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Registered
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Last Online
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hammer

Member Stats
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Member No. 1996
Registered 12th Nov 2012
Last Online 20th Nov 2018
City Devon
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 8
Sailing Locations 2
Forum Posts 73
Photos Posted 491
Likes Received 334
Likes Given 9
339 Total Posts
Sailing Locations
Torbay & district model boat club
Since: 23rd Nov 2013
trechford model boat club
Since: 16th Nov 2014
Harbour
IRENE
Type: Working Vessel
HILDA
Type: Other
Crowpill
Type: Working Vessel
+5 More
Fleet Admiral!
Ranks Points
Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
Apprentice 2
Recruit 0
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Boats in Harbour 8 64
Forum Thread 5 25
Forum Post 2 146
Event 8 0
Photo Gallery 10 50
Photos Response 3 48
Video Post 15 30
Video Response 3 3
Build Blog 20 180
Blog Post 5 395
Blog Response 3 456
Sailor 8 16
Guestbook Post 8 8
Liked Posts 1 9
Received Likes 2 668
2098 Total Points
United Kingdom
Recent Posts
Gypsy Sloop Jr. by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 21 days ago
Go with swing arm servos for sail control, less trouble with the lines than winch. If room is a problem one can be used to control jibs & main. but separate controls are obviously best.

deck planks by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
All work on T. C. stopped for a wile. I have 7 boats after the summer sailing none are seaworthy. Repairs WILL TAKE SOME TIME.

up date by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
No play as I have been on holiday for a month. Now I am back I need to repair six of my boats as they are all out of commission after the summer sailing. So no play on T.C. for a wile. She is not abandoned. will return soon. thanks for watching.

deck planks by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
All the rails made, deck held up as the ends not cut off yet.

deck planks by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Rails fitted just to see how they look. Remove and paint when the aft section is at this stage. Etching primer for copper & brass. I will cut off the excess below after final fitting. The speaking tube also fixed.

deck planks by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
On to the railings. I am using striped electrical wire. Free & easy to solder, and different sizes. The only drawback it is a little soft. The hardest job is getting it straight. This is done in vice & between fingers.( fingers not in vice) I also flatten the stanchions where rails cross. The long silver is the flagstaff at the bow, half way along the section being made. Held in a jig to solder, saw cut hold stanchions & nails stretch rails. The tape was to hold rails against stanchions. This was not needed as I pushed them down with a screwdriver as I removed the soldering iron.

helm by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Helm finished, the completion just simple turning & polish.

helm by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Holes drilled spokes cut & fitted, stuck with super glue. Don't want silver from solder showing. I made a mistake, should have drilled the holes before removing the waste. The drill kept skidding side ways off the centre boss. Should have just cut a grove around the boss, to see how things where going. Any way got over that. Skimming off the boss so the spokes lay level. Then made a cap to fit over them. Note the cocktail stick keeping holes aligned. Drill this out when complete. Marked the handles for length in the lathe. cut & file them before patting off.

Brass bashin' Chris Craft deck fittings... by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Very good a few more photos of the forming would have been nice. I have seen brass covered in soft solder to make it shine, but not for me.

helm by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Need a change from wood work. I don't know if the helm was wooden or brass. I do know that brass was very popular on later paddlers, so brass it is. starting with a 1ins rod I turn the end so. I mark the spokes with a pointed tool, divided by my home made arrangement. A change wheel is fixed to back end of main shaft. In this case a 40, for 8 divisions. I could do with a cross drill on the tool post, but don't have an accurate one. I will have to drill the holes in the mill.

deck planks by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
the state of play. I must wipe off those finger marks.😁

deck planks by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Finished companion ways. Open & shut case

deck planks by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Paddle boxes well on the way. Just the face to do now. Note they are bolted to hull & fit behind plates holding bearings. So they are removable.

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
I have engine running at last. but still wants fine tuning. Video soon.

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
I have tried to run the engine on air, but failed. I soon found the problem. I had designed the ports to be in from the end of the cylinder, to give better cover. I knew I would need a slot cut in the cylinder wall, to get steam past the piston. I had completely forgotten to do this. The photo shows the slot cut in this end of cylinder now. The photo is a close up showing all the scratches. The rough looking wall of cylinder are not that bad. they are a good thing as they will hold oil preventing wear. Well that is the theory.

Totnes Castle 1894 by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Just pictures of the state of play.

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Engine room layout. A very tight fit, will be challenging to operate. The servo for regulator control will be under the forward saloon stairs. There is a bolt into the regulator through the baulkhead. Silicone pipe joining the exhaust copper, exiting up what on original, was the safety valve exit. Normal model practice is for exhaust inside the funnel. I have found this can but the flame out, when excess water runs down into fire tube. True steam out the funnel looks good but only shows on cold days. The copper steam feed pipes need connections made, & lagged. The brass circle will be the oiler. Gas pipe to make. When that is finished it will be test time on the bench. Sh*t or bust😱😱

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Continuing with the separator. For anyone who is not familiar with a separator. The feed tube goes in to the top about 3/8" & the exit tube about a 1/4". So the oil & water can not turn quick enough & falls to the bottom. The empty tube touches the bottom & is normally shut off. When opened & exit shut off, steam will empty contents. Of course I still have the base to fix. The photo on window board, also shows my granddaughters steam engine, made for me. Proud granddad

Inspiration for beautiful boat builders ;-) by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
The wall of my work shop. 4 scratch builds & Totnes Castle on work bench. I have 4 others upstairs. 1 sold to a pub & 2 in museums. Oh yes & 1 kit, can I go on the list of scratch builders please.

Hull Pt2: Motorisation - Come What May!! by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Far to complicated for me.

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
For those who cant wait to see it running. Here is one I made earlier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PsbzyY5hjQ The pressure gauge is down to 5psi when it finally stops

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Sure dimples are more secure. Guess I am just lazy. Here is the adjustable frame to keep cylinders against port faces. Still in a rough state rushing to get it together for photo. Fettling & polish tomorrow.

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Engine almost complete. Just the springs & fittings for holding the faces together. On the shaft can be seen the spacers that rest against the bearings in the hull keeping the wheels & gear in place. The flats on the shaft to stop grub screws tuning are all inline. I can see the gear is correct line up the wheel will also be right.

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Removed more metal from the engine frame. ran a bull nose cutter along the joint of the two brass squares. the joint can't be seen now. I have lapped the port faces to the cylinders. Given the rest a good polish.

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Thank you Doug will do. See what I can get from the exchequer.

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Electronic engineering, well you must be far more intelligent than an old carpenter. I will look at the Proxxon range & turn green with envy. I have been retired 21 years on a private pension. Not index linked. 😱

Gina 2 Billing Boats Fish Cutter - Restoration & Conversion by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Great job your doing Doug. I think its more of a challenge renovating an old model than building from scratch.

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Thanks for your comments appreciated, Doug. Unfortunately I don’t have a milling cutter smaller than 3mm. The slot is only 1.5. I will have a look at your build. Gina my daughters name. I also don’t have a rotary table. I needed to cut the curved slots in the regulator- reverser. So with a fiddle I managed, with the vice which can turn. Stuck to a square of brass (super glue). Careful measuring so the centres all line up, including vice pivot. 3mm cutter in use Doug. The two parts of the regulator parted off 1in brass rod. Something learned doing this with a fixed steady, place card between tool and steady. Stop chips getting in the steady & jamming it. Silver soldered the pipes to block. Did have to drill one out after, even being mean with the solder. And carbon on the end of pipe.

engine by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Keyed one web & gear to the shaft. Thought I would drill into the joint but the drill kept drifting off the chrome. So drilled as close as I could each side. Then diamond file to make it into a slot. cut a wedge & hammered it in. Probably fix other side with epoxy on final assemble.

Totnes Castle 1894 by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Companionway & skylights. I took a strip of clear plastic, this cam off packaging of some sort. Strips of wood stuck on with contact adhesive. (evo stick) Scored the corners bent around fitted in place. It fits so will remove & paint wood white. Then stick hard wood strips on the out side.