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Modelling Tor Corona Ro ,Ro vessel in 87 scale

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Have found a new sideline hobby that mixes well with model trains, Model ships, this ship I have thinking about for some time now, and only at the time had a side PDF plan of the ship , with the help of a couple  others on the forum I decided to contact DFDS to see if they could help me with my project, to my surprise they came back and said they could,a couple of weeks later plans of my ship in PDF and DWG files arrived in my email.

I did have a go with guessing from pics, when I starting working on the plans to calculate  from the plan scale to 87th scale I was way out, no more guessing, is not  an easy task ,then I found a scale Calculator.


That was no easy task indeed, my model is 2.160 meters long, beam 305 mm's and height around 14 inches to the water line, building the ship in 4 sections and gluing each section together with two 18 mm full length square dowel  two dowels either side of the keel the whole length of the ship to the first bulk head starting the shape of the BOW , the hardest section of the ship, get that out the way first, well under way. {87 scale}

I have some video of my ship has a lot of pics of the decks, all up 4 decks, she carries trailers, containers another mixed freight, cars as well as the 4th  deck is adjustable.

The first post will have just pics of the ship and second post the pics of the starting of the BOW section, tomorrow I be doing more work on the BOW section cutting out the BOW bulk head so I can start cutting the first card sheet to shape the BOW , the hull sides will be 3 mm thick, I am  using 1 mm sheet cardboard, not cheap and only one shop that stocks the cardboard now, so bought 7 sheets 60 cm by  50 cm  sheet, $27 later.

Tomorrow I will be working on the BOW cutting the bulk head and gluing them to the BOW's keel and then starting to cut the first sheet for the bow sides, the  hull sides are 3 mm thick and same with the front bow, not going to be easy as the bow has a raised deck where the winches are housed and a weather clover, I don't really need to detail that deck I will later, the bow section has open windows , could just blacken them.

There could be another project down the track,  modelling the latest mobile cranes  for the ports will be modelling a Ro, RO port as well later, forgot , Finnlines  also has the same class ship second and third pic.

The last two pics is my ship ship Tor Corona  and sister ship Tor Jultlandia, all up 6 were built, I like the shape of the ship and the low super structure and bridge.

Have put aside the Santa Fe F/7-B repaint project, concentrating on the ship and layout ..

Tony from hot down under keeping on moving ahead

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The ships bow section build, first pic is the side plan of the side flat end line the beginning of the bow shape, the next pic the first bulk head o the bow one the  pencil line between the deck and top of the bulk head is that side line, the deck is where the winches sit plus  the anchor which, to be detailed later , the next pic  with the two trailers in the main deck , then the forth adjustable deck upper deck and top deck.

Next pic the square 18mm dowel will go the full length of the ship and a second one on the other side of the  keel, last pic I glued in strips of card I bent  to strengthen the  raised deck and bow keel.

Tor Hafnia a ship ship to the Corona, both ships on the plans.

 Not going to get done what I planned to do n the ship today, will glue the keel to the first cut out hull bottom, will be three mm thick.

Being working on the spiral planned for the layout, keep posted on Camdale .

Tony from warm down under keeping on moving ahead.

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Hi Mark and Thomas,, thanks , I have another update on the Tor Corona Bow section build, I glued the bow keel onto the the water line base, got two more of the base to cut out , will protect the front of the bow eel till I glue in the sides, want to work on the frame work for the main deck to sit on, next step is draw and cut the hull side flat end line and move onto in inside  the hull sides.

How are you going Mark , still in New Zealand , what is the weather like, still hot here , we , weekend was very wet, had 140 mm's  in 24 hours and a bad storm Monday night 55  mm's  in 30 minutes  pergola was  like a lake , I wasn't there to see it, just made to a meeting before the storm hit.

Thomas how was your holiday in Egypt, home yet , or still enjoying the warm weather.

Pic one put the see square to check is the  bulk head is square is , pic two reinforced cardboard to strengthen the  bulk head on the water line base , third pic the bulk head is perfectly level checked the measurements both sides,last pic , with the square dowel for the keel, I am thinking of cutting off 6 inches off  past the the bow section . Cut the the dowel  in half to the first section so the next section will slide in flush screw and glue in place, won't be able to glue in place the main deck  till then, just an idea, saving to have have to slide in a full piece.

I can't wait to start bending the bow sides, then she start looking like a ship, while off, at least the next section be a lot easier to build, in between working on the layout.

Here is a video clip, this internet you Mark, showing the winch deck  and unloading the trailers, enjoy.

I am not rushing this scratch build , she will sit proudly passing under my bridge , still haven't worked out what bridge to build, she will be a double deck bridge , 14 foot main span , 19 inches clearance to the water.

Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead 





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Hi Tony, I'm home .

And it is soooooo cold here in Germany.

Today at noon -8° Celsius.

I'm burning the stove all day long.

The dog refuses to go outside ...

Thomas from freezing Germany


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Hi Thomas, no wander the dog wont go outside with that heater, is it gas fired, can you control the heat, you couldn't survive with temps that low, from what I have seen on the news still pretty bad all over Europe and England and we are complaining about the heat, rain is on its way should be here today, very heavy cloud, is it unusual for that cold snap to happen since it is spring over there.

Didn't do much today sorting out Spotify playlist.

Have made some more progress on the ships front Bow, the next task is going to be a challenge, ready to mark out and cut the shelter cover, once I cut the shelter cover the construction will start looking like a ship' bow., will do some more tonight.I am hopping tomorrow to set up the new spiral, finely got it right.

Tony from down under keeping on moving ahead.




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Hi Tony

I can fire it with wood and with coal. So very classic.

The stove is also connected to the central heating and relieves the heat exchanger in the cold effectively. So it's not just a "nice look", it does a good job.

But it's getting springlike again. Your ship is really breathtaking. Especially these curves ....

Thomas from today very sunny Rhine Valley...

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Hi Thomas,  good to hear you finely have sun shine and starting to warm up yeah I figured your would have to have central heating through the whole house with temps dropping down to -20+, I had a German friend that often talked about central heating and nearly everyone had trains what they did in the winter months, he passed away a few years back.

Some more progress on the ships front Bow and shelter top cut out some good curves there and that took some time to get right , got one more to cut and glue bot together, next job to start on the Bow sides going to be difficult.

 I contacted DFDS again to ask them about the shelter cover, in confusing, on the plan looking at the second pic what I have done, 24mm's is level and drops down, going by the ships pics  it isn't like that  

I will do some more calculating tonight on the side of the Bow, coming along looking like a ships Bow now look much better when it is all closed in.

Tony from wet down under keeping on moving ahead






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