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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1025 on: March 30, 2008, 03:17:46 PM »

H.M.S Bollard takes shape...and no it doesn't submerge (intentionally ???)
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1027 on: March 31, 2008, 09:17:24 PM »

SSH SSH and there I was quietly going to bid on it now teh world knows back ot the drawing board



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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1028 on: March 31, 2008, 11:08:05 PM »

Water has gone soft again so got anti submarine stealth tug (ASST) and HMS Bollard afloat for dry run ...eh ?  No motor in sub yet, it is one of Norry`s fibreglass jobbies.  Short video on www.putfile.com/Arrow5.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1029 on: March 31, 2008, 11:25:52 PM »

..and a couple more.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1030 on: March 31, 2008, 11:48:36 PM »

arrow5 you're an amazingly prolific springer builder and some of them are superb, do you build more conventional boats too?
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1031 on: April 01, 2008, 08:16:34 AM »

Andy, nope afraid not , just time on my hands waiting for better weather . I fly model planes.  Check www.warshipmodelsunderway.com   Page 6 in the Gallery for my only other model boat or www.flickr.com  and look for Arrow5 for the other things. BTW my Springers are pretty rough and ready quickies, the camera can and does lie! 
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1032 on: April 06, 2008, 06:30:18 PM »

DJRobbo's springer at Wat Tyler country park this morning


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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1033 on: April 06, 2008, 10:53:27 PM »

Yeeeesh, that lake has got a nasty slope on it!  :o

Can you do downhill waterski'ing on it?

Or does that Springer need some lead up the bow?.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1034 on: April 06, 2008, 11:30:05 PM »

Definatly needs Ballast forrard


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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1035 on: April 07, 2008, 07:54:29 AM »

Trimmed for ice-breaking duties methinks.  Dont go astern in a hurry !  Like the details though.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1036 on: April 07, 2008, 10:47:17 AM »

 Batteries  set towards the stern........stops the tendancy to become a submarine under wot....................mind you they were a little too far back thus giving the rather stern down appearance ::)

             regards..bob.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1037 on: April 08, 2008, 06:17:03 AM »

I enjoy your creative builds and I have built two springer hulls, one wide and one narrow. Both are powered by Graupnner Hydrodrive units, that I find reliable but noisy, just like a Springer should be. Although I live near the Mississippi and Missouri rivers  and interest in R/C tug boats is high, the Springerd design has met mixed reviews. It seems the kids enjoy the look and performance of the Springers,  as they slosh around. The older model makers don't seem to get it , that the boats are just for fun. When my daughter teaches me how to post pictures, I will. 
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1038 on: April 08, 2008, 07:29:26 AM »

I have built two springer hulls, one wide and one narrow.

But a Springer hull ... is a Springer hull... if its not a Springer hull, then its not a Springer... i thunk...  ::)
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1039 on: April 08, 2008, 11:38:50 AM »

   DER !!!!   my brain hurts now :D

       building springer mk 2 now ....grey funnel line........hms springclean..........anti submarine springer {-) {-) O0
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1040 on: April 08, 2008, 02:15:39 PM »

HMS Springclean, he he {-). Well the cold fusion reactor and power system  has been fitted to "Sprub" and cold weather test completed this day.  Warning ALL grey vessels are at risk of capture and internment.
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« Reply #1041 on: April 08, 2008, 06:04:41 PM »

 {-) {-) {-)  really good stuff.........the only real problem with hms springclean (her majestys springer ) is working out how to make the depth charges work O0

               regards.......bob.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1042 on: April 09, 2008, 05:13:05 PM »

Bleeding heck there is some imagination on this site {-) I had to prise the deck off mine yesterday my mottors need cooling but there is hardly ant room left in my hull I despaired when I found no room for the water pump it will live in the superstructure. Never mind I will build something bigger next time, oh no next time :'( :'(

Andy. O0 :)
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1043 on: April 10, 2008, 05:41:40 PM »

I thought I would post a couple of pictures of the latest springer in the chingdevil fleet. There is still a small amount to finish, like after I had taken the photos I realised I had not fitted a door to the bridge :-\ :-\
The digger front was supposed to be working but I hit snags in trying to get it to work, the time it took and then to fail  I nearly binned it, anyway enjoy.


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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1044 on: April 10, 2008, 07:09:05 PM »

I am having a go at building a simple springer - my first go at building a model - and the basic plywood hull is almost complete.

My question is about fibre-glassing it - is there any advice on this please - what type of fibreglass to use - quanties to buy, suppliers, etc.

Also I see remarks in this thread about coating the inside of the hull - what should be used for this please.

Thank you and apologies for such basic questions !
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1045 on: April 10, 2008, 07:43:38 PM »

Hi Tim,

Welcome the House of Mayhem!

Many people haven't  fibre-glassing their hulls and in my case the plywood was so strong, it didn't need any extra protection at all !
Fibre-glassing is usually don't for strength and water proofing, I water proofed my Springer with about 20 coats of paint..... only to find I had used a crap proshaft and it leaked like a disgrunted council worker!

If you are going to fibre-glass the hull, use  fibre-glass tissue like the RC aircraft boys do. You can use epoxy or polyester resin the later being cheaper. Epoxy finishing resin available form RC aeroplane model shops and specialist suppliers and polyester from most car spare part shops.

But I'm sure Arrow 5 will put me right... after all, he IS Mr. Springer!  ;)
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1046 on: April 10, 2008, 07:53:35 PM »

Hi Tim

I have made three springers and have not glassed any of them, I just use sanding sealer on the bare timber and then like Martin plenty of paint. One thing I would advise is put some water cooling in for the motor, at Warwick last year I fried one 540 motor and cooked a second that too had to be scrapped, all springers water cooled now. I am sure it is something to do with either the shape or the prop size that gets the motors so hot.

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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1047 on: April 11, 2008, 08:45:53 PM »

"MR SPRINGER !!!! oh geezz, it wisnay me Mister :o Well glassing isn't really required and is a bit of a bind if you are doing it for the first time. Paint with standard household oil based paint is fine , a couple of undercoats and a couple of gloss or sem-matt will protect the wood. Detail painting with Humbrol enamel.  I do like to coat the inside with epoxy resin such as SP113, (Ripmax distribute it) and is used for model aircraft finishing. It is a good idea to then paint the inside with matt Humbrol to show if any water has got in, the high gloss of the epoxy makes it difficult to see any leakage until it is sloshing about. If you do go the glass route avoid polyester resin, it can be a health hazard and will not endear you to SWMBO by stinking the house out. Do NOT use tissue, it must be woven fibreglass cloth. Use very little resin scraped on with an old credit card so that the grain of the cloth is still visible but thoroughly  wetted, the glass-cloth will disappear. Wait 24hrs and lightly sand with fine grade wet and dry used wet. Dry and apply further coat of resin. (If tinting the resin follow instructions exactly or trouble will ensue.) Repeat as necessary till you have the shine you want.  I agree with Ching regarding water cooling, use a coil, plenty on ebay from reliable suppliers.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1048 on: April 11, 2008, 09:05:43 PM »

What about barges for the mayhem Weekend ?  The tug guys should have plenty. I`ve come up with a suitable "barge" for the Sprub.  Simple plank with half of a plastic tube traffic bollard, add conning tower and thats it.   Might try dive planes to see if i can get it to submerge.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1049 on: April 12, 2008, 05:56:11 PM »


I do like that Arrow5. Very inventive. Looks just the part  O0

Ken
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