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>> Home > Tags > tugs

Success by Trillium Commander   Posted: 4 days ago
Maybe you can answer a question about these tugs for me. The plan I have shows large washports in the bulwarks. On all the pictures I have seen it is very difficult to make them out. So my question is, where these tugs built without them, or did they have hinged covers which were tight fitting, or some other arrangement? Too late to make changes to my model, so this is simply out of curiosity.

Al Khubar 2 by Welshsailor Seaman   Posted: 12 days ago
[Score: 8/10] 30"/8000g Al Khubar 2 Capable of 4mph and a runtime of 120mins Twin Propellors (4 Blade 50mm) Geared to a Torpedo 500 (4 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (6v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Action Electronics P94 combined twin controller/mixer unit ESC - Comments: This is a Model Slipway kit, of one of 3 actual tugs produced in 1976 which worked in the Middle East. Numbers 1 and 2 were sunk during the Gulf War. Number 3 has been converted for dredging work in the UK and still in use under name of Flatholm.

How many is to Many by Helineil Petty Officer   Posted: 2 months ago
I have two sailing boats, two tugs, one trawler,one pilot boat, one speedboat all working. Restoring one robbe dusseldorf, building one tamar lifeboat,helping my son with a 48" perkasa and I have two lesro fire tenders waiting to be restored and a steam launch to build and now I am wondering why I keep looking at other boats and dreaming. Good job my wife understands, I just can't help myself!

Billings Juno tug by sonar Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Does it have to be the Juno ? There are quite a few tugs very similar here

Possible Motors for Large Scale Tug by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi raginghalfasian I see you are in the USA. The motor you mention looks pretty good but the real question is will it have the Tork to dive your props. Given their usage I suspect they will. If you buy one you can test and if OK buy another. As Mark says in the UK we can source car heater blower motors from local scrap yards and they do work very well in Tugs and can turn big props. If you have such an outlet near it may be worth a visit (take some tools) to see what is available. Sonar uses similar motors from a German supplier but I am sure there will be similar in the USA. When Figtree wakes up he may have some useful input as he is States based. Good luck with your search and please keep us posted with your eventual choice Dave

3 Footer on a very rare outing by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Paul, tugs are short an' fat, destroyers and subs are long and thin! The ratio refers to the length overall divided by the maximum beam. Basically the higher this ratio the faster the hull will move for the same power input! 😊 Snag, the higher the ratio the more it rolls - ask any old destroyer driver 😉 cheers 😎 Doug

3 Footer on a very rare outing by Westquay Captain   Posted: 2 months ago
Dave, I'm not sure what your point is. I know all that stuff about Crash Tenders and I also know that 28 knots really isn't that quick! Lifting the front third (just) clear of the waves isn't saying much compared to a full on plane. It's all academic as almost nobody gives a stuff about scale speeds. Belt your MTBs around like demented ducks, but it looks stupid on a Crash Tender, as it does on tugs and warships that are too fast as well. Indeed, most people use speedboats too fast as well. Martin

Miss Geico 29" by BOATSHED Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Martin (Westquay),I have seen the yacht's on Clapham Common Long Pond But sadly I don't seem to find them at all interesting. The same with thing's like Tugs and barges. I started when my dad and mum bought me an Areokits RAF Crash Tender for my ninth birthday. Rather than ruin the kit, my dad got me to draw round all the parts on old tea chests that he had got hold of and broke up. In all we built seven of them. For my Christmas present that year they got me a ED Hunter 3.46 cc diesel engine. They couldn't afford r/c so when my real one was finished it was fun as a kid to watch it go round and round until it arrived on the other side of Blackheath Pond. Or send it in a straight line and catch it on the other side. I have just seemed to progress from there and it just seem's to be addictive to try to get more speed. I do have some that are not as fast but still quite quick. I don't go for scale speed just speed. I have put 10cc engines in things that were meant for 7.5cc. With great success. The way I look at things is if we were all to think the same it would be a boring old world. I'm not into sports other than fishing and shooting,where as I have one 43 year old son that is football mad, and one 45 year old son that is into fishing and R/C quadcopters. I don't knock anyone's likes and dislikes as that's the way of he world. I know you are NOT putting my boat down, you probably don't see power boats in the same way. I have tried to get more speed from a brand new Webra 61 by adding too much extra nitro into the fuel and bending the conrod and having it break into pieces. Stupid I suppose but that's just me. I now love these brushless motors as they are so fast. I am just a speed junkie. Who know's when I get a bit older I might just try out a yacht, but I'm only 66 and still wan't more speed. I have Just got myself a Graupner Rhode Island F1 tunnel hull with a brushless outboard and I'm hoping it goes even faster than this Miss Geico. that's just me for you. To each his own. Sorry to have gone on too long. any way have you posted any video of your yachts on here.

And now it is ESC time by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi Sonar I have been building electronics for many years as a hobby so am speaking from experience. The circuits you mention are for Forward only so may not suit if you require reverse. As it happens I am repairing an Electronize VR ESC and there are two large Schottky diodes protecting the MOSFET. The motors seem to be designed for industrial use and are very similar to car heater fan motors which I have used in my model tugs and damaged the MOSFETs in the ESC. Not all motors have multiple poles, which appear to be the main culprits. If you have a problem at least you can go back to the supplier and ask for your money back. I am sure Engel is perfectly legitimate and provides a good and efficient service and I agree that PayPay is a secure payment method. However the site connection is insecure and any personal or financial details you provide on line to the website be it for card or PayPal will be visible to anyone to intercept. The https in their address is incorrect and could well lead you to believe the connection was secure. I think Doug has identified the motor manufacturer and the motors may be end of line stock being sold by Engel. It certainly looks an impressive motor. Dave

Planking by Westquay Captain   Posted: 3 months ago
It isn't exactly easy, no. You need to put some effort in and then it's pretty obvious. Cornflake packets are great pattern material. Cut a plank and work out the shape, then transfer to the model in wood. Very satisfying, but I thought most tugs were metal rather than wooden. Martin

Coalville Model Boat Show by NeilHodson Lieutenant   Posted: 4 months ago
Tomorrow sees GVMBC exhibit at our first National Show. Previously we have exhibited at local events and Village fetes and tomorrow we step up a gear. We're bringing about 30 boats including Yachts, Grey-boats and Tugs from 17 inches to 8 feet in length. If you're attending, come and say hello to us as we'll be feeling a bit nervous.

Alternative motors by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Hi Sonar Used to be very popular with the model Tug fraternity. I had two in my Eldergarth (4') and they worked fine. They are able to turn large coarse bladed props with ease and do not normally require any cooling. I used a couple of Electronize ESC's but any 20/30 amp make should be OK. They are not fast revving so most suited to Tugs, workboats, cargo vessels and fishing boats. If you have a fast boat they would not be suitable. Weight may also be a problem in smaller models

New to the forum by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi Sonar Welcome to the site. I suspect many have started models that never quite got finished so you are not alone in that respect. There is a wealth of knowledge and advice on the site so if you do get stuck help is freely available. Are you still interested in tugs or have you another model in mind? If you are still considering it may be helpful to say what model and see if others have already built a similar vessel and how they found the build. Dave

Perkasa 49 inch by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Very tidy boat and nice Captain's POV 👍 Next step cam rotation? Limit switches or servo with travel extension ? After that telemetry with video back to base ?? Some sets have a good 5.8Gig back channel for this. I recently bought the Toshiba Sport camera, with a waterproof case, so I might try it on my 107cm 1:72 Type IIA U26 ! Plug in mount instead of the 88 on the foredeck. For rescue I have the Tug Southampton, bought RTR and modified slightly so I can at least push home. Not easy with long thin ships like my destroyer so thinking of a steel plate on the bow and a neodym magnet on the tugs winch 😎

For sale ww2 corvette class by Nev01 Seaman   Posted: 5 months ago
This is a beautifully made large model it has been made with the very best loving skills, the detail is second to none done to the very best , the boat is ready to sail all that is needed is a compatible receiver , it comes compete with battery. Genuine reason for sale this was taken in part exchange for a lifeboat i had , but iam not into war ships i prefer tugs, fishing boats. First to see will buy it is a top spec boat in fantastic condition. Dimensions are - Length 63ins Beam 11ins Height 25 to top of mast Any viewing welcome ! DUE TO THE SIZE THIS IS CASH ON COLLECTION ONLY ! £350 ono Any questions please contact me thankyou ! OPEN TO DECENT OFFERS PLEASE CONTACT ME THANKYOU