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Hi Gary nice to hear from you as well yes the Clyde Puffer will be a challenge but I'm scaling up the project to close to 1/20 making the boat around 30" and I've sourced a steam plant to fit and will build a funnel to come out of the right spot I hope LOL . Rick
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.
Hi Gary I to am interested in steam and have been researching the ins and outs of steam and I'm in the process of building a Clyde Puffer with a steam plant if your interested in seeing and finding out more look for Keith Appleton's steam videos. Rick
Hello All I'm researching a steam plant to put into a new build and looking at a scratch build Clyde Puffer to put the steam plant in build would this boat be good for live steam if not any suggestions on what might be a better build. Rick
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 that if i could get rivets small enough i could actually real rivet it !!! Les
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
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.
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