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    little River Tug
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    πŸ“ added some detail
    30 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Installed a spotlight on the tug, yes it works, a super bright led. Some misc items added.....
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    πŸ’¬ Re: added some detail
    30 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Joe,
    I see you have your rudder linkage above the deck and a removable superstructure.

    Looking at the photo it looks as if you have to disconnect the linkage before removing the superstructure.

    Martin555.
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    30 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Martin555
    The photos are progress photos and the rudder linkage was not in place at the time. So no, it does not have to be removed. The superstructure lifts off with just the machine room roof pulling up along with pilothouse.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: added some detail
    29 days ago by Dibdawg ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looking good!!!
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    πŸ“ Paint....
    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hull and superstructure paint in progress. Not sure how much detail I will add next. Wiring complete with 4 AAA batteries providing most of the ballast. In a float test it balances well, will need about 1/4 oz toward the bow but will wait until all details are added. Still having fun.
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Paint....
    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    That is an awesome little Tug Joe.
    Very well done.
    The colour scheme is great.
    looking forward to seeing it in action.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Paint....
    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Martin555,
    Thank you for the compliments. I usually let my paints fully cure for several days before I put them in the water, sea (tub) trials soon!
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Paint....
    1 month ago by Dibdawg ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looks great, more detail will put this little guy over the top!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Paint....
    1 month ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    Well done Joe - it looks great - been watching the build with interest - also looking forward to seeing it in action
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    30 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Dibdawg,
    Okay, you've encouraged me to add detail, time to get creative.
    Joe
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Paint....
    30 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Joe,
    I suspect Dibdawg may actually have been trying to 'rein you in' before you overload the Little Fella πŸ€” (Now there's an idea for a name for my attempt at a micro tug!πŸ˜‰)
    Doug 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Paint....
    30 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Doug,
    Won't overload it! Believe it or not I do engineer, do the math, for all my boats prior to building, even the baby boats. πŸ˜†
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Paint....
    30 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I was thinking more of 'visual overloading' Joe.
    KISS! πŸ˜‰
    Can't wait to see 'Little Fella' whizzing round the Domestic Test TankπŸ‘
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    30 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    The boat name that is sticking in my mind is "Fauci".
    Joe πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Hiding the on/off switch
    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Pulled out some little switches from my parts boxes, now how to conceal them. For mounting switches, I always keep in mind several things; access for maintenance/replacement, water resistance and last, concealment. To be honest my biggest problem with concealment is remembering where I hid it after a boat is stored for a while. I like to blame aggressive chemo treatments in the past for memory loss but the reality it's just part of aging. So I laugh and carry on as I am sure you do as well......

    Photos show some switches I have. My current thinking is to hide a slide switch under a oil barrel or maybe a bollard. Any suggestions for hiding mini switches are welcome.
    πŸ€” Joe
    PS: Figures and barrels are from my O scale railroad activities 1/48 scale
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Joe,
    How about mounting a slide switch vertical and attaching a strong piece of wire so that it looks like an aerial.
    Pull the aerial up for on and down for off.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Martin,
    That's a good idea for the switch, will look into that. Thanks
    Joe
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hiding the on/off switch
    30 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Joe,
    I don't trust those little slide switches.
    They're always the first thing to go Kaputt in a damp atmosphere.
    Ask Ed (Figtree) about his experience with them!

    I prefer to hide more robust self-cleaning toggle switches under a hatch.
    Attached pics show hidden switches and charge socket on my destroyer.
    I first had them inside the equipment box between the two Oerlikons.
    But that was a pain in the you-know-where whenever I needed to remove the deckπŸ€”
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    30 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Doug,
    I've had some of those slide switches fall apart on me even before the boat hit the water. I decided to go with a toggle, I have a bunch of types in my SS electronics boxes. I have had great success with these, I even left one exposed on my US1Meter which gets wet all of the time. I just put a dab of Vaselene on it every so often, keeps the water out.
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hiding the on/off switch
    30 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Exactly Joe πŸ‘
    Those in my destroyer are over 30 years old and still working just fine.🀞
    You could always fit one of your barrels over the toggle.
    Or one of the crew? Laid back for OFF, Standing up tall for ON 😁
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    29 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Actually Doug,

    I had used Push Button Switches!
    And, Yes they have to be replaced!

    One of my many projects to do!

    Chees, Ed
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    πŸ“ little River Tug superstructure
    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Sketched out a typical little pilot house and machine room superstructure. I then laid the sides on graph paper, wax paper and then gluing up pieces of styrene. This is my typical method of constructing, stick built.
    Joe
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Good work Joe.
    She is coming together nicely

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Getting on like a house on fire JoeπŸ‘
    Luv the corrugated roof.
    Did you chop up a model Junkers JU52 (Tante Ju.)?😁
    Where did you get that tiny brushless?
    Never seen one that small and light before. Especially as Outrunner.
    Thinks!
    I've dismantled some old CD drives, maybe I could use a motor from one of those!?

    Your blog prompted me to check up on my styrene / polystyrol stock;
    plenty of sheet from 0.5 to 3mm. Bit thin on the profiles thoughπŸ€”
    Mostly very small for plastic 'kit bashing'.
    Off to the Krick (online) shop!
    Keep it up Joe.
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I quite agree, there is no end of possibilities with styrene, plastitube, rod ect. Easy to work with and needs little work to prepare for paint. I use wherever possible πŸ‘
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    1 month ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    Good one Joe - coming together well - very nice idea you had.
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    1 month ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Ooopps! I thought it was wood. Looks really good.
    Peter.
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    1 month ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    lovely job Joe, Have you gone underground?😎 Your face looks like a sail boat.😁
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    πŸ’¬ Re: little River Tug superstructure
    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Doug,
    Thanks for the comments and your interest. The little brushless outrunners were purchased about 10 years ago from HobbyKing, 18-11 2000. See link, I see that they are out of stock, was about $10 usd. A better option is the e-flite 180 as seen in photos. It's very nice and sold by horizonhobby.com for $30. See spec in photo- 8.5g ! I say better as Horizon has better quality control, my experience with direct purchase from China is about 1 in 2 work.

    As to styrene, in the states we have a great manufacturer, Evergreenscalemodels.com. They have everything and are one of the main suppliers to the hobby shops (not many left) in the states. I just ordered more plain sheet from them direct and received within days, great service.

    I always liked the Junkers aircraft design. My great uncle Charlie flew on a Ford TriMotor, (based on JU designs), he said it was extremely noisy and he had to stuff his ears with cotton.
    πŸ‘πŸ‘ Joe 😎
    https://hobbyking.com/en_us/18-11-2000kv-micro-brushless-outrunner-10g.html
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    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Skydive,
    I enjoy working with styrene, particularly the way it welds together. I just did some float tests on the hull and was pleased...no leaks! All welded seams did the job.
    Joe
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    πŸ“ Hull detail added, primed, rudder servo
    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Had to add some detail to the hull to make that thin plastic look better. I used styrene shapes that I had including some squares, rod and rectangle shapes. Shapes bend easy with no heat needed as they are quite thin. Just glued and held as I worked my way around the hull. Only problem was may left hand cramping up...

    Quick note, if you do use heat on styrene be careful. I once used a heat gun on a styrene model and it quickly went from normal to melted. My opinion is that hot water (just boiled) is the way to go, just soak until more flexible.

    Painted with gray primer and will later finish with acrylic paint brushed.

    Installed the rudder servo, found that I had one smaller than the previous one in the earlier photo.

    On to some superstructure detail next.
    Joe 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull detail added, primed, rudder servo
    1 month ago by Dibdawg ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looking good!
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    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Dibdawg
    Thank you, I appreciate the interest!
    JoeπŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull detail added, primed, rudder servo
    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    It is surprising how quickly these little boats can be put together.
    Looking good.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ hull progress
    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Progress on the hull, styrene is easy to use and quick for a build. Had to laminate some thinner scraps to get some required stiffness, not the prettiest job so far. πŸ™„

    Motor mounted, shaft and rudder location in place. More to come tomorrow.
    Joe
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    πŸ’¬ Re: hull progress
    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Looking good so far Joe.
    Keep it up.

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    πŸ“ Brushless ESC and mini servo
    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Small ESC and mini servo for rudder, again from my model airplane building days.
    Joe
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    πŸ“ Glue drying - making brass parts
    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Styrene hull underway, glue is curing....so on to building the small prop and rudder assembly.

    Photos show small brass rudder made of solid brass rod and flat sheet. Prop is my first prop build, it's small, 20mm. Build is based on what I found on the web on how to build. Cut out a circle using my small snips. It was easier than I thought it would be and took less than an hour to build. Cut, solder and filed. Those tiny jewelers files come in handy, I use them everyday. Photo shows a size comparison to a 55mm prop and a mastodon.

    So if you have not tried prop building, try it. This one is a bit crude, but it's just a start at a new activity for me.
    Joe
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Nice little prop Joe,
    Have you spun it to see how balanced it is.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Martin,
    Have not, but thanks for the reminder. I am not sure how critical balancing is on such a small prop that is intended to run slow. We will see
    Joe
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Joe, it will probably be ok.
    I must admit i have not made that many prop's but the ones i have made have been pretty good and have not shaken the boats to bits LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ little River Tug
    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Playing with some ideas for a small boat for the tub challenge. Well maybe not an official entry but I thought I would give a little tub tug boat a try for fun.

    Sketch is of current tug idea. Plan to build entirely of styrene as I like working with it, it bends easy and I have enough scrap laying around. Just a simple flat bottom design .

    Found a tiny brushless motor 10g that I had from when I built small balsa planes, a tiny ecs too. It seems to work slow enough to drive a prop so I thought I would give it a try. Mocked up a shaft and it spins nicely. Plan to build a small brass prop as well, it will be my first.

    Will start in the morning on the hull.
    Joe 😁
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Joe,
    I am looking forward to this.
    And i hope you have better luck than i did.

    Good luck.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Martin,
    I was very impressed with your little tug, especially with how quickly you built her. The sub parts were a great idea, sorry you had the issues...
    Mine will not be as tiny as yours as I am limited to using standards batteries and rx. I do have a micro servo for the rudder and little motor as mentioned. Will see how it goes.

    Just continuing to have fun while staying home.
    Thanks for your interest and comments as usual.
    Joe
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Thank you Joe.
    It did not take long to make as the plastic is easy to cut and glue.
    After an hour the glue has dried enough for a bit if rough handling.
    I think the longest part was waiting for the paint to dry.

    I was only able to make it that small because of the control equipment that was going into it.
    But that did not work out too well.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Go for it Joe,

    These β€˜tub boats’ are fun to build, use up left over materials, and even give a chance of some sailing while locked down in the house and garden.

    I will be following with interest.
    Graham93
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    1 month ago by Dibdawg ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Good idea using scrap material, look forward to seeing progress.
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    1 month ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Looking forward to this one.πŸ‘
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