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The title is somewhat of a misnomer. What I'm sharing is actually the dock of the River Supply Company. (RSC)
I have a little background working on the Ohio, Green, White, Missouri, and Mississippi rivers. I made up the title and "company" name, and this past winter built the dock shown below. It's a complement to the little towboat "Nonesuch" which would be a day-boat servicing the line-boats on their way through RSC's area of operation.
I am loosely adding this to the woodworkers category as it is wood, and I did work on it through the winter.
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Very neat. What are the dimensions on it or what "Scale" is it at? If you free lanced it you may not have scaled it as such and it may have been all free lance at what ever dimensions looked good. Which ever way you did it, you did good!
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Thank you!
It was scratch built to roughly 18th scale. Some of it was "eye-balled" and if it looked right it stayed. It has two mooring winches, two light circuits, a radio, and the door on the pier side all operate remotely. The fish cleaning station has running water.
There's a few "people" that will hang out here and there.
"Nonesuch" is also RC'd and was scratch built to a type of towboat rather then a specific boat. I'm adding pieces to this "set" as ideas occur to me. The in-progress project currently is a snag barge. This is just a small barge used for hauling navigation hazards out of the river - tree trunks, dislodged docks, etc.
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Pretty Cool !

Will it all be water themed or will you be adding a Garden Railroad and/or other details to it ?

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Thank you!
It'll all be water based. We have a small pond out back and I got interested in radio control a few years ago. It's all smoke and mirrors to me, but the components are light, and hopefully by figuring things out it's helping to keep my old brain-bucket from freezing up.
Since we didn't use it anymore we converted an in-ground swimming pool into a water garden and "Small Boat Test Facility". I enjoy it much more now!
The pond is three feet deep and the "RSC" dock is built around a piece of 2" closed cell rigid foam insulation. Nothing stays in the water, I haul the boats and dock out and put them away after each episode.
The thing for me is the building and sorting out how to accomplish what my mind's eye sees. The last photo was taken just before we closed the pond for the season. All of the summer "stuff" had been put away and the water was cooling off pretty quickly.
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Looks like the perfect setting to build a copy of Tesla's radio control boat from 1898.
http://cyberneticzoo.com/precyber/18...rbianamerican/
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How cool is that ?! Who knew?
Wouldn't THAT be a project! I'm not smart enough to duplicate that, but I think I will study up on it. Thanks for the link! It's so archaic it's cool in a "Steam Punk" sort of way.
Hmmm............

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Tesla also built a Radio Control Submarine a year or so later.

As I recall without reading up on it again, he used the radio signals to power a motor to turn a drum switch with the different contacts on that switch activating other motors for forward and reverse and left and right, or combinations of forward/left, forward/right, etc.

I don't know if the drum switch was reversible or if he had to go nearly a full rotation to get back to the previous setting, say if he was going forward and then went forward/right whether he would have to continue another 10 or twelve steps around the drum to get back to straight forward or if he could simply click back one position.

All in All, Tesla made Edison look like a 3rd grade drop out in comparison already having NEON Lights when Edison was still trying to develop a filament that would hold up more than a few minutes in his DC light bulbs.

Pure Genius is a bit of an Understatement when talking about Tesla.

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All in All, Tesla made Edison look like a 3rd grade drop out in comparison already having NEON Lights when Edison was still trying to develop a filament that would hold up more than a few minutes in his DC light bulbs.
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Well said; that is my understanding as well.
I read a biography, "Tesla-man out of time" and it was fascinating.
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