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Southampton Tug - Our first boat.
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:54:25 PM »

Well, not strictly a build log, this will be more of a Modify log.

One of these turned up at my office today thanks to Amazon and Prezoom:D  Who says you can't buy stuff that can only be delivered in the US. Essentially this is so we (me and 5yo son) can go to the boat club pond and not have to rely on other members lending us their boats while ours are being built.



Hope to get it in the water at the local pond this weekend. I've read a few threads on forums, nearly all positive,  about modifying the speed controllers and motors and will be doing the same, plus a repaint and naming to make it more like the actual Wyeforce tug.

At the very least it will something to play with, enjoy while the other boats get built. At the very least it will stop my five year old nagging that he doesn't have a boat to drive. ;)
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Re: Southampton Tug - Our first boat.
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012, 06:50:29 AM »

Hope you enjoy your Wyforce modification, here is mine.

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2012, 09:55:31 AM »

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Re: Southampton Tug - Our first boat.
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2012, 05:55:19 PM »

I know, same thing though.

Very capable little boats to be fair. Plenty of scope for improvement..
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Re: Southampton Tug - Our first boat.
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2012, 06:48:02 PM »

here is my 1

independant motor control , working nav/deck lights and working radar , detailed up to more represent the real Wyeforce
i really enjoy sailing this 1 its an excellent wee tug  :-))
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Re: Southampton Tug - Our first boat.
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2012, 09:26:08 PM »

First upgrade completed - took it home last night at replaced the stock receiver with a Turnigy to work with the 9X. A bit of fiddling but working in the end with a quick spin in the bath tub.  :-)

Very happy 5yo boy this morning when he woke up!! %%

Tonights job is to tie on all those tyres. Weather forecast is good so it should get it's bum wet tomorrow or Sunday.  :-))
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Re: Southampton Tug - Our first boat.
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2012, 09:40:58 PM »

here is my 1

independant motor control , working nav/deck lights and working radar , detailed up to more represent the real Wyeforce
i really enjoy sailing this 1 its an excellent wee tug  :-))

In the list of planned mods are independent motor control, new motors (but only when the current ones give up), repaint and detailing of the real Wyeforce. Working lights and radar are beyond my current capabilities but might feature later.

Next mods will be decent batteries (already ordered) to extend sailing time. I'm sure I (and 5yo) are going to enjoy this tug.
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Re: Southampton Tug - Our first boat.
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2012, 10:28:41 PM »

im using a 5100 mah 7.4v nihm , it lies on its edge across the hull against the deck supports in front of the motors , im still using the stock motors on my 1 as well and it runs all day with that battery  :-))
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Re: Southampton Tug - Our first boat.
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2012, 10:39:10 PM »

 
"Replaced the stock receiver with a Turnigy to work with the 9X"

Hey Andy,

 How have you set up the 9X Tx? Vee tail mixing?
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Re: Southampton Tug - Our first boat.
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2012, 01:17:07 AM »


"Replaced the stock receiver with a Turnigy to work with the 9X"

Hey Andy,

 How have you set up the 9X Tx? Vee tail mixing?


Martin, I haven't done anything that fancy just yet, although I think some others have. I'm very new to this - both the boat building and the RC stuff. I'm still using the stock esc, just unplugged from stock rx and replaced with Turnigy. I think some have used the vee tail mixing instead of independent 'tank' control.

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Re: Southampton Tug - Our first boat.
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2012, 01:20:31 AM »

im using a 5100 mah 7.4v nihm , it lies on its edge across the hull against the deck supports in front of the motors , im still using the stock motors on my 1 as well and it runs all day with that battery  :-))

I've got some 5000 mah 2s lipos on order so hopefully I should get similar running times.  :-))
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2012, 01:29:33 AM »

if your going to use lipos then youl need lipo compatable esc's as they have a low volt cutoff or at very least a low volt alarm
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2012, 02:34:53 AM »

... or at very least a low volt alarm

That's on order too!!
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