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    Age of steam
    Thank you for the reply. The boat is over 30 years old. The
    boiler
    walls are 0.100 inches thick with the end plate the same thickness. It was originally 5 tube
    boiler
    . The burner is a Optimus back pack stove that I modified. The burner and 5 tube
    boiler
    did not build up that much steam, not enough burner. Added 4 more tubes and that seemed to help. In running, I fill the
    boiler
    up to valve near the top or the sight glass to get the longest run, a little over 30 minutes. She the boat first goes into the water ther is some priming going on but it settles down once heated and the water level goes down a bit. I believe the gauge does work as if I leave the boat sit it will go up. I have another gauge and should swap it out or test the one I m using. With running low pressure you do get a longer run. Thank you for the reply.
    25 days ago by RonH
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Hi Gary, My apologies for not seeing your post earlier, I don't log on very regularly, preferring to spend as much of my spare time in the work shop. I am interested in marine steam as well and currently I am building a model of Formidable, LT 100 from John Pottinger plans enlarged to 1:24th scale. I have built a double acting, twin cylinder oscillator, steam is to be supplied using a steam generator otherwise known as a mono-tube
    boiler
    . Control being done using a Taranis 9xd programmable radio, quite untested at this stage. I have added a couple of photo's. Cheers, Stephen.
    8 months ago by stevedownunder
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    To Michael, as I can't really ignore your question although that does not apply to all comments, I am hoping this information helps you to find what you are looking for, and gets you involved with boiled water vapour. Just a little apprehensive about using that word now, (S***m.) Google: Paddleducks, then click on Links, then click on S***m Engines. you will hopefully be pleasantly surprised and that is only half of it. Check out USE an oscillating single acting engine assembled and machined at Β£38.00, you would need to couple two together to make it self starting.
    boiler
    s, more expensive than engines, your best bet would be, buy it in kit form and find a good gas welder to put it together for you, a DIY type gas torch won't do it, and it requires silver soldering and an awful lot of heat. Hoping this helps. Regards, Gary.
    9 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    My Dear Gary, If you wish to start a Steamer thread then why not title it as such? In no way did I wish to be AntiSocial. I simply responded to your somewhat provocative question, which I quoted in my previous post, as did several others on the site in similar vein. Whilst I admire those who can build steam engines, and I have done that on this site, I simply listed in my response to your (perhaps rhetorical question?) the obstacles that most modellers are faced with when it comes to steam power in models. Perhaps I should have added number 7. - For most of us the SHIP is the main objective and not the power plant which in the vast majority of cases is hidden under deck. If steam is your THING - GREAT I have no problem with that. More power to your
    boiler
    😊 It just won't work in my ships and boats. Esp. my subs πŸ˜‰ And I don't have the patience for all the faffing about necessary to get going at the lake - one of my six points mentioned above. And I suspect that goes for many other contributors to this site. My post simply consolidated several similar responses from other members. You write; "I could correct all six points that you felt you had to share ..." I would be MOST interested to read your refuting of ALL my six points if you have some valid arguments. Throughout my professional engineering life I have always been open to alternative ideas and solutions. So prove me wrong and uncross my wires please. I look forward to your point by point refutation. BTW; as an experienced electronics engineer I always carefully double check my circuits before applying power - so crossed wires are not normally a problem with me. Similar principle also applies to my considered response to your posts. Regards, Doug 😎 PS: did you build your steam engines or buy them? There are some guys on this site whom I admire very much, but can not emulate, who build their own. PPS: Quote "In the fifty years or so I have been involved in this hobby I have NEVER ever installed an electric motor in a boat." Fine, if that's your THING, does come across as a little fanatical though.πŸ€”
    9 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    "Why go to all that trouble of adding artificial engine sounds and smokers, when you can have it all and more, by installing a gas
    boiler
    and steam engine. When I think of the problems involved to find plans and scratch build a boat, why not go for the authentic look and fit a steam engine." 1. Cost. 2. Space available in the model. 3. Complexity of the engine and difficulty of control. 4. Fire risk, and not just to the model.😲 5. Shorter run times, longer 'steam up' times. 6. Unsuitabilty for many types of ships / boats. I.e. originals weren't steamers. If I read above posts correctly I thought you had already found at least two kindred spirits here. I'm sure that if you take the time to cull throught the hundreds Build Blogs and technical Posts here you will find others. Try using the Search function. See the panel on the left of the Home page. Good luck,😎 BTW: Nobody likes a fanatic! Don't get steamed up 😁
    9 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    I really can't believe that considering all the members that use this website, that no one is interested in steam engines and what steam has to offer. Why go to all that trouble of adding artificial engine sounds and smokers, when you can have it all and more, by installing a gas
    boiler
    and steam engine. When I think of the problems involved to find plans and scratch build a boat, why not go for the authentic look and fit a steam engine. in the fifty years or so I have been involved in this hobby I have NEVER ever installed an electric motor in a boat. if anyone out there in the ether shares my passion for steam, kindly get in touch, I would appreciate not being completely on my OWN.
    9 months ago by GaryLC
    Directory
    (Other) Lady Ayla and Elena.
    Clinker built open launches built to show off the
    boiler
    , steam engine and complex plumbing. (Motor: The Caton piston valve) (ESC: servo controlled) (9/10)
    9 months ago by GaryLC
    Directory
    (Tug Boat) Anteo Harbour Tug
    My first ever Tug about fifty years ago, and my very first steam engine hence the super-structure looks a little hacked about, especially the engine housing with globe valves stuck out here and there. this was and still is an amazing kit from Panart, a plank on frame double skinned hull, and all the fittings were brass to a very high quality, (note the anchor winch all brass and it works. The engine and
    boiler
    was from Maxwell Hemmings one of the very few manufacturers at the time. (Motor: Piston Valve Twin Cylinder) (ESC: Servo controlled) (10/10)
    9 months ago by GaryLC
    Directory
    (Other) Lady Ayla
    I decided to build an open steam-boat to have the
    boiler
    and piston valve engine on show, all that polished copper and brass should be on show and not hidden away, this hull is clinker-built to my own design. (Motor: Maxwell Hemmings Caton) (ESC: servo controlled) (9/10)
    9 months ago by GaryLC
    Directory
    (Working Vessel) Danny Boy
    An almost scale version of the real thing, with a gas fired
    boiler
    driving a Tvr1 bb, 1/2" bore, twin cylinder, slide valve engine. this utilises an attenuator valve using
    boiler
    pressure to conserve both gas and steam pressure. (ESC: Servo controlled) (10/10)
    9 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    RC steam lever
    Hi Gary Yes I watched the videos great work . I only have a small
    boiler
    but should get about 15 mins. run time and yes I'm hoping the eyes hold up the good thing is I can take my time at it. The slide valve timing may be another issue I will have to learn. Will keep you up to date when the engine comes in . Rick
    9 months ago by Newby7
    Forum
    RC steam lever
    Hi Rick, and there is no news like good news, I promise you will not regret buying the engine, a wonderful piece of kit and runs like a Swiss watch. its crowning glory is the fact it runs on less than 30 PSI an easy
    boiler
    pressure to maintain. I am sure you will enjoy building the engine and sorting out the slide valve timing, and you will have a good understanding of exactly how it works. Hoping the old eyes are still sharp, for all those tiny screws. Regards, Gary. PS. The ideal
    boiler
    size is 3 1/2" dia. 6" length, will give you near enough 30 mins. run time.
    9 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    Boston Typhoon
    πŸ‘My build of Frank Hinchcliffes model of Boston Typhoon powered by a cheddar Proteus run by ABS
    boiler
    control. A copper feed tank in built into the bows and it will carry enough water to last a good 1 hr in steam. Very heavy needs two people to launch.
    10 months ago by GeoffA
    Response
    Fan Surround
    Michael, Thank you for your interest and the questions, I appreciate it. 1. With regard to the rubber stopper, good question. I have not done a lengthy test as yet, but will do. My thinking was that it would not effect the rubber as heat generated seems to be concentrated on the oil. I like the idea of a a metal cap, you have given me an idea, I have some small plumbing pieces that may work. it would be good to eliminate all flammable materials! 2. Varying the smoker with the engine speed has not been one of my goals, here is my thinking. I plan to use this unit on a steam tug, steam
    boiler
    s seem to put out a constant smoke as the burning does not vary on a steam engine, the steam is just regulated. Hence, I have not done this, many commercial units offer this. I recently purchased a commercial unit for over $100 USD and was not happy with the output, that is why I started this build. From my video you can see how the smoke shoots out. I wanted to slow it down so it just puffs. I have experimented with lowering the fan voltage, but it cuts out below 3 volts. The attached sketch shows my experimenting with allowing some of the air from the fan to npbe redirected out. The tin that I soldered up is shown, took a lot of effort, did not work as planned. I did like the fact that it looked like a whiskey still. 3. Yes, there are smaller fans available on line. I was just using some salvage ones I had - 28mm square. I may experiment with some small fans if budget allows. I am now retired and counting pennies... More on the puffing aspect to come... Joe
    10 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Hello to Rick and Peejay, Rick this bit is for you, Good to hear you have a steam engine fitted, and are contemplating a bench run to see how long it will run on a
    boiler
    full of water. it will bench run longer than on the water as the engine has no loading, I would recommend you fit a gas cut off valve to be on the safe side. I once years ago ran out of water and had to watch the
    boiler
    turn its wooden lagging to charcoal. No major damage was done but it did smell a bit for some time. Peejay may I suggest that you Google the likes of Microcosm and other Chinese manufacturers of model steam engines, there is an awful lot out there you will be surprised, try for a twin double acting side valve as they are very efficient, and will run on only 20 - 30 PSI, plus a 1/2" bore twin cylinder will easily power a one metre length hull. Regards to you both, Gary.
    10 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    My memory is kicking in, now. My first little steamer was a "Putt-Putt Boat," NOT a "Pop-Pop" boat. These had a little
    boiler
    over a candle or a heat tab that directed the steam out a little underwater pipe in the back of the boat. The
    boiler
    would make a "putt-putt" sound, which gave them there name. The one I have now is a tinplate reproduction toy. it is designed to run like the old ones did -- I just haven't done it yet. I have also seen a larger one of these in a 1940s book like "The Boy Mechanic," where copper tubing was used for the "
    boiler
    ." The two ends of the tubing were directed aft at a shallow angle, just like stuffing boxes, and the middle of the tubing was would in a coil with three to four turns and supported so that a can of "canned heat," used for keeping chafing dishes hot, could be inserted under the coil to generate the steam. if I recall correctly, the two ends (steam pipes) have to be bent so they are both a little higher than the bottom of the coil to avoid having all the water drain out immediately. if I find that book I will post any drawings they have.
    10 months ago by Peejay
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Good Morning, Gary: (It's Morning somewhere!) I have been interested in steam for a considerable time, and even have an article stashed away on making a turbine for a model of the SS Savannah, which is, after all, a steamship with a nuclear powered
    boiler
    . My own work has been limited (mostly by budget) to the Midwest Models single cylinder steam engine, and I have a "Fantail Launch" kit ready for some upgrades and installation of the steam engine. Stay with us, as I am sure, as already stated by others, that there are interested members of the forum, and you will pick up more when they see you are not just talking about a little pop-pop boat running in circles. (I do have one of those, as well. I had one when I was much younger, but it is little more than a memory these days.)
    10 months ago by Peejay
    Blog
    PS Enterprise
    The
    boiler
    is coming along nicely and the deck is glued down. The chain rudder servo is in place.
    10 months ago by rcmodelboats
    Blog
    boiler
    and struts
    As this model will be Electric a mock
    boiler
    will be put in place for aesthetics as it can be seen clearly if you look directly front on, on the real ship. The struts that come out of the hull are for a extra piece of deck that then connects to the paddle boxes.
    10 months ago by rcmodelboats
    Blog
    PS Enterprise
    The lip so it is as water light as possible is now made and the motor assembly will be made look like a
    boiler
    when fully completed.
    10 months ago by rcmodelboats
    Response
    Marian Belle'
    I can only dream of a setup like this for my wattle its beyond me I did make a
    boiler
    which would have been a big saving. Unfortunately it went missing during our big move so its dream a lot its beautiful a work of art thanks for posting Yours truly Michael (aka-gravediger)
    11 months ago by Gravedigger47
    Forum
    steam water pump
    Hi Rick, if you google TVR 1ABB steam engine, you will find a really neat and very good value for money steam engine. I'm afraid this is not cheap and around the Β£250 mark, mind it does have ball race bearings on the crankshaft. This comes as a kit of parts and you have to build it from scratch. when you have completed this task you will have a really good knowledge of exactly how a double acting slide valve engine works while putting this together, you can save up for a
    boiler
    to go with it, the instructions for building are very good almost idiot proof they must be as I have built several. Beautiful engine and powerful it will easily power a hull of one-meter length. Something to think about and Christmas is coming.
    11 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    steam water pump
    Hi Rick, I thought you might be interested in this, it looks a bit like a plumbers nightmare, but despite that, a beautiful engine a twin cylinder TVR / USA slide valve 1/2" bore, and incredibly efficient runs on only 30 PSI steam pressure. The
    boiler
    is 3 1/2" x 6" and will run for almost 30 minutes with no water pump, carrying water adds a lot more weight.
    11 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    steam water pump
    sent you a photo of a mechanical
    boiler
    feed pump connected to an oscillating V4 engine. get on eBay and type in Microcosm steam engines. if you use a decent size
    boiler
    for your steam engine you should get 20 to 30 minutes run-time. Let me know how you get on. Regards.
    11 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    steam water pump
    Thanks Gary I have looked at their site and yes they have a pump I'm looking at I e-mailed them to find out if they do
    boiler
    water tank . Rick
    11 months ago by Newby7
    Forum
    steam water pump
    I would suggest you go on to eBay, and then type in Microcosm Steam engines in the search window,this will take you to a Chinese Company who make numerous steam engines, at very reasonable prices plus lubricators and mechanical water pumps for various engines. Let me know how you get on. I willpost youa photo of an engine with a pump fitted, one of Microcosm's engines, they do
    boiler
    s as well.
    11 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Hi Rick and good to hear from you, I also have a soft spot for Clyde Puffers a great little working boat, you have definitely chosen the most difficult boat to fit a stem plant into, as the
    boiler
    and chimney are right on the back end, with the prop shaft running underneath them. A 1930s Tug or Drifter would be less of a headache, and easier to remove the complete steam plant if necessary, let me know how you get on. Thanks for the info on Keith Appleton he has a lot of stuff on youtube. Regards.
    12 months ago by GaryLC
    Media
    Clyde puffer
    Gordon is testing the steam
    boiler
    that i made for his Clyde puffer project.
    12 months ago by lesliebreame
    Forum
    HMS M.33
    "Manxman was about when I was in the RN in the sixties." Yes Nick, but by then apparently not in her original form, role or speed! Cheers, Doug 😎 "Summary of Post War Service. HMS MANXMAN was first deployed to support the repatriation of British and nationals of allied nations and carried stores and supplies from Sydney to Japan. On later trips she went to Shanghai and Hong Kong which was used as the base for the BPF in 1946 and 47. in June 1946 the ship returned to UK and was refitted at Sheerness before returning for further service with the BPF in February 1947 as relief for HM Cruiser EURYALUS. At the end of that year she was nominated for reduction to reserve status and returned to join the Reserve Fleet at Sheerness. In 1951 this ship was brought forward for operational use and following a refit joined the Mediterranean Fleet in September 1951. After two years she was again placed in Reserve and laid-up in Malta where she remained until again refitted. The after 4” mounting was removed and she re-commissioned in February 1956 for duty as Flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet Flotillas. During this service she took part in relied operations after an earthquake in the Lebanon as well as taking part in NATO and Fleet exercises in the Mediterranean. She was deployed for headquarters duties during the Suez operation later in 1956 and the next year returned to Malta to lay-up in Reserve. Refitted for further service after tow to Gibraltar in 1958 she returned to lay up Malta until 1961 when she was selected for conversion into a Support Ship for minesweepers at Chatham where she was taken in hand by HM Dockyard on 17th July that year. During this work the other two 4” mountings and two
    boiler
    rooms were removed which reduced her speed significantly. Additional accommodation and support workshops were fitted to suit her new role and work was completed during February 1963. Whilst on trials in April 1963 she visited the isle of Man where she grounded whilst in Douglas Bay. On returned to Chatham the ship prepared for service in the Far East and re-commissioned on 23rd September that year for support of the 6th Minesweeping Squadron at Singapore. She deployed in that role until late in 1968 and arrived at Portsmouth on 12th December." "In reserve at Malta and refitting She was refitted in Chatham in the early 60's and converted to a minesweeper support vessel. When the forward
    boiler
    was removed and the compartment was fitted with diesel generators to supply outboard power to minesweepers, she was fitted with a dummy forward funnel, which housed the diesel exhausts and ventilation for the compartment. Much of the mine stowage was removed to make way for additional accommodation. Commissioning in 1963, she was subsequently stationed in Singapore. Returning to the UK in 1968, Manxman was used for engineering training at Devonport and following a fire, was transferred to the reserve at Chatham Dockyard until broken up at Newport in 1973."
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    HMS M.33
    Manxman was about when I was in the RN in the sixties. She was involved in an exercise with the Yanks. The yanks were controlling things and designated Manxman as a hospital ship . She was restricted to ten knots or so. At the end of the exercise about the middle of the Atlantic. The whole fleet were heading for Pompy for some shoreleave. Cin C USN told Manxman to make 15 Kts. Then later make twenty if she could! Now Manxman was one of the last RN ships that actually LOOKED like a warship. Captain of Manxman had by now worked out what was transpiring.He sent a signal to Whitehall explaining what was what. Signal to Manxman.... Flash
    boiler
    s three, four, five and six and proceed independently to Portsmouth. Shortly after this she circled the whole fleet twice at forty knots and disappeared over the horizon in a cloud of spray and steam! Her crew where home on leave for at least two days before America's finest turned up in Pompy! Regards Nick Viner.
    1 year ago by nick
    Forum
    Cleaning sails, toy yachts, etc....
    I think Hydrogen Peroxide is the active ingredient in Vanish and the like. it is regarded as "The Safe Bleach" in the cleaning products industry. it remains active on cleaned surfaces for up to 72 hrs.Hypochlorite types only for as long as you can smell them. it is safe to use on just about any surface or fabric and mixed with a small amount of say washing up liquid it will clean body fats from baths and showers and other fats from cookers and work surfaces. Also removes mould etc. it produces no toxic fumes and is safe on the skin. I worked for a company called Environmental Chemicals who were devoted to safer cleansing alternatives. You would be amazed at it's effect on a previously washed bread board. I won't list all they made but the one with the HP in it was very popular with industry and the public. I could identify most of their chemicals used by smell and Hydrogen Peroxide was one. Well not so much a smell but it's action on my nasal passages. Likewise with gas fire and
    boiler
    fumes. A very handy thing to have when I was plumbing/gas fitting. Anyway back to the point. You can bleach your sails safely with it as often as you like to make them as white (or_ grey) as you like. it also shifts grime from painted/varnished wood and metals. A mention was made by someone (Westie ?)of metal masts etc on a star Yacht. I thought all Star yachts had all wooden masts and spars. I knew the Denyes.Jean-Jacques in particular and was allowed into the hallowed halls once or twice but didn't see everything. I was told that after the war wood was in short supply and old mangle rollers that were made with apple wood were sought and used . I am waiting to get back on my feet to restore the two yachts I was given for my two boys at that time.Around '67/68. Only the smaller unnamed ones. I don't know what no they are. I've already made a mast for one but all metal fittings will need cutting out afresh and new suits of sails acquired. Regarding sails. Handkerchiefs are too fine a material to allow recovery in a blow down. They don't allow the water out so keep the yacht flat. Anyone know of an alternative solution? Sorry to go on but I hope this diatribe has been helpful to someone.πŸ‘
    1 year ago by onetenor
    Forum
    Videos
    Thanks, Doug. Peeing down here, so I epoxied the cracks in my lovely old just post War Ailsa yacht indoors and put it in the heat of the
    boiler
    room! We'll see how that goes tomorrow. Grotty old day all round now. Curl up weather! Cheers, Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
    Response
    Bulwark Stays
    Thanks for the kind words and history my farther was a engineer on merchants libertys and Victory’s WW2 all battle theatres Murmansk the lot. I was his wiper Oiler, fireman on stationary
    boiler
    s and generators eventually got my NYC High pressure license and refrigeration license. I recently took a day trip on the S.S. John W Brown www.ssjohnbrown.org in Baltimore USA.
    1 year ago by Mikep
    Blog
    Clyde Puffer
    Members might be interested in the preliminary construction details of our Puffer . Shown is the steel laser cut keel with frames slotted in position . I have to make a jig to hold the whole lot in place while i weld it up. The
    boiler
    i made earlier and Gordon already has a beautiful compound engine ready to go. He tested the
    boiler
    under steam recently to 80lb and all is well.Will post more pictures as and when. Les Breame
    1 year ago by lesliebreame
    Response
    Clyde Puffer
    My friend Gordon has made all the drawings for the frames from the original builders blue prints. The
    boiler
    he designed sort of based on the Cochran original and i made it, tig welding the copper bits {3mm } and tig welding the stainless smoke box.It took a year to make [ part time of course ] and Gordon steam tested it last weekend as you can see in the the photo [ we previously hydraulic tested it to 300lb ] . I will mig weld the frames to the keel and probably braze the stringers as i will only use 3mm square steel and welding may not be suitable. Plating the outside with copper will be a challenge !!! Gordon wants the plates to look lifelike so i need to punch imitation rivets along the edges. Might take another year or two !! Materials for the
    boiler
    came to Β£300 and the laser cutting frames Β£1000 for four sets so this project does not come cheap !! Will post pictures as the boat progresses. Les Breame
    1 year ago by lesliebreame
    Media
    Clyde Puffer
    At Illfracombe pond last week . Have made an automatic feed water system for my coal fired Puffer and went to the pond to try it out. I think it needs bigger capacity pump as there was very little water in the
    boiler
    after 3/4 hour running. Gordons hydro is beating me up as usual !!! Les Breame
    1 year ago by lesliebreame
    Media
    ''IMARA''
    Only 2nd run of "IMARA Tug", my lad did the shaky video. (O well) Nice model lots of ballast, batteries, MARX Hectoperm motor for huge power reserve. Running on electric but Cheddar Proteus steam plant also fits in instead with ABC
    boiler
    control. plan for the future to try this never run not even on air yet!
    1 year ago by Novagsi0
    Forum
    three model live steam boats for sale
    Only the open deck boat for sale now, fitted with a Wilesco d46
    boiler
    and twin cylinder engine. Servos for speed and rudder. This boat runs on gas from a small gas cylinder which gives around 15 to 20 mins running. Looking for Β£170 collection only. Some people have asked about a
    boiler
    test and I have looked into this as I will never understand why it needs one, 19psi, there is more pressure in a coke can. Anyway to get a test it needs a pressure test. Or just buy a new
    boiler
    off eBay for Β£55 pounds. This is collection only from Yeovil
    1 year ago by terry1956
    Forum
    three model live steam boats for sale
    Very nice boats, well worth the asking price, but all three together? I doubt you'll find a buyer as they represent very different tastes. BUT, at the price of steamy bits these days, a bargain. Are the
    boiler
    s all inspected and certificated? Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
    Response
    Rear Deck assembly –(upper tow deck)
    Hi Gents I have found this build fascinating including robbob's build. I have one these to build but will be doing an Aerokits Sea Commander first. As these designs go back to the 60's and were designed by Les Rowe ( I know I had one with an ED Racer in it.) So I will be referring back to this quite a bit. Will start a build blog on it. Shouldn't be to difficult busy changing my model engineering workshop to build boats. Model Engineering too expensive now
    boiler
    for my Springbok cost close GBP 1 300.00 alpne 😊😊. Trouble is I am importing all parts from UK etc. Between royal snail mail and SA post office I need to order any requirements in advance.
    1 year ago by Ianh
    Response
    Clyde Puffer
    yes, and the more there is the more to go frustratingly wrong !! i keep promising myself to keep things simple but being an inventive sort of chap things inevitably get more complicated. My original Explorer steam boats were the best.....simple
    boiler
    and oscillating steam engine. Ah.. lovely.
    1 year ago by lesliebreame
    Response
    Hull Pt2: Motorisation - Come What May!!
    Like your steam engines are to me Hammer 😲 That's what makes this site so good; a colourful mix of interests, knowledge, expertise and skills 😊 More power to your
    boiler
    πŸ‘ Cheers, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Clyde Puffer
    Nice idea, water pump filling the
    boiler
    . Can't wait to see it in action!
    1 year ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Spektrum, new, useless...
    to late now but for the future if you need stuff like bridge recs or anything else electronic have a look on EBAY way cheaper than RS https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR6.TRC1.A0.H0.Xbridge+rectifier.TRS0&_nkw=bridge+rectifier&_sacat=0 As to extra channels on my African Queen in addition to forwards and back plus left and right I have steam whistle engine sound and speed ( its all electric with a fake steam engine and
    boiler
    ) and steam engine start stop.
    1 year ago by Haverlock
    Forum
    Warped wood
    boiler
    dried out the wood, no great surprise huh? Same happened to my Sea ScoutπŸ€”, 7 years in the cellar at my last place and 20 years here in the kitchen/workshop before I started on her last year. Be happy if it didn't crack like mine 😭 Such is life, Happy straightening, cheers, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    Warped wood
    Just got my Crash Tender back from sonny Jim's loft and guess what?.....warped roofs! it's followed me everywhere, including living on 2 boats, yet it goes in a well insulated loft with his
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    up there and the roofs warp! Sod's Law I guess, so I will be proving my own pudding pretty soon. Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
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    I already have two paddle steamers. Glen Usk @ 5ft & Duke of Devonshire @ 6ft. That’s why Totnes Castle is only 2ft-6ins. Sorry you may have to wait, as 2 steam & 3 sail need maintenance. I intend to replcacat the saloons, that is why the engine room is as similar to prototype as practical.
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    just the flue that’s wrong. The engine & drive not correct at all, just taking the same space. Thanks for you interest.
    1 year ago by hammer
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    Nice to see some steam -(hopefully)
    1 year ago by mturpin013
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    complete just the pipe work to do when the engine installed. No clack feed as will remove safety valve to fill, & turn the boat over to empty, although there is a valve on the sight glass. Sorry about the shadow across the makers plate, which is level although doesn't look like it in photo.
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    room roof tin plate finished & painted (after photo). Skylight & hatch made to open, to allow air to burner.
    1 year ago by hammer
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    It's a sad day!.
    Considering you can't run a pressurised
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    without a Vulcan steam certificate, there is no justification for banning steam, like New Brighton has. Mind you, when I saw what a silly little puddle they'd been left after the new developments on that town's seafront (hotel and retail) I wondered why they bothered turning up at all, but on 2 occasions I watched while I was staying there to visit a friend with my wife, there were two old boys with tugs and one of those had forgotten his batteries! Otherwise a Dad with a small boy and his off the shelf speedboat and even that was scowled at by the old farts. if a boat has a Mamod type of
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    it's not even considered a pressure vessel as its capacity is too low as is its "pressure", so you're covered all round. No need to ban anything as usual. Many parks have live steam railways and if they went bang they'd get their windows blown out in the town hall! Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay


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