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Old Feb 16, 2013, 09:58 AM
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Very first modification.
Your boat is Looking well there my friend, it will take time, unless you have the keys to a bank
I am working on adding a little Smoke to my boat, this will a hard one to do.

You can get parts from

www.alwayshobbies.co.uk

www.battlecrafts.co.uk

and also www.ebay.co.uk .................when looking on ebay.co.uk just put in BOAT FITTINGS !!

Looking forward to seeing how you get along.

- Rolex.
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 01:08 PM
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Thanks very much. I'm very fond of her. Although the only boats I have now are mainly RTR toy grades, I enjoy adding detail and really enjoy working with them. The Sea Ray is fairly similar but I'm adding my own electrics to that one.

Plans are to get a much larger tug one day in the future. The smoke and engine sounds I LOVE on any boat and would love to have that as well, alas I don't have that kind of money atm I'll post some pictures of my sea ray in a bit. Thanks for the compliment on my vessel.

Excellent site by the way, looks like I won't have to use the guages I reduced!
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 01:29 PM
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I've posted a few of these before so some may have seen them already. I have installed LEDs at the front, the cabin and rear passenger area.
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 05:39 AM
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I've posted a few of these before so some may have seen them already. I have installed LEDs at the front, the cabin and rear passenger area.
Nice job on that boat, i think your going to like the Tug more after you start the mods on it. As said, i am still working on my one, and your right its takes a lot of money to do anything small to the Tug.

I have been playing this outstanding video on youtube for weeks to see if i can get any mods from it to do to my Tug Boat. Take a look its just excellent and must be the best video of tugs on youtube.

Dancing Tug Boats (4 min 31 sec)
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Old Feb 17, 2013, 07:56 AM
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Ah yes I remember this video well, one of my favorites on YouTube. When I become more familiar with the electrics I'd love for mine to be able to pivot like that! An outstanding video. Thanks!
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Nice to see that you can still squeeze out some fun on the job. Great video.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:44 AM
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Nice to see that you can still squeeze out some fun on the job. Great video.
Hay Pops thanks for calling in, its always nice to see someone now and then doing this.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 09:58 AM
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A Talk on Smoke Units.

Here is a video showing some info on Smoke Units that are on the market and that can be use in model TUGS !.

Lionel Locomotive Smoke Units 101 (30 min 59 sec)
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 01:53 PM
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Ah yes I remember this video well, one of my favorites on YouTube. When I become more familiar with the electrics I'd love for mine to be able to pivot like that! An outstanding video. Thanks!
great video and it demos well why some tugs are Voith drive. you can tell by watching the trust wash as they manuver as it will come from the sides,front, amid ship, stern, and to be able to slide as fast as they do sideways. great manuverability.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 07:08 PM
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Agreed, watching the sediment and direction of the thrusters gives you a great appreciation of what can be accomplished by these outstanding vessels!
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 09:46 AM
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I will be back soon with more up-dates on how my Tug is doing, many thanks for all who look in - Regards Rolex.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 07:57 PM
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No worries, I check this thread quite often.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 11:25 AM
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No worries, I check this thread quite often.
Love the mods with the cam belt, Nice one there, i was trying to come up with a way to do that but never got to it in the end. I am going to try to see if i fit smoke to my tug, However, i have my work cut out !
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 05:48 PM
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Love the mods with the cam belt, Nice one there, i was trying to come up with a way to do that but never got to it in the end. I am going to try to see if i fit smoke to my tug, However, i have my work cut out !
I'm anxious to see how it comes out. The factory exhaust ports are kinda thin plastic. One idea is to lop the plastic bits off, sand the stack tower smooth and feed some of this aluminum tubing through the plastic stack tower, then use an automotive brake line tubing bender to make the slight arches you desire.

The tubing I got came from the hobby shop and can be bought in different diameters, also comes in copper too.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 10:39 PM
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Hello all. I just got this tug. Was thinking of doing some of the mods you guys have already done. Beautiful work! Actually, I got into boats and then realized that I needed a recovery vessel and that's what brought me to this tug. I have yet to try it out, need to install a radio. I have two options. This think also has an Rx built in. I can use the included Tx crystal with a cheap RTF transmitter I have, OR I can use a cheap RTF 2.4G set. At first I thought the 2.4G set would be better because with cars they have more range than my old AM's ever did, but the antenna will sit below decks. Which radio should I use? The 2.4G that came with an Exceed truck (probably made by Flysky) or the stock Rx and the Am Radio that came with an HSP (same brand) buggy, but no telling who made that Tx.
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