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Fittings & Detail Parts by pittsfieldpete Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 5 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: 11 days ago
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!

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 14 days ago
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

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 22 days ago
Hi, everyone: I have a Hobby Engine Richardson Tugboat that I’m about 98% happy with just as it came out of the box. The 2% that I’d like to add would be to rebuild the main mast & replace the “dummy” mast-mounted navigation lights with LEDs. The mast has a partially open back with molded-on ladder rungs. I plan to use the open area for wiring, then add a back cover & bent wire rungs. The boat has working red & green sidelights, working rear deck area floodlights, a working searchlight on the pilot house roof & working pilot house interior lighting. Each of the “white” lights have individual on & off function switches on the transmitter, which is excellent. But for some odd reason the red & green sidelights are turned on & off separately. Ideally, what I would like to do is combine the sidelights so they switch on & off together with one transmitter switch & use the now “spare” transmitter switch to turn the new mast-mounted “white” lights on & off. I realize my plan may not be possible but I really would like my idea to work. Note that the tug has a short mast attached to the aft pilot house railing. This mast has two dummy navigation lights & the main mast has three. I plan to remove the short mast & add two aft-facing lights to the main mast. I’ll need help with wiring power correctly for the five new LEDs. I’d like to tap into the boat’s 7.2 volt battery power, but it might be best to add a separate battery box. I’d really appreciate ideas. Can anyone offer advice about my project? Is it feasible to do or should I leave well enough alone? Thanks.

For you Tugboat Enthusiasts by Dampfgerd Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 1 month ago
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For you Tugboat Enthusiasts by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago Saw this Tugboat today, but could not get up close.

bugsier 3 by Jmeijer4 Seaman   Posted: 3 months ago
[Score: 5/10] - Comments: This is a tugboat. Je can see them in Harbours of Germany.

Excelsior by Donnieboy Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
I'm mostly into tugboats but this model you have is beautiful. It's also great to be carried away on detail.Good job.

Good reading material. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
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.

Prop shaft by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
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!

Brooklyn Tugboat by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
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......

Brooklyn Tugboat by Donnieboy Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
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.

Brooklyn Tugboat by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
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!

The hegi fairplay V tugboat by marky Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
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👍

The hegi fairplay V tugboat by QueenofPain Apprentice   Posted: 5 months ago
i acquired a tugboat the Hegi “FairPlay V” tugboat. I have all parts and original plans as if it was purchased yesterday. I can’t find and info on this tug online. Was wondering if anyone can tell me about this “FairPlay V” ? What’s its worth? Why can’t I find this model anywhere? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you