Today was a good day to spray paint the Deck Hardware. I also hand painted the Fire Monitor too! I painted the Deck Hardware black. The main Deck will be a light Tan. And the Main Cabin Deck light Grey!
Hi Pete, Why don't you try Harbor Models in California! They have a wide arrangement of model parts. I purchase from them all the time. If memory serves me right. The guys name is Nick! Who run the place! And they have a great turn around also!👍 http://www.harbormodels.com/
Hi Doug, Sorry to see that ESC went up in flames! Guess better now than latter at the pond...😭 I remember one of my tugs about 35 yrs ago. Having a main space fire. Problem was it was in the middle of the pond!😡 All I saw was black smoke out of the engine room....😱 Luckily the tug floated back to shore about an hour latter. But I was able to recover the model! with one burnt ESC....
So far the hardest part of the build is the pilot house! Painting it will be another challenge. Oh, not sure what they where thinking drinking or sniffing! But the pilot house needs to be redesigned...…. A lot of the builders of the Brooklyn. Paint the whole pilot house. Then paint the windows black! Not me I want visible windows......
The pilot house of the Brooklyn. Is made of clear lexan. Or some sort of clear plastic. Anyway you have to tapeup the windows. if you want clear windows to show! So, now i'm waiting for 10mm tape. To tapeup the forward windows on the brooklyn! Pacients is a virtue! In the plans Dumas wants you to neatly. cut the windows out. Just to put another piece of clear plastic in it's place! What? yes cut it out to replace it with another piece of plastic!!!!
Hi Pete, Glad you have learned! I too have learned as well. My Southampton didn't come with lights. So, your Richardson tug. must look awesome on the water at night. Oh, 2.4ghz is way better than 27mhz. This is why, I changed the reciever to my Southhampton! And the long aerial just doesn't look right! Ed
Hi Pete, I agree with Doug. Push and lift at the same time! At least that's how mine worked out! I found a piece of foam in the bilge of my southhampton. didn't see the point of it. so I took it out! Now underneath the first hatch. I found the reciever. Believe it or not it was a 27mhz reciever! Which I quickly switched out for a 2.4ghz reciever. But maybe the Richardson Tug is completely different electronics wise....!
Well, I finally assembled the pilot house and main cabin! I drilled holes straight through the pilot house and main cabin! I'm using very thin wire! Don't even know what gauge it is! For those of you who may want to build the Tug Brooklyn. When making the main cabin be careful. That the main cabin deck is flat! So that when you go to put the pilot house on to the main cabin deck. they are flush the main cabin deck has camber. But the pilot house doesn't have camber! So when you put them together they don't match! I sanded down the pilot house bottom. to match the main cabin deck as best as possible. I had to put an extra strip of plastic to hide the uneven seam. from where the pilot house met the main cabin deck! I think once painted it won't be too noticeable!
Hi Pete, When I worked on mine. I believe it took me about an hour or so! Just be careful with the seams! take your time. Start from the rear of the Pilot house! I first took apart the pilot house. I took the smoke stacks off! Then slowly pride the rear of the pilot house! NOTE: on mine they had only glued the glue points! If you look carefully, You can see them. They're located at each corner! Maybe you can also use a wide xacto. That's what I used back then..... Good Luck!
Hi Pete, I have the Southampton too. which came with no lights! I got it about 6 years ago. Anyway I carefully took the top off the pilot house using a single edge razor! You could give that a try! I also painted mine to resemble the WYEFORCE! Good luck, Oh I also painted the inside of the pilot house as well! Ed
I was going to use a very light green. By Humbrol but decided against it because. I thought about it Tugs of that class and era. Where a dark green! But I don't want to use dark green! So, I purchased medium light green instead. It's called "Army Green"! Oh, It has no shine what so ever. A very matt finish which is what I want! If you look at the picture to the right. That's the original Brooklyn. Docked somewhere on a New York City pier. Circa 1910!
[Score: 10/10] 39"/2700g Brooklyn Capable of 4mph and a runtime of 60mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 80mm) Geared Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 5Amp/h Batteries - Comments: She has a 12 volt Dumas Motor and a 15 amp Mtroniks viper marine ESC! Also has a 12 volt Harbor Models Smoker. Tug Brooklyn is still under construction!
You've got quite a few projects ahead of you! Where do you find the time? Can't wait to see the other boats also! I find you bring a model to the water. People are just mesmerized, especially the children!
I assembled the forward & aft H Bitts also painted them! They are a bit flimsy. But once glued to the deck. They become stronger! The deck is black from over spray. I will be painting the deck tan or a good shade of wood! The deck has tape all over it! So, I won't have to prime the deck!