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    Tug Boat "Flora"
    by Martin555 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Fleet Admiral)
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    I have now blown my whole years model making budget.
    I managed to get another little sub and used its control board to replaced the defective one on โ€œFloraโ€. It cost me ยฃ2.50 plus P&P

    She is so light that it only just breaks the water tension and the slightest breeze takes over full control.
    It is about as controllable as my Jack Russell LOL!!!
    I cannot add any more weight as she will sink.

    As you can see in the short video the tide was out in Big Blue during this test.

    All in all not a great success and i certainly did not plan on blowing my budget so early in the year LOL!


    Video to follow. Fingers crossed.
    Martin555.
    "Flora" Test vid.
    Or "Ohhhh! What shall we do with the drunken sailor? ...."
    Sub Lt Phillips navigating "Left hand down a bit!"
    CPO Pertwee "Evvvrybody DOWN!"
    You can uncross yer fingers now Martin๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,
    It came out as mpg4 so i renamed it without the g

    Thanks again.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,
    Renaming shouldn't be necessary.
    mpg4 is correct as I converted it to MP4-H264 standard to improve the resolution slightly.
    Runs on my W10 PC without any renaming๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,
    It was silly old me, i did not wait long enough for it to convert.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Did you use the correct butteries?๐Ÿ˜ด
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Looks superb Martin. I am surprised you did not add a smoke generator.๐Ÿ˜
    The Captain is drunk by the way.๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    If you get really stuck this year, i`ll lend you a quid.๐Ÿคฃ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,


    Tug Flora looks fantastic!
    A great success to your tug Flora!
    For her Maiden Voyage!๐Ÿ‘

    Cheer, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Did you use the correct butteries?"
    Come on now MB,
    What would we Sassenachs be a doin' with Aberdeen Rollies?๐Ÿ˜‹
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Peter,
    The awesome power of a AA 1.5V battery

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Peter,
    I think the smoke generator must of been on the first controller LOL!!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I might take you up on that Peter depending on the interest rate LOL!!!!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,
    Maybe a bit more 'SHOVE' would help keep her on course?
    She is a Pusher after all! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    More pitch on the prop?
    More volts on the motor?
    Nevertheless, a great little build๐Ÿ‘
    I've started looking at the possibilities for a 'micro Springer',
    what you might call a 'Little Hop' I suppose๐Ÿ™„
    Will post when I think I might have something half viable figured out ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Ed,
    But i think it should of remained as a margarine tub LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I think we will all be looking forward to seeing your "Little Hop" Doug.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "I think we will all be looking forward to seeing your "Little Hop" Doug."
    Oops! Me an my big mouff!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค”
    I just thought; 'There's gotta be summat in all these boxes of 'stuff' I can use!' ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    'There's gotta be summat in all these boxes of 'stuff' I can use!'

    Eventually the boxes will get fewer and fewer Doug.
    I know it is happening to me LOL!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Eventually the boxes will get fewer and fewer Doug.
    I know it is happening to me LOL!"

    With your Warp 10 building rate ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I'm not surprised Martin!
    Haven't forgotten your 'stuff', the collection is growing as I find in it one of the many boxes and drawers. (Rest assured; NOT MY drawers!๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ˜†) So a modest restock will be on it's way shortly. There are enough Kerrygold tubs already included for you to build a respectable Mulberry Harbour diorama, complete with diamond pattern tread plates๐Ÿ˜€

    BTW: Re " i think it should of remained as a margarine tub "
    Thinks; With half a yoghurt pot up the sharp end, old busted kitchen knife as keel and an empty Steradent tube as outrigger that might work!!?? ๐Ÿ˜
    Oh no! That triggers another idea!
    2 (or 3) Steradent tubes as catamaran/trimaran?
    Motors built into the toobs, tank steering?
    Must see if I can engage Nerys as consultant for the sailing tackle๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by redpmg ( Captain)
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    Glad to see it running at last Martin - must be low tide in your test tank ! Sorry about the budget - but there's always next year..........
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    See Martin, we told you you could do it, it was our turn to be the little guys on YOUR shoulder this time, saying "you can get it running,- you know you want to"๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Š Nice job!
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,
    ref :- "2 (or 3) Steradent tubes as catamaran/trimaran?
    Motors built into the toobs",

    You must be a mind reader!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks for the nice comments guys, i appreciate it.
    Now I really must get back to working on U552 soon.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Graham93 ( Commander)
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    Martin,

    Tug looks great!! Glad you managed to complete her, shame about the budget for the rest of the yearโ˜น๏ธ

    ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Me too ha ha ๐Ÿ’ฐ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi there, Canโ€™t seem to play the file? Is it me doing something wrong?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Flora" Test
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sky,
    Here are the instructions that Doug has told me.
    I am assuming your computer is not a mac.
    To watch; ignore the Invalid File sign.
    Just click on it and then on the Arrow in the miniscule blue box at top left.
    Your device should then ask you if you want to view the file or save it.
    On a Windows PC it will probably offer you Windows Media Player as default viewer.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    I have finally given up on trying to get this working properly.
    It is definitely a component fault on the PCB.

    So i will shelf โ€œFloraโ€ until i find something to get it working.

    Until then here are a few photos of โ€œFloraโ€ as she is now.

    I really enjoyed making โ€œFloraโ€ and i will definitely make another miniature but using proper RC equipment.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Graham93 ( Commander)
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    Martin,

    Great looking micro tug๐Ÿ‘. Such a shame about the faulty controller.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by redpmg ( Captain)
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    Hi Martin - shame about the faulty PCB - you made a really good job of building it as usual
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Come on Martin "YOU CAN DO IT" such a cool little tug, it would be a shame to stop now!
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Jb,
    I will have another look around in my junk later a see if i can find something.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Wow. That was quick. Nice job.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Doggone it Martin, thatโ€™s a a shame your controller flamed out. You did a nice job on her. Iโ€™m telling you, youโ€™re a better man than I. Around 12 inches up is my limit on smaller boats. I feel the frustration quotient magnifies exponentially as the boat gets smaller.๐Ÿคฃ
    Keep plugging at it, Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll get her figured out.
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi cash,
    Hopefully when we get back to the new normal i will be able to pick something up at a boot sale that will sort it out.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Tug Boat "Flora" (problem)
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    I have hit a problem that will stop the progress of โ€œFloraโ€.

    I can get both motors working in reverse but only the starboard motor working forward.
    As this little Tug need both motors to steer (tank steering).

    I have bypassed the receiver PCB and both motors work perfectly.

    When i first tested the receiver PCB it worked but one motor was a bit jittery but then worked ok.

    So i think that this is the end of this build.

    I will post some photoโ€™s of โ€œFloraโ€ as she is tomorrow.

    That is when i calm down.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora" (problem)
    5 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Sorry to hear of your problem Martin. Hopefully some bright spark will come up with a solution. Sorry I cannot help with this one, I shorted out.๐Ÿ˜€
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora" (problem)
    5 months ago by redpmg ( Captain)
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    Hi Martin - Sorry about the hiccup - don't get too despondent - I have found with these little RC sets that sometimes the soldered connections are not that good - so before you give up please take a bit of time to check carefully. Would be a great pity to stop now as she is a lovely little boat and you have made a great job of it as usual .
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora" (problem)
    5 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    Sorry to hear about your little tug not working!
    I hope you can fix the problem!
    But, Please do finish her off!
    It would be a shame to not Complete the Build!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora" (problem)
    5 months ago by Graham93 ( Commander)
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    Martin,

    As everyone else has said, sorry to hear about your control problem. Just as it was all going so well.

    Interesting that the motors will run in one direction and not the other. I know it may be a daft suggestion, but have you checked the batteries are not running a bit flat? Reduced voltage could possibly produce such an uneven response. Probably not the cause, but easy to check.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora" (problem)
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Graham
    This has been bugging me all night so i ended up climbing
    out of bed early.
    So after a cup of coffee i made a start on trying to sort out this problem.

    I checked and re soldered the joints on the PCB and tested the batteries but still cannot find the problem.
    It is times like this that i wish i knew more about electronics.

    I have now spent 4 hours on this thing Now plus most of yesterday and i am now starting to get a bit P/O with it.

    The motors work perfect forward and reverse without being connected to the PCB.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    "Flora" is starting to take shape now.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Graham93 ( Commander)
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    Really looking good Martin. What length is she?

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Graham,
    The measurements are :-

    Length 5"
    Breath 2"
    Hight 4 1/4"

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Not trying to butter you up Martin but thats excellent.
    Cheers Marky ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    Done a little more work on the hull.
    After cutting the motors off of the sub i attached them to the hull.
    I then decided to make a start on the superstructure, again using the plastic from the margarin tub.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    That's freaking amazing!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ“ Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    Before i start this little log I must say it is all Graham93โ€™s fault.
    After seeing his lockdown challenge Tug.

    I thought it was fantastic and so small for a RC Boat, and as we are unable to go out and about the idea of just using it in a small area of water.

    I then thought i could do something like that and use it in Big Blue.

    The first problem i had was to find something small enough to operate and control it.
    I have all sorts of junk but no small RC equipment.
    So after fighting off the big spiders in the shed i found parts of a childโ€™s toy submarine.

    Testing it proved surprising, the motors and transmitter actually worked, so i had a good start.

    Next, what should i make it out of, Yes you are right.
    I had some plastic margarine tubs.

    A good friend had sent me some GA drawings so with the first three problems out of the way i then though well there is nothing stopping me from having a go.

    So i sprang into action.

    Tinkered about a bit and made the hull.

    Martin555.
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    5 months ago by Joe727 ( Commander)
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    You are off to a fast start, glad you found something laying around to use!

    The hull looks like styrene plastic, is it or did you use some tub material?
    Joe๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    That looks really great!
    Can't wait to see her completed!
    And being sailed in Big Blue!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Joe,
    The material used is the Plastic from the margarine tub hence the name of the Tug "Flora".

    Martin555.
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    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Ed,

    Martin555.
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    5 months ago by Joe727 ( Commander)
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    Being in the states, I missed the UK brand connection, very good. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Assume you used ca to glue?
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    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Joe,
    Mostly liquid poly plastic glue and occasionally a drop of CA.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Graham93 ( Commander)
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    Martin,

    Great idea, love the name - margarine tugs ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜†.

    Having the controls from the toy sub should help a lot. Iโ€™m still struggling with the drive motor for my tug

    Just one thing I must pick you up on:

    โ€œBefore i start this little log I must say it is all Graham93โ€™s faultโ€

    As my Mum used to tell me when I was teanager โ€œ You are big enough, and ugly enough, to make your own decisions now!โ€ LOL ๐Ÿ˜

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by redpmg ( Captain)
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    Looking great Martin - be good to see it in action soon .............
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thats were i went wrong Graham not ugly enough LOL!
    Altho i think a lot of people might question that.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Red.
    As long as things go according to plan it won't take long now.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Newby7 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I think you could make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Great work
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Boat "Flora"
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Rick,
    I am not that good. LOL!!

    Martin555.
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