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Apr 12, 2007, 12:52 AM
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Microglass 1:32 scale 45' STL / YTL Tug

All of the rumors about Microglass are true!!!

I got my little 1:32nd scale 45' STL/YTL Tug in the mail today and it is a beautiful molding!!! Smooth gelcoat surface, crisp, clean edges and a layup schedule that is just right! Microglass really does very nice work! The hull also comes with a useful set of drawings appropriately scaled, showing the general arrangement of the deck, house, mast and hull details-

This hull has a couple of other boats ahead of it in the (current) build schedule but I'm looking forward to getting started on it!
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Apr 12, 2007, 02:27 AM
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I make 45' @ 1/32nd to be about 17 inches?...

.. and i spy a 12 volt ST-FTG type motor lurking in the background...

Looking forwards to reading (and seeing) this build Aero.. Do you have a real tug in mind to model or just a 'general type'?..
Apr 12, 2007, 07:06 AM
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It also Fits under the Arnold

The microglass ST hull also fits under the Freedom Song Boatworks Arnold Kit rather well to. That kit is in 1/24.

Happy Modeling,
Apr 12, 2007, 01:35 PM
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Yep, almost 17" I was considering using the B-H 12v motor but I don't think this hull will take the weight of the batteries etc. and still sit properly on her lines- I believe I will do what CG Bob did with his "Whitefish Bay" and go geared S280 on a car type battery pack /ESC- that solution is a bit lighter. His look great on the water.

This one will be a U.S. Navy "YTL" Tug- the paint chart that R May posted in his YTL thread will be very useful- It will get built up per the drawings and I've decided on the "correct" black hull, gray deck/wheel house scheme for the Navy version- I'll probably make up my own name and "YTL Number" though

I'll have to look Freedom Song up, Rich!

I am pleasantly surprized by what an 'elegant' hull shape the 45' ST type tug has!
Apr 12, 2007, 02:34 PM
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Thanks for the pictures and the information, Bob, these will be very helpful!
Apr 12, 2007, 02:38 PM
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Bob, what prop, shaft and tube did you use on your STs? Thanks!
Apr 12, 2007, 09:55 PM
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Aero Got some info on the YTL want me to bring for Sunday S.F. Do? Just one of the "shelf projects" in my shop. Takes a 1" prop and might have one on hand. We need to talk about this one.
Apr 12, 2007, 10:49 PM
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Older Dumas 1.5" props, the ones with the little notch for a drive dog. MACK products SB-4 stuffing tube. I silver soldered the prop onto the shaft.
Apr 12, 2007, 11:53 PM
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Thanks Bob! I'll look for it! IIRC, the motor you used in your YTLs are Graupners?

Capt. Lee, I'm very interested in any info, etc. you may have on the YTL! Looking forward to seeing you at the SF event this weekend!
Apr 13, 2007, 01:22 AM
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Aero: what is that motor in the corner of the pic?
Apr 13, 2007, 02:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Kmot
Aero: what is that motor in the corner of the pic?
Its a Bowmar Harowe 1442-010 12vlt 2500RPM .2 Amp

Boatfox had one in his ST-FTG, I copied him.. and Aero went for one in '8 ball' too

http://www.surplussales.com/Motors/Motors-3.html Its mid page
Apr 13, 2007, 12:33 PM
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Thanks for the info toes. That is quite an interesting motor mount that thing has.
Apr 13, 2007, 12:53 PM
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Aero, I like the design and size
Apr 13, 2007, 01:23 PM
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Kmot, hee hee, the mounting brackets that came on this motor are pretty impressive whatever it was designed to go on originally, they really didn't want the motor to move a fraction!!!

the good news is, the brakets are a fairly soft aluminum and can be quickly removed with a jeweler's saw and cleaned up with a couple of passes with a file-

good little motor, as Toes points out, 2500 RPM without the need for a gear box- very quiet and smooth- looks high quality with roller bearings, etc. - lots of torque and modest amp draw... I think I paid $10 for it which is a good value.

Smart Racer, the 45' ST should build into a handsome little tug when done per the drawings- The compact size should make it totally hassle free for those unplanned "Hey, it's sunny outside! grab a boat!" kind of runs!
Last edited by Aerominded; Apr 13, 2007 at 05:55 PM.

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