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    Midwest Steam Engine and Elliott Bay launch
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    πŸ“ Putting her aside for later..
    17 days ago by Cashrc ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi y’all. The more I work on this boat, the less I like it. Had issues with the paint, the rudder is white metal, don’t really like the idea of an inaccessible rudder servo and linkage...plus I really, really think Midwest turns out better balsa and ply than plastic. So, for the time being, I’m putting her in dry dock to be worked on later. Not giving up on steam, I’m really thinking about getting a Krick Anna and putting the Midwest plant in that. Anyway...my PT15 needs to get her new cabin and bridge built, so im heading that direction.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Putting her aside for later..
    17 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    Whether you've given up on this boat for time being or not Cash, I think she has lovely lines. Hope you do finish her sometime.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Putting her aside for later..
    17 days ago by Cashrc ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    She does Nerys, she truly does. But, when things don’t go well, I’ve learned to put things aside for later instead of giving up entirely. That’s what I did with the Taucher, and although she’s not my favorite, she turned out somewhere between okay and pretty good, and I can live with that.
    I like the little Anna, I think she would be...a less frustrating build and a good entry into steam. I’m thinking after I take that leap I’ll get back to the Elliot.
    I have too many projects I want to build and way too little time..😐
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Putting her aside for later..
    16 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi cash,
    I think she is coming along nicely.
    If you are going to plank the deck you could cut an opening around the servo/rudder area and hide it with the deck planking held down with some small magnets.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ Midwest Steam Engine and Elliott Bay launch
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi all. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m 1 year away from 60, or that I like different types of motive power, but for a while now I’ve wanted to dabble in steam.Different is good, when I flew RC I just loved my PAW diesels. Most of the guys in my club thought I was a little..eccentric, but I loved β€˜em. Anyway, steam power has the same appeal to me. Now, about 15 years ago or so Midwest Models here in the States had a little oscillating single cylinder engine and boiler combo they called the Heritage Steam engine, and there were a couple of kits to go with it, the Fantail Launch and her big sister the Elliott Bay. Well...it wa my Birthday in January, and my buddy Larry just happened to have an almost new Heritageengine combo and Ellliot Bay...so some fellowship time and a little bit of cash found it riding in the back of my Abarth and heading for the shop.
    I started on her a couple of weeks ago. The floor had been built, but that was it. I did the mahogany cockpit surrounds, installed the rudder and servo, and got the upper deck fitted. Now, the servo in this boat is permanently mounted, as once the deck is glued on there’s no access. Also, the deck and hull has no flange to speak of, the joint is and edge on butt joint that’s eventually covered by a mahogany rub rail.I added balsa strip to the inside perimeter of the hull, thinking I would have a better gluing surface, but didn’t take into account the rise of the deck that curves upward and away from the hull. Well, at least it stiffened up the hull and made it easier to assemble.
    I got the waterline painted, then I did the hull and upper deck, but my first coat was too heavy and I had runs on the hull side. I’m letting the paint cure a few days and I’ll sand it and try again. Hopefully I’ll have a better time of it the second go around.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Midwest Steam Engine and Elliott Bay launch
    30 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Cash - that's a very nicely running little engine. Noticed a package of
    Stay Brite solder in the background . Was the boiler soldered with that?.
    Have the other version from Midwest - all gunmetal (Bronze) which came with a ready soldered boiler. Bit wary as it looks like it might well be soft soldered.
    What fuel were you using and how much ? - we can only get solid tablets or a Chinese gel fuel meant for stoves.
    Looking forward to seeing the Launch on the water. Good start.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Midwest Steam Engine and Elliott Bay launch
    30 days ago by Cashrc ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Red. The engine and boiler were factory assembled, I didn't have to build a thing.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Midwest Steam Engine and Elliott Bay launch
    30 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Cash , find that strange - first bought a Fantail Launch Kit and the Midwest Steam Engine to suit - that boiler needed to be soldered - perhaps it was an early model - sold the unbuilt set with the kit a bit later after purchasing the second engine - was going to run it in the the Harbour Tour Master but little wary of an enclosed engine & boiler - much prefer an open boat.
    At least can now run the engine set feeling a bit more assured as yours is clearly going well. You did not let us know what fuel you run it on though and how much of it......
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Midwest Steam Engine and Elliott Bay launch
    17 days ago by Cashrc ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Red, sorry for the late reply. She burns 2 tablespoons of Sterno, which is a camp fuel. I think it’s gelled alcohol.
    Cash
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