Cookies used in this website are gluten free, wheat free and dairy free. By using this website you agree to our use of cookies. More Info
Login Below
Join Us On Social Media!
Get The Model Boats App!
Apple App Store
Android app on Google Play

Help Support This Website
or enter custom amount

(Non Contributor)

Help support this free
website and donate.

£285 a year is needed to keep the website and apps online. Please consider donating £5 or more to help towards these fees.
All donations are securely managed through PayPal. Amounts donated are not published online.

Many thanks for your kind support.

Model Boats Website Team

Donation History
September 2017: 11 people
August 2017: 10 people
July 2017: 16 people
June 2017: 8 people
May 2017: 8 people
April 2017: 23 people
March 2017: 9 people
February 2017: 12 people
January 2017: 3 people

Unique Visitors This Month

Website Members

Terms and Conditions
Privacy Policy

Model Boats Website
Active Users (23)
Login or Register
To Remove This Ad

Login or Register
To Remove This Ad
>> Home > Tags > tugs

Hobby Engine Richardson Upgrade by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 day ago
Hi there NP. Where do you want to start, I have converted several Richardson / Southampton, tugs. The first thing is do you want independant motor control, not found that i made a deal of difference, I now fit 1 ESC for both motors. Sound, when sailing you can't hear it, you can't hear most sound systems more than a few yards out, can be fixed but heavy so be careful, Smoke, in reality, smoke shows that the engines or injectors need servicing, on the model, try a computer cooling fan, the small ones to blow the smoke up the funnels. Better radio system, YES, which one your choice, but by a 6 or more channel system. Battery, a 7.2v buggy type NmHi pack will fit under the stern hatch, (just) or in place of the smaller battery under the front hatch, weight is not a problem, just get the balance right. I have altered the control cabin on 2 of my models, moved forward to the edge of the lower cabin, removing the steps down to the deck, also repositioning the funnels into different locations, ! model further back and the other the funnels were cut down and fitted to the top of the air intake casings, with a firefighting gantry across the top of them. In short, TX / RX upgrade, ESC, single or twin, 3300mah Battery last for hours, anything else, up to you. Hope this gives you some ideas. PS when cutting the wiring keep the motor wires as long as possible, i cheated and fitted the battery leads with a Mini Tamiya / Standard Tamiya converter Regards Mark

J R MORE by RoyLorentz Petty Officer   Posted: 11 days ago
[Score: 9/10] 30" J R MORE Capable of 4mph and a runtime of 120mins Twin Propellors (4 Blade 45mm) Geared to a 2XDECAPERMS (4 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through 2X ELECTRONISE ESC - Comments: 1:48 SCALE Model of a Steam powered oil burning harbour tug built for South African Railways & Harbours in Scotland in 1960.Last of steam powered tugs built by Fergusons for South Africa.Decommisioned in 1982 and now on permanent display at the Maritime Museum in Durban,South Africa.

WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE by RoyLorentz Petty Officer   Posted: 11 days ago
[Score: 10/10] 48" WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 120mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 80mm) Geared to a DECAPERM (4 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through ELECTRONISE ESC - Comments: 1:67 Model of a Salvage Tug built for SAFMARINE in Leith,Scotland in 1975.Sister ship to the JOHN ROSS also built in 1975 in South Africa.At the time of commisioning were the 2 most powerful tugs in the world (23,000 IHP)Bollard Pull 205 ton.Wolraad Woltemade scrapped prematurely in 2010.

Al Khubar 2 by Welshsailor Petty Officer   Posted: 21 days ago
[Score: 9/10] 28"/10000g Al Khubar 2 Capable of 3mph 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 - Comments: This is a Model Slipway kit of a series of 3 tugs built in 1976. In 1977 she struck a submerged object and sank but was subsequently salvaged. Last known Lloyds record was in 2002 being operated by Grandi Lavori – Fincosit S.p.a. Genova. Al Khubar 1 was destroyed in 1990 in the Iraq/Kuwait conflict. Al Khubar 3 is still operating, having been convered to tug/dredger working under the name of Flat Holm.

1:50 figures by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Liam, I just noticed your thread about 1:50 scale figures! I use these guys on my tugs! mine are 1:32. Maybe you can repaint to what your needs are.

What motor have I got? by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Not Quite Doug but I have a box full of motors from various sources. Mostly use Brushless nowadays as I suspect many do, but there is nothing wrong with the brushed motors and I do have many boats that run flawlessly on brushed, and in my opinion are more controllable, certainly for scale models. I once worked for a firm that stripped old computers and acquired several beautiful 24v brushed motors some with precision gearboxes. Average current draw is less than 100 Mamps. Needless to say they are German made but I have some earlier US made motors again from mainframe computers that run from 1.5 v to 24v. The tork is so great that at 12v you can't stall the motor with your fingers, but you will burn them! We used them in model tugs with 2" props. Happy days Dave

Success by Trillium Commander   Posted: 2 months 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.

How many is to Many by Helineil Petty Officer   Posted: 4 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 none Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 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: 4 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: 4 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: 4 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: 5 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: 5 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: 5 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