yes Doug, and when the computer and printer wont do what you want and your tax return or companies house documents are due urgently but refuse to go through and you tear your hair out and swear violently , you wish life was much simpler ! I thought these machines were supposed to help us. When i was a trainee engineer they told us that in the future we would all have so much leisure time because machines would be doing all the work !!! Got that wrong didnt they !!!
yes, and the more there is the more to go frustratingly wrong !! i keep promising myself to keep things simple but being an inventive sort of chap things inevitably get more complicated. My original Explorer steam boats were the best.....simple boiler and oscillating steam engine. Ah.. lovely.
yes, my mate has added a lot of weight on top compared with the original so consequently has ended up a bit lower in the water. Bob was firing up his Explorer next to me and couldn't get the radio to work as he had plugged the servo into the wrong slot!!
I sold an EXPLORER steam boat kit to my mate Bob and look how he painted it !!!! He intends to call it HUMBUG .....and i wonder why !!! I think he is fitting a WW1 gun to the front of it soon. My red and white boat is far more refined dont you think !! Video taken at TILFORD rural life center Easter Saturday ......an annual toy steam up. Les Breame
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
At Ilfracombe pond is Bob Burrows Vintage Model Boat Co kit of the Fast Patrol Boat. Bobs made a nice job of it and has brushless motor with Lipoly batteries. Forward / reverse control was nothing special on maiden voyage and came close to a good sinking !!!
Second outboard ive built. The engine/drive takes weeks to make and needs careful setting up to get the gears to mesh. The first one i made goes really well [ pure chance !!! ] so ive knocked up another for Lee. The boiler is twin 28mm copper tube and is tablet fired [ to keep the weight down ].
i thought that power should give way to sail !!! you can have a lot of fun boating without spending much. this little Americas Cup yacht cost me a fiver in the flea market and after fitting a rudder servo it is brilliant fun !! Les Breame