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Model Builder's Den => Electrics & Radio Gear => : EDDIE May 09, 2015, 12:39:39

: Small tug set up
: EDDIE May 09, 2015, 12:39:39
Hello all

I have aquired a small scale steam tug without any electrics it is a Mountfleet River Queen  27.5"length 6"beam 6lb dispacement Prop size 35mm 3 blade

What would you suggest for motor size,esc and battery?

Many thanks in advance for any help
: Re: Small tug set up
: Tiny69 May 09, 2015, 23:40:50
In my TID 164 I use a MFA 950D series motor with a 6:1 ratio gearbox controlled by a Mtronics Marine 15 ESC.  I managed to get a 12v 7ah battery in my model but you will have to measure the space in your model and decide how big your battery can be.  Get one with the highest amphour rating (ah) so it will give a longer sailing time.  The ESC can be used to power the receiver so additional receiver batteries are not required so saving space.

The first photo shows the motor and battery with steam sound unit all mounted on an aluminium plate so I can take the whole unit out and put in a steam plant as seen in the second photo.
: Re: Small tug set up
: EDDIE May 10, 2015, 12:48:20
Neat set up yo have there i like the exchange from electric to steam what plant are you using in there?
Thanks for the info given me some ideas now
: Re: Small tug set up
: Tiny69 May 11, 2015, 10:10:54
The steam plant is a Cheddar Models Puffin twin oscillating engine with a horizontal single flue boiler and auto gas regulator.
: Re: Small tug set up
: EDDIE May 11, 2015, 11:08:28
Your given me even more ideas now ive seen the steam plant as well
Had a look at your website too you have some fine builds there i will read some more
I do like the TID though
: Re: Small tug set up
: EDDIE May 29, 2015, 13:16:55
Progress now made i have a 555 low drain motor,5amphr 6v battery,20amp Viper esc and even fitted in a small smoker! Just a bit of wiring left to do and get the prop, sits well in the water