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>> Home > Tags > tugs

Bustler class tug by bugler Petty Officer   Posted: 13 days ago
I jave the general arrangement plan of the Bustler class tug, but I do not have the lines plan. I am aware that these can be purchaed togther for about £14. I am not aware of how good they are, the GA that I have is original supplied from the builders archive many years ago. I have dealt with the Universit of Glasgow previously for plans, they hold the vast majority from the Scottish Shipyards and the North East, but I found they are quite expensive even for digital copies. If you search the Model Boats plans and then tugs, they are listed there. Otherwise try the Uni of Glasgow, they are extremely helpful but expensive. I would copy my GA plan for you if I had the facilities, my nearest big copier machine is a couple of hours away. Best wishes

Bustler class tug by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
Bon chance mon ami 👍 style='background-color:yellow;'>tugs/ Pic shows Bustler and Samsonia Ciao, Doug 😎

So, why not woodies?... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 17 days ago
Hi all, a coffee break question for you all. You will know me if you know me at all as a lover of the woodie, the mahogany hotrod, the classic speedboat. And I wonder why they are so very rarely modelled. There are plenty of plans for them and a few kits which can be made straight or converted into others. They are well documented on the 'net. There are some wonderful books about them (most of which I have!). Yet where are they all? Surely they are more fun to fling round a pond than some old tanker/coaster. I realise tugs can be made to erm...tug, if the rest of the equipment is available, but it rarely seems to be. Does the glamour of a highly varnished wooden or painted finish with chrome fittings not appeal? Does the average smallness of the classic speedboat not make for easy transport? Not a criticism, just a ponder, but some response would be appreciated. Cheers, Martin

'All Aboard' ;-) by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 18 days ago
Pier 16 rang a bell from somewhere, probably a documentary on New York I've seen. Or maybe even you mentioned it when you wrote about your experiences on New York tugs!?

Aerokits MTB, what is it?... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 24 days ago
Great, thanks, Doug. I can't open those pdfs, though. Not something I usually have problems with. But the pics. will be handy. Due to the extreme heat changing to rain, I'm still in the workshop, so am getting on with the Spitfire kneeler hydro. It's built to 152VO rules, but I shall never race it as these guys don't come to England. Alas, they are mainly in the bits of Germany I started working in back in 1997 and who can blame them for not coming to Britain, land of tugs and tankers! Can we get at those pdfs? Martin

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 29 days ago
That's the diagram I have been working to Pete, Was also surprised to hear red for the anchor light, but Ed has worked on tugs!? Your boat, your choice! Cheers and G'night All, Doug

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Lieutenant   Posted: 1 month ago
Hello, Doug: Are you doing OK? I sincerely hope so. 🙏🏼 Three questions have come up as a result of my searches on MB for information about & photos of Hobby Engine’s various tugs. First, when you have the time, will you please look at the wires that run from the circuit board up to the pilot house LEDs & ceiling light & let me know what gauge you think they are? I’ll need to get wire of the same gauge for my LED mast lighht connections, (assuming it can be done at all). Second, I would like to get a new 7.2V battery with a much higher amp-hour rating. Can I simply get a higher capacity battery & charger to do this as long as I stay with 7.2v? Last, the factory motors in the HE tugs seem to be quite robust & powerful. Why does it seem like most boaters can’t wait to replace them? Thanks, Pete

Which motor by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Neil, I use MFA/ComoDrill Torpedo 500. On my Tugs and they have enough power! I use the 2.5:1 g/box at 12 volts. It gives about 13350 rpm's Cheers, Ed

Fun Run by Donnieboy Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Enjoyable day.Light rain but lovely weather.Members from Kawartha Marine Modellers,Confederation Marine Modellers and Metro Marine Modellers attended.Wide variety of boats.Had BBQ afterwards.There is a couple of pictures of Springer tugs for people to have an idea what to do to theirs.

17-28 Torbay Severn Lifeboat by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Weedman, there are several of us on the site who have upgraded or are upgrading Southampton and Richardson (same thing - different name and colour scheme!) tugs. Look for NPJ's Southampton thread, or just use the site Search function to look for 'Southampton or Richardson. The secrets you are looking for are there😉👍 Cheers, Doug 😎

17-28 Torbay Severn Lifeboat by Weedman Seaman   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Donnieboy, Nice video. Given me inspiration to make some of my own, never really gave it a thought until now. Hi Lesfac, What you said is correct. If you are intending to race around as fast as you can, even entering races at meets within your Club, then brushless motors are the best. I myself use both types. Brushless for speed in my Offshore, Catamaran, Rigger and all Vee shaped hulls but in my Dumas American Beauty Mississippi River Towboat (Jesus, that's a mouthful)and Joffre Tyne Tug then I use standard motors because they are not designed to race around but plod along. I also have a Southampton Tug which together with the Joffre are and will be used for their intended purposes. I am right now waiting for anyone to give me some advice on how to dismatel the Southampton so I can upgrade the RC equipment together with the batteries. I will however continue to use standard motors all be it, of a higher power for a Tugs daily job.

Fittings & Detail Parts by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Pete, "Moorhens — sometimes called marsh hens — are medium-sized water birds that are members of the rail family (Rallidae)." Good ol' Wiki😉 When they are young they are much smaller, brown and fluffy. You often see up to six of 'em in 'convoy' behind Mum 😁 Maybe they have a different 'handle' in N America? 'Marsh Hens' perhaps? I guess plastic / PTFE is OK, after all as you say, the Tugs are not exactly Sea Greyhounds so they ain't under much stress😉 I never guessed either😲 Re humble pie! Ask the Missus to top it with Lemon meringue, delicious 😜 Crow with Sage & Onion stuffing perhaps!? Anyway we all had to start somewhere as well😉 More soon, am currently stripping the hull of my 28" Elco PTB, prior to repainting in Pacific camouflage as PT109😲 Cheers, Doug 😎 PS: YOOHOO! The new ESCs for the PTB just arrived 😊 HobbyKing HK-30A, 30A cont. complete with finned heat-sink and fan connection, $10.29 a chunk. Can't grumble at that Grimble😁

Fittings & Detail Parts by pittsfieldpete Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
Thanks, Doug. I’m glad I posted my erroneous method for calculating scale speeds, otherwise I wouldn’t have learned the correct way to do it. Looks like I’ll be eating crow for dinner tonight with humble pie for dessert. It just shows how much I have to learn. I never would have guessed that the prop tubes in our HE tugs are plastic. At first it struck me as a poor material for the job, but from another perspective I guess it’s not so bad. At least the shafts themselves are metal & there’s a nice set of brass counter-rotating props on the business end. By the way...what’s a moorhen?

Fittings & Detail Parts by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Pete, glad my memory wasn't playing tricks on me 😊 Re Scale speed. 31fpm?? We'd be overtaken by any self respecting baby Moorhen!🤔 Scale speed isn't simply real speed divided by model scale. More the square root of the scale (expressed as a fraction) multiplied by the real speed. For our tugs this is thus √(1/36) x 11= 1/6 x 11 = 1.83kn or 2mph. Giving a scale speed of around 176 fpm. BTW: you made me curious about the prop tubes in my Southampton! Thanks for the prompt👍 Careful scratching revealed that they are plastic! 😲 Possibly with PTFE ends, at least inboard. I don't think they are made as or intended as sleeve bearings. That would introduce too much friction over the whole shaft length. Generally I believe there is at least 0.5mm clearance in small scale prop tubes. That's the way I make mine for 'Plastic Magic' projects anyway 😉 I also concluded that oilers in these tugs would be useless; a) cos they're plastic, b) cos they are horizontal. So just a non-mineral oil based light grease at the ends! 👍 Cheers, Doug 😎

Fittings & Detail Parts by pittsfieldpete Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi, Doug: Either of the two file formats you mentioned (.docx or .pdf) is fine, whichever one is easiest for you. Speaking of .pdf files, do you (or anyone else reading this) know of a website where I can download a user manual for the 27mhz or 40mhz versions of Hobby Engine’s tugs? From the details you mentioned in your manual it seems like it has useful information that’s not even mentioned in my 2.4ghz version booklet. My manual doesn’t mention anything about the rear hatch, for example. I don’t know if there’s anything about maintenance in your manual but mine has nothing at all. It seems odd that there’s nothing written at all about prop shaft lubrication or other basic maintenance. My six page booklet tells about installing AA batteries in the transmitter & how to place the 7.2v battery pack in the boat. There’s nothing about how long the 7.2v battery should be charged or how to charge it properly. Very strange.