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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)
    Recent Posts
    πŸ“ A mini steam engine, a dabble in lathe work
    20 hours ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Alan, and well done I am full of admiration for your efforts on the metal machining front, which will definitely help when you get around to the S50 a very nice stationary side valve. I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the castings, mind considering the cost they should be spot on. Please post a photo or two of the oscillating (wobbler) when complete. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ A mini steam engine, a dabble in lathe work
    3 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Congratulations and well done. I felt I had to drop you a line as there is only a slack handful of folks on here who are into steam. Out of curiosity did you fit an O ring on the piston? Plus an O ring on the con-rod where it goes through the bottom plate would be useful. Please consider yourself to be a member of "The Slack-Handful Club". Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Information wanted
    15 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Rowen, I am pretty sure that Mountfleet is still up and running despite the current problems.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Standing Rigging
    15 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    I absolutely love this boat Graham, and the fine detail on the fittings and fitments is mind-blowing. Just one thing which I find a little strange as I am quite into the rigging on older boats, and that is the rigging for the main mast with the two sets of deadeyes at the bottom, at the top end of the same would look much better if instead of being looped around the mast, it was terminated at an eyelet on a brass ring, one eyelet each side. As I appreciate you are into brass fittings and gaff jaws not forgetting the hardwood blocks and tackle. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
    19 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Yes Doug, I very much agree that no scale and size is very strange, I believe they are made to a scale to suit the Wilesco steam traction engines, although that probably will not help much.
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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
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    Hi Doug, go onto eBay search for WILESCO, which will give you a sub-menu, and click on Steam accessories, there is everything you could ask for, from a bag of mini-coal to a can of mini Guinness. Enjoy, regards Gary.
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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
    19 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    What would you like a picture of? Gary WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
    19 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    If I may be so bold as to suggest that you try for your first attempt an open launch, and opt for a similar hull to the one you already have. with the gas canister hidden in the front compartment, the rudder servo hidden in the rear compartment, and engine servos hidden in a central consul with the ships wheel fitted. lots of nice polished copper and brass on show in a nice hard-wood hull. The TVR 1ABB is around the Β£250 mark, and a boiler kit would save a small fortune, all nicely preformed and drilled. A bit of food for thought there, and of course nice easy access to everything. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: All the frames cut
    20 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Oh, Makita you will never know, anything about my home. (Elton John.) That is an awful lot of jigsawed frames for one hour, you must be either super fit or young, or maybe even both? Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
    27 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Stephen,
    I am giving some serious thought to a build log? The answer to your question is yes that is the condenser (separator,) and in another life it used to be the foot-rail in a defunct spit and sawdust pub, a friend rescued a piece for me. The globe valve you can see is on the outlet going to the chimney, the low down tapping for emptying also has a globe valve. By closing the exhaust valve and opening the emptying valve which has a tapping over the side, you can use the engines exhaust and boiler pressure to empty the condenser. This is something I have adopted from somewhere and use on all of my steam plants, along with the bypass valve idea to blow the pipes before steaming the engine. How is FORMIDABLE LT 53 doing? Regards,Gary.
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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
    28 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Martin, that is a very good question, and I am afraid the answer is as yet I have never quite managed to get around to writing one. Looking on the bright side I do have the photographs ready and waiting, and just need to get around to writing the script. Regards Gary.
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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
    28 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Martin, I think I have now decided where everything should be, having shuffled everything around a few times, which means having to make up new pipe-work every time. It is a strange non-conventional layout, with the gas canister at the front and the gas boiler burner at the opposite end with a distance of 26" between the two. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
    28 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Yes, Martin no problem, although trying to sort out the steam plant and access to the same is a bit of a problem, as everything is at the back end and just as well I don't mind a bit of a challenge. Regards Gary.
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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
    28 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    To plank is the answer, and a little progress on the building front although nothing is fastened down, as the steam plant work is still a work in progress. I am afraid the photograph quality leaves a little to be desired. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The Morrell, Shannon class Lifeboat.
    30 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Wow, an incredible feat of model boat building, everything is absolutely spot on from the fittings and fitments to the paint job. I can understand why it has taken so long but the end result is in a class of its own. Congratulations on a fantastic build, (and get that back-end sorted soon.) Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Shannon class lifeboat
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Alan, absolutely love that boat especially the quality of all the fittings and the realistic image it projects, right down to every single nut bolt and washer.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Change
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Yes, It does help a little and I recognize the boiler and condenser, and it looks like there is a cover over the engine, I would be very interested to see a little more internal detail as one can't get too much of a good thing. Please switch some lights on first and it's looking like a flash-gun for Xmas. Regards. πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: "Danny Boy"
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    I should have mentioned it has a gas-fired steam engine, and in order to obtain access the super-structure and the fish hold lifts off along with a large piece of the decking. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: "Danny Boy"
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    I like your boat a lot you have made a really good job of putting it together and it sails rather well also. But I am afraid that I must correct your comment if the fact it is a North Sea Drifter, and has never pulled a trawl net in its life to date. The nets were paid out over the side and could be a mile long in length, the net hung like a curtain with floats on the top, and the herring were caught by the gills and unable to escape. I also have the Mountfleet Danny Boy and will enclose a photo. Regards, Gary
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    πŸ’¬ Re: More "Sculduggery" with Graham !
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    I really like this and the mechanics for the realistic rowing action, not forgetting the really nice planking and fine detail on the boat. Upon looking at the expression on the rower's face, I was wondering if he suffers from Piles?
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    πŸ’¬ Re: "Hoga" Pearl Harbor Tugboat.
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    That planked hull is a work of art, and can be appreciated for what it is and the work that went into it. Painting is for hiding mistakes and filler. Regards.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Paint
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Rick, pleased to hear you are making some progress with your latest project, although I am not sure quite what it is? So with that fact in mind why not share it with a friend and post some photographs. Regards.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Unicorn. A display model.
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    This also definitely also gives new meaning to the words." Get Knotted".
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Unicorn. A display model.
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ahh!!! The dexterity of those little pinkies, definitely no signs of the dreaded arthritis or rheumatism there. You have created a work of art, fantastic job congratulations. Regards.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The end is in sight.....
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Absolutely love it, it is all the fine and intricate detail that makes all the difference in the world.
    A great-looking boat, well done. Regards,Gary.
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    πŸ“ Redcar Model Boat Club
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Colin, Redcar is very much where it always was, in the top right-hand corner of Yorkshire and at the mouth of the River Tees. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Phantom Tug
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Incredible build with everything spot on and looking very realistic, I appreciate the time and effort that went into that build, mind the end result was worth it a fantastic-looking Tug. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Exhaust chimney
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well done Rick a really neat job there and you have used a decent-sized pipe, I think it looks really good and an improvement on the old chimney. So let's get that boiler fired up and report back. Regards.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMCS Sackville
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Gordc, very strange that I have never found the above and very interesting post, and with a Stuart D 10 coupled to a 10" x 4" boiler, how could I possibly have overlooked that. Being very interested in all things steam I have also suffered from leaking gas valves, especially when packed with graphited yarn which always seems to break down sooner or later, O rings are the only way to go. What happened to the water sight-glass on the boiler, it looks like copper pipe? Regards, Gary
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    πŸ“ Steam Engine Exhaust Modification.
    1 month ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    That is a good question, and the answer is no as there is enough heat at the bottom of the chimney (exhaust stack) which boils the condensate and provides a little extra steam exhaust. Consequently, the condensate level does tend to stay below the inlet tapping, especially with efficient modern burners. (Ceramic and the like.)
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