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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1375 on: April 08, 2009, 11:13:24 PM »

Yet another Mini Springer... you always have to build two..  :-))

May i present Mini 'Cooper' S.... 'S' for Springer...
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1376 on: April 09, 2009, 08:21:01 AM »

My hat off to you mr Toes , what a great little springer  keep up the good work  :-)) :-)) :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1377 on: April 09, 2009, 03:42:04 PM »

Mine shall be running next week, ordered the prop (large X series one till I get a proper tug one), shaft etc shall be picked up this sat

Did the superstructure today. Armour plating will be from Strongbow cans...
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1378 on: April 09, 2009, 06:32:07 PM »

Can't wait to see it Andy  :-)) :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1379 on: April 10, 2009, 02:57:46 PM »

I've been out last night and bought two crates of Strongbow for the armour plating :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1380 on: April 10, 2009, 05:23:33 PM »

What is Strongbow?

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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1381 on: April 10, 2009, 05:32:38 PM »

A bad cider drink.

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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1382 on: April 10, 2009, 05:38:59 PM »

bit like battery acid = poison
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1383 on: April 10, 2009, 05:50:47 PM »

Yeah, pretty much
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1384 on: April 10, 2009, 06:34:53 PM »

Strongbow is awesome, 3 out of 5 pints of cider sold in the UK is Strongbow...

It is available where you live by the way, look for this:



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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1385 on: April 11, 2009, 03:32:12 PM »

Strongbow is awesome, 3 out of 5 pints of cider sold in the UK is Strongbow...


Its ok to put this on your Fish and Chips.. like that other vinegar product known as 'Blackthorn'..

For real cider, try Scrumpy (the 'thick' stuff).. its from the West country (UK).. but you wont need many before you start to fall over..  %%
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1386 on: April 11, 2009, 07:16:06 PM »

Could anyone tell me either as a percentage or fraction where the centre of gravity of a Springer should be? I'm placing the (many) batteries in now
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1387 on: April 11, 2009, 07:21:13 PM »

Andy,stick the batteries at the lowest point in hull
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andyn

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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1388 on: April 11, 2009, 07:24:13 PM »

Oh they will be, but where should the centre of gravity be lengthwise?
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1389 on: April 11, 2009, 08:37:15 PM »

Draw waterline on hull,once in water (bath) place batts or lead in so front of boat sits proud of waterline.
Cos they do like to nosedive,and bobs ya grandad great fun
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1390 on: April 11, 2009, 08:46:33 PM »

Thanks very much, I plan to have the battery for the 'special feature' (;)) movable, it's a 2.1ah 12v SLA so its reasonably hefty for balancing weight.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1391 on: April 11, 2009, 10:47:51 PM »

I built mine so bl**dy light it nose pointed skywoods, so I had to put 2lb lead in the front and then pile the batteries on top, so stuff them in Andy untill its floats level (although I would go for a little extra weight in the back)  :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1392 on: April 11, 2009, 10:59:52 PM »

Mine floats with about half inch clearance between front chine line and water.

Phil wetting device works perfectly, say no more ;)
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1393 on: April 18, 2009, 06:38:13 PM »

Tried it out in the bath today, with a 62mm X series prop, a good amount of power there with the X prop, but not enough, as X series props are for fast models. So when I can get hold of Cornwall model boats I shall order myself a better 3 bladed prop for it.

Still it's all ready for a run tomorrow :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1394 on: April 19, 2009, 12:23:13 PM »

Some springer action from this morning:
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1395 on: April 19, 2009, 03:00:23 PM »

Great pictures, nice to see realistic barges :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1396 on: April 19, 2009, 04:06:57 PM »

GiantSpring went for a run today, goes well, apart from the rudder pushrod, which sticks, and the vast under-propping.

It has been Christened 'Pis-Up', as that's what I was doing when I made it...

Andy (sitting here slurping on Strongbow) :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1397 on: April 19, 2009, 04:09:43 PM »

nice to see the springer at work .
Just an idea ,has anyone made a jebus to fit in front of a springer to stop it diving , that could be fitted to the front of a tow.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1398 on: April 19, 2009, 04:25:42 PM »


Just an idea ,has anyone made a jebus to fit in front of a springer to stop it diving , that could be fitted to the front of a tow.


I experimented with inverted wings both under the stern and under the bow on Scoot and found a 'lifting wing' under the bow made a slight difference to the Springer hull's diving tendancies... but it still does it, it just holds off slightly longer.
I remember Arrow doing some experiments with a 'protuberance'  :} on the bow of his Springer.. but that didnt seem to work either.

There are two ways to hold off on the Springer dive..
1/ place the batteries so far back in the hull that the boat looks as if its sinking by the stern (and it will when you go in reverse)
2/ Just go easy on the throttle...

.. or you could make a WW...  O0
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1399 on: April 19, 2009, 06:32:50 PM »

i was thinking of the type on the front of Weldale tug based at Goole which was used to tow tom puddings a;ong the canal , the jebus was fitted to  the lead pudding to keep the bow up and to break the water
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