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    Highlander Clyde Puffer.
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    📝 Tyre's and bow fender completed.
    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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    Just a minor improvement on the progress front, I have fitted ten rubber tyre's five along each side, and a bow fender on the front as the boating lake has concrete sides. I am afraid the quality of the photo leaves a lot to be desired. Regards, Gary.

    💬 Re: Tyre's and bow fender completed.
    2 months ago by 🇩🇪 Wolle ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Great, perfect. I would be happy if I could do my Britannia even half as well. 👍
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    💬 Re: Tyre's and bow fender completed.
    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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    Hi Chug, as I am or have installed a steam engine, I tend to leave windows port holes and even the holes in the hatch cover boards open, along with working ventilators so as to circulate as much air as possible for the gas boiler burner, and this saves me fitting an electric fan. I also tend to cut holes into wheel-house floors on most boats, not pretty I admit but definitely functional and it works for me. I would have answered your query before but have just noticed it. Regards. Gary. (A photo of the real thing VIC 32 at Crinan, Scotland, Western Isles, and my inspiration to finally finish my Puffer.)
    💬 Re: Tyre's and bow fender completed.
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 chugalone100 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Gary:
    Did you detailed tinterior bridge?
    What material did you use for your windows?

    I looked through your posts but could see any with it.
    💬 Re: Tyre's and bow fender completed.
    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 Doogle ( Commander)
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    A lovely looking vessel, well done on your build 👍
    💬 Re: Tyre's and bow fender completed.
    5 months ago by 🇬🇧 Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    A superb build.
    Many congratulations 👍
    Regards
    Bill.
    💬 Re: Tyre's and bow fender completed.
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 chugalone100 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The 1mm black elastic together with the heat shrinking tubes is a BRILLIANT IDEA.
    Thank you for sharing it with us.
    💬 Re: Tyre's and bow fender completed.
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 chugalone100 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    It’s a perfect build.
    Have you tried it for buoyancy?
    How much counter weight did you have to add?
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    📝 Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 5.)
    6 months ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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    I posted a few interesting details earlier, to be found under Episode 4, with regard to the mast light and rigging fittings. I have to admit to the fact that now that I am once again involved with the building of this boat, I am very much enjoying every minute of the build, as there is just something special about Clyde Puffers, despite the fact it is definitely the most difficult boat to try and fit a steam plant into, as it is so unconventional as near enough everything is at the extreme back end. My solution to this problem is to use two drive chains and a drive shaft around the boiler, to connect the centrally-mounted steam engine to the short prop shaft. Mind I admit to a fair bit of chain testing to hopefully ensure it was robust enough and up to what I had in mind, and I am reasonably happy with the results. I think the best description of a puffer is a boat with lots of character, which does not need a boat stand as it is flat-bottomed, and at home either on a canal or out at sea. A few more photographs which are in no particular order. Regards, Gary.

    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 5.)
    5 months ago by 🇨🇦 RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I love CLYDE PUFFERS. A friend gave me a small one that he had 3D printed, he had tired of it, & he was mentoring me as a nearby. Currently he is 3D printing me a much larger one, abt 2' LOA. At a garage sail I bought a tiny bath tub toy out of the THOMAS the tank engine series
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    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 5.)
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 martyvz ( Leading Seaman)
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    Beautiful model, I particularly like the steam set up and the workaround for the prop shaft.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 5.)
    6 months ago by 🇺🇸 chugalone100 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    It’s magnificent. It’s a showcase piece no doubt about it. It’s all perfect.😮😮
    📝 Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    6 months ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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    This has been a long time coming and I am now in a position where I can say it is almost complete. It is not quite to scale as I had to extend the rear deck slightly to give access to the pressure relief valve as this is also my boiler filling point. Plus, I have slightly enlarged the hatch opening and cover, with regard to better access to the steam engine and control valves. I had a problem with the pressure-controlled gas valve, which did not work despite the fact I gave it a damn good looking at. I then forked out another £70 for a manual version of the same to find exactly the same problem, they were both bought from Microcosm care of Mr. Galgig. In the end, I decided to remove this valve and manage without it. The steam plant was tested both inside and outside of the boat before the deck was fitted and fastened in place. The boiler is extremely efficent and will hold a three bar pressure with the engine running at a normal speed which I find quite surprising everything considered. As the pressure valve is set at 4 bar to operate this does tend to leak a bit at 3 plus bar, and a pipe was fitted in front of the wheelhouse engine superstructure. This was an afterthought and does look a bit odd, but I didn't want to spoil the pipework around the smoke stack come chimney. The photos are in no particular order. Comments and queries are more than welcome. More soon, regards, Gary.

    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    6 months ago by 🇬🇧 Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Gary, that's a work of art, love your rigging details, absolutely stunning.
    Cheers Colin.
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    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    6 months ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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    A little more progress today on the main mast with a 1940s vintage-type lantern probably of the paraffin variety, which slides up and down on two guy ropes. All of my rigging is 1mm black elastic with most of the ends doubled over and encased in heat shrink, hopefully, to give a spliced effect. I am quite happy with the way it turned out as it has a realistic effect and looks like the real thing. This is running off a 6-volt switched battery pack hidden under the deck. The lights on the wheelhouse structure run from another 6-volt switched battery pack fastened to the roof of the wheelhouse, so as not to have wires to disconnect when removing decks and superstructure. Regards, Gary.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    6 months ago by 🇦🇺 stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Gary,
    I am sorry to say there has been no real progress on LT100 this year, mainly due to my wife's ongoing ill health.
    I have shelved the Drifter just last week, for the time being, although I have started a small side project a Revell deep sea trawler, Ross Jackal kit to a scale of 1/142 so the box says, being a plastic kit I don't need all that much time in each sitting to make some progress. I am converting it to RC and will make changes to some details as well.
    I probably have enough stuff to do an update on the Drifter, but at the moment I would rather do some building with my very limited hobby time.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    6 months ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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    This is for anyone who is wondering why the hatch cover is minus three planks, this was definitely for novelty value, and the fact I had a small bag of genuine coal which I picked up at Whitby before they turned the coal yard into a carpark. The answer is in the attached photograph. Regards, Gary.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    6 months ago by 🇬🇧 flaxbybuck ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Everything RNinMunich said, and more.
    Just wonderful ! 😉
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    6 months ago by 🇩🇪 RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    What a magnificent labyrinthine, magical, mechanical masterpiece😮
    Oh! And the ship's pretty damn good too👍
    Can't wait to see her puffing round the pond!
    Well done shipmate.
    Cheers, Doug 😎
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    6 months ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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    Thanks, Stephen, and your comment is very much appreciated. Please let me know what is happening at your end with regard to Formidable LT 100 the last wooden North Sea Drifter. Very much like myself, it has been a long time since your last progress report. I hope all is well at your end. Regards, and best wishes Gary.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    6 months ago by 🇦🇺 stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Gary,
    She looks fantastic all freshly painted up.
    Pity about the attenuator valve.


    Cheers,
    Stephen.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    6 months ago by 🇺🇸 chugalone100 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Extravagant model with a very nice looking steam engine.
    I’m selling a Caldercraft model like this one on EBay. 325695723267
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    6 months ago by 🇧🇪 hermank ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Beautifull model, well Made and nice details.in ou club KMYCA quite à lot of members havé built a puffer with a steam engine. You need to come to Antwerp as from march onwards once à month we have à compétition with only steam driven boats.
    📝 Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3 and a bit more.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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.

    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3 and a bit more.)
    6 months ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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    Christmas came and went followed by another Christmas with no progress on the Puffer build. However, last year while visiting Bonny Scotland my friend and I managed to find VIC 32 at a place called Crinan, and this definitely rekindled my interest and the good news is the puffer is almost complete. As per the two photographs before and after. I will update my blog with lots of photographs of the build in the very near future. Regards, Gary.
    📝 Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3 and a bit.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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

    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3 and a bit.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 mturpin013 ( Admiral)
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    Gas burners, Its science in its own right however you seen to be on top of the issue.
    📝 Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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.

    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇺🇸 ChrisR ( Master Seaman)
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    It looks amazing!!! Congratulations.
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    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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.)
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years 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?
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇳🇿 jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Fantastic work Gary, looking forward to the first sailing👍

    JB
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 xtramaths ( Able Seaman)
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    First class installation, I admit to having three attempts every time!
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇺🇸 pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    The Steam Engine and Installation is Exceptional!!
    Of course the vessel is outstanding.
    I have an affinity to Steam Power!!
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Gary.
    Stunning work.
    Keep it up.
    Regards Bill.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years 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.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇦🇺 stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Gary,
    That's quite a collection.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇨🇦 Newby7 ( Fleet 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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    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 mturpin013 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Gary, yet another fantastic installation, really professional well done
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇦🇺 stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Gary,

    Looking forward to hearing about your tests.😀

    Great work.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years 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
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years 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
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    2 years ago by 🇦🇺 stevedownunder ( Captain)
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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. 👍

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

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
    📝 Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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.

    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    2 years 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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    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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.)
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 Colin H ( Fleet 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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    2 years ago by 🇦🇺 stevedownunder ( Captain)
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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.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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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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    2 years ago by 🇳🇿 jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Great looking set-up Gary, nice drive solution👍👍 Engine's a beauty.

    JB
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    2 years ago by 🇨🇦 Newby7 ( Fleet 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
    📝 Highlander Clyde Puffer.
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Commander)
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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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    2 years ago by 🇨🇦 Newby7 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    It will be worth watching this blog GLC.
    Rick
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    2 years ago by 🇦🇺 stevedownunder ( Captain)
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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.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer.
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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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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    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Gary, intrigued by your idea and will be following closely.
    Cheers Colin.
    💬 Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer.
    2 years ago by 🇬🇧 Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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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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