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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2007, 05:26:42 PM »

Keep us posted Daz on the rebuild, mine should arrive Monday/Tuesday from Howes, i will be using mine for a spare just in case anything should happen to my other ships!

Looks a good model to strip down and do all kind of things with.

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #26 on: October 16, 2007, 01:27:38 PM »

Ok made a start on transforming the toy workboat into something scale looking, ripped all the electronics out, replaced the motor with a standard 540 for now, need to cut out the ballast tank so the battery sits lowerand started to spray once i had rubbed down.

I like this boat because you can access all parts and you can put a detailed cabin interior in as well and theres plenty of room for a decent pump for the monitors.

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« Reply #27 on: October 16, 2007, 01:31:10 PM »

A couple more pics  O0

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #28 on: October 16, 2007, 08:14:44 PM »

Which primer, it's rather a shinny plastic?
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« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2007, 08:47:57 PM »

Rubbed right down with wet and dry and then red oxide primer and Halfords matt black for the hull, Halfords again for the deck and wheelhouse.

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #30 on: October 16, 2007, 11:23:17 PM »

Ha been out today ,took the wife shopping and what should turn up ,ME TUG !! from howes .
parcel people would not leave it with next door so had to ring them up and get authorisation from howes so they can leave it with next door as we are out tomorow as well .Good thing realy as i supose a naughty neighbough could say they didnt recieve it .
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« Reply #31 on: October 17, 2007, 08:45:37 AM »

This was the first RTR boat that i have worked on to be honest, i had a bit of a mishap down at the lake the other week and i just neede a small vessel to push/pull anothger ship back to dry land, working on this tug i found that there is plenty of scope for auxillarys such as pumps,lighting etc.  What i was going to do was to fit a bow thruster so before i drilled the hull i drilled a test hole in the deck (hidden) but found that the plastic was to hard and it cracked slightly so did not bother with the thruster.

Just started to add a few lights   O0
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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #32 on: October 17, 2007, 09:20:24 AM »

I used the fitted prop, what are other people using these days with your Dickie Tug?
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« Reply #33 on: October 17, 2007, 09:28:31 AM »

I retained the original motor and prop. and have found them both to be more than adequate. The motor is a little noisy, but I can live with that.
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« Reply #34 on: October 17, 2007, 10:20:54 AM »

I kept the existing prop/shaft because i found the plastic is to brittle to work with so it might of split the hull if i tried to remove it, i changed the motor and installed an Mtroniks 20 amp speed controller.

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #35 on: October 17, 2007, 12:10:07 PM »

I put in a new shaft and brass prop, had no problems works well..............


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« Reply #36 on: October 17, 2007, 06:54:27 PM »

ah-ha got it this morning ,unfortunatly i will have to wait till late to atack it for conversion .
till then .
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« Reply #37 on: October 17, 2007, 08:50:23 PM »

mmm  mine was going to be a qiuck rub down and respray  :D Now im fitting the deck/worklights, working fire monitor and started to make a new mast array!
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« Reply #38 on: October 21, 2007, 09:33:19 PM »


Nice paint job Russ. It's looking good

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« Reply #39 on: October 21, 2007, 09:40:09 PM »

Thanks Ken  O0
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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #40 on: October 21, 2007, 10:17:19 PM »

Are you going to try a little gentle weathering?
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« Reply #41 on: October 21, 2007, 10:42:45 PM »

looks good russ :)

Meridian, apart from the radio gear, some of the running equipment in RTR's such as motors and rudder servos are not actually that bad, just the speed controller and rx seem to be the bits that let things down
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« Reply #42 on: October 22, 2007, 11:49:24 AM »

Martin, yes it would probably look well with a bit of weathering, when i get time though, too many projects on the go at the minute.

Ghost, i stripped everything out apart fromt the prop and shaft, didnt like the look of the gear installed, dont think i could trust it and the transmitter supplied was very toy looking!  O0
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« Reply #43 on: October 22, 2007, 12:47:10 PM »

looks good, just needs the mast now :)
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« Reply #44 on: October 22, 2007, 04:22:48 PM »

Hi Ghost,

Yes, I've retained the motor and it isn't too bad at all. I decided to replace the rudder servo because I had a spare one. On balance, depending on the type of rudder servo supplied I think it's better to put in one of the 'branded' ones, for the sake of reliability more than anything else. I would always replace the receiver and esc. May have a go at a 'baby seven' from the RLNI soon.

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« Reply #45 on: October 22, 2007, 10:24:57 PM »

Well that looks alright don't it!  O0
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« Reply #46 on: October 23, 2007, 12:02:25 AM »

looks tidy Russ :)
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« Reply #47 on: October 23, 2007, 08:34:11 AM »

Thanks guys  O0
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« Reply #48 on: November 02, 2007, 11:18:47 AM »

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Re: Dickie Tugboat / Seaport Workboat
« Reply #49 on: November 02, 2007, 07:41:25 PM »

Done the conversion on my dickie with help from Martin's pictures (thanks Martin).will have to replace the prop shaft/tube as the one fitted knocks a bit .
Dont know whi you cant get your battery out Martin for charging ,mine comes out easy even with the velcro grip .apart from that i think i read on another post that SLA batterys should be charged upright ? .
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