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    Marian Belle' Empire class tug (Mobile Marine.)
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    3 years ago
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    This model has been on the go for the last three years and is now finally almost complete, this one as per the others is powered by a TVR1ABB steam engine and a 3 1/2" diameter x 6" gas fired boiler.


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    1 month ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Gary,
    I visited your Harbor. What an incredible collection, and all Steam!!
    I was getting palpitations just looking at them๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    Thanks for sharing.
    Trev
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    1 month ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Gary,
    Yes, it is a shame about Graham. They were in the States so shipping wasn't a big deal for me.
    I have been looking at Chiltern Steam. They have some very fine engines, also walking beam engines!!
    some of the Chinese engines and boilers on ebay are very interesting. They have what the call a P5 regulator that moderates the fire based on boiler pressure. also they have a water pump that pumps the condensed steam back to the boiler.
    No matter where I look you are talking at least $1000.00 US for a boiler engine package.
    But I would be interested in any additional suppliers that you know of.
    Also, any experiences that you have had operating Marian Belle i would find most interesting
    Thanks,
    Trev
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    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Trev, yes the TVR engine had a lot going for it at a very reasonable price, excellent machining, and ball race bearings on the crank-shaft. Also a good size for hulls from 30"ish, to 48"ish. If I had only known the company was in trouble, I would have bought a few engines as a very wise investment. We do have a few companies here in the U/K if you are looking for a twin-cylinder slide valve engine at a reasonable price. Regards, Gary.
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    1 month ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Gary,
    Beautiful looking boat and steam plant. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Any chance of some on the water shots or a short video.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Fantastic job Gary, engine's a bit of artwork as well, -very nice installation.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    1 month ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Gary
    It is a beautiful boat!!
    Unfortunately, Graham Industries (Steam Engine) are no longer in business
    Trev
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    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Ken, and the answer is a definite YES, as I have just checked their website. Mind, a damn site more expensive than when I bought mine about five years ago. The company you want is Mobile Marine (Tugs,) and it is a pretty comprehensive kit including the running gear with two choices, either standard or turbo, and lighting. This can be bought in installments, with Packs one to five as you will see on their website. Her real name is Lady Jan, which you have to admit doesn't sound very exciting. The reason I went for this one is a large superstructure allowing for good access to its steam engine and boiler. A few more details built on the River Humber during 1941 and 1945 second World War, a Warrior class Empire Tug, scale 1:32, OAL 40" Beam 11". There you have it, let me know how you get on? Regards Gary.
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    1 month ago by KenB1 ( Recruit)
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    Can I buy one now and how much
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    3 years ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Absolutely Magnificent, museum 'As built' quality.
    Something for us to aspire to.
    Hat off Sir ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    All the best, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    3 years ago by figtree7nts ( Admiral)
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    Very nice, Great details!
    You must make a video.....
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