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    Mabel river launch
    by Tomo ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Master Seaman)
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    7 months ago by Tomo ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Gary
    Sat and thought about the question I asked is it because there is always one piston over the steam port
    Regards Mick
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    7 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Mick, as I remember and I am sure it's on the fly-wheel, and is a small dowel thing and they literally connect together. I have seen four of them connected together, and it looked very neat and of course quite powerful. Out of curiosity, I googled Tony Green and could not get any information on the USE engine, no mention of it at all, which I thought was rather strange. Regards, Gary.
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    7 months ago by Tomo ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Gary
    Thanks for the comments what a brilliant idea in the back of my mind i new multiples could be fitted but had completely forgot about it. I would have to look into how multiples fit together but it would be a cheap and easy way to improve performance. Being new to steam can I ask why a second engine would make it self starting
    Regards Mick
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    7 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Tomo,
    The engines would have to have their crank shafts connected together with the pistons being 90 degrees offset to each other. then it would be self starting.
    Trev
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mabel river launch
    7 months ago by Tomo ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi all been quiet on the forum of late although been doing bits on the boat when time aloud. I am now calling the project finished apart from two items first as you can see from the photos the rudder shaft is held with the brass from a electrical connector not sure what to do there I think a small thumb screw would be good secondly the boiler has a leak around a hex head screw that passes through a hinge plate and into the boiler I need to determine the thread clean it all up and seal it with loctite. Really enjoyed this first project not sure where to go next maybe find out more about radio control
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    7 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    That looks really great, you should be proud of yourself and your first attempt. In the future, you could always consider adding a second USE engine, which should make it self-starting
    , and as I am sure you are aware the locking pin assures that you can't get it wrong, regarding the angle of the crank-pins on the two engines. Regards,Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mabel river launch
    8 months ago by Tomo ( Master Seaman)
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    Couldnโ€™t resist a mock up of the build so far. Fired up the boiler for the first time it was a bit feeble to start with but got better as it went on Iโ€™ll fire it again in the garage then connect to the prop shaft and run them in together
    Mick
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    8 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Mick,
    Looking Good!
    The more you run the engine it should get better as the valve faces mate together.
    On my Launch I had to re machine the faces to reduce the leakage thus providing a better seal.
    Trev
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mabel river launch
    8 months ago by Tomo ( Master Seaman)
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    A bit of advice needed please Iโ€™m spraying the hull this coming week do I need to varnish on top of the paint. If so I have some yacht varnish from household use would this be any good
    Mick
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    8 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I don't believe you need to varnish over the paint.
    If you want to clear coat it, you would have to use a clear coat that is compatible with the paint
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mabel river launch
    8 months ago by Tomo ( Master Seaman)
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    Thanks for the photos por did you build it from plans and did you build the engine and boiler. As for Mabel havenโ€™t been able to do a lot
    , glued a couple of bearers to the heat shield to mount the unit to. I didnโ€™t like the window holes in the cabin so set about making window frames
    Mick
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    8 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Mick,
    I built the Boat from Plans.
    The Engine was built from a Kit.
    I think it is important to one's judgment in a build, Sounds like you are on the right Track!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
    I found it is good to take one's time as it becomes very intense when trying to achieve the results that we want. I aways need a step back.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mabel river launch
    8 months ago by Tomo ( Master Seaman)
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    Found the fantail pictures looks good
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    8 months ago by RonH ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Great job on your launch, love the deck.
    Here is a picture of my Midwest launch, the original company was Laughing Whale. The motor had a problem and had to make a new one using the kit one as a quite. The person on the boat rotates back and fourth to steal the boat. This model was built in 1985 and I still have it.
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    8 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Tomo,
    Thanks,
    Here are a couple more
    Sorry for the Kitchen Backgroundโ˜น๏ธ
    Looking forward to seeing Mabel Completed๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mabel river launch
    8 months ago by Tomo ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi thanks for the words of encouragement much needed at times Iโ€™ve been making the rear cabin found this a bit fiddly also altered the drawing slightly to make it sturdier it does have a rock to it when in place partly the cabin and I think the hull is higher one side to the other might have to fudge it a bit.question for pressonreguardless do you have any photos of your fantail steam launch I would very much like to see them
    Regards to all Mick
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    9 months ago by Tomo ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi all and thanks to Gary for the reply Itโ€™s good to know where Iโ€™m going wrong and how to put it right Iโ€™m eager to learn Iโ€™ll look into lubricators. I intend to run the engine on the bench a few times to familiarise myself with it so will need to keep it well lubricated. Iโ€™ve stained and varnished the deck today Iโ€™m pleased with the results onward and upwards
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    9 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Rick, and thanks for that comment which I really appreciate. Stay safe my friend, and take damn good care of yourself. Best regards to yourself and Nancy.
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    9 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Tomo, and that hull is looking really neat very streamlined, and quite racy. Plus, as a bonus, you will have good access to your steam plant through that large opening in the deck. Keep up the good work as you are doing just great at figuring things out. Regards, Gary.
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    9 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Tomo The launch is looking very good. Must say GLC (Gary) has been my inspiration and help with my steam builds. So right to follow his advice. The knowledge he has will be of help with your build.
    Rick
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    9 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Looks Great.
    I have a Serious affinity for Steam
    I completed a Fantail Steam powered Launch.
    Next is the Mt. Washington which will be Steam powered (with modifications)
    With the Launch I insert a couple drops of oil into the engine intake before firing up
    But an oiler is best
    I also coat the interior and exterior with epoxy to seal the hull
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mabel river launch
    9 months ago by Tomo ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi
    Iโ€™ve painted the inside of the hull and then fitted the ply deck held in place with the Tesco shopping order as you an see weโ€™ve had snow overnight. I then had a panic that maybe I should have used some varnish of some sort any thoughts on that would be welcome I can get to most of the inside with the deck on if needed. Another point would I need to do any sealing after paint on the outside of the hull.
    Mick
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