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    Brooklyn
    tugboat
    Brooklyn Tug is 1:32 Scale. She's 39.1/2" L.O.A. x 9.5" Beam. Weight Estimated at 24lbs when completed! The Brooklyn was built in 1910 and owned by the New York Dock Co. She was steam powered all her life and was never converted over to Diesel. The Brooklyn was one of many railroad tugs designed to transfer railroad cars from one side of New York to the other on barges!
    1 year ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Richardson/Southampton Smoke Generator
    Hello: My Hobby Engine Richardson
    tugboat
    is a “premium” model with a factory-installed smoke system. Unfortunately, the instruction manual has no information whatsoever about the smoke system; not a single word. With a lot of generously given advice & help from Doug (RNinMunich) & other Model Boats members, I’m working on upgrading the tug’s lighting system & adding missing details. Unfortunately everything came to a halt last fall because of a fall & surgery to fix me up. So, for the time being I’m doing things that don’t require much finesse for fine work. I’m working on plans for future work as well as disassembled the tug’s deckhouse to access its circuit board. Once I had the deckhouse floor removed, I discovered that the smoke system isn’t a single unit. There’s a blower motor mounted in one location & the component that creates the smoke mounted in another spot. Tubing connects these two parts, then additional tubing exits the smoke generator unit & splits via a tee to each funnel. If anyone reading this post has a Richardson or Southampton “premium” model I would greatly appreciate information about the following: 1. There is a black rubber plug underneath the deckhouse. When the plug is removed I can see that it’s directly below the smoke generator. I noticed that the generator has white foam rubber inside. Is this where smoke fluid is to be placed? If not, then where? 2. Assuming there are different types of smoke fluid available, which one should be used in the tug? 3. How many drops of fluid should be placed in the system? I would appreciate any information about the Richardson or Southampton smoke system specifically & smoke systems in general. I’m not familiar with them at all & I need to learn. Thanks very much, Pete
    1 month ago by Pete
    Blog
    RAM48 Sound Generator!
    Captain's Log: Tug Brooklyn is a 1910 Steam Tug. So, Why not have it sound like a Steam
    tugboat
    ! I ordered the RAM48 Steam engine sound generator. All I have to do is install it! The RAM48 doesn't go connected to the motor. Like other RAM sound Generators! The RAM48 uses a Magnet that is glued to the shaft! Or in my case the universal coupler! I didn't think it was right to glue the magnet to the shaft. What if the shaft has to be taken out for maintenance! Anyway the RAM48 works with a magnet and sensor chip! To make the Chuff and Hiss sound! OK, after you let the magnet dry over night! You then have to carefully. Place the sensor chip about 1/8". Away from the magnet! Since Tug Brooklyn is made of Plastic. I can use a scrap piece of Plastic. To hold the sensor chip in place! Well, that's it for now. I'll update this post. As I work on setting up the sensor chip connection!
    1 month ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    Reassembly
    She looks awesome, as a freelance
    tugboat
    !
    2 months ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Rx-tx confusion
    Lordgord, I understand the confusion as there is almost too much infor nation on the web, much of it is mis-leading. I have been using this technology for 12 years now and have owned and used at least 8 Spektrum receivers. Here's my take: 1. You need a DSM2 or DSMX Transmitter, that simple. 2. My first photo shows a Spektrum AR7000 RX in my
    tugboat
    . it's a nice RX, IS 7 channel with an addition satellite received. it's overkill for a boat that just needs a couple of channels and doesn't fall to earth in a failure. Originally purchased for an RC Airplane, it's pricey at $90 to $100 USD. OUCH. 3. Ti try the less expensive RX's available no, first I tried OrangeRX and bought 3, none of which ever worked, a problem with China's lack of quality control. 4. Recently p, I needed two more RXs for boat builds and read that LemonRX was doing pretty good. Last two photos are of the Lemon, model LM0034. They work great and bind very easy, best of all they are $16 USD ! www.lemon-rx.com 5. One caveat with the lemon, they come just as shown in photo....no documentation. You need to look up on the internet which port is which and how to bind. Took me about 10 minute, bu is something to consider if this is your first hookup. Knowing which set of prongs go to what channel is critical. Personally, in the future, I am going to buy more Lemons... Hope this helps, Ask any question that you may have, we are all hear to help each other. Cheers, Joe
    2 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Artesania Samson RC
    tugboat
    Build + Navigation
    Has anyone built this model? Can you please comment on it. Thanks
    3 months ago by juskiddin
    Blog
    New Batteries!
    Captain's Log: Well, I order new batteries for the Tug Brooklyn. I placed the order about a week ago. I received them last night! Before I continue let me say this. I was using the Batteries from Tug Serenity AKA Jersey City! Those Batteries are 6 Volts at 2.5 Amps! For a total of two! I saw what I thought were the same battery. Only at 6 Volts at 8 Amps. For a total of 12 Volts at 8 Amps! Well the batteries are huge! I had to take all of the Forward ballast out of Tug Brooklyn! Even then she's a bit bow heavy. But, I really want the extra Power! Because Tug Brooklyn is a 12 Volt
    tugboat
    ! Take a look at the Batteries side by side. It's a good thing there's enough room in her forecastle! I'm putting the Batteries end to end and they fit! Oh, the Batteries weigh 6.5 LBS!😱
    3 months ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Dumas Brooklyn Tug Build...Smoke?
    Hi Joe727, I use the Harbor Models Steam Generator. On my
    tugboat
    Brooklyn. It works well and last 3 hours on one fill! https://www.harbormodels.com/smokegenerator.html Cheers, Ed
    4 months ago by figtree7nts
    Media
    VB30
    Scratch building a barge for my
    tugboat
    Miss Doris to push. May deck it over to become a tank barge I used to push on the Delaware River. if i do deck it over, I'll hinge the deck to make use of the space for my RC gear.
    4 months ago by Mariner85
    Forum
    SLA question
    Hi J.Barry, I run SLA's in my
    tugboat
    s! Yes, you can put them in any position! They are sealed and there's no liquid in them. The batteries are sealed electrolyte-tight, immune against installation attitude they are solid! Cheers, Ed
    4 months ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hello, Doug: Out of curiosity, did you remove the molded-on plastic ladder rungs from inside of the mast to gain more space for wires? Seeing your finished mast has shown me that it’s best to keep the original nav light locations. Having all 6 lights on the main mast will make it look too cluttered. With all of the lights switched on it’ll look like a light saber is jutting out of the pilot house roof. Do you know if there are standards governing the horizontal spacing of navigation lights? There should be, otherwise I’d think the lights could tend to overlap & look like one big light, especially in fog. BTW, the cables you added to the mast antennas look great. The smooth curve of the cables & the weather boots at the antenna connections add a lot of realism. Well done!👍🏻 Speaking of details, do you know if
    tugboat
    s carry anchors? if so, what type? As far as I know the US Coast Guard requires every powered vessel to have at least one anchor. I see no reason why
    tugboat
    s would be exempt from this rule. I’m glad you mentioned using a Tamiya sanding sponge as a means of removing the factory-applied lettering. There’s a model railroad technique I’ve used successfully where an ordinary pencil eraser & window cleaner are used to remove lettering. I’m sure it would work on my boat but I might not live long enough to get it finished. Shortly after I got the boat I ordered a cloth American flag & scale Plimsoll markings from BECC. Sadly BECC has gone out of business. Another good supplier goes around the bowl & down the hole. Sad. Regarding the winch again, your comments tell me that I may have mislead you into thinking that my boat has a winch. it doesn’t, but I did say I’m planning to scratchbuild one. in fact, I’m going to sketch one out right after I post this message. Thanks, Pete
    6 months ago by Pete
    Response
    ''IMARA''
    Very nice Tug, I love
    tugboat
    s!👍
    7 months ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    tugboat
    keel
    Yep see addition to last post😁
    7 months ago by onetenor
    Forum
    tugboat
    keel
    'Voiht Schneider' I assume John.😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    tugboat
    keel
    V.S. units?🤔 Oops previous -post wasn't showing👍
    7 months ago by onetenor
    Forum
    tugboat
    keel
    http://voith.com/corp-en/drives-transmissions/voith-schneider-propeller-vsp.html?96528%5B%5D=1 Try the above link for the drive system there is some software available to simulate it operation.
    7 months ago by CB90
    Forum
    tugboat
    keel
    DIESEL TUG TIRRICK Plans by Sarik Hobbies, Schneider powered tug1:50th scale. Model is 740mm loa & 230mm beam and intended for power by model VS units. Unusual hull form but no model construction data. Featured in: MM NOVEMBER 1994 https://www.sarikhobbies.com/product/diesel-tug-tirrick/
    7 months ago by CB90
    Forum
    tugboat
    keel
    Frames! Or bulkheads when they are solid across the hull Mr Green.😉 Cheers, Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    tugboat
    Brooklyn!
    We should live so long Ed 😉 I may have the machines necessary to make a steam engine, but I sure don't have the expertise necessary🤔, like Hammer 👍 for instance does have! Anyone out there making mini marine diesels???? Cheers, Doug 😎
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    tugboat
    Brooklyn!
    Eventually, I'll work my way up to Live Steam!
    8 months ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    tugboat
    Brooklyn!
    very nice but if you got into live steam you could have smoke and a steam whistle for free !!!
    8 months ago by lesliebreame
    Response
    Fun Run
    The Dumas kit (Carol Moran) mine is named Michael after my grandson. it sailed at a scale speed today. The Bunker and Ellis "Lobster Yacht" a Midwest kit, seen here towing a harbour tender. Harbour tender and
    tugboat
    built by me. Dannieboy built the Lobster Yacht with added touches by Ron.
    8 months ago by Ron
    Media
    tugboat
    Brooklyn!
    I had to test
    tugboat
    Brooklyn's Smoke Generator! The next thing to get is a steam Whistle!
    8 months ago by figtree7nts
    Blog
    Sorting Resisters
    Today I spent 2 hours sorting resisters! It was a very boring task. But one that had to be done. I found what Resister I'm going to use. I don't want the running lights on the Brooklyn. To be bright so I will be using 270 Ohm Resisters. On all the running lights. This will help keep them not too bright! Remember the Brooklyn is a 1910
    tugboat
    . I don't think running lights were bright back then!
    9 months ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Fittings & Detail Parts
    Greetings, everyone: I’m looking for an online sources that offer fittings & detail parts, especially for modern
    tugboat
    s. I have Hobby Engine’s 1:36 scale Richardson
    tugboat
    which is already pretty well detailed, but I’d like to replace its two deckhouse life rings with better looking ones & add a few others in appropriate locations. I’m also looking for a life raft drum & a few other detail parts here & there. Most of all I’d like to find navigation lights for the mast. The housings can be most any material but the lenses must be clear. I’m going to remove all of the “dummy” navigation lights on the mast & replace them with LED-lighted ones. The boat came with working port & starboard sidelights so they won’t need to be replaced. I’ve got a dredging barge designed (in my head) to use as a companion for tug. I’ve got all of the basic materials stockpiled for the barge itself plus a nice lattice boom crane for the dredge. I found a beautiful metal clamshell bucket that’s a work of art to use with the crane, too. Although I could scratchbuild things bitts & bollards I’d consider buying some as a time saver. I’ll need portholes for the deckhouse, ventilators, etc. as well. I live in western Massachusetts which is a beautiful area but there aren’t any hobby shops nearby that stock ship fittings of any sort. I used to buy fittings from A.J. Fischer & Bliss Marine but they both went out of business a long time ago. I’ve found several online shops that sell ship kits & fittings but they’re mostly for small scale sailing vessels. I’d appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Pete
    9 months ago by Pete
    Forum
    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Thanks again, Doug. Am I correct in thinking that the circuit board in the pilot house is the only one on the boat? Does that one board include the receiver, speed control, sound & light functions & an output for the steering servo? For some reason I thought there was another board under the big hatch on the deck behind the pilot house. I haven’t been able to remove that hatch (yet) but I will. I want to familiarize myself with the entire boat, so I’ll have to get that hatch open. I thought it would pop up by pressing the square spring-loaded button but no luck. Later this morning I’ll pry it carefully with the same thin blade I used to get the pilot house roof off. I’m probably the only Hobby Engine
    tugboat
    owner on this site who hasn’t removed that hatch to see what’s inside. But that’ll change later today. Full speed ahead!
    10 months ago by Pete
    Forum
    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hi, Doug: You’ve been a busy man! I certainly appreciate your efforts & assistance. I haven’t removed the tug’s deck or the bottom cover of its pilot house to look at the circuit boards as yet but I’ll do it later on this morning. I’ve included a marked-up scan from the tug’s instruction booklet to show the transmitter’s current use of its function switches. I also suggested a way to add LED navigation lights to the mast (in two groups) & control them with two of the transmitter switches. Please let me know if the scan or my poor printing are unreadable & I’ll try again. The table below lists the factory-designed transmitter function switches & their original purpose. TABLE ONE - EXISTING CONFIGURATION Switch L2 - Controls (1) clear LED pilot house roof searchlight. Switch L3 - Controls (1) red LED port sidelight. Switch L4 - Controls (2) clear LED aft deck lights. Switch R2 - Controls (1) clear pilot house interior light*. Switch R3 - Controls (1) green LED starboard sidelight. Switch R4 - Controls the horn. *This appears to be an incandescent bulb. Table Two suggests a way of combining some of the existing functions with two groups of new mast LEDs, then using (2) of the existing transmitter switches to control them. For mast lights I’d like to add (1) yellow LED mast top anchor light, (3) clear LED forward-facing navigation lights (1) clear LED aft-facing navigation light & (1) clear LED aft-facing anchor light. TABLE TWO - MODIFIED CONFIGURATION Switch L2 - [No change] Switch L3 - Controls (1) red LED port sidelight, (1) green LED starboard sidelight, (1) aft-facing clear LED anchor light & (1) aft-facing clear LED navigation light. Switch L4 - [No change] Switch R2 - [No change] Switch R3 - Controls (1) yellow LED mast top light & (3) forward- facing clear LED navigation lights. Switch R4 - [No change] Even though an actual
    tugboat
    probably wouldn’t have all of her mast lights turned on together, I don’t mind if they’re all on at once on my tug. The modifications above result in having (4) LEDs controlled by Switch L3 & (4) LEDs controlled by Switch R3. if these changes are possible then adding the (6) new LEDs should be relatively easy, plus all lighting & the horn are still powered by the tug’s 7.2 volt battery. I plan to upgrade the battery to a much higher mAh rating to help offset the extra drain from the additional LEDs. Doug? if you’re still awake after reading this what are your thoughts? is my plan feasible? Thanks again for your help. Pete
    10 months ago by Pete
    Forum
    For you
    tugboat
    Enthusiasts
    Current name: PROTECTOR IMO: 9139828 Callsign: WCY2824 Here : http://www.shipspotting.com/ships/ship.php?imo=9139828 here here: http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?search_imo=9139828&search_category_1=10 and here: http://www.
    tugboat
    information.com/tug.cfm?id=1187
    10 months ago by Dampfgerd
    Forum
    For you
    tugboat
    Enthusiasts
    http://military.wikia.com/wiki/MGen._Nathanael_Greene-class_large_coastal_tugs Saw this
    tugboat
    today, but could not get up close.
    10 months ago by Ron
    Response
    Excelsior
    I'm mostly into
    tugboat
    s but this model you have is beautiful. It's also great to be carried away on detail.Good job.
    1 year ago by Donnieboy
    Forum
    Good reading material.
    Have just had todays mail, brave posty walked half a mile across fields to get to our hamlet. He brought my new book The Model
    tugboat
    Book. So gave him a hot chocolate with rum to fight his way back to his van. What a hero. Cheers Colin.
    1 year ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Prop shaft
    Hi Mark Yes it's been a while! Had to keep the house. The wife wasn't feeling well! She's doing much better know! I finally have a project I'm working on! It's the Brooklyn
    tugboat
    by Dumas. I ordered the Prop and shaft by Dumas 3 weeks ago. Still waiting for it! When I saw Doug, RNinMunich talking about shafts that's when I asked about them! I could've ordered somewhere else! Hi Doug! Thanks for the URL's, I will bookmark them!
    1 year ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    Brooklyn
    tugboat
    Hi Donnieboy, Sure is a great kit! it's not the fiberglass one like they had years ago. But I don't mind the ABS plastic. I find it easier to work with! I also built the Jersey City! guess you can say I collect 1:32 scale tugs. I built the San Pedro which is also 1:32 scale. Lots of fun to be had......
    1 year ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    Brooklyn
    tugboat
    Great kit.I've seen a couple that were built.Nobody had any problems with the build.One I did see had a barge alongside loaded with railcars on the tracks.
    1 year ago by Donnieboy
    Forum
    The hegi fairplay V
    tugboat
    If you Google search (other search engines are available)Ship finder Fairplay v this gives lots of info on its current whereabouts etc. also loads of pictures . Cheers Marky👍
    1 year ago by marky
    Response
    Chinese junk
    I’ve never seen such a motley crew ... other than on my
    tugboat
    . Photo to follow. Ha! in addition the Junk is really a sight to behold and enjoyed by members and the public alike.
    1 year ago by Baggie
    Response
    Ionia
    I agree too much weight at the bow. and you need to center the weight also! she's leaning to Starboard. I will agree less speed is better remember it's a
    tugboat
    not a Speedboat.
    1 year ago by figtree7nts
    Media
    Ionia
    The model was bought off eBay as a barely started kit from the 80s and was called Ontario. it was a basic model with no detail and so we decided to make it into a
    tugboat
    it had a huge resemblance with called Ionia.👍👍👍😊
    1 year ago by rcmodelboats
    Blog
    Sanson
    tugboat
    Just started my first timber model boat, will be converting it to radio controlled. Still waiting for some electronics, to turn up, motor, ESC, battery, then it will get serious. still have to source propeller and shaft when I find out motor shaft size. I've added a few photos of my barge I scratch built while waiting. It's Scotty scale and my little helper, Grandson Aiden, can't wait to see it in the water.
    1 year ago by CplScotty
    Forum
    What motor for my Sanson tug
    I need to get an electric motor and digital speed controller which gives it a realistic movement of an old steam Sanson
    tugboat
    , any ideas or tips would be appreciated. I will start a build blog soon.
    1 year ago by CplScotty
    Forum
    What paint type
    Hi Scotty Welcome to the site. Just had a look on the web about Sanson
    tugboat
    see pic. As you intend to allow the planking to show I suggest you use G4 Pond Sealer (Bondaglass Product) on your hull after you have sanded smooth to shape. You can also use on the inside. it's a polyurethane type so can be easily brush applied in thin coats and sets rock hard as well as being totally waterproof. You can overpaint if you carefully roughen the surface with wet and dry paper. Once the colour is dry and any decals applied you can apply a final coat of G4 over the whole hull and it will be protected against the odd knock etc. As Doug says acrylic is easy and pleasant to use for the upper works and can be sealed with acrylic clear lacquer, I find silk works best on a scale model. Sounds like an interesting project is it a kit? If you start a build blog we can watch your progress and you will be able to ask for help and advice as the build progresses. Please keep us posted on progress. Enjoy the build Dave
    2 years ago by Dave M
    Forum
    Tito neri
    Hi guys
    tugboat
    guy here I'm now going to with draw my Tito neri from this site as it cost almost as much to ship it from Canada to Europe as I'm asking for it which is a shame and makes it not worth while to you to buy. The cost is around ,1400-1500 Canadian. So sorry
    2 years ago by tugboatguy
    Forum
    Graupner Tito neri for sale
    Hi
    tugboat
    , just PMed you, Greetings, Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Graupner Tito neri for sale
    Will do
    tugboat
    , but I believe you have more chance with a taker in Canada. Shipping to Europe would be prohibitively expensive 🤔 Bon chance mon ami 😉 Pecker up! All the best, Doug
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Fairplay X - Plastic Magic! :-)
    A GRANDE RICHIESTA! as you asked me how I did it! it is very simple! ehm not so much but: you take the lobster (minipig submarine u16 new) take out delicately the pincers (the two motors) paying attention to isolate the cables for each motors, than take away from the body the fruit (the intere block including internal battery, receiver and jack to charge) than I substitued the two motor pillars of the original fairplay kit with the two mini sub pillars very similar in sembiance and proportions, painted than reconnect the cables of the two motors with tiny cable joint to the "fruit" fixed on the exact balanced centre of the ship hull (you can see by the photos: it is right between the two main internal hollow septs). You can use the front submarine lights to enlight the fairplay lower cabins. Take care it is a nonconventional very difficult and nerve raking work but with a little help (from my friends? Noo nobody here) from the lady luck instead you can obtain the result of a mad - merely responding to command - foolish steering - lovable
    tugboat
    . hope this pics can help (Excuse me but I sealed the fruit before fixing to the hull with a lot of electric tape and sealing paint to waterproof it! So I haven't images of it naked but it is a quite simple structure! 😱 P.S. Excuse for my neapolitan-deformed english I can't do better!
    2 years ago by saintsalvio
    Forum
    Aeronaut Pilot Boat
    Hi Tintin, My
    tugboat
    came out OK, She is complete now. but, I haven't put her in the water yet! as she has a small leak and I haven't found where from. That's another project I have to work on.
    2 years ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    Some sort of
    tugboat
    /cargo thingy
    Maybe you can make it look like an Oil Tanker of some kind. Or even a Freighter perhaps!
    2 years ago by figtree7nts
    Blog
    Some sort of
    tugboat
    /cargo thingy
    Well I have yet another old hull in the shed I have decided I will have to do something with. So Thinking maybe some sort of cargo ship. Or what ever it finally turns out to be... This time with all the superstructure at the stern.. The hull is an English type So could get away with the hull of a cargo ship anyway. So started the superstructure again using free plastic . and this is as Far as I have got to date.
    2 years ago by none
    Response
    Lady Anne
    Great job, for a scratch built model
    tugboat
    ! Can't wait to see her Maiden Voyage. I hope her water canon is functional?
    2 years ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Proboat Volere
    Thanks guys for your thoughts. I looked at the YouTube video and yes, that is the way I think it should run, with the bow lifted out of the water instead of plowing like a
    tugboat
    ! I looked at other videos and yep, there's the giant bow wave again. So I am wondering now if the one in the video is version 2. It's still too cold where I live, Pennsylvania, USA to run any boats. I do have a new prop on hand so I can try that first when the weather cooperates. Looking at the Proboat website, I saw two interesting new models. One is a PBR,(was showcased in film Apocalypse Now) that's not released yet. it is powered by twin water-jets. That is one that has been on my build list for a while. So now maybe I will just buy it. The website says it has operating lights and provision to make the forward turret rotate. Sounds good to me. The second is a race boat also powered by a water-jet. I am primarily a scale boat builder but I always wanted to give water-jet propulsion a try. Cheers
    2 years ago by Commodore-H


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