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Old Jul 01, 2011, 08:38 PM
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lindberg diesel tug kit

how about a 13 inch rc tug powered by a losi micro tranny/esc and full sized steering servo.
running off of 4 aa batteries.

had to raise the sides up by 3/8ths of an inch to keep from sinking.







next to the stock hull for comparrision!



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Old Jul 02, 2011, 12:07 AM
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Cool little project!

You could save a lot of weight by replacing the 4 AA holder and batteries with a 1000 mAh 2S LiPo battery, and replacing the standard size servo with a micro servo, either a 9G or even smaller.

If you still need to lose more weight you could take the ESC out of the heavy plastic case.
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 12:35 AM
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Cool little project!

You could save a lot of weight by replacing the 4 AA holder and batteries with a 1000 mAh 2S LiPo battery, and replacing the standard size servo with a micro servo, either a 9G or even smaller.

If you still need to lose more weight you could take the ESC out of the heavy plastic case.

actually i need moore weight.....lol.
with my running gear,it takes 4 more aa batteries to bring her down to the waterline,(before adding to the sides.)
ill add ballest soon.right now im working on the brick wall skeg.....gonna narrow it some to allow water to get to the prop.
when i reverse th prop wash looks funky ....lol.

ill need to locate a scale 3 blade prop that works better than the stock prop .
any suggestions?
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 10:24 AM
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had to raise the sides up by 3/8ths of an inch to keep from sinking.
Okay, I'm confused..........
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 10:34 AM
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i added 3/8ths of an inch to the side of the hull,giving her a deeper draft,raising the deck higher out of the water.
i used .30ths styrene to build up the sides.
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 10:35 AM
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Nice DIY project. You can also get a deeper hull from Microglass:

http://microglass.net/products/p1036.html

Except I think Karl needs to fix the "1:32 scale" labeling...
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 10:37 AM
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im aware of karl's kits,i figured id save alot of cash and mod the original.a glass hull really isnt needed for a model this size in my opinion.
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 10:45 AM
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True, not needed... it's just convenience, for those who want it... and more evidence that yes, this model benefits from some more draft.
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 10:59 AM
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i was so close to buying the microglas hull,but changed my mind....lol.
my brother bought one of karl's tug hulls....very nice indeed.
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 01:01 PM
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i added 3/8ths of an inch to the side of the hull,giving her a deeper draft,raising the deck higher out of the water.
i used .30ths styrene to build up the sides.
I did not mean to imply I was confused about your extra tall sides. What is confusing is your first post saying you had to add that to prevent your boat from sinking. Implying it was too heavy! Then you next post that you actually need more weight.

Anyway, it no longer matters.
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 04:03 PM
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This build log shows the draft issues with the stock hull: http://www.boatnerd.com/model/tug/kilkenny/
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 04:06 PM
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I did not mean to imply I was confused about your extra tall sides. What is confusing is your first post saying you had to add that to prevent your boat from sinking. Implying it was too heavy! Then you next post that you actually need more weight.

Anyway, it no longer matters.
oh i see what you mean.....sorry i wasnt clear enough.
stock hull loaded down to ride height leaves me with about 1/4 inch free board before water comes over the stern.....1 small wave or ripple could bring her down.
at stock ride height she cavitates badly,thats why i wanted more weight to bring the propeller lower from the surface of the water.
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 04:15 PM
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This build log shows the draft issues with the stock hull: http://www.boatnerd.com/model/tug/kilkenny/
wow....i cant believe that little tug handles that massive barge!
thanx for that link bro!
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 05:05 PM
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They did a pretty good job of handling my 6ft long 41lb battleship. Never had so much fun with my ship without even turning on the power.
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Old Jul 02, 2011, 06:26 PM
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I saw one outfitted with a Speed 400.. it would do "wheelies" across the pond!
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