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Hi! Spiral Ladders anyone?

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Hi! Spiral Ladders anyone?
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, June 5, 2022 5:12 PM

Yo!

          I have just recently taken on the task of creating(from scratch) an " N " scale LNG Tanker Ship! it will be the twin to the regular Tank Ship(oil) for my "N'scale Module construct. As you know the older ships of this type had decks with domes where the pressure vesels for the LNG tanks were like half tennis balls above the deck! They now have  Sheet-Metal tops, level on top and  the sides angled down to the deck- Yet, still have the half Balls underneath!

         Anway enough of the intro. Those older vessels had stairs(Shipboard-Ladders) that wound in an angled and circular tapered form up to the top of the tanks. No, I don't why! This was obvious when you looked at them! This requires P.E. Stairways.Yes! They had handrails on both sides And a little Square area, Or Round Area , on the exposed tanktop.

        Nowadays, There's just a walkway the length of the deck where the housings are with a normal ladder up/down at one or both ends! These older ships are the ones we will be talking about! Take the Longest ladders (stairs) that you have been able to get in 1/200. I am not sure if you can even fine some long enough in 1/87! Now at the proper angle, Oh! they must be fully formed as Stairs/Ladders and fastened at the bottom all the way across the tread width!! Now slowly form them around the ever smaller tank top. Once formed to the top, C/A glue them in lace up there. One spot of glue every four steps will ensure they keep their shape!

         Create the little porch on top and put the rails around it. I believe there are some valves up there, I will admit I am not sure! just make it look a wee busy on the Porch floor! Paint them the same color on top and underneath and the rails in the tank color( Usually White) then paint Yellow edges or Treads on the steps(Safety First) Must be the rule

         In case you can't find them in the H.O. Scale 1/100 will work! Just be careful , Oh, you Cannot wrap them around a tube and then form them out. Try that and you will destroy the P.E. If you have any questions on some of this odd P.E. useage just message me, I am here for you! WARNING! WARNING! This is for Oddball Ship and Whatever Builders only who like to tear up the norm!

 

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by JoeSMG on Sunday, June 5, 2022 9:14 PM

Hey TB,
I google Image searched LNG Tanker Ship and all that I could see clearly, had a segmented stair system in variations of the picture below. Is that a decent example of what your describing?

- Joe the SMG

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, June 6, 2022 7:55 AM

Joe SMG;

         Joe, yes ,though that is a picture of a ship of the type from a much later time. The ones I speak of are about ten to twenty years earlier. The one I am working generally resembles a Guiness Beer tank ship. Which I saw a picture of about twenty five years ago. It was a ship owned by Dutch Exxon.

      The whole profile was closer to the water in terms of height and the size of the domes. The ladders you show would work, but they would still have a slight curve to them. The ship I have a drawing? of is from the late seventies and she is all white above the main deck and the Bridge also is closer to the water. The ship also had four domes on her deck!

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by JoeSMG on Monday, June 6, 2022 9:39 PM

I figured mine was too modern - I looked at a lot of ship pics so finding the older style will be tricky and no doubt require some luck!

- Joe the SMG

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 8:13 AM

Hey Joe!

        That's not a problem. I appreciate what you posted.  If I didn't have a really nice Dover Publications book on ships I bought at the Library's Yearly Book Sale, I wouldn't even have what I do. It is true, Older LNG Tank ship photos are hard to fine. Even ships seem to have shorter lives in this High tech world.

         This just shows there alternatives to a given solution, there's always alternatives and sometimes they are right in front of you!

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by JoeSMG on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 9:36 PM

I looked for older pictures a bit more last night without luck.

I didn't even know such ships existed and I have to say they are extremely impressive. Is this a commissioned build you're working on or just for fun?

- Joe the SMG

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 7:41 AM

Hi Joe;

       This build is one of two in " N " scale for a personal project. My Museum now has it's own "N" Scale group. They suckered me in. So I chose what's logical for me. A small Two Module Distribution and Storage facility for Lubrication products and L.N.G.called MINSHIPCO PETROLEUM And FUEL Sales and Storage Company.

       The two modules will have a short rail spur, storage Tanks and Distribution equipment and an office. Lighted (Maybe) and with "Hot" paired tracks going by it. The Spur Will be live too! We started with a Halloween display back in October. I don't have room for H.O. so these two ships (interchangeable too!) are going to be one regular lube and lite oil Tanker and the LNG inland Waters Vessel. So during a two or three day show they can be changed out for variety. Each ship is about 16" long

       As You know My Commission Building Co. Before I retired, Was named MINSHIPCO. I figured the name is self explanatory! And yes, I am doing one more, A commission for Spring Creek Model Trains in Deshler, Nebraska, for the Owner Dave Zeucker! It's a Taconite Carrying Great Lakes Freighter and two Walthers Tugs. The Ship will be painted and marked for U.S.Steel! This is in H.O., The Freighter is almost six foot long in that scale! 

 Remember, my favorite thing is to take Aircraft Carriers and convert them to Large Tank Ships or something else Like Disaster Response, Lodging, Feeding, and Medical Response as well as Equipment ships. What better way to retire a carrier? If they can house five Thousand crew, Why not? Then, they even have landing areas for Medi-Vac and Cargo Choppers! Shoot that's one of the best Sword into Plowshares I can think of! 

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