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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #475 on: May 30, 2015, 08:29:01 PM »

I think that weathering and seagull poop is fantastic....... :-))  Don't be too critical of yourself, I wish I was that good. Well done...... U2
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #476 on: May 30, 2015, 09:01:35 PM »

Well, thank you indeed, kind sir..very gracious of you to say so.
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #477 on: May 31, 2015, 09:33:14 AM »

Hi,

What is the longest post ever on MBM?
I see this one is on Page 20.

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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #478 on: May 31, 2015, 12:35:22 PM »

Now the MotorFlote is about finished, it's been decided that it really needs something to push around the lake.

One of Chris Peppitt's (Omega Model Boats) superbly moulded Thames lighter hulls will fit the bill perfectly.


1mm styrene deck, false load area loaded up with timber (a stack of coffee stirrers) and bottles of water as ballast...the shipyard is busy again.
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #479 on: June 01, 2015, 12:55:21 PM »

Chaps, a spot of advice if you please...


Would there be anything attached to the top of the pusher knees...something like half a bollard on each one, or a connecting rod of some sort? Something to loop the rope around, keep it ready for use, and to stop George tripping over it and falling base over apex into the H20....
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #480 on: June 01, 2015, 03:45:11 PM »

Now the MotorFlote is about finished, it's been decided that it really needs something to push around the lake.

One of Chris Peppitt's (Omega Model Boats) superbly moulded Thames lighter hulls will fit the bill perfectly.


1mm styrene deck, false load area loaded up with timber (a stack of coffee stirrers) and bottles of water as ballast...the shipyard is busy again.

Thats not a barge - it georges bath tub
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #481 on: June 01, 2015, 03:47:37 PM »

He'd be in that, splashing and bubbling about to his heart's content...



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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #482 on: June 01, 2015, 03:52:19 PM »

I've added a bit more detailing to the 'Flote this morning...George now has a set of welding gear to play with (gawd help us all....), and a nice shiny new boathook as well.



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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #483 on: June 01, 2015, 10:07:19 PM »

About time you built this thing Rich, 6 years is plenty enough time to go talking about it.. Looks great


At least if it don't run, you'll have somewhere to keep your sandwiches {-)
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #484 on: June 09, 2015, 12:23:57 PM »

A question was raised in the house last night...


When the lighter is built, and the Motorflote is hooked up and pushing it, what happens if an accident occurs, and through some reason the lighter floods and sinks...the weight of it full of water is likely to drag the 'Flote down with it. So, any ideas as to how to avoid a potential disaster?
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #485 on: June 09, 2015, 12:31:58 PM »

You fill all open space within the lighter with polystyrene foam, (solid, beads or beans would work) hence non-sink.
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #486 on: June 09, 2015, 12:35:29 PM »

I'd thought about doing that, VNK...maybe blue foam carved to shape and bonded into the bow/stern areas would do the job.
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #487 on: June 09, 2015, 12:44:25 PM »

should do. The more foam and less voids, (ie water in) that you can get in, the more bouyant it will be.
Easy to test, in the official indoor test tank.
You don't really want anywhere that water can fill into, (apart from the false hold).
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #488 on: June 09, 2015, 01:39:53 PM »

I know! Just make it......................LIGHTER!!!!!!!!!!   {-)

(Sorry - two of the great-grandkids are here and I've suddenly lapsed into Chuckle Brothers mode)

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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #489 on: June 09, 2015, 02:17:22 PM »

Sounds of loud groans from deepest Sussex... ;D
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #490 on: June 09, 2015, 03:46:59 PM »

ArrrHHH, I see George has found a use for the excess gas he produces - errr - how does he get it in the cyclinders? %) %) %) %)
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #491 on: June 09, 2015, 03:47:40 PM »

Hi,

I can supply plenty of .303 ammo if someone could shoot him...  <*<

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« Reply #492 on: June 09, 2015, 03:51:01 PM »

Moi, why ever would you want to do that  %) %) %) %) %) %) {-) {-) {-) {-) {-)
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #493 on: June 09, 2015, 03:52:55 PM »

George is innocent...he wasn't there, nobody saw him, and you can't prove a thing   :police:
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #494 on: June 09, 2015, 04:58:02 PM »

Just watch that Steven, he could turn states evidence if he don't get enough sandwiches. <*< :police:
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #495 on: June 09, 2015, 05:26:30 PM »

Just joined this forum and spent a hour reading this. Well done to all the cast, great read and well done U33. Great looking boat, got any videos of it on the wet stuff??
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #496 on: June 09, 2015, 05:43:06 PM »

Well, thank you kindly, Steve...kind of you to say so.


It's been a fun build from start to finish, there was a few swear words along the way, but the craic on here more than made up for them.


I haven't used it in anger yet, I keep finding little things to do on it, but next week my new car should arrive, so I can get out there and complete the maiden voyage. I'll take plenty of video footage along the way, so fear not. As they say in all the best places...''watch this space''.
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #497 on: June 10, 2015, 02:06:13 PM »

Last little bits of detailing going on..


A pile of timber...very useful for doing 'stuff'.
George's box filled with 'stuff'.



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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #498 on: June 10, 2015, 03:01:21 PM »

has George got a snorkel, just for when it turns turtle due to all the additional top weight
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #499 on: June 10, 2015, 03:06:01 PM »

Fear not, there's so much weight in the side tunnels, it'll never fall over in a month of Sundays. Battery packs each side, two lead blocks in each tunnel, and two lengths of steel bar either side of the motor, right on the bottom of the floor.
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