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Clyde Puffer by lesliebreame Admiral   Posted: 3 days ago
Probably copper plates soldered together and soldered tabs to hold it to the frames. The plates will have artificial rivets embossed around the edges.....hmmmm just had the thought yhat if i could get rivets small enough i could actually real rivet it !!! Les

Clyde Puffer by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Thanks for that Les, keep the blog coming. Is the hull to be wood or metal?

Clyde Puffer by lesliebreame Admiral   Posted: 5 days ago
I am an engineer of 69 years young !! Studied engineering at Woolwich Poly from 1969 to 1973.obtaining CNAA degree second class......only my clever mate Geoff got a first !!Still, he doesnt know one end of a spanner from the other whereas i do ! Have been building steam boats for years [with large gaps due to pressure of work ] and am interested in everything mechanical.I have so many projects on the go i cant possibly finish them all before i die ! Gordons Puffer will take priority i guess or he will be chasing me. Regards Les Breame

Clyde Puffer by lesliebreame Admiral   Posted: 5 days ago
Correction on details of Hydro. Gordon tells me the boat is Japanese from the 1980's made by Gunze Sangyo . It has the original Mabuchi motor and mechanical speed wiper controller [gets very hot ! ] . The hull is fine glass fibre not plastic.

Clyde Puffer by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
Les, this is a very interesting build I look forward to seeing its progress, what's your trade background if you don't mind me asking?

Clyde Puffer by lesliebreame Admiral   Posted: 9 days ago
If you go to page 11 video blog and half way down there are 2 better videos of the Schumschimmer taken last year on its first voyage [ for Gordon that is ] I think he bought it on ebay . Its very light made of thin plastic carries a brush-less motor and modern batteries both of which i dont know the details but could find out if you wish.The smallest leaf or twig causes it to come off the foils which is why in the video you see it reversing to clear them. Les

Clyde Puffer by reilly4 Admiral   Posted: 10 days ago
Nice boat, puffing along. I also like the hydrofoil boat. Is it possible to get some info/photos of the hydrofoil boat.

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 Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
Are the drawings available for your super puffer. Are you welding with gas, arc, tig, or mig. It looks like a good sturdy build. Cheers Colin.

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

Clyde Puffer by RedRider Lieutenant   Posted: 13 days ago
Wow! What a neat looking collection of "puffer" parts and the ingenuity to assemble it all. Beautiful Mate!

Clyde Puffer by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
You're dead right there Leslie, First we have to get the damn things to DO the work, and do it RIGHT! The department printer would always go kaputt on Friday evening when I wanted to print a 130 page system description and the courier was stamping up and down outside 😡 "Brave New World" !! Cheers, Doug 😎

Clyde Puffer by lesliebreame Admiral   Posted: 2 months ago
yes Doug, and when the computer and printer wont do what you want and your tax return or companies house documents are due urgently but refuse to go through and you tear your hair out and swear violently , you wish life was much simpler ! I thought these machines were supposed to help us. When i was a trainee engineer they told us that in the future we would all have so much leisure time because machines would be doing all the work !!! Got that wrong didnt they !!!

Clyde Puffer by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
"but being an inventive sort of chap things inevitably get more complicated" Sounds kinda familiar Leslie 😉👍 Cheers, Doug 😎