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Clyde Puffer by lesliebreame Admiral   Posted: 10 days ago
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 £300 and the laser cutting frames £1000 for four sets so this project does not come cheap !! Will post pictures as the boat progresses. Les Breame

Clyde Puffer by lesliebreame Admiral   Posted: 11 days ago
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

Clyde Puffer by lesliebreame Admiral   Posted: 11 days ago
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

"IMARA" by Novagsi0 Admiral   Posted: 15 days ago
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!

three model live steam boats for sale by terry1956 Seaman   Posted: 29 days ago
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 £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 £55 pounds. This is collection only from Yeovil

three model live steam boats for sale by terry1956 Seaman   Posted: 30 days ago
I just used them on my local water, they don’t have any paperwork as it was not needed when I used them, and I am not in any club. They are only little Wilesco boilers and there is more pressure in a cycle inner tube.

three model live steam boats for sale by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 30 days ago
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 boilers all inspected and certificated? Martin

Rear Deck assembly –(upper tow deck) by Ianh Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 2 months ago
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.

Clyde Puffer by lesliebreame Admiral   Posted: 2 months ago
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.

Hull Pt2: Motorisation - Come What May!! by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
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 👍 Cheers, Doug 😎

Clyde Puffer by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Nice idea, water pump filling the boiler. Can't wait to see it in action!

Spektrum, new, useless... by Haverlock Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
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 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.

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hub made for the shaft gear. Some will notice I am using 10BA slotted counter sunk screws, this is because bought at a show by mistake. So must use them up. The layout of the engine room can be seen now. Gas tank can be removable from ther ,for filling. The engine will not be at such a steep angle. I also have to find room for a separator. O yes the boiler moves back 1/4in when fixed.

Warped wood by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Boiler dried out the wood, no great surprise huh? Same happened to my Sea Scout🤔, 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 😎

Warped wood by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
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 boiler up there and the roofs warp! Sod's Law I guess, so I will be proving my own pudding pretty soon. Martin