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    PS Iona - on the water
    So how does it sail? very slowly! Iona is prone to the wind and will slip sideways on a windy day and also keel over on very windy days so one paddle comes out of the water. On a calm day it is a very manoeuvrable craft and looks good. I have a few refinements to add to the boat so it gets finished and looks like a working tug.
    3 years ago by Harvey Kitten
    Blog
    Paddle Tug Iona - the hull
    So... here is a compressed build blog of my paddle tug Iona... and I'm playing catch-up as the vessel is 95% complete and has been sailed already, but there may be some interest in what I've done. Iona was scratch-built off plan and has turned out to be the cheapest build so far out of 3 I've made, mainly because I was able to source materials from the leftovers box! it's a 'mixed-media' boat 😜using traditional methods of plank on frame hull, with paddles made on my 3D printer, and other parts turned on the lathe. So starting with the hull, frames were drawn out, transferred to some scrap 9mm ply and cut out on my bandsaw, along with the keel. These were assembled on a build board with some right angle brackets / measuring tools and test fitted before being stuck in place with epoxy. This was quite difficult as the shape of the hull is critical and comes right at the start of the build. I did remake 1 frame to correct alignment. The deck stringers need to bend in 2 directions, so some steaming with a carpet steam cleaner attached to some tubes worked and the wood clamped in place to dry. Outboard sponsons (?) were fitted to make a frame for the paddle boxes to fit on. Then a large sheet of ply forms the bottom of the hull, and the only job left to complete was the (tedious) planking. This was my 1st plank on frame ship... and it took ages. I think it came out reasonably OK but I'm not a perfectionist and I know if I'd spent more time it could be better... but I didn't! Next blog will feature building the paddle boxes and superstructure.πŸ€“
    3 years ago by Harvey Kitten
    Blog
    Paddle Tug Iona- paddle boxes & superstructure
    Building the paddle boxes was remarkably easy, once the 1mm ply had been steamed for bending. I decided to build the boxes first and make sure the paddles fitted inside later, the idea being that all this would come apart for maintenance should it be necessary. (it usually is!). There are few models to be found on the internet to use as reference and hardly any images of the original tug. And to confuse matters, PS Iona also existed as a passenger ship, as well as tug, and looked a bit different. The superstructure is really simple and quick to build, with some more planking! Am liking planking small areas now. The funnels came from some scrap plastic tubing in the garage... just the right diameter too, a lucky find. These will screwed in place from below once I have the other funnel parts made. I plan to run the tug on batteries rather than steam, as I am a relative novice to model boat building. The whole deck will be fitted with 1mm ply as a base before... more planking! Before all this is glued in place, I thought it best to water test the ship first and see how much ballast I am likely to need.
    3 years ago by Harvey Kitten
    Response
    PS Enterprise
    Hello, Looks like you are moving along pretty well. I have never considered a paddle wheel boat, I will be watching your build with interest. Cheers Joe
    3 years ago by Joe727
    Forum
    Chieftian build
    hey everyone I hope you all had a great Christmas. Im just starting a new build and its the chieftian tug paddle steamer and I was wondering if anyone had any information about her or any where to get parts for her. Seems most model boat sites don't seem to have much to do with paddle steamers. Cheers guys
    3 years ago by gazza131420
    Directory
    (Tug Boat) Loch Ranza
    I bought an unfinished Graupner paddle steamer kit which was in a bit of a state and spent many happy hours making her look loved. The hull and paddle wheels were in an acceptable condition but the deck and superstructure left lots to be desired. The previous owner had purchased the motor which was 50.1 geared and pushes the boat along well all other bits including 'smoke' brass portholes and new superstructure added by myself. She was a delight to finish and looks an absolute dream on the water. (Motor: MFA 919D series) (8/10)
    3 years ago by ChrisG
    Forum
    Paddle tug Glasgow.
    I have just purchased an already built model of the paddle tug Glasgow. I was going over it, and a few bits struck me as odd. The paddles seem to be on back to front, the row boat seems to be on the wrong side, and the paddle covers are stuck down, making maintenance all bar impossible. I was wondering if anyone had maybe a set of instructions, or a manual, that I could borrow or get copies of. I'm having real trouble finding anything on the net, apart from, out of stock, out of production. Hoping someone can help. Best wishes, Dave W
    3 years ago by rolfman2000
    Forum
    Paddle tug Glasgow.
    Hi Dave, Just Google Graupner paddle tug Glasgow and you'll get hundreds of hits to look at! Here an example with many pics and tips. Also shows the boat on port side. https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?2219390-Graupner-Glasgow Some close up pics of what you think is wrong would help us to track them down. Cheers, Doug 😎
    3 years ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    54 year old Crash Tender
    Boaty, it's amazing how many people HAD Taycol motors, but don't anymore, apart from our chum Doug in Munich. And I'll pick his brains later maybe for info on controlling the Taycol Supermarine in the Crash Tender. Then again, I might just set it off on one pack for slowish and switch in another for faster. I ain't into reverse. Boats don't go backuds. I've had enough real ones to know that! Two of those didn't have any gears. One had a clutch and the other didn't even have that. it starts, it goes, quickish! Always had a paddle handy in the Albatross! I'm not really into the boat club festivals of steering round stuff or backing into docks, so why trouble myself with ESCs which seem to fail often still and weren't around when I had the boat originally. I have gel cells, but the damned things have all gone dead on me, so I might see about Nimh packs when the time comes. I went to get some one shot cellulose putty to fill the cracks and grain bits and the old nail head dips. But my favourite auto paint shop said they hadn't sold it in ages and offered me some acrylic crap in a tube. Not a bloody chance!!! "Gimme the thickest brushing primer you got and it better be cellulose". Yeah, got that, he said. "So why ain't you got stopper?" No answer. Anyway I get this stuff home and it's thick, cellulose (skin forming after 3 minutes) and bang on the right shade of light grey for a Crash Tender. I shall experiment with my Chinchila dust next for the non-slip areas and mix a pot of the primer with a bit of white to do the cabin sides, when I finish spray. For the moment, I very quickly slapped it on with a brush and will leave it for today to harden then start a very big, dusty, rub down session tomorrow. OK a litre of primer ain't cheap, but it's cheaper from a car paint suppliers and it's bang on colour. it'll also do a LOT of boats! I have a black primer in enamel for Vanity, which will also go on the sides of the Crash tender, followed by black gloss enamel, but's a way down the road yet. Talking of old stuff boaty, the white enamel my dad insisted on painting the boat back in the early 60s is hard as rock! He used to get it by the 20 gallon can from a "mate on the docks". We had docks in those days. Dad called it ship enamel. We all knew what he meant. Our entire house was shades of pastel tinted ship enamel! Tints courtesy of another mate on the docks. He had a lot of mates on the docks. it was difficult to be a Cockney family and not have mates on the docks! Pics later of the slapped on grey primer, which, I should say, argued a bit with the sanding sealer. Nuffin' a good rub down won't sort out. Martin
    3 years ago by Westquay
    Event
    Muddy Run Fun Float
    Task Force-50 of York/Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA sponsoring a Fun Float, (10 am to 3 pm) all are welcome, great fun, beautiful setting, wonderful food! Family entertainment includes
    paddle boat
    s, canoes, fishing, hiking and a craft center. Learn how to make honey and jams! Sail your ship on a beautiful lake. Wish you could be here as much as I wish I could be in GB. Call U.S. 717-598-3368 for directions.
    6 years ago by Phrogphlyer
    Forum
    Park lakes
    Roundhay park has two lakes , the Waterloo lake (large) and the upper lake which is above to the left in the picture This is where we used to sail along with the
    paddle boat
    s.
    3 years ago by mturpin013
    Forum
    Mantua Mississippi Paddle Steamer
    this very impressive model Mantua Mississippi Paddle Steamer River Model Boat 1:50 Large Scale for sale on ebay. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mantua-Mississippi-Paddle-Steamer-River-Model-Boat-1-50-Large-Scale/282916778588?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649
    4 years ago by BigAlio
    Forum
    Free assorted plans
    Assorted plans here and some cad dwg format drawings. From paddle steamers to fast motor boats http://www./boottekeningen/
    5 years ago by none
    Forum
    Clyde puffer
    Alan ,have decided after i finish the paddle tug would try a puffer i have enlarged the plans by 50% to give a hull around 3ft (900mm)if you pm me with your address i will post the plans from model boats mag to you .Cheers Marky
    4 years ago by marky
    Directory
    (Working Vessel) Marchioness of Lorne
    Model of a Scottish Lochs
    paddle boat
    with twin side-paddles. Bought as a renovate project and rewired and refurbished back to working order. (ESC: twin 30A unbranded) (8/10)
    4 years ago by liamduck
    Response
    paddle tug Aid
    Hi, I can highly recommend a site designed especially for lovers of
    paddle boat
    s and their models . You will also find there a number of download plans and lots of advice and recommendations www. paddleducks.co.uk wishing success Tom
    4 years ago by tomarack
    Media
    Jane and Puffer
    We had a good day out at Ilfracombe pond on Monday with light wind so we could get steam up quite readily. Picture shows my coal fired puffer project and Duncans steam
    paddle boat
    fired by tablets.
    4 years ago by lesliebreame
    Media
    various
    Another fine days boating at Ilfracombe. Boats are my experimental coal fired turbine [needs more pressure !! ], Gordons Hydro and Duncans /My steam
    paddle boat
    .
    4 years ago by lesliebreame
    Forum
    Sirius
    Hi, Can anyone help with a set of plans for the
    paddle boat
    'Sirius'? I have been presented with a very, very delapidated model in need of more than a little TLC. It is little more than a tatty hull and a few bits. Happy to pay for the plans. Thanks, Victor 01507 475946
    5 years ago by HoweGY177
    Media
    Sussex
    This is a scratch built 1828 paddle steamer. A steam assisted schooner rig paddler. Pioneer of ocean steam Scale 1:60 Actual size of deck, 165 feet. The crest on the side represents the following. Martello Tower - Bexhill-on-sea Seahorses - Eastbourne Saxon Crown - East-Sussex. Ships of the same class 1821 James Watt 1825 Calpe 1832 Rhadamanthurs 1836 Unicorn 1837 Sirius The boat was built by Peter Allday some 20-plus years ago
    5 years ago by tonyp
    Place
    New Lake at Colwyn?
    The dinosaurs went a good few years ago and we have just scrapped the remaining
    paddle boat
    s. No Regatta this year, our old lake may be empty by then and our licence for the new lake is still a work in progress. This year is all about completing the move and settling in.
    5 years ago by kinmel
    Place
    New Lake at Colwyn?
    glad to see that big lake will be back in use, I'm not that old, and remember the
    paddle boat
    s there, then it all fell into disrepair. I take it the dinosaurs have moved out of the new club house! I take it general parking is either infront of the old bike rental building (from the prom) or up at the swimming pool at the top of the hill? Will this years mayors regatta be there? maybe I can bring my avatar picture some time!😊
    5 years ago by pmdevlin
    Place
    New Lake at Colwyn?
    Looking Good. Eiras Park had
    paddle boat
    s on when I was a lad. Lovely spot and the increased size will be good for yachts and larger models Dave
    5 years ago by Dave M
    Response
    Wilesco D52 Marine Steam Engine
    I have to say, my first live steam model (sorely the last steam model)was Ned Kelly, aussie type paddleboat model. Aussie paddleboats have as a rule open engine room, it is very convenient for access and control of the steam engine and boiler tuning. When I choose the type Wilesco D52, I chose LPG heater instead of using the tablets for heating. More infos about this model you can find at > paddleducks.co.uk < where are plenty next informations about models of paddleboats. Tom
    5 years ago by tomarack
    Forum
    Left or right
    Yeah, boats don't like going backuds. Even with a slender 18 foot swim our 70 foot narrow boat wouldn't perform backuds. it was a case of squirt in reverse gear, straighten up with a squirt of ahead. You could paddle it one way or another with the big rudder, but basically not something you did unless you had to. I wouldn't bother with backuds gear on most of my model boats. After all you can't back a yacht and that doesn't spoil things. Martin
    5 years ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Graupner Glasgow paddle tug - paddle rotation speed?
    Hi, according to my experience (the last time with model Lulonga River steamboat) I would recommend a geared motors with the maximum speed of around 150 rpm for Graupner paddle wheels Ø 140 mm. I use a simple external V Tail mixer - throttle for speed, and mix ailerons for ESC. I can so with a single stick to control both speed and direction. The rudder for my Lulonga model is inapplicable , as to classical the steamer ,the rudder will surely have better efficacy. On my first live steamer Ned Kelly(australian type, wheels mounted on a common fixed axis), I had only controlled the rudder, the model was quite handy;rudder but was somewhat larger.On a boating exam, I used substitute wheel from plywood (graupner wheels I got up later).The model was 115 cm long (o.a) Wishing success Tom
    6 years ago by tomarack
    Forum
    Graupner Glasgow paddle tug - paddle rotation speed?
    I am currently recovering a second hand kit which had been just started by the previous owner. Since the graupner motors are no longer available I need to work out what I require to achieve the correct paddle rotation speed for this model. I can access geared motors and suitable nylon gears etc to effect almost any reduction ratio. My problem is that I require to know what the paddle rotation speed should be so that I can then calculate the various options that might be suitable. Would anyone be able to provide, at least, an estimate of the recommended paddle rotation speed for this boat. I intend using the graupner paddles supplied with the kit as Clyde Model Boats appear to be having problems in obtaining some parts for their excellent alternative units.
    6 years ago by jgs43
    Forum
    PS Waverley
    Check out the "Clyde Model Boats" website. He does a hull and paddle wheels to match plus a plan. Looks as though he is developing a semi-kit which would presumably include the materials required but I have no idea how long it might be before that becomes available - http://www.clydemodelboats.co.uk/userimages/Paddle-Steamer-Hulls-and-Plans%283002434%29.htm paddle wheel kits - http://www.clydemodelboats.co.uk/userimages/Paddle-wheel-kits%282995226%29.htm development - http://www.clydemodelboats.co.uk/Waverley-II-kit-development%283000448%29.htm
    6 years ago by jgs43
    Forum
    Motor Size for Vliestroom, Model Slipway Buoy Vssel
    hI , when you run to mtroniks speed controllers together, you need to remove the red wire from the connector on one of the controllers and tape it up so you don't short it any where. this should be in the instructions you get with it. I run my Waverley
    paddle boat
    like this and works fine. I hope this helps you. read the bit in red in photo david
    6 years ago by jtdavid
    Forum
    Paddle wheeler lists
    My new Director-class paddle tug has taken to the water and runs well. There Is one aspect of operation that's puzzling. When stationary, the boat sits on an even keel. When running forwards It lists to the right. When I stop, It levels again. When I run astern, It lists to the left. It's tempting to think that this Is some kind of gyroscope effect, but that seems unlikely given the size and speed. I know others have reported a surface tension 'grab' when a sponson touches the water, but the boat levels as soon as I stop. Has anyone else come across this effect? Any explanations for It?
    6 years ago by Trillium
    Forum
    Paddle wheeler lists
    My first
    paddle boat
    built in 2001, scale Glen Usk. As I had no knowledge at all I kept the draft scale, 1.5" big mistake. With a boiler above the CofG, she is very tender. The batteries for the radio & gas control are mounted on a plate, the plate pivots from port to starboard. Coming from aero modelling many years a go, I use the aileron stick to fly her. The weight transfer keeping an even keel. Building the Duke of Devonshire I have increased the draft 1" over scale. Also made my own boiler with 2 drums side by side reducing the height. No problems except in strong wind.
    6 years ago by hammer
    Forum
    Paddle wheeler lists
    Hi, I recomend repeatedly to put your question to paddleducks.There you could certainly find modelers, who have experience with models paddlesteamers and can help with your problem. My model Lulonga has two independently driven wheel, each has its own ESC. Driving is a double ... classic rudder control but especially ESC ..drive back and forth is controlled via Throttle position on transmitter, using a Y cable. This allows the trimmer to adjust the speed .. optimally 90-150 rpm. Adjusting the speed of motors to the same value terms set by a trimmer on the transmitter. Own control direction is a mix throttle with "ailerons" channel (1 and 3). This allows you to change the speed of each wheel independently on Throttle position and thereby control the direction of navigation. . it is even possible to change the sense of rotation, so that the wheel rotates against each other. This ship turns almost on the spot. A wheel diameter of my Lulonga is 150 mm. A similar problem like yours, I did not met personally. next ..and perhaps your main problem may be that you can not mechanically practically ensuring that each wheel had the same number of turns .. Each motor has the same input voltage slightly different speeds .. and without trim it is Impossible to adjust. Additionally .. the question is the size of the model. As regard to speed of paddle wheels (rpm) I think it is practically negligible, if any blade touches the water before the blade wheel on the opposite side of the model.... maybe you need a proper trim then. Paddle wheel drive model has its own specific problems. The main problem is, that the model has a closed paddlebox . it happens that the water, instead of being driven backward, is suctioned into paddlebox ,rotates similarly as in the pump , and model practically do not move. Help .. proper area of holes in the paddlebox side panels (at least). Lulonga has louvers fixed at the back of paddlebox . My first paddleboat was australian type steamer Ned Kelly(live steam propulsion 115 cm long hull, hull breadth about 20 cm without paddleboxes). Her superstructure was too high and and a relatively small breadth of the hull caused great instability while sailing - the breadth recommended at least 25 cm. When I removed the superstructure, Improved stability, then model sailed with straight keel very exemplary. had the wheel of simple construction made of plywood, very effective .. though not as nice as yours at your model. I have model ,at present , quarterwheeler Lulonga(see gallery, the long article about model building you can find at Paddleducks) . She has also the paddlewheels of my homemade construction, nevertheless very heavy. Her stern sits very deep in the water The model is about 75 cm long, but due to the structure and shape of the hull would be good if and its length was at least 85 cm. I have a problem lengthwise balancing model. Tom
    6 years ago by tomarack
    Forum
    Paddle wheeler lists
    Thanks to everyone for their input. For those of you who may have been intrigued (or bored) by this discussion, I have more information. Today I ran the tug with both paddle wheels clutched together and synchronised, in other words, paddles on both sides were entering the water at the same time when on an even keel. The water on the pond was almost flat calm, with no wind. Under these conditions there was no noticeable list when the boat was run ahead or astern. When I declutched the wheels and ran them independently the list reappeared, although it seemed to be random. I cannot claim to understand in detail what is happening, it seems clear that if a paddle on one side meets the water before a paddle on the other side, this mismatch results in a force tending to cause a list.
    6 years ago by Trillium
    Forum
    Paddle wheeler lists
    Hi, I believe, plenty of interesting questions and answers about
    paddle boat
    s you can find at > www.paddleducks.co.uk < forum specifically for modellers and models of paddle steamers of all sizes and types Tom
    6 years ago by tomarack
    Forum
    Paddle wheeler lists
    Had a look at your motors set up. Twin motors may not always run with the paddles in a balanced state so if one is entering the water earlier than the other it will tend to dig in pulling the boat down on that side. My attempts at rowing a small dingy spring to mind. I note you have a similar problem when starting and at full speed on another tug and I suspect this may be where the cause lies. Do you control both motors from one ESC? if you had two ESCs you could experiment with staggering how you start each motor to counter balance the effect. I have a friend who is using a giro (from a model helicopter) to counteract a similar problem on a model boat. Hope this helps and you can find a solution Cheers Dave
    6 years ago by Dave M
    Response
    Hull progress
    HI My name is Paul Raymond and I have a live steam tug at the moment (Maxwell Hemmings 2 cyl) I enjoy the live steam aspect and have doing RC (all disciplines) for a long time. I am also interested in live steam paddle steamers and would like to get a MississippI river boat stern wheeler at some time. give us a call some time and swap stories etc. 😊
    6 years ago by f1blackcat
    Forum
    Paddleducks
    Well it looks like the Paddleducks site will continue after all. This must be good news for all model boat enthusiast. Thanks for your input Stephen. I hope this site will continue to diversify. I would post my present build, but a traction engine is to much of a diversion.
    7 years ago by hammer
    Forum
    Paddleducks
    Among the boats I have built are 2 paddle steamers, still working on a third. When building these I found the Paddleducks web site dedicated to paddle steamers very useful. Sadly this site Is In danger of closing, various reasons quoted. First the gentleman running It has personal reasons. Secondly a lack of posts, being restricted to one type of boat there Is only so much that can be said. So please continue diversifying away from just fire boats, & hopefully Increase posts. If P.D. site did close It would be nice to see It here, If possible.
    7 years ago by hammer
    Forum
    Paddle Steamer Kit
    HI Hammer Thanks for your reply, that's where my 'Paddler project all started. Having posted on several sites in early 2013, including 'Paddleducks' I eventually bought the 'Hobbies' plan which the 'Forest Classics' kit was based around, found that a man in Switzerland was experimenting with building a GRP hull for it and after some time managed to get an early hull from him. However when it arrived it was somewhat larger than the plans so I decided eventually to try my hand at the freelance Paddler I'm in the process of building based loosely around many Edwardian era boats. Chris
    8 years ago by chrislang
    Blog
    Spliting a paddler.
    Chris, I hope the pictures will help. They are both scale models Duke of Devonshire & Glen Usk. In the Duke the paddle box Is below the boat deck. Inside are false boxes stuck down with bath silicone. Glen Usk Is more like your model, with the box coming above the boat deck. On this one a strip of foam rubber between the top of the hull & the deck keep the water out. Note the cut outs In the sponson deck as she sails on 1.5 Inch draft ( I didn't know any better then) with a steam plant. Had to save weight every where. Still very tender so have the batteries on a pivot to move them side to side. Control It like a plane with the batre pivot on the aleron stick.The cook can just be seen at the galley port hole.
    8 years ago by hammer
    Response
    Feathering rods
    Robert This is very Impressive work. πŸ‘ Many modellers can only dream of having a feathering paddle wheel let alone build one. I have owned the Graupner version but sold the kit on before I actually built the Glasgow tug model. Now that all the parts have been made and assembled it is much easier to understand the individual parts. Many of our members are new to the hobby and may be reluctant to comment due to a lack of knowledge. You must have spent hours doing the fret work and the finished product looks superb. πŸ‘ Build Blogs are available for anyone to read and learn but sometimes you get little feedback in the short term. Stephen (Fireboat) has talked of adding a master class section where best practices, hints, tips etc could be displayed. Feathering Paddle wheel construction would in my opinion fit into such a section and may help attract a wider audience. Please keep the blog going as I want to see how it all connect up together. πŸ˜€
    8 years ago by Dave M
    Blog
    Trial fit (steam plant)
    Yes it fits also made paddle shaft. Too the side can be seen the cut out from the deck, this will be the boat deck. The rudder made from aluminium. and fitted. Note the balsa has not been sanded in this photo.
    8 years ago by hammer
    Blog
    Cutting In half
    At six feet long could be difficult to transport. So designed to split in half with out much effort & not be able to see the joint. The joint is 3/4" behind the paddle shaft, the wheels will cover it here. The join then goes along under the sponson then up through the doors in the bulwark. Held together by one bolt with wing nut & two pins. One end of the 1/4" thick pin fixed to the forward of those frames 1/16" apart, passing into a bush in the other. To avoid disturbing the steam plant a box extends in to the rear half, the small gap between can fill with water, but not enter the boat. Note the dowel through the sponson adding strength as I always lift here.
    8 years ago by hammer
    Forum
    Pair of side Paddle Wheels wanted
    Thanks to Stephen I now have some excellent paddle wheels, Now all I've got to do is build the boat!! Regards Chris
    8 years ago by chrislang
    Forum
    Pair of side Paddle Wheels wanted
    HI chrislang, clyde model boats sell sets of paddle wheels to make up, but they come at a price. Suggest you use your search engine and put in "paddle wheels for model boats, this will lead you to all manner of info, been there done it and built some
    8 years ago by Chiefy
    Media
    Cervia,Wyola, Old Trafford
    Hello from Australia Thought it was time I made a an effort. Three of my models shown here at last years local model show in Port Macquarie. L to R they are Cervia,now 20 years old,Wyola, an Australian built tug.Twin motors and Kort nozzles.and Old Trafford, MSC paddle tuc in 1/35 scale. All are totally scratch built. The only things bought were materials,paint and glue, Except the stantions for Old Trafford. Currenly finishing a Maycraft Mercury(started in 1962 in England) and a Vosper fireboat.Hope this may be of interest
    9 years ago by peteinoz
    Response
    Motor and prop shaft
    Dave- just a thought. As you have decided to go with an external keel why not go the hole hog and fit a fin and bulb? I once saw a Pilot Cutter with this arrangement sailing at Bude in Cornwall and she went very well and, of course, the whole thing was removable for display. I have a friend who also fitted an ex-metre class fin and bulb to a paddle steamer- there's a video of it on here- and it Improved matters no end. Sometimes needs must- but I can understand that fitting a fin to scale boat might go against the grain. I have a cutter built on a GRP hull- the old JB Mouldings Monica- and I had to seal in the cockpit with silicone as a lot of water came in. I have often wondered about self baling cockpits but never really understood the geometry! As you say, if you can seal the cockpit you could probably live with water sitting in there. Hope you can sort it out...Ian
    9 years ago by ianed57
    Forum
    Which motor?
    Many thanks for the information Dave M I am about to put the rubbing strips and the chine strips on. Still a fair bit to do but I suppose after this length of time there is no rush!. I have a few other models to sail,Cervia,Yarra tug Manchester Ship Canal Old Trafford paddle tug (all scratch built) and when the Mercury is finished I will start the 34" RAF fireboat, for which I have the drawing. When I learn how to I will forward some pictures.
    10 years ago by peteinoz
    Directory
    (Working Vessel) LULONGA RIVER
    paddle boat
    LULONGA RIVERBOAT DAVID METCALF PLAN SCRATCH BUILT ON A VACFORM HULL NO MOTORS OR PADDLES YET A BIT PRICEY , SAVING UP (Motor: MVA 500 X2) (ESC: ACTION) (8/10)
    10 years ago by larrywhetton
    Forum
    paddle boat
    S
    HI ALL , And happy new year, I am having a go at
    paddle boat
    a bit diffrent for me. as any body else built a
    paddle boat
    ?.....mine Is again scratch built LUNGONGA..
    10 years ago by larrywhetton


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