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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #500 on: June 13, 2015, 07:19:30 AM »

hello gents,
I built this tug yrs ago , when my shed burnt down,and I needed a simple design,as no tools, and i need the theorpy of the build , to smooth still frayed nerves
I never did get it to go right,and some unkind modellers called it the floating toilet!! not too my face !!
i never tried a 555 or better motors ,it was always under powered, w a slow reving telecom motor, only about 1000/1500rpm


what ,  i wanted too do was fit a barge on the front, w the larger battery in the barge, I had photos of a cat pontoon dredge to carry the battery,a small dredge.
also , has any-one though of building the original mother control tower , w 2 moto flotes on each side , all good food for thought, if this was done , the seperate flotes could be removable , or joined permanently to the mother control tower.
 if I can get time , i will re-build my original moto flote
regards bill S
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #501 on: June 13, 2015, 09:11:38 AM »

Another Motorflote man...excellent!


I'm building a Lighter for mine to push around, hadn't thought of building the control tower though. Could be interesting, although the lack of photos and information would make it hard work.
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #502 on: June 13, 2015, 06:45:38 PM »

A couple of magnets on the stern of the barge and a steel plate on the pusher pods on M'Flote or vice versa and
you have an easy coupling without the risk of one dragging
the other under.
You can then let the barge drift out and go and collect it with M'flote and everyone will think you are a Master Flote Mariner and worship your shiphandling skills.

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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #503 on: June 13, 2015, 10:59:28 PM »

You've yet to see me in command of a tx, Ned... ;D
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #504 on: June 14, 2015, 09:04:22 AM »

Hi,

Has anyone got a copy of the original magazine?

I am sure the picture of the main unit and smaller units where in it.

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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #505 on: June 14, 2015, 09:08:17 AM »

I have the original magazine, plan and build article...there is a photo of the main control unit, but it's only a small picture, doesn't show a lot of detail. I'll scan it in a minute and post it here...
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #506 on: June 14, 2015, 09:10:55 AM »

gday rickles ,
 you are right, the original mag has a photo of the stern of the mother barge , showing the 2 moto flote drive units, but no details of OAL or beam , or what they carried
there was some discussion on 1 of the pages about deck lift plates , possible these were the hook up points for the mother ship??
 I should have the mag at home , but not the ability to post the photo
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #507 on: June 14, 2015, 09:16:34 AM »

Here we go, boys...



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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #508 on: June 18, 2015, 12:18:02 PM »

Rich
That top pic rather puts me in mind of the mexeflote..
 
http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/2011/04/a-trip-down-mexeflote-lane/
 
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #509 on: June 18, 2015, 12:22:44 PM »

That looks like some interesting bedtime reading, Frank...thanks for that.
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #510 on: June 18, 2015, 12:53:26 PM »

I'm waiting for "Motorflote - The Movie" to go on general release - I haven't missed it have I?

Seriously, love the build and all the comments.

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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #511 on: June 18, 2015, 01:29:18 PM »

No, you haven't missed it Richard...now I've got my new car and I'm mobile once more, I'm hoping to get the 'Flote on the lake this weekend. Video will be taken, both from the shore and onboard, so stand by....
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #512 on: June 18, 2015, 01:33:02 PM »

I have been following this avidly.  Can't wait to see how such a compact yet deep hull performs on the water.
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #513 on: June 18, 2015, 01:38:28 PM »

If it's anything like it's predecessor, it'll be slow, wandering off on it's own course, and bouncing about like a duck on acid  %) My first one refused to obey commands from the tx, and would happily trundle off across the lake going where it wanted to go. They really are comical things on their own the water, but when pushing something, they really come into their own.
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #514 on: June 18, 2015, 01:42:26 PM »

They all need something to push.
Mine was exactly the same without
a barge.

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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #515 on: June 18, 2015, 01:46:59 PM »

The sooner Ian gets his massive great tanker finished, the better...I'm looking forward to pushing that thing about.
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #516 on: June 18, 2015, 07:22:55 PM »

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Video will be taken, from the shore and onboard, so stand by "said director Rich"....5, 4, 3, 2, 1, cue the muzak.. Motorflotes are GO!!!... {-)
 
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #517 on: June 18, 2015, 11:51:09 PM »

If it's anything like it's predecessor, it'll be slow, wandering off on it's own course, and bouncing about like a duck on acid  %) My first one refused to obey commands from the tx, and would happily trundle off across the lake going where it wanted to go. They really are comical things on their own the water, but when pushing something, they really come into their own.

A vessel type known as the Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) is very popular in the U.S. coastal trades. Some of the tugs are almost unmanageable when not attached to their barges. - Tom
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #518 on: June 19, 2015, 10:23:48 AM »

Hi,

Motorflote - The Movie" / My life as an amphibious brick... {-)

Regards

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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #519 on: June 19, 2015, 10:45:09 AM »

Hi,

Motorflote - The Movie" / My life as an amphibious brick... {-)

Regards


You silly, silly boy....  {-)
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #521 on: June 19, 2015, 11:14:45 AM »

you're waiting for me  - go on admit it  {-) {-) {-) - got to come up with some title as yet - wait a while
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #522 on: June 19, 2015, 11:20:07 AM »

Waiting then....   :o
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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #523 on: June 19, 2015, 05:00:54 PM »

Air Sea Rescue
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Walter Pigeon as Seagull One
Anna Neagle as Seagull Two

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Re: The infamous Motorflote push tug...
« Reply #524 on: June 19, 2015, 06:20:44 PM »

Directed by...Steven Seagull   %)
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