Hi Peter, attached the pinout of the 555 and a circuit for an astable oscillator giving a square wave output suitable for a lamp flasher. Frequency (flash rate) is defined by R1, R2 and C. The bigger the 'C' and/or R1 the slower the rate. R2 defines the discharge rate. Therefore the ratio of R1 +R2 to R2 defines the ratio of On / Off times! A little experimentation needed. You can put your pot in place of R1 for some flash rate (F)adjustment. F=1/Cx(R1+2xR2). If you want to get really 'snazzy' you can use the 555 in monostable mode (pic 3) and use the pulse output from an RX channel as the trigger input. You may need to add a series capacitor and a resistor to ground (try a 10K to start with) to slow the trigger down a bit and experiment with the capacitor, a small electrolytic or Tantalum. It helps if you have an oscilloscope for such experiments! A cheap analogue 100Khz or 1Mhz job would do. The astable version is simpler, just put a remote controllably switch e.g. transistor switch board or, even simpler, just a microswitch mounted on a servo😉) in series with the Vcc (+ supply) to the timer chip. It takes longer for the first flash after switch on to occur as the cap has to charge up from 0V to 2/3 Vcc. After that only from 1/3 Vcc to 2/3. Ratio of ON time to OFF time depends on R1 and R2. ON=Cx(R1+R2), OFF=CxR2. Happy soldering and Flashing 😲, cheers, Doug 😎 PS: are your 555s bipolar or CMOS? Makes a difference! Bipolar types only drive the output to Vcc-1.7V. CMOS types drive the output to full Vcc😊 PPS: One other point! Is your 'Blue Lamp' a bulb or an LED? If an LED you will need a resistor in series with the output to limit the current to a max of about 30mA. Start with 1KOhm, if too dim go down to around 220/270Ohms.
Experimenting with steam flash boiler and it looks promising!!! Better make a pump next instead of the syringe but I don't expect the little oscillator will cope. If it doesn't will make a small electric one. Need an ice breaker today !!! Les
Hi Marky I have the Deans 4' glass fibre hull steam picket boat, uses either electric or a Miranda Twin oscillator steam plant. Mine is the gunboat version as against the Admirals barge, but all capital ships of the period have several picket boats so you have a wide choice. The bands on the funnel signified the boat number 2 bands, boat 2 etc. Good luck wth the builds Dave
One of my Old Trafford paddle steamers enhanced by my mate Duncan Laurimer and sailing on the put up pond at Tilford Rural Life Centre yesterday. Good fun was had by all !! The boiler is tablet fired [3 halves ] and is half filled with 65ml of water. Engine is single oscillator with 16:1 spur gearbox. Les Breame
Hi Kevin Yes that's what I do. I am always amazed at the power the oscillator generates and once rotating very little steam is required to maintain speed. Then again it's not for windy or rough conditions. I would try gradually reducing the pressure until the engine show signs of stopping and then increase by a couple of psi to ensure safe running. You do not need to run the boiler at its max rated pressure when the escape valve will be opening just at a level that replaces what the engine uses. Can we have another video with the steam whistle sounding? Dave
Hi Edward, Its a fine balancing act of electrolysis to hydroide gas, compression then ignition but utillising vacuum formation as an assisting force to the power stroke so effectively making it a one stroke which sounds odd.still in development ive tried turbine,oscillator pistons and hydraulic recoil as end movers but the best seems to be the straight reciprocator. Its scary,how the hell can they tax water??? cheers Neil.
Hi, I´m back . As I can see .. two-pole socket is designed for insertion of a crystal, ( quartz oscillator prism 35 MHz) not as a supply battery - this also may cause misunderstandings. This arrangement was customary for facilities of 80 and 90 years of the last century with interchangeable crystals. wishing success Tom
Nice clean model. Clearly the No 1 boat for ceremonial and Captains use. I built the Deans version which is a 48" hull giving a scale of 1/12. I have sailed with electric power but not with my Miranda boiler and twin oscillator. I has steamed on my paddling pool at home but I am waiting for a calm day to sail on the club lake. Be good to see your model under srteam on the lake. Dave
My own design double acting twin oscillator. Running under steam for the first time. Steam pressure down to 5psi. By the bench on the floor a derelict fire boat, re build one day. Installed In Duke of Devonshire.
This Is Victoria, she was built from a Krick kit about 4 years ago, steam powered with a Maccsteam boiler and an SVS 10mm bore x 11mm stroke oscillator. She Is currently taking a well earned rest after 3 years hard work, out 3 days a week, weather permitting. Undergoing boiler cleaning, engine overhaul and a bit of patching up of the woodwork.
[Score: 8/10] 40"/3200g Victoria Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 35mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 70mm) Direct Drive to a SVS 10mm x 12mm (3 Blade) Controlled Through Maccsteam Boiler ESC - Comments: Victoria Is built from a Krick kit, and has a Maccsteam 3.5 Inch horizontal boiler fired by Propane/butane mix. The engine Is a 10mm bore x 12 mm stroke SVS oscillator. Radio Is Futaba 6EX 2.4 ghz.
Twin double acting oscillator, .75" bore .5" stroke, geared down 3 to 1. The boiler 2.5" diameter 6" long by two Interconnected. fire tubes 28mm reducing to 22mm half way, ten cross tubes 8mm In each. Silver gas regulators up front, two required to balance the jets, as only one gas cannister. The separator not connected yet. All my own design & manufacture. Except the pressure gauge & cannister tap.
Thanks for the advice, well received. This little engine (oscillator) Is soooooo simple, that any attempts to throttle It just causes It to stop. However, when up and running It propels the boat just fine. I think I'll just leave It as Is. The only boat clubs I have found here are only racing clubs, sail and speedboat. That's why I enjoy this site, you all are Interested In classic boating! Thanks again!
Whilst It may be possible to do this Is something for the expert to try. Simple model steam oscillators are quite safe to use In their Intended form and used correctly should pose few problems for the user. However they are simple and lack many of the safety features of their bigger models. I suggest you join a model boat club with steam testing facilities and get expert help In addressing your requirements. Sorry If this comes across In a negative fashion but for your own safety and the public's generally this Is not something you should try yourself.