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Lady Laura tug
« on: June 03, 2015, 08:13:22 PM »

I received the kit today bought off a fellow forum member all looks good, I need to get hold of the instruction manual for I as its missing from the kit so I shall give Metcalf a call tomorrow to see if I can have a copy sent.

My first question is... what motors? I was thinking about a pair of MFA919d with 6:1 gearboxes the tug is 31.5" x 9.5"  but open to suggestions I have a pair of battery drill motors but they don't seem particularly torquey.
Looking on the net I think I may do it as the Forth drummer but may be tempted to do Boss tug but plenty of time to decide that. I think I'll be using Action electronics for esc. etc.

Right o back to perusing the kit and bits and get familiar with the bits.

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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2015, 08:27:13 PM »

Dave Metcalf has retired.
Most of his stuff is now with
Andy Griggs at Models By Design
I believe.

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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2015, 09:21:42 PM »

Ned , I'm not sure but at mobile model marine the other week I'm sure
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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2015, 09:22:46 PM »

Dave , if you get stuck with anything I've got a lady Laura with a pair of t12s in it , just drop me an email or pm
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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2015, 11:01:54 PM »

the first thing you want to do is swap the white metal props for brass ones!......sadly the ones supplied with Dave's model were ok for a show model but pretty much US for a working tug.............but she makes into a lovely little tug..............wish I had never sold mine.

they also lend themselves to some modifications and detailing, and various colour schemes.............I enjoyed building mine which took a total of 28 nights from start to finish...........a very easy and lovely little model to put together on a building board with minimal of tools.
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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2015, 11:04:43 AM »

Cheers I'll ring round this afternoon it's mainly internal structure deck support and gunwale  info i need the rest should be fairly self explanatory.

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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2015, 03:37:53 PM »

Having looked at the plan I have I think I can figure out how this is put together so I'll give it a go and not loose to much sleep over it after all what could possibly go wrong  %%

and so it begins




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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2015, 05:16:10 PM »

happy building dave.......it is a lovely and easy little boat to put together........a simple nice build. neil.
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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2015, 06:13:43 PM »

You could build her in her current state, FORTH DRUMMER.
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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2015, 09:23:45 PM »

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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2015, 04:14:32 PM »

The progress over the weekend is as follows I gleaned what info I could off the plan as to how the under deck structure would be and ended up with an ok solution I think all fairly straight forward. I have only attached the front deck the rear will have to wait until the hardware arrives but I can get on with superstructure etc. this week. I have given it a quick blow over with paint just to spot flaws in the deck to bulwark joint (plenty there)  %) .










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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2015, 04:36:32 PM »

excellent Dave............it's such a lovely little easy tug to do once you get to grips with using plastic rather than timber.
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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2015, 09:29:06 PM »

Thanks it is different using so much plastic in a big model. I have recently taken up scale modelling again which has helped, the lack of plans and instructions is slowing things but it's not impossible so far


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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2015, 08:12:49 PM »

Just to confirm.Tony Green has taken over this kit now along with River Star,Graemsay and one of Daves Lifeboats.He had them on display at Doncaster last weekend and is updating the construction manual.
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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2015, 11:55:29 PM »

Thanks at least I know where to go if I mess up the superstructure which I'm battling with this evening not knowing the order of build and what all the parts are makes it interesting  {:-{ .


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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2015, 09:11:20 AM »

Did you get my email Dave?
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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2015, 06:04:25 PM »

I have now put this on hold the superstructure hasn't gone together well the lack of instructions and a missing plan did me no favours, I guess I put it together in the wrong order so it's going on back burner for a while until I can fix it {:-{


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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2015, 03:31:36 PM »

Message for mrturbo553 if you are still watching this thread please. You mentioned on June 3rd that you had a Lady Laura with 2 x T12. I am considering a similar fit in a MMM tug. What is your battery fit and what sort of endurance do you get. I have a couple of boats fitted with one T12 and one 7 A/Hr SLA Battery and get about 1 hr chugging round the pond.

Inputs from anybody else welcome (I probably don't need to ask!) but it is T12 information/experience I am interested in.

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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2015, 11:46:50 PM »

Several photos of Boss Tug (ex-Forth Drummer, ex-Lady Laura): http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?query=Boss+Tug&x=0&y=0

Hope this will help! - Tom
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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2015, 12:31:23 AM »

John , I use the slightly smaller 12volt 3ah battery ,rather than the 12v7ah that are installed in my other tugs . It seems to run well for a couple of hours just bimbling around the pond up at balne moor .just take a spare with you if you're worried they aren't particularly dear on the whole scheme of things .
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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2016, 09:57:11 AM »

Right O!. I have pulled this out to get it done and have dismantled the superstructure ready to rebuild thanks to Petewhit for the info I'm confident I can get on with her now. The parts are almost ready to re glue and a little filler is needed %)  but nothing to major, fingers crossed I have a boat to play with for the season.


Tony green does indeed do the kit now but after numerous emails I gave in trying to buy the bits I needed to start again.


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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2016, 10:57:47 PM »

Hi Dave
I'll tag along  with your build.  O0

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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2016, 08:45:40 AM »

Right the superstructure is back together now (and straight) I need to do a bit of work inside but detailing is pretty basic which is OK with me for now.

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Re: Lady Laura tug
« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2016, 06:49:09 PM »

I have the superstructure well underway now not perfect but passable I hope I need to get it painted now before progressing  further. Next to get some of the hull sorted.

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