and made into Throttle Controls for a detailed Helm,
depending on scale required and the size of pins used, of course!
#13 ... Door
& Window Frames ... Can be
made from Plastic & Wood - as the rule, but why not try - Thin Brass
Sheets? It can be cut easily and makes a smooth material - that stands
out, as Doors & Window Frames. Or can be used to build other items too.
Try very thin plastic or brass - sheets, available in hobby and arts &
Ladders or Mast - Hand Rails
... Can be made from Paper Clips and Staples out of a Staple gun, if cut
and shaped properly, to look like scale "Steel Rod - Steps", going up a
Mast or Side Structure!
Plastic Playing Cards ... Cut
to size or shapes - required, can be used to actually make thin looking
"Hull Plating" on a model, or its Structures. It looks like a Patch
Plate also, if its painted to look like one, made over a damaged area,
as if a shipyard has made a quick repair job. And add a few pin heads,
to look like rivets, if needed for an older hull to look right!
#16 ... Wood Paneling
... Why not try "Contact Shelf paper"
that comes in varied styles of Wood & Grain Patterns. Its easily
purchased from local hardware or Dime stores, and makes great - wall
paneling, for a model boat. Or can be used to make a "Dash Board" for
instrument panel on a Helm too. Placed over a plywood or plastic
bulkhead, and looks very realistic! ...
Also great for covering
scale wooden furniture, in models too!
Tar Roofing ... Glue masking tape to
the roof area then paint flat black.