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MV TEAKWOOD by RHBaker Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 60 minutes ago
Hi Doug - she does have navigation lights and a working radar. Did not turn either on for the pictures, was so please to see her sail! The stepper has a maximum capacity of 3 amps. As am using a lightly loaded 500 size motor all seems well. Must get around the checking properly though. Would not want try a higher current draw.

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 6 hours ago
Hi, Doug: I’ve got a question about the resistors that’ll be needed for each of the six mast-mounted LED navigation lights. This may seem like a dumb question to an expert like you but please don’t laugh too hard. Anyway, do these resistors need to be installed as close as close as possible to the anode or can they be located some distance away, maybe as much as a foot or so? I don’t know yet what the value or physical size of the resistors will be but I’m pretty sure that the space inside the Richardson’s mast isn’t large enough to house the wiring for the LEDs & the resistors, too. If they can be installed farther away, I was thinking I could put the six resistors on a small board & install it inside the large cabin under the pilot house. When resistors are used in LED circuits do they get warm or even hot? If so, I can open up the dummy rectangular portholes & install black fine-mesh nylon screens in the openings. If heat isn’t a concern then I won’t sweat it (bad pun there, sorry). The hardest part of my project will probably be finding a good online source for the various electronic parts I’ll need. There used to be a great electronics supply store about two miles from my home. Coincidentally, that store was less than a block up the street from a hobby shop where I did business for almost fifty years. Now both stores are long gone. Sniff.

David Metcalfs Waveney - "The Scout" by Flack Admiral   Posted: 6 days ago
For sale is my 1/12th scale model of the Waveney Lifeboat - "The Scout" Kit produced by David Metcalf. Built to a good standard with an array of working features: Working radar controlled through a voltage reducer Navigation lights, mast lights, front and rear searchlights, flashing blue light and well lights all controlled by an Action Electronics P62 quad switcher. The flashing effect of the blue light is controlled by an Action ElectronicsP73 multi flasher. Powered by two Turnigy 3542/5 1250kv brushless outrunners controlled by two Fusion Hawk 60amp electronic speeed controllers. Fitted with Raboesch propshafts and 3 bladed brass left and right handed propellors. Batteries and radios are not included in the sale. The model is available for pick up only with cash on collection from Stafford ST16 which is approximately 1/2 mile from Junction 14 of the M6 motorway. Price £700 ovno

Fittings & Detail Parts by pittsfieldpete Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 7 days ago
Greetings, everyone: I’m looking for an online sources that offer fittings & detail parts, especially for modern tugboats. 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

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 8 days ago
Wow! Hobby Engine’s tugs are nearly identical to the WYEFORCE. In fact, as you mentioned in one of your prior posts, the Southampton’s color scheme is very similar to the WYEFORCE as well. I measured the OAL of my Richardson & it comes up a little bit short of the “advertised” length of 22”. It actually measures 21-3/8” or 1.781’ [0.543m]. Using the inverse of 1:36 yields the OAL of the full-size boat: 1.781’ x 36 = 64.12’ [19.54m], which is 1.12’ [0.34m] longer than the 19.2m OAL stated for the WYEFORCE on The length difference isn’t surprising because the “as-built” dimensions of fabricated steel ships, boats, barges, etc. can vary quite a bit from the original engineering design. The length stated for the WYEFORCE could be an estimate or events like ECOs (engineering change orders), field alterations & damage repairs could have affected the full-size tug’s OAL. In my 35 years as a mechanical/industrial designer I frequently dealt with machinery that varied from planned dimensions. I’m not a rivet counter & I doubt that most R/C boaters are either. It’s all about having fun, right? If the model looks right, it is right. Enough said.

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 days ago
That's about right take a look at the real Wyeforce! Guess 22" is where they thought the model should be at!

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 10 days ago
Hey, Guys: Do you know if this model is scaled from a real boat? There are photos-aplenty on the web of full-size boats that are similar to Hobby Engine’s design but I haven’t seen any that match 100%. At 1:36 scale & 22” (1.833’) OAL that means a full-size Atlantic/Richardson/Southampton would be 66’ long. That’s about right for a small harbor tug.

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
Hi Both, All the mouldings look identical to the Southampton and Richardson. The hull and stand are the same as my 'Southampton', the superstructure the same as the Richardson?, but with a red roof😆? Maybe they ran out of grey and white plastic 😁

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
Hi Pete, Not sure why the name plate says Southampton. I've never seen the Atlantic before! The controller that you see is the 27mhz unit I know I have one in my spare parts bin!

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 10 days ago
Hi, Doug: This morning while I was browsing (the site I bought my Richardson from) I stumbled upon another iteration of the tug called “Atlantic” (photos attached). I don’t remember seeing this version on the site back when I chose the Richardson. The overview photo shows a transmitter that’s different from mine; something other than 2.4ghz maybe? The display base has the name “Southampton” on it which adds to the confusion. I wonder if Hobby Engine any other boats besides the Atlantic/Richardson/Southampton trio & their assorted options or if there are others? Pete

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Thanks Pete👍 The row of 220 Ohm SMD resistors give a very good clue! My 67 year old eyes let my Sony Cybershot take the strain 😉 Get back to you soon. It's sack time here in Munich now. "ZZZZZZZZZZZZ" CU. Ciao, Doug 😎

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 12 days ago
Hey, Doug: I feel like I have both eyes in the same socket. It’s hard on my 58 year old vision taking pictures of things so close to my face. Anyway, here are 4 photos of the board. I couldn’t get all of the connection point labels in one picture but I got them all in detail shots as you’ll see. Board-01: Overall view of the board, “North” is at the top. Board-02: “Northeast” corner. Board-03: “East” edge. All of the labels are letters. Board-04: “Southeast” corner. There aren’t any connections on the “West” edge. Please let me know if you need additional or better shots. Thanks.

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Tell me about it John😲😉 I got fed up with hunting for the dud bulbs in the chains year after year. So threw 'em all out a few years ago and replaced with LED chains and icicles and snow showers and ..... Anyone need a batch of spare Chrimbo tree blubs!?😁

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Well done sorting that out.Just to clear one point ref fusible bulbs. They are used in Chrimbo tree lights are clear and have a white painted tip. It's not a fuse that lights but a bulb that is fusible.Odd but it works. I used to buy a pack of 4 at a time from Woolies. They weren't all the same either.It could take ages to read the packages to find the right ones. I ended up with loads of different ones It was the go to bulb if the lights failed.🤓👍

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Evenin' Both, Pete, you're right about the hatch, in the instructions (or mine at least with the old 40MHz version) they warn you to leave the hatch loose when not using the boat. Otherwise it sticks to the foam gasket. Just like yours did 😉 During the upgrade of my 40MHz Southampton I will remove that over-engineered catch and use neodymium magnets in the corners instead. That gives more 'headroom' to fit a decent sized NiMh battery underneath 😊 And yes there are 3 different versions of this boat, whereby Richardson and Southampton are identical apart from name and 'paint job'. 27 and 40 MHz with no frills and the modern 2.4GHz version with bells and whistles. Well, lights and smoke anyway 😊 Makes a change from Smoke and Mirrors eh? 😁 So between the 3 of us we represent all 3 generations!!! According to my manual the foam is there to absorb moisture that might ingress through stuffing tubes or hatches so full marks to Pete 👍 Re different RC frequencies, as a ex Radio and naval COMMS engineer: 27MHz and 40MHz have inherently longer range and better water penetration, which is why I still have such sets for my submarines. 2.4GHz is strictly Line of Sight only, which is one reason why they first gained popularity with the 'Fly Boys'. 2.4Gig waves also bounce off water or are absorbed by it, so it's useless for subs😭 The other reason is that they use a frequency hopping (FH) technique which makes them virtually immune to interference 😊 Although I have yet to find a set that hops over the full 85 frequencies available. Most seem to only use 16 or so🤔 Limited bandwidth at the RX !? As with all FH radio systems 2.4Gig RC sets also use a binding technique so that the RX recognises the 'signature', i.e- hop sequence, of it's own TX and ignores others. Mostly anyway 😉 Here endeth the 99th Epistle of Admiral Doug 😁 Main thing is, enjoy the 'fiddlin aboot' and even more so the sailing, as my German colleagues say; "I wish you always a hand's breadth of water under your keel". Cheers Doug 😎