( 3 Meg )
Martin: "Great working hook system, how does it work?"
Andy: Believe it or not Martin
,good old curtain track/hooks. I am at the moment online to inventors of
this beast, looks like I have an invite to Holland end of April expenses
sorry it's taken a while to answer but work gets in the way of tugs .......sometimes. Any way, you wanted to be bored so here we go....
I started tug building about 25 years ago with kits , teething on Billings Bankert, and ending on Robbe's Happy Hunter.I decided I wanted to build my own stuff and using what I had learned from kit building put it to use scratch building.
I like the modern stuff, the more weird the better. Surfing the net one evening I came across Novatug one of the sponsors of "Tugspotters", and saw their Carousel design, I found it interesting and downloaded a G/A that was on the site at the time, filing this away in the " must do that sometime dept.". My friend , Brian Grunes wanted to build a balanced pair of Tugs with me ,pushed me into getting this design into operation.
I started by getting the plans into a workable size ie, about 41 inches in length and 19.5 inches beam ,this gave a scale of 1/24th. I then drew some lines from the G/A and drew a 3d view. In the mean time I e-mailed Novatug but got absolutely no response. So, that was a challenge, I was going to build this boat in spite not because of them. I started by getting some Blue builders foam and carving a plug from this and my friend Brian got a mould from it and made a couple of fibreglass hulls from this.He was then able to make the complete deck in fibreglass and this "snapped" on to the hull rather like "Tupperware".
I decided early on that I
was going to use 5 bladed 10 cm props keeping to the scale, and used "polypipe"
( plastic pluming ) couplings for fixed nozzles. the Becker rudders were
made by another friend of mine from Crosby Model Boat Club , near
Liverpool, MNalcolm Wicherley. The motors are from Mobile Marine Models,
another Brian who had the biggest fan motors I've seen in my life! I used
6inch prop shafts at M5 and two Mobile Marine safety couplings. Speed
controllers are two Hitec heavy duty things ,made for racing cars, and the
radio system is a 4 channel Futaba sky-sport.