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Old Jan 29, 2012, 07:48 PM
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1/32 Truckable Tug

Decided it was time to build a small pool Truckable Tug. Working off a photo from the Springer Forum. The Tug measuring 9 1/4" x 4 1/8". The entire hull is 0.080" Styrene. The cabin is constructed from 0.040" Styrene I did not a 1 1/8" prop lying around so thought I would give a try of scratch building one. Started with piece of 5/32" tubing and a sheet of 0.020 brass. Lots of hand trimming and filing. Then soldered in place with mechanical solder.
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Old Jan 29, 2012, 07:58 PM
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Most excellent job A build with pictures I hope
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Old Jan 29, 2012, 09:28 PM
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Nice job. The more I modify plastic kits the more I like working with styrene (sintra, ABS, etc). It is so fast, and in my opinion, represents steel so much better than using wood. What glue did you use? And did you add any internal structure, like ribs or gussets?

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Old Jan 29, 2012, 09:33 PM
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Great job
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Old Jan 29, 2012, 10:08 PM
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That is awesome. Nice work!
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Old Jan 30, 2012, 12:14 AM
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Nice Job!

Good photo's too, thanks. CB
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Old Jan 30, 2012, 08:24 AM
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Very nice. I too also use a fair amount of plastic and love it.
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Old Jan 30, 2012, 07:44 PM
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Installed a surplus RS385 5pole motor, old Novack ESC cover removed for weight, micro servo, and receiver. The battery is 7.4v Li-ion 2ah should provide 3+ hrs of run time.
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Old Jan 30, 2012, 09:01 PM
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That prop is pimp
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Old Jan 31, 2012, 06:33 AM
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Any interest?

Not trying to hijack his thread, but I have been considering building a similar project for about a year or more. If I had a mold made, to make a similar size hull, is there any interest? Otherwise, I will do a one off. Seeing his boat, makes me want to get it off the IDEA BOARD, and in the water. CB
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Old Jan 31, 2012, 12:34 PM
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How are you going to seal the deck JOHN? Will you be adding lights? I think you will be able to fill the slight gaps with the marine 5200 chalk.
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CaptCB,
What I have found in building these little guys is that with a little tweaking of the dimensions it makes for an easier install of the propulsion and electrics. I.E. the length is 8 1/2 - 9 ish while the width is 5 1/2" ...accommodates the 5000 NIMH 4.8v
batts...also the freeboard is taller by 3/8 ". The promaxx 180 geared or 400 geared fit the same foot print and drive a 1" three bladed prop without effort....I have however adjusted the arc and height to accomodate up to a 32mm plastic.
If you build the fiberglass hulls you need to consider not everyone has 40+ years of junk drawers to pool from. So be ready with an off the shelf parts list and their source for the entry level captain.
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Very nice job John. At 9 inches you have to at lest add lights.
May be you could make to the WRAM ( Feb 24-26) show in Jersey and we could run together indoors.
I’ll bring my 2 truckables. 25 inch and 4.5 inch.
I think it would be a blast to do a run down the pond in formation.
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[QUOTE=BOZINATOR;20595647]How are you going to seal the deck JOHN? Will you be adding lights? I think you will be able to fill the slight gaps with the marine 5200 chalk.
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The deck will be seal with removable sealant. There is a lip under the deck that slides into the hull. A thin layer will be applied befor painting. During normal use, charging, and servicing the cabin opening will be used. If the servo or rudder need serviced only then will the deck will be unsealed.
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Old Jan 31, 2012, 03:35 PM
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Neat tug!
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Old Jan 31, 2012, 03:49 PM
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It looks great. You do know what the next step is, right?

One of our club members came to own a truckable built by another member who has passed away. A couple of years ago while driving south on I 94 he stopped at a truck stop on the WI/IL border. He spotted this RC Ford Semi in the store. What's a truckable with out a truck? It came with a van trailer so he had to scratch build the flat bed. IIRC the truck was about $70.
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