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    The Anteo my very first ever steam powered tug.
    My very first steam-boat back in the 70s, the Anteo by Panart probably the best kit ever, a plank on frame hull with lots of brass fittings. I fitted a Maxwell Hemmings Caton Steam plant and I was smitten, that was the first of many and still going strong. My only regret was somewhat butchering the engine housing in order to fit the valves and pipework. One of these days I might build another and make a much better job of it, hopefully. Check out my harbour for the rest of my small fleet of steam-powered working boats. The Anteo looking very realistic on the water, and the start of a love affair with steam and all it has to offer
    Marian Belle' Tug Mobile Marine Kit.
    A Mobile Marine tug kit, modified to take a steam plant, TVR1A-BB steam engine, 3 1/2" diameter x 6" length boiler. 4 channel for forward / reverse. speed control, steering and gas cutoff valve. Around 2 years to complete.
    Marian Belle' Empire Class Tug
    Finally completed on 5th April, I must be slowing down with age. Despite the weight of the installed steam plant, it requires more weight to sit more realistically on the water.
    Marian Belle' Empire class tug (Mobile Marine.)
    This model has been on the go for the last three years and is now finally almost complete, this one as per the others is powered by a TVR1ABB steam engine and a 3 1/2" diameter x 6" gas fired boiler.
    (Other) Lady Ayla and Elena.
    Clinker built open launches built to show off the boiler, steam engine and complex plumbing. (Motor: The Caton piston valve) (ESC: servo controlled) (9/10)
    (Other) Lady Marian
    This Drifter was a Marvon Models Kit and was incredible value for the money, a double planked plank on frame hull, and detailed instructions and good quality timber and fittings. As the engine was a four-stroke and silenced, plus the fact it was ticking over at very few revs, it made less noise than your average electric motor. Plus we were not trying too hard to save the planet in those good old days. (Motor: OS. 6.5cc Marine 4 stroke.) (ESC: servo controlled) (10/10)
    (Tug Boat) Anteo Harbour Tug
    My first ever Tug about fifty years ago, and my very first steam engine hence the super-structure looks a little hacked about, especially the engine housing with globe valves stuck out here and there. this was and still is an amazing kit from Panart, a plank on frame double skinned hull, and all the fittings were brass to a very high quality, (note the anchor winch all brass and it works. The engine and boiler was from Maxwell Hemmings one of the very few manufacturers at the time. (Motor: Piston Valve Twin Cylinder) (ESC: Servo controlled) (10/10)
    (Other) Lady Ayla
    I decided to build an open steam-boat to have the boiler and piston valve engine on show, all that polished copper and brass should be on show and not hidden away, this hull is clinker-built to my own design. (Motor: Maxwell Hemmings Caton) (ESC: servo controlled) (9/10)
    (Working Vessel) Danny Boy
    An almost scale version of the real thing, with a gas fired boiler driving a Tvr1 bb, 1/2" bore, twin cylinder, slide valve engine. this utilises an attenuator valve using boiler pressure to conserve both gas and steam pressure. (ESC: Servo controlled) (10/10)
    (Other) Topaz
    A Victorian/Edwardian steam launch from the 1800s as sailed on Lake Windermere, this is very similar to a launch called Branksome, which it was copied from. (Motor: Cheddar slide valve) (ESC: servo controlled) (8/10)
    (Working Vessel) Danny Boy
    A great looking boat, and a good subject to add realistic detail. Looks really good on the water running on steam, very realistic, not the easiest hull to fit a steam engine and boiler into due to small superstructure, definitely well worth the effort. As well as removing the super structure, I also can remove a portion of the deck for good access to the steam plant, and to remove the complete steam plant if necessary. (Motor: TVRA1BB) (ESC: Mountfleet) (10/10)
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    Hi Wooders, yes, there should definitely be a detailed plan with the kit, may I suggest that you try to obtain the plans from someone on here, who has built the kit and has no further use for the plans, or even to loan the plans to you for the duration of the build. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Foreroom Fish Hatch.
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    Hi Stephen, I absolutely love this building blog of yours, as very interesting and I enjoy the explanations and photographs and the lengths you go to produce the perfect result. As per the very neat angled half-lapped corners on the small and large hatches, and the use of the old wooden ruler for the cleats. Photo 15 is a bit eye-watering on the small very neat little circular saw, with (optional fence) mind the fact all your digits are intact and healthy proves a point. That is a very clean and precise cut into the ruler, what is the diameter and width of the blade? The last photo with the cleats fitted is absolutely brilliant, first-class workmanship as per always. Keep up the good work as it's all coming together. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ RUNABOUT SLIPPING SILICONE COUPLING SOLUTION ?
    6 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi JB, every time I see your initials for some strange reason I always think John Brown, but don't ask why because I don't know. Out of curiosity do you have a lathe tucked away in your workshop, as you make as per your latest creation fine detailed fitting and fixings? Plus, it's the fine detail that really makes the difference between good and exceptional. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ RUNABOUT SLIPPING SILICONE COUPLING SOLUTION ?
    6 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi JB, could I kindly with your permission cancel my last comment, I should have known that you would have a very good reason for going down that particular road, consider be to be suitably chastised. I wasn't aware you had to deal with pondweed, my local boating lake on the seafront is seawater with nothing in there except the odd shopping trolley. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ RUNABOUT SLIPPING SILICONE COUPLING SOLUTION ?
    7 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    JB, Looking at photo one I was surprised to see no thread nut and washer on the end of the prop shaft, to stop the shaft from migrating down the tube. As the alinement of prop and motor looks spot on,
    why not a metal tube type coupling with enough thickness to take the thread of a couple of grub screws on at each end. That does seem to me to be a sensible solution to your problem, but maybe there is a good reason for not going down that road. Mind, a great-looking boat and am looking forward to an all-action video. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT LAUNCH DAY
    7 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    I simply love it when a plan comes together, all those trials and tribulations in the building of it, pays off in big style when the boat performs well and is all that you hoped it would be and more. Looks fantastic on the water and very realistic with Clarke Kent and company. Congratulations on a job well done, and please post a video as I need to see it in action. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT FINISHED (I THINK)
    11 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Well done JB, a really superb and interesting build, with a great end result a fantastic-looking boat. I very much enjoyed your build log with detailed descriptions and lots of very good quality photographs. Now you finally have the completely finished end result what are you planning to do for an encore? Any plans for the next one? Regards, Gary. ( I can recommend steam as a motive power source.) and you could think of this as an investment.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    16 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Colin, note the homemade steam spreader at the top of the chimney, for a more even output of condenser exhaust steam. Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
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    Hi Colin, and thanks for the positive comment, much appreciated. With regard to your steam plant and choice of the hull, I reckon the minimum size would be around 48" mark, as that is a heavy-weight steam plant. Tugs in general tend to be almost flat bottomed, good for a lower sense of gravity and wide in the beam. A fiberglass hull would make sense as no ribs, bulkheads, or keel to worry about. In an ideal world, a one-piece central superstructure that also carried the masts, as mine does is worth thinking about. I also have thought that converting to butane/propane gas using a purpose-made ceramic burner, which is available for the Babcock boiler would be safer and more efficient. The much easier solution would to go for the open launch and show off your nicely painted and polished steam plant. Please let me know which road WE are going down. Regards, Gary. (My tug by Mobile Marine, Marian Bell'e measures 39" x 10" and is quite heavy.)
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    πŸ“ Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 2.)
    17 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    The steam engine and boiler for the Puffer have been borrowed from my Topaz (Edwardian) Steam Launch a static model with no radio gear installed. Consequently, despite the age of the steam plant, it has never been fired up as such either in anger or otherwise. Cheddar in their time made some really well-engineered engines and the Gemini is a shining example of that era. The boiler which measures 3" x 6" is none conventual as the chimney and burner are both at the same end, as opposed to the normal center flue with burner and chimney at opposite ends. So having positioned the boiler on its base plate to line up with the engine housing chimney, and with the burner at the back end. A short prop shaft was fitted and the rudder also. The problem is to get the propshaft to run around the boiler and connect to the engine. this was done using sprockets, chains, shafts and bearings from Micromold. To be perfectly honest this actually works rather well, and much better than I expected. I think the photos are hopefully self-explanatory, there are two chains one from the propshaft to the drive shaft which is fastened to the hull and runs the length of the boiler, this terminates at a second chain which is coupled to the engine. There is also a few photos of the steam plant and engine. I still have some modifications to make to the steam plant to make better access to control valves. I need to finish the steam plant work and fit it into the hull, then make sure everything works alright before I fasten the decks down, I have been thinking along the lines of a visit to the boating lake also before the decking and finishing. that is about it for this one, I will try and answer questions and comments. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT
    17 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi JB, that boat looks really great and I love your sense of humour, it should slide through the water like a knife through butter. It is a great looking boat and a beautifully detailed build. Well done. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Puffer's Progress.
    17 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Keith, (O/F). that Yacht of yours looks very nice and has very similar lines to Amazon, and on about similar, you are not by any chance related to Claude Greengrass from Heartbeat, or are you? You certainly have that look and a better avatar than O/F. Best regards, and kindly do a build log as myself and others will be most interested.
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    πŸ“ Puffer's Progress.
    18 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi O/F, (your name would be useful?) The steam Yacht mentioned in this post once belonged to Arthur Lowe (Captain Mainwaring of Dad's Army fame,) and her name is Amazon 1885 vintage. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT
    18 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi JB, I absolutely love this boat, and the lengths you have gone to on the fine detail front in the finishing of her. With that incredible shine, it will cut through the water like a knife through butter. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Puffer questions.
    21 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Chum444, I am involved with the Highlander Clyde Puffer build and blog, and in answer to your question I haven't got a clue except I can say that the round tank by the chimney has a handpump on the superstructure to fill it, and there is an outlet on the bottom into the engine room. The square tank on the back has tappings off the top and the bottom which again go into the engine room. Check out my blog photos, and yes they both contain water. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hatch cover Handles.
    21 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Stephen, I absolutely love your blogs, always very interesting and in great detail with lots of excellent photos. Most of all it's the fact that you always go that extra mile to accomplish the almost impossible. When it comes to a choice of handles, do I turn down some brass rod, or use a slitting saw blade on a brass sheet. The more difficult has to be the brass sheet so brass sheet it is, and very neat little handles they most certainly are. It reminds me of something I read in a shop, which was The impossible we do straight away, but miracles take a little longer, I think that about sums it up. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Highlander Clyde Puffer.
    22 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Having thought about doing a blog on this build for some time I have finally decided to give it a go and see how I get on. First and foremost this is a kit by Mountfleet, and it really does leave a little to be desired as in the quality of the fiberglass mouldings and the white metal fittings. It is not by any stretch of the imagination the company it used to be before the major fire they suffered some years ago. I have always liked the Clyde Puffers as great little working boats full of character and nostalgia, plus there is still one or two still working around the Islands on the west coast of Scotland. I think they are more involved these days with tourists and sightseers than carrying freight, although I dare say they still carry some occasionally. My personal preference is to build working boats from the 30s and 40s that were powered by steam engines. The reason I have left it this long is the very unconventional layout with the boiler and steam engine both at the back end of the boat. Then I had this idea with regard to using sprockets chains and shafts, not forgetting the bearings, to run the propshaft around the boiler and position the engine in front of the boiler. I think you will need to check the photos to see where I am coming from on that one. These first photos are from the kit brochure and I think the weathering has been somewhat over-done. It looks like it needs a good wash down. Any comments or suggestions I will gladly take on board, as I am making this up as I go and I am hoping this works out, time will tell. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Puffer's Progress.
    22 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi JB, and thanks for the photos, the boat looks to be in incredible condition now as when Arthur Lowe's son owned it, it was looking a bit in need of care and attention. I have found another photo of her in Ramsgate and looking very smart. Arthur Lowe owned her for many years and spent a fortune on her. You mentioned Coronation Street but his much more famous role was as Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army, a comedy series about The Home Guard. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Superstructure front
    22 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Rick, and doing a great job there in record time, out of curiosity was the kit both plastic and ply parts or ply only? Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT
    23 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi JB, as an avid reader of your blog and your current interest in Tread-Plates, check out the photo the top and bottom stair plates are (PLASTIC) diamond checker-plate bought as an A4 sheet, and handy on odd occasions when stuck for ideas. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Puffer's Progress.
    24 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end, but they did and the likes of which we will never see again, more is the pity. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Puffer's Progress.
    24 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Nerys, (I have to check that spelling every time I use it,) I wanted to find one decent photo for you and managed care of photoshop. Now you can see the bigger picture and the exquisite shape of that hull. The hull is original and 2" thick Burmese teak sheathed in copper. Quite incredible to have survived two world wars and a near-miss from a V2 rocket. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Superstructure
    24 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Looking really great Rick, and progressing nicely at about 30 knotts. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Puffer's Progress.
    24 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Nerys, the Amazon Steam Yacht 1885 photographed in 1994 Scotland, the photos are stuck together, so four for the price of one. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT
    24 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Beautiful boat really classy, and its pilot certainly has his head screwed on I can see the join. On a more serious note, well done you a fantastic build and great looking boat. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Puffer's Progress.
    25 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Nerys bless you, I really appreciate your positive comment thankyou. We are now into October and Christmas is not too far away, and I have this feeling that for you it's going to be a good one. Sending you a P.M. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Puffer's Progress.
    26 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Martin, absolutely fantastic to see you back on here where you belong, definitely not the same without you, thank God for small mercies and WELCOME HOME. Regards and very best wishes Gary.
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    πŸ“ Puffer's Progress.
    26 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    To be perfectly honest the puffer has made very little progress to date, as we had an unfortunate incident and progress came to a grinding halt. Mind, we have managed to put that behind us and hopefully move on. Having repaired the damage to fittings and engine housing I can now declare this as actually being complete and in one lump. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hatch Coaming continued.
    26 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Just a couple of photos of Drifter steam plant, and gas valve, plus for the curious, where Davy Jones's locker actually is. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hatch Coaming continued.
    26 days ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Stephen, and this is my interpretation of the main hold cover boards, which seemed like a good idea at the time with a degree of poetic license, as the gas tank valve appeared outside of the cover boards, hence the packing crate to hide the valve. A question, have you given any thought to the wooden rollers on each side of the hold and on the top edge of the hull over the handrail? Plus the slide-in boards from the corner of the hold into the bulwarks, to stop the herring from covering the decks. Onwards, upwards and outwards. Regards, Gary. Remember the molygoggers!!!!!!!!!!
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