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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1475 on: June 13, 2009, 08:25:39 PM »

Viva La Springare!
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1476 on: June 13, 2009, 09:12:27 PM »

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. That is what springers are about, fun!!!


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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1477 on: June 13, 2009, 09:42:40 PM »

Now I'm going to have to dig out the kids old toy box to see what I can come up with.
New award for "weird springer" me thinks   :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1478 on: June 13, 2009, 10:11:23 PM »

The "floating farm" is owned and drived by a woman !

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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1479 on: June 16, 2009, 04:28:51 PM »

Has anyone experimented with different angled propshaft to help counteract the 'nose diving' feature of Springers?
I seem to remember someone fitted 'water foils' to the rudder to help pull the stern down, how did that work out?
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1480 on: June 16, 2009, 04:37:50 PM »

Bill tryed a kort nozzle on his, worked very well.

Who's going to build the first surface drive one?
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1481 on: June 16, 2009, 06:03:49 PM »

My Gas Springer now has a flexi drive set up on it. It still try's to dive but hey it would not be a Springer if it didn't do that.
At Stevenage last Sunday we held an open day. Trevor set out a course which prove very hard to get into the top gate. No Prob get the Gas Springer out and move the bouy 10ft where it would cause no more problems. EASY????
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1482 on: June 17, 2009, 08:17:11 PM »

Here I have been thinking today that i need a barge to tow around behind my Gas Springer.
Dose anyone have a design I could use??? Or photos of theres so i can get an idea of what I need to build.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1483 on: June 17, 2009, 09:08:05 PM »

How on earth are you going to find one that size that fits in your car?

Stick to towing me in the rescue boat :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1484 on: June 17, 2009, 09:25:40 PM »

Easy ,four 45gal steel drums lashed to the car / car in water  :}
simples  :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1485 on: June 17, 2009, 09:36:01 PM »

Why didn't I think of that. I was going to try Andys bath tub. His mum may just notice it was gone.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1486 on: June 17, 2009, 10:32:43 PM »

Theres a bath up the road in a rubbish bag if you want it :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1487 on: June 22, 2009, 01:01:38 PM »

Hi ya. Thought you experts might like to help decide the classification ("super", "mega" etc) of my tug, and doubtless make some thoroughly embarrassing comments!

I scaled up the bog standard springer plan to give a 24" hull (my available scrap wood wouldn't quite allow 1.5x). She is fitted with twin car heater blower motors (free!) driving handed 3 blade brass 65mm props and powered by two 6v 12AH SLA batteries (in series to give 12v). A static pull at the pond edge registers about 20A total current consumption. The motors are controlled by two ESCs via a rudder mixer - all of my own design. Manoeuvrability is of course excellent thanks to the rudder mixer, spinning on the spot in either direction with ease. I implemented a variable gain on the amount of rudder mixed in with the throttles so (at the expense of razor sharp responsiveness) I can set it to avoid her speeding up during the turns.

Also she has been trialled with my own engine sound simulator, but that is yet to be properly fitted - so not seen in photos.  I'm planning to upgrade to one sound unit per ESC so you get those lovely 'beating' surges at tickover. The speaker is mounted beneath the open windowed cabin, using the deck as a baffle and the hull makes a wonderful boom box. Finally I plan to use a modified mp3 player to play (real) recorded horn sounds, which I can mix into the same speaker. This has been bench tested but not tried out in the boat yet.   

As the pictures will show and you are doubtless guessing, I'm more interested in the electronics than the modelling aspects. The superstructure was donated by a friend after gathering dust in his loft for the last 30yrs and so far only the cut-out at the front has been filled.  Pusher knees are yet to be made and fitted, for I hope to use it as a rescue craft - so far I have only succedeed is rescuing huge amounts of water from the centre of the pond and pushing it to the shore!

Best wishes to all,
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1488 on: June 22, 2009, 02:51:43 PM »

Nice One.
Is it going to Llanberis???  :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1489 on: June 22, 2009, 07:36:09 PM »

Llanberis - afraid not. I *am* in North Wales that weekend but I'm motorcycle racing on Anglesey.
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1490 on: June 23, 2009, 10:35:10 PM »

Toesup Boat Werks update...

The TBW is proud to release pictures of its new Springer offering.. may we present...

USN Proteus... the worlds only (as far as we know) jet drive Springer.

The running tests are held up for a few days due to the procurement department being lax when it comes to Rx's  >>:-( ... floatation tests in the DTTF may be soon possible though..  ok2
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1491 on: June 23, 2009, 11:15:32 PM »

10 out of 10. I hope the sea trails go well?  {-) {-) {-) {-)
She looks like a whole heap of fun. Enjoy!!!
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1492 on: June 24, 2009, 12:39:07 AM »

That is so cool  :-))
does the top rudder work ?
Oh it could almost be part of the thunderbirds team or from stingray.
Cant wait for water trials .
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1493 on: June 24, 2009, 04:45:34 AM »

Another winning design from the Toesup Boat Werks stable!

... do you know, I wish I livened next to the man, I bet he's a great source of motivation!  :-))
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1494 on: June 24, 2009, 05:11:07 AM »


... do you know, I wish I livened next to the man, I bet he's a great source of motivation!  :-))


Next door is for sale Martin.. $350k...

I dont know why they want to move though....  :embarrassed:

By the way, you aint seen nuthin yet..  %)
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1495 on: June 24, 2009, 05:32:28 AM »

Toes,

I don't care what you say it still looks like a tank, all you forgot to do was install the gun. O0 ;D

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« Reply #1496 on: June 24, 2009, 06:19:31 AM »

Toes,

I don't care what you say it still looks like a tank, all you forgot to do was install the gun. O0 ;D

Andre


I think you need your eyes testing..  ;D :P

http://www.athearn.com/Newsletter/071106/water_tank_071106.jpg
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« Reply #1497 on: June 24, 2009, 07:22:24 AM »

Fell for it ! checked that link, silly me, {-) . It is just a super submarine and we all expect it to dive like one. >>:-( or else <*<
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Re: Springer Tugs
« Reply #1498 on: July 08, 2009, 06:15:46 PM »

Is there any springer activity at Weymouth this weekend comming??? If So what time and where. I was thinking of bringing Gas Springer out for a punt.
I am OMRA racing on Sunday with my Makara but will have some time on Saturday for the Gas Springer.
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« Reply #1499 on: July 08, 2009, 06:29:22 PM »

Hi Bill,
Nothing specific for Springers on the schedule, but come along to the pool outside the Pavilion, and I'm sure I could find you a slot in the Free Sailing period, as I'm OOD down there! :police:
I hope to get time off to walk my dog down to the end of the pier over the weekend, and watch some of your racing. :-))

Danny
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