Hi to everyone,
This is my first post on the website, & this conversion is my first effort at marine modeling I must say from the outset, that I was greatly encouraged to have a go by the many excellent posts on converting this RTR model Tug.
I have been kit bashing model railway trains for years so altering plastic model boats couldn't be that hard or different. & I have built many R,C. Cars for my Son when he was young so I know my way round R.C. equipment
Hereís just a few details of what Iíve done :-
Stripped hull & deck down & all major deck parts ( Crane, Winches, Inflatable) these were all flatted off & repainted
Original radio gear binned & an acoms 2 channel fitted + a Viper marine15Amp ESC
Original motor, prop shaft & prop retained after been stripped & greased - rudder housing cut away for better turning
Water ballast tank removed & hull sealed up - now battery compartment for the 4.5Ah 6V sealed lead acid.
Extra fixed ballast was added to lower the waterline for better stability & hull painted to reflect new W/L level
I didnít like the mast fitted to the Tug so I replaced it with a Graupner mast glued to the original clip in base which is more what I wanted
The ships inflatable was dressed up by adding a red rubber band to the centre 2 foam seats, a pair of oars from cocktail sticks & cable tie ends & a couple of hanks of rope from carpet twine - Iím quite pleased with the result
The ships red & green running lights were wired into the main R.C. power to indicate that its switched on in the hope that they will remind me to switch off the power on when Iíve finished using it.
Various extra deck fittings added as you will see in the photoís if they upload OK
Thought I would use Dymo plastic labels for the signage (as I have just got a machine for another job) I coated them in matt lacquer to seal them from the elements.
Thatís about it - so far its been run in the bath to check centre of gravity, & that it didnít list to one side or the other, that everything was watertight & to make sure the RC gear worked & so far allís well & shipshape. Ė open water trials next on the agenda.
I have enjoyed doing the conversion & as I said earlier I know nothing about ships & for my first venture I just wanted to achieve a pleasing visual model (well in my opinion anyway) its perhaps not as technically correct as it should be but its what I wanted it to look like when it was finished & I can always improve on it it as I learn more about the hobby
FINALLY My thanks to all the other members who have done this conversion & more importantly taken the time to post articles about their work which will give people like me a fighting chance to step into the world of model boats without making a pigs ear of it.& throwing in the towel
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