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20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 4 by boaty Captain   Posted: 9 minutes ago
You're doing a grand job there. I admire your dedication as you are so thorough in getting it right. Keep up the good work and the finished product will be a credit to you. Its an inspiration for me which I will have in mind when I start my next project. Boaty😁😊

Hobby Engine Factory Tug Motors by pittsfieldpete Lieutenant   Posted: 14 hours ago
Hello: I have a Hobby Engine “premium” 2.4GHz “Richardson” tug. This boat is identical mechanically to the “Southampton” tug. I’ve read many posts on the forum having to do with replacing the factory-installed motor/gearbox unit with two separate motors mounted side by side. Personally I’m happy with the factory drive setup; it’s quite powerful & it runs smoothly. The reduction gearing is a bit noisy, but my boat is new & will likely quiet down with use. I have two requests for those who have removed the factory drive unit & replaced it with separate motors: 1. If you’ve still got your factory drive unit & have taken it apart out of curiosity, if possible will you please post photos of the internal parts? I’m interested in seeing what’s inside the housing & how the gearing is set up. 2. Along the same vein, I’d like to acquire a spare factory drive to have on hand, just in case. If you have a complete, working drive unit that you’d consider offering for sale, please send a PM to me & let me know what you would want for a price. Thanks very much. Pete

20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 10 by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 21 hours ago
Tidy work CB 👍 but an odd way of doing it!? 😲 You'll end up with a series of kinks instead of smooth curves, especially at the bow. Like I discovered in the PTB I'm renovating. See pics. Yep 'You CAN 🤔see the join'! Good luck, Doug

20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 10 by CB90 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 hours ago
Putting on the bottom skin of 0.8mm birch ply, in ever diminishing lengths. I changed my glue from PVA (502) to Gorilla glue.

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Lieutenant   Posted: 7 days ago
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 tugboats 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 tugboats 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 misled 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

Southampton Tug Boat by NPJ Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
I assume you have moved on from the above. How did it go? Cheers. NPJ

Italeri P.T 109 by boaty Captain   Posted: 12 days ago
I bought an Italeri PT109 kit in 2011. It took 4 months to build as I had other projects on at the time. I notices the high quality of the parts, especially the hull and the actual paint finish was very easy due to it being plastic and got the nearest colour match by using Humbrol spray acrylic of Grass Green with Regency Red acrylic for the waterline and below. Difficult decision was as to build as a triple screw to maintain scale or go for the single screw. I eventually went for the latter with just one rudder. Power was by a 480 brushed flight motor with a 30 amp esc which was a bit over the top as power was by a 2200mAh 2S Lipo but the esc was the only one they had in the shop. Getting the motor installed was very straight forward as it was done before the deck was fitted but I had to make the aft cabin detachable for access to taking the battery in and out and also lubricating the propshaft .The boat performed well at scale speed but got slightly out of shape when full power was applied, appearing more as a fast electric. Overall the boat was ideal for smaller ponds (providing it was not running flat out). The outcome was a well detailed model that appeared like the real thing on the water but I would not recommend sailing it in rough conditions.. Boaty😁

20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 9 by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 days ago
Just when you think you've seen everything - up pops a boat with airscrew spinners ! 😲 But a good idea to use 'em as fan spinners👍 Nice work mate, Cheers Doug 😎 PS Looking at the first pic before expanding it I thought you were trying to build a 'Hover-chair' 😁😁

20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 9 by CB90 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
Installed the three out-runner motors, I hope I never have to replace them. They have rubber mounting washers and nylock nuts and spring washers in M3. They are about half inch apart took a few hours to install with full access as currently boat has not been skinned. I hope to add small fans to the prop hubs to keep them cool Now have received the rudders and water scoops. they will be installed after the bottom skins are on.

Brass bashin' Chris Craft deck fittings... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 27 days ago
I also enjoy restorations, Colin...just as much. Every challenge is different. This Chris Craft is a restoration of an Aerokits Sea Urchin that cost me all of 99p. on ebay! But then i thought it would be better made up as a single cockpit smaller runabout, hence the Chris Craft with the steeply tumblehomed stern. My son has an Aerokits PTB and my other son has a Sea Rover. I also have a Sea Urchin and a Veron Veronica yacht, so yes, I do like the restoration of old items. I have a pre War Marblehead in the loft too! I've never been interested in the big ships and service vessels. Only inshore sailing fishing boats and classic speedboats. If I can help you out with any info or techniques, let me know. I have a lot of books on woodies and years as a professional modelmaker to call upon. Cheers, Martin

Brass bashin' Chris Craft deck fittings... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 27 days ago
Colin, these are to fit in with my Chris Craft, which is roughly 1/8th scale, so they just look right. I don't have any dimensions as there are no Chris Craft Special Race Boats in Britain. Not that anyone would dare to question you anyway as nobody gives a toss about classic speedboats over here. We never had those types of boats. The Thames had one or two nice Brookes and slipper launches, but our attempts at speed were never as elegant as the Yanks and were all a bit boxy and unembelished and generally sat upon by authorities who didn't like speed, except at Windermere and Oulton Broad and they were mainly outboard powered with one or two exceptions in aluminium, and paint. Mahogany was strictly for furniture for the English. I will get all these bits cast and will have spares, so if you need any that are among my bits, just holler and I'll see what I can do. May have to charge for metal weight, but that's about it, as I will have to pay for that, even if I can get the bits squeezed in other peoples' moulds. I reckon you could use these on a 1/12th scale model without any doubt being caused. Most boats used two of those vents. A couple of cleats, a light/cum staff holder and screen supports, which I'm also doing but haven't got a picture of. That will comprise left and right, short and central, longer. The glass will slide in cast in grooves. A filler and steering wheel and instruments finish it off. Can't do a bow piece as they are all different and must fit the boat exactly. That's down to you and you can only foil that for the chrome look. Just wait till I have to do some of these! Ain't they gorgeous? Cheers, Martin

PT 109 upgrade? by masterfixer Seaman   Posted: 1 month ago
Hello everyone. I have recently completed a lovely Dumas PT109 which I began almost 30 years ago. I finally had time to complete the superstrucure! I really enjoyed the finished boat! The problem is that the old motors (3) make much too much noise and draw too much power. I would appreciate advice on installing the most prototypical, and quiet "engine room" as I have also installed a very nice modelsoundsinc 3 diesel engine sound! Cheers!!

20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 7 by CB90 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi RNinMunich, Should not be too bad as will cut ply slit/profile from tubes to the transom then reinforce inside under rudder compartment. rest of the tubes length are already supported. I really wanted to make sure the motors and shafts were in excellent alinement, and being able to see through the hull is a good advantage. (note. do not have facilities to make alignment tools). In previous models I have left it towards the end of the build to fix motors couplings and have found alinement to be a bit difficult, especially on smaller boats.

ELCO 80ft PT boat Jumping the gun by CB90 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Sorry about delay in reply, Yes I did buy them from Amazon : big Un =£17.17 Little Un £11.82 https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B075XCSNDS/ref=oh_aui_de... https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B075XJ1MRL/ref=oh_aui_de... Paste above into browser Next purchase shown in picture brought three of them a bit OTT

20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 8 by CB90 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Added the three motor mounts and reinforcements, predrilled mounting holes and shaft exit before fixing into position. Used a long shaft and a dab of paint on the end of it, to mark the points of the motor positions, the use a small right-angle to angle to set the mount 90 degrees to the shaft. Now waiting for some nuts, bolts, spacers and washers Thanks Roy