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Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« on: October 11, 2007, 07:56:31 AM »

Hi all,

I have just bought a Dickies tug to use as a rescue boat, has anybody bought one of these and revamped/rewired it?

Russ



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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007, 10:52:10 AM »

Hi Russ,

If you have a look under the Builds section of the main mayhem site, you'll find a good example of a conversion that has been done.

http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/My_models/31%20Dickie.htm

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2007, 02:45:52 PM »

Martin, thanks for the link, did you do any re-spraying on your boat? Was it easy to remove the stickers etc?

Cheers

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2007, 03:12:05 PM »

My boat still looked like it had just come out of the box when I had finished.
I think the stickers should come off with the aid of a hair dryer and a bit of
patience ....
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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2007, 03:57:38 PM »

I'm just finishing off a Dickie conversion and plan to post photographs in a couple of weeks.

I followed Martin's conversion in respect of the rc upgrade and changed the receiver, esc and rudder servo. Power comes from a 6V, 4Ah sealed lead acid battery.

As far as the externals are concerned I must admit that I got a bit carried away and stripped everything off the deck and built a new accomodation structure and moved it forward quite a lot so that it looks more like a modern tug. I sprayed the lower part of the hulll with red ochre undercoat and the upper part with satin black. Having seen photographs of tugs with the decks and accommodation areas finished in the red ochre undercoat colour, and having liked it, I also did those of the Dickie the same. The stickers came off very easily and I used lighter fuel to remove any residue.

The deck crane, inflatable dinghy, mast assembly, front fender and tyre fenders were not reused. I have built a new, much simpler mast, which is now painted yellow, a radar assembly and radio mast. I have reused the wheelhouse, two cable reels/winches, the liferaft canisters and the ladder.

I'm now building some new railings which is just about the last thing I have to do. I've carried out a bath test and ballasted where necessary and it does seem fairly stable.

If the weather is suitable, railings or not, I shall probably sail it for the first time at my local club this weekend. I'll try and take some photos and post them with the others.
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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2007, 07:23:20 PM »

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2007, 08:02:47 PM »

Very nice Tom, any chance of bringing them to Westport Sunday morning?? They look very good!

Russ
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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2007, 09:31:24 PM »

Here's a quick shot of my conversion. Just a few more things to do before it's finished.
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2007, 10:16:23 PM »

Wow Meridian, that looks great! I think you're going for the title "best conversion ever"! Please keep the pictures coming , you too Russ. I have one of these too, took off a lot of things, painted the hull and added lights, new railings. The most importend mod i think was to add ballast to make her more stable and doing so you must extend the air outlets from the ballast tank out on deck, otherwise they will pump in water to the hull if the seas get rough( been there!). I also maneged to make the aft winch retractable, just cant explain how in a foreign language :embarrassed:Isn't it amazing how popular this "toy boat" still is, I for sure still love mine.
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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2007, 08:29:42 AM »

Meridian/Hama,

You have done a good job on your boats, are you using the ballast tank still or have you removed them?

Thanks

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2007, 09:19:47 AM »

Hi Russ,

I blanked off the water inlets inside the bottom of the hull, modified the ballast tank and it is now used to house the 6V battery. It's almost like it was made for it!

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2007, 09:23:13 AM »

Any chance of any more pictures Andrew?

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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2007, 09:38:44 AM »

Russ,

Will try and take a few more later today.

Andrew
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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2007, 10:18:43 AM »

Just a few more shots showing a bit more detail.

It's almost finished - just the railings, some lights (non working) on the mast and a winch bollard and that's about it. I may put some scale tyre fenders on, but I'm not too sure about that at the moment.

Andrew

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2007, 10:29:01 AM »

are these things still available  as i have looked on e-bay  but cant find one ,also used google and it came up with them from rc hobby
http://www.rchobby.co.uk/harbour_work_boat.html
with a price ticket of 90  which seams excessive compaired to the prices mentioned on the forum.
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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2007, 10:31:35 AM »

are these things still available  as i have looked on e-bay  but cant find one ,also used google and it came up with them from rc hobby
http://www.rchobby.co.uk/harbour_work_boat.html
with a price ticket of 90  which seams excessive compaired to the prices mentioned on the forum.
daz

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This boat appears to have been replaced with the Dickie RC Navy Boat which could be converted to a tug with a little bit of work. 2'-0" long and 49.95 plus battery for Tx.

http://www.otherlandtoys.co.uk/dickie-rc-navy-boat-p-1097.html

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2007, 10:38:15 AM »

didn't say i would buy from the  Dicky it was just where i could only find them for sale  :)
if there was on cheep it would be usefull as a have a go boat for the goole club to use at events  i let them use the carlson and the southampton tugs at the moment so another one would be great as they are popular with the kids .
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« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2007, 10:41:29 AM »

Apart from what I've read, I know nothong about RC Hobby, but I certainly wouldn't pay more than around 30 - 35 for one. That's what I paid earlier this year from a dealer on ebay. Howes Model Shop is currentlay advertising them for 29.99, which is more like it!

www.howesmodels.co.uk

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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2007, 11:08:46 AM »

My apologies, Andrew is right, Howes do have them for 29.99

http://www.howesmodels.co.uk/RadioControl/viewProducts.php?SubCatID=96

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2007, 11:20:21 AM »

Thats where i had mine from, i think they have 3 left?

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2007, 11:21:36 AM »

I got both mine on e-bay for 19.99

But they are now called Seaport Workboat (non on at moment)
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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2007, 11:14:51 AM »

Tom, nice pictures, did you have to key the original paintwork or just overspray?

Russ
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« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2007, 03:37:27 PM »

Did have to key it as the original is very shiny
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« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2007, 03:40:02 PM »

thanks Dickie / Meridian
been on the site this aft and ordered one should be fun O0
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