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    (Working Vessel) IRENE
    Irene is still in existence, now Irene of Bridgwater. I have shown her as in 1930's. Built from my own plans, plank on frame. Will be mostly sail, the motor for emergencies. (Motor: from printer) (5/10)
    (Other) HILDA
    3/4"=1' a big model, very good sailor with internal ballast only. Another rescued fiberglass hull. Every thing else made by me. (Motor: wind only) (8/10)
    (Working Vessel) Crowpill
    Built from photos & Lloyd's measurements. Foam hull covered with metal plates. Made as a prototype for a 50" steam powered model, which is still on the to do list. (Motor: out of tape deck) (ESC: Mtronic marine 15) (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) spray
    Bristol channel pilot cutter. Chris Brown hull ( Cariad) very good sailor. four servos, 1 for rudder, 1 for main & topsail sails 1 for fore sails & one to wave the westermans hand. The hand is attached to a string the arm is a spring when the string is pulled spring tightens & the arm shots up. The westerman moves the tiller with his right hand & waves with his left. Sold on Ebay Β£220, Unfortunately had to make some room. (Motor: wind only) (7/10)
    (Working Vessel) Flying Foam
    Scratch built from own plans, Another boat which dosn't fit your drop down answers. Now sold, to be put in a glass case. Soon to be displayed in the Cottage Loaf inn Llandudno. Where the original Flying Foam mast & gaff can be seen. (Motor: wind only) (8/10)
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    (Working Vessel) albatross
    scratch built own plans, most question above are Irrelevant for a sailing boat (Motor: none) (9/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) Duke of Devonshire
    Scratch built from own plans. Engine & boiler designed & built by self. See the build blog on ( PADDLEDUCKS ) Construction, Duke of Devonshire. (Motor: Self) (9/10)
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    πŸ“ Smoke generator
    2 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    What can’t be seen is the small motor & fan inside the large tube.

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    πŸ“ Smoke generator
    2 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I must confess not my idea, another members work. Here is mine, it can be temperamental. May have to suck it myself, but once it starts no problems. Do not leave the liquid part connected when not in use, as this contact can be the problem. it sometimes this needs cleaning. The photo is worth a thousand words. Any questions just ask. Hammer

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    πŸ“ Smoke generator
    3 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I have a smoke generator made from a vapour. I have never smoked myself. But me boat puffy away nicely. Will post photo when I have time.

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    πŸ“ flue
    3 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Depends on the size. I have used copper plumbing pipe. 22 & 28mm. Or beer cans cut off top & bottom slit down the length, bend around a former, solder joint. I have used all these methods.

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    πŸ’¬ Gypsy Sloop Jr.
    5 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ’¬ deck planks
    5 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ up date
    6 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ’¬ deck planks
    7 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    All the rails made, deck held up as the ends not cut off yet.

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    πŸ’¬ deck planks
    7 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ’¬ deck planks
    7 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ’¬ helm
    7 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Helm finished, the completion just simple turning & polish.
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    πŸ’¬ helm
    7 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ Brass bashin' Chris Craft deck fittings...
    7 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ helm
    7 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ’¬ deck planks
    7 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    the state of play. I must wipe off those finger marks.😁

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    πŸ’¬ deck planks
    7 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Finished companion ways. Open & shut case

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    πŸ’¬ deck planks
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ’¬ engine
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I have engine running at last. but still wants fine tuning. Video soon.

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    πŸ’¬ engine
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ’¬ Totnes Castle 1894
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Just pictures of the state of play.
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    πŸ’¬ engine
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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😱😱

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    πŸ’¬ engine
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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

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    πŸ“ Inspiration for beautiful boat builders ;-)
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ’¬ Hull Pt2: Motorisation - Come What May!!
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Far to complicated for me.

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    πŸ’¬ engine
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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
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    πŸ’¬ engine
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ’¬ engine
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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.

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    πŸ’¬ engine
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thank you Doug will do. See what I can get from the exchequer.

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    πŸ’¬ engine
    8 months ago by hammer ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    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. 😱

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