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Hi One and All I got my hand's on the MMI plans and wood pack for a T.I.D Tug to-day. Have any of you made this semi kit ?? if you have is there any thing I need to know before I take the plunge. All the best Fred
Hi I inherited one of theses kit's some years back, when I had a word with Ron he said that it must have been one of his early kit's as it said I need to put bulkheads in to stiffen up the hull. The one that I have has a white metal off set rudder ie the top half of the rudder is just off central, was this to stop any torque from the single prop? I look forward to your build blog as in time I am hoping to get mine finished and will name her "Jack McCann" as that is the name of my late friend.
Hi After sorting out the rudders I fitted the rear deck, I then moved on and fitted the for-deck, now we all know about saying measure and measure again then cut, well I did just that and yes I had made the cutout in the for-deck too small by 1/2 an inch in length, I only found this out when I started to make the for-deck housing. I had to do the for-deck housing so the I could work out just were to fit the smoke stack housing as I have no plans for this boat, so all measurement's are taken from all the old deck's and deck housings. All the best👍 Fred
Hi Well after some time thinking about making some new rudder horns (thinking = four beers) I have made them out of an old three pin plug I used the small fuse clip that the wire goes into, I have also used a mini servo and all seem's to work O.K, new motor mount made so that the motor's now line up, I also had to make a new rear deck and bulk head I will in time plank the rear deck, I have also started on making new rear deck housing. Fred
[Score: 5/10] 24"/900g R.N.L.I. Concept Tug Capable of 1mph and a runtime of 60mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 35mm) Direct Drive to a 540 (4 Blade) Powered by NiCad (7.2v) 8Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through ESC from Chiner (10Amps) ESC - Comments: This started out as a Seaport Dickie Harbour Tug, that came with a 40Mhz radio system, ESC and a small water pump. So the first thing was to remove the 40Mhz system and replace it with a new 2.4 alone with a replacement ESC, I also removed the water pump. It was now time to think how I was going to repaint her, as the club had been invited to out local R.N.L.I. station I came to the decision that I would make her into a R.N.L.I Concept Tug.
Hi This started out as a Seaport Dickie Harbour Tug, and as most of us know it does not have a very good system installed, I have replaced the 40Mhz with a 2.4 system and repainted her to how I think a R.N.L.I. Tug would look like if they every have a tug.👍
I have the 9xR Pro from Turnigy. at the price I payed for it was so good, it is very light in the hand and all the controls just full to hand also I found it very easy to bind with all my receivers. Fred
As the title say's it's hair pulling time again, I tried to fix the W/M rudder horn's but with no luck, and my local model shop do not have any collets that small. moved onto fixing the motor's and yes they were out of line so set to and make a new motor bed. I came across a site called Scale Warship (www.scalewarship.com) so I only went a got myself some Photo Etch R.N Generic Port holes and R.N Generic style Ladders, and yes the person that built her in the first place has made the port hole's way to big so out with the p40 filler. Will I ever get a run of good luck with this Ship.😁
Hi Alan Good to see you back, I like your use of plastic card covered in wood to build the wheelhouse, it must've made it more easy to glue the corners than to try making it all out of wood. can I P/M you later as I could do with some help with regard to fitting the motors. Fred
Hi RNinMunich Up until four years ago she was my every day transport to work, and the river that runs through the old Brookland race track would flood across the road some times, would that count as sea trials?😉
Hi Martin TEA work of the Devil, I just know what you mean about winter I do try and get some work done on my boat's but I feel more like it in the summer, only thing is I try and sail them as much as possible. Fred
Hi Well I have read your post. But like most things it get's a bit slow at this time of the year, you have Holiday's - the Weather and the one thing that stops our hobby the most "Decorating"😡 boy do I not like decorating. Fred
I have liked Stormin post as I think we should have the right to sail with I/C, I spent a great day with a model boat club when I was in Florida in one of there public park's and it was mostly I/C with a few brushless boat's. No completes from any members of the public.
Hi On the 20th May we are having a Fun Sail at the Swiss Cottage Shoreham on Sea Sussex Start time is 10.30am As our lake is in the grounds of a Public House this would make a good day out for all the family. In the grounds there are tables, a play area for the children, the pub has food from 12.00 alone with tea and coffee.
Thanks to Doug for all his help in finding the name of my Tug. So armed with this info I started to Goggle the name and below is the results. H.M.S. ATTENTIF W68 French Naval Tug. Allocated SNO Portland for towing Bombardons. Built 1938 Forges et Chantiers de la Gironde, Bordeaux. L114.75’. B27.75’. 672grt. 1000ihp 3cylTE steam engine. Armament 1x20mm AA, 2xMG. 1938 Delivered to French Navy. 19-6-1940 Arrived Plymouth. 3-7-1940 Seized and Req by RN. 9-1940 Based Devonport. 0-1940 Based at Aberdeen. 1-1941 Based at Milford Haven. 2-1941 – 1942 Based Aberdeen . 1942 – 1944 Based at Harwich. 5-1944 - 1945 Based Portsmouth. 6-1944 Towed 30ton crane 1206 Cardiff to Plymouth. 5-6-1945 Released from Overlord tug pool. 7-8-1945 Returned to French Navy, pennant A671. 1946-7 Renamed Locmine. 6-3-1964 Laid up at Brest. The Bombardons were large 200 ft (61 m) by 25 ft (7.6 m) cross-shaped floating breakwaters fabricated in steel that were anchored outside the main breakwaters that consisted of Gooseberries (scuttled ships) and Phoenixes (concrete caissons). 24 bombardon units, attached to one another with hemp ropes, would create a 1 mi (1.6 km) breakwater. During the storms at the end 1944 some Bombardons broke up and sank while others parted their anchors and drifted down onto the harbours, possibly causing more damage Fred
Hi Doug Thanks for your reply, I am still trying to work out how the extra items that have been fitted work, I only got her the other day and yesterday (3/5/18) was the first time that I was able to have a play.😱