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    Highlander Clyde Puffer.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3 and a bit more.)
    9 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Sorry folks a whole month has passed since my last epistle, this is due to a combination of the building of a lathe, and I think slowing down a bit with old age. However, the lathe is very nearly finished now, which is just as well as I need to make some fittings with it, and then it is back to the Puffer. Regards, and Episode 4 is coming, mind, so is Christmas. Take care, Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3 and a bit.)
    9 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Just a little add-on bit to go with the last write-up. Today was spent testing two gas burners made for a Cheddar Boiler, the original burner was ceramic and worked quite well or at least I thought so until I tested the second one which was definitely better, and improved when I lifted the jet and holder slightly to let in more air. By placing a 6mm drill which is a good fit through the two air holes in the tube which holds the holder, then fitting the jet and holder into this tube until in sat on top of the drill bit, this seemed to be the best position as no yellow in the flame only a nice shade of baby blue, and the flame was a good 6" long, perfect. The second burner has a round drilled meta disc with a very fine steel mesh behind it, this burner was also much quieter than the first one. Regards Gary
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3 and a bit.)
    9 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Gas burners, Its science in its own right however you seen to be on top of the issue.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    10 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Continuing from where I left off in the last episode. I ordered aluminium sheet for the steam plant base at 1/8" thickness and cut too size, from Metals4U an extremely helpful company and reasonable prices. The base plate is mounted onto several pieces of 1/2" channel, having marked the hull bottom with the positions of the channel, the channels are filled to overflowing with epoxy car filler and fitted where required, then the base plate shaped to fit the hull, is positioned on to the channels and levelled with a spirit level, the excess filler is removed when still soft with a sharp knife. The support channels were then reinforced with milliput epoxy putty, then 2.5mm socket screws were used to secure the base to the support channels. Next up is the positioning of the four main components that make up the steam plant, the boiler first positioned so as the boiler chimney matches perfectly with the superstructure chimney, followed by the steam engine which is positioned reasonably central in the main hold, as this needs to be accessible in order to oil bearings and moving parts, as well as filling and emptying the lubricator. The condenser and automatic gas regulator were fitted on opposite sides of the main hold again very much with access in mind. Three servos are required to operate engine speed, forward and reverse, and the gas cut off valve which is definitely a must-have feature, as I am only too aware of what can happen and does happen if you do not fit this common-sense safety feature. Next up we have the servo linkages which I try to keep reasonably short and horizontal which means all of the servos are raised using alloy rectangular box section, the servos are fitted into rectangular box section as a method of securing the same, (servo full metal jacket.) Having arrived at this stage now you have the problem of fitting the copper piping, and I have never ever managed to get this completely right at my first attempt, as soon as a pipe is fitted realization dawns that if I had done it this way I would have a shorter pipe with fewer bends. I would strongly recommend don't silver solder any ferrules or fittings until the pipework is complete and cannot be improved. Brass hexagon bar measuring 8mm across the flats as per 2BA spanner is very useful for making couplings especially when you have 1/4"x 40 ME at one end and 1/4"x 32 ME at the other. ME (Model Engineer) Taps and Dies are a very good investment when involved with steam. Well I reckon that's about it for this one, so should you have any questions or require further information, then don't hesitate to get in touch. Regards, Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    8 months ago by ChrisR ( Master Seaman)
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    It looks amazing!!! Congratulations.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    8 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Yes, I quite like that shade of green also, but I am afraid the can has no colour code. It was from WILKINSON'S and is called Forest Green, and I hope this helps and I tend to buy all my paint there as it is very good quality at a reasonable price. Regards, Gary. (They sell a really good satin black which is ideal for painting a hull.)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    8 months ago by Peter D ( Recruit)
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    Very beautiful work, the detail and finishing makes it.
    Colours also very real.
    What is the code of the green Gary?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Fantastic work Gary, looking forward to the first sailing๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    8 months ago by xtramaths ( Able Seaman)
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    First class installation, I admit to having three attempts every time!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    9 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    The Steam Engine and Installation is Exceptional!!
    Of course the vessel is outstanding.
    I have an affinity to Steam Power!!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    9 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Gary.
    Stunning work.
    Keep it up.
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Gary,
    She is looking really good.
    It is a shame that a lot of your work will only be seen when she is in display mode.
    Keep up the fantastic work.

    Congratulations on your promotion to Sub-Lieutenant.
    Extremely well deserved.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    9 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Gary,
    That's quite a collection.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    10 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Stephen, this is my current burner collection of spares, destroyed, and experimental burner plates mostly bought in although one is completely homemade, I was trying to find something that worked on my Maxwell Hemmings 4" x 4" boiler, an expensive exercise if ever there was and in the end opted for an adapted gas blowtorch. I shall keep you informed of my progress hopefully not too long before I light the blue touch paper. Regards, Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    GLC Not only is your work on the boat great. The posts are easy to follow go into good detail.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    10 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Gary, yet another fantastic installation, really professional well done
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    10 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Tug, and I also would like to know the exact use of the two water storage facilities, that is the round water tank on the roof of the engine housing, and the square tank on the rear bulkhead. I have tried to find answers to that question as it has been asked before and quite recently. I should imagine it is freshwater for the steam engine and maybe domestic use, as in making tea. The steam engine which would normally be a three-cylinder compound engine would use a lot of water, and would use a condenser on the steam exhaust to produce recycled water, as no oil was used inside the engine cylinders as the lubricant was steam. I will eventually find the answer to this question hopefully through the Crew of VIC 32, the last and only remaining steam operated Clyde Puffer. Regards, Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Gary,

    Looking forward to hearing about your tests.๐Ÿ˜€

    Great work.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    10 months ago by Tug Hercules ( Leading Seaman)
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    Excellent build.

    The green Tank, on the Starboard side of the Stack, what is it for?

    I believe there are different views on what water it may contain, but from Your perspective, what was the use of this Tank for?

    Thank You.

    Tug
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    10 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Richard, I just wanted to say it really is not that complex at all. I started with steam back in the seventies and bought a steam plant from Maxwell Hemmings, as I was working in Saudi at the time and had joined the more money than sense syndrome. As I hadn't got a clue at that time I cut up the boat to make it fit as opposed to altering the pipework. Happy days, I think I have the hang of it now? Regards, Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    10 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Stephen, yes photo 5 the attenuator come boiler pressure gas control valve, the pipe from the right angle on the left-hand end is the gas supply to the burner, the boiler steam pressure is on the right-hand end, and the remaining tapping is to the gas cut-off valve to the left of the photo. That is the one problem which I was never very happy about the fact that the gas canister is at one end and the burner at the other.
    The two burners, the ceramic one is the original, the other with the plate full of holes with a wire gauze behind it is the new and hopefully more efficient and quieter offering from Clevedon Steam. I shall do some testing on both and let you know the results.
    Yes, you are right that is a huge block of script and needs to be in paragraphs or something. Regards, Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    10 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hello Gary, what a superb model, l am blown away with the steam power unit. I am happy to admit this engineering is way beyond my capabilities, but l will follow the progress and eventual first sailing.

    Great photos by the way,

    Richard
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Gary,

    Looks great, very neat instillation.

    In photo no5 there is a copper line running along touching the Aluminum plate, I am guessing this is the output from pressure regulating device or attenuator to the gas burners?

    Your 2 burners look different one looks like my old Cheddar steam ceramic burner while the other one doesn't have the ceramic bit.

    Great progress. ๐Ÿ‘

    Only one criticism, with such a large block of text it becomes difficult to read (for me) without some gaps in between.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    10 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    The steam engine and boiler for the Puffer have been borrowed from my Topaz (Edwardian) Steam Launch a static model with no radio gear installed. Consequently, despite the age of the steam plant, it has never been fired up as such either in anger or otherwise. Cheddar in their time made some really well-engineered engines and the Gemini is a shining example of that era. The boiler which measures 3" x 6" is none conventual as the chimney and burner are both at the same end, as opposed to the normal center flue with burner and chimney at opposite ends. So having positioned the boiler on its base plate to line up with the engine housing chimney, and with the burner at the back end. A short prop shaft was fitted and the rudder also. The problem is to get the propshaft to run around the boiler and connect to the engine. this was done using sprockets, chains, shafts and bearings from Micromold. To be perfectly honest this actually works rather well, and much better than I expected. I think the photos are hopefully self-explanatory, there are two chains one from the propshaft to the drive shaft which is fastened to the hull and runs the length of the boiler, this terminates at a second chain which is coupled to the engine. There is also a few photos of the steam plant and engine. I still have some modifications to make to the steam plant to make better access to control valves. I need to finish the steam plant work and fit it into the hull, then make sure everything works alright before I fasten the decks down, I have been thinking along the lines of a visit to the boating lake also before the decking and finishing. that is about it for this one, I will try and answer questions and comments. Regards, Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Awesome installation Gary.
    I am enjoying this build log.
    Keep it coming.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    10 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Colin, note the homemade steam spreader at the top of the chimney, for a more even output of condenser exhaust steam. Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    10 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Colin, and thanks for the positive comment, much appreciated. With regard to your steam plant and choice of the hull, I reckon the minimum size would be around 48" mark, as that is a heavy-weight steam plant. Tugs in general tend to be almost flat bottomed, good for a lower sense of gravity and wide in the beam. A fiberglass hull would make sense as no ribs, bulkheads, or keel to worry about. In an ideal world, a one-piece central superstructure that also carried the masts, as mine does is worth thinking about. I also have thought that converting to butane/propane gas using a purpose-made ceramic burner, which is available for the Babcock boiler would be safer and more efficient. The much easier solution would to go for the open launch and show off your nicely painted and polished steam plant. Please let me know which road WE are going down. Regards, Gary. (My tug by Mobile Marine, Marian Bell'e measures 39" x 10" and is quite heavy.)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    10 months ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Gary, superb explanation and pictures.
    I am currently trying to work out what size Hull I need for my Stuart Babcock 500 boiler and Sun motor.
    Do you think a 4 foot tug Hull would be okay.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Lovely explanation Gary,

    I like the outside the box thinking for your drive system.
    Looking forward to seeing more.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    10 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Gary.
    An excellent Episode 2.
    This is just like a good thriller on the TV.
    Your work is first class and in reality simplicity in itself in terms of what you have achieved in the restricted space.
    I know very little regarding steam power and find this really interesting.
    Very self explanatory photographs.
    Great work,keep it up.
    Regards Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Great looking set-up Gary, nice drive solution๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Engine's a beauty.

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    GLC You bring steam alive in finding a way to get power from the engine to the prop. Look foreword to watching this build.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ“ Highlander Clyde Puffer.
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    Having thought about doing a blog on this build for some time I have finally decided to give it a go and see how I get on. First and foremost this is a kit by Mountfleet, and it really does leave a little to be desired as in the quality of the fiberglass mouldings and the white metal fittings. It is not by any stretch of the imagination the company it used to be before the major fire they suffered some years ago. I have always liked the Clyde Puffers as great little working boats full of character and nostalgia, plus there is still one or two still working around the Islands on the west coast of Scotland. I think they are more involved these days with tourists and sightseers than carrying freight, although I dare say they still carry some occasionally. My personal preference is to build working boats from the 30s and 40s that were powered by steam engines. The reason I have left it this long is the very unconventional layout with the boiler and steam engine both at the back end of the boat. Then I had this idea with regard to using sprockets chains and shafts, not forgetting the bearings, to run the propshaft around the boiler and position the engine in front of the boiler. I think you will need to check the photos to see where I am coming from on that one. These first photos are from the kit brochure and I think the weathering has been somewhat over-done. It looks like it needs a good wash down. Any comments or suggestions I will gladly take on board, as I am making this up as I go and I am hoping this works out, time will tell. Regards, Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer.
    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    It will be worth watching this blog GLC.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer.
    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Gary,

    Great to see you have started a build log, and I am looking forward to more updates.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer.
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    Hi Gary,
    I think you have made the right decision to be a build log.
    I will be following your progress.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer.
    10 months ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Gary, intrigued by your idea and will be following closely.
    Cheers Colin.
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    10 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Gary.
    Looking forward to this build.
    So far so good.Be interesting to see the engine position build as you describe.
    Regards Bill.
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