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    πŸ“ Clyde puffer
    5 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Gordon is testing the steam boiler that i made for his Clyde puffer project.
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    πŸ“ various
    6 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    A good but very cold day at Ilfracombe pond yesterday. Nice breeze from the north to keep the yacht going but calm enough for Gordons hydro. beating up the place !
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    πŸ“ shcumshkimmer
    6 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    nice shot of Gordons hydro at ilfracombe yesterday in the cold !
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    πŸ“ welding
    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    all frames welded to keel.

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    πŸ’¬ solar
    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I wanted to demonstrate that a vessel could move due to the power of the sun alone.Introducing a battery would confuse the issue and sceptical people would claim that it was the battery doing all the work !! Cheers

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    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Started welding frames to keel.

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    πŸ“ solar
    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Members might like to view my experimental solar powered "BOAT " More like an aircraft carrier !! No batteries carried even for the radio. Brushless motor running from 24 cells giving 12volts. Slightest shadow will stop it.The panel i made myself by buying individual solar cells from Ebay and soldering them up.The cells are sandwiched between glass which makes it quite heavy and next project will have no glass but the cells are VERY fragile.
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    πŸ’¬ Clyde Puffer
    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Probably copper plates soldered together and soldered tabs to hold it to the frames. The plates will have artificial rivets embossed around the edges.....hmmmm just had the thought yhat if i could get rivets small enough i could actually real rivet it !!! Les

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    πŸ’¬ Clyde Puffer
    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I am an engineer of 69 years young !! Studied engineering at Woolwich Poly from 1969 to 1973.obtaining CNAA degree second class......only my clever mate Geoff got a first !!Still, he doesnt know one end of a spanner from the other whereas i do ! Have been building steam boats for years [with large gaps due to pressure of work ] and am interested in everything mechanical.I have so many projects on the go i cant possibly finish them all before i die ! Gordons Puffer will take priority i guess or he will be chasing me. Regards Les Breame

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    πŸ’¬ "IMARA" Tug Steam plant
    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    very nice !

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    πŸ’¬ Clyde Puffer
    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Correction on details of Hydro. Gordon tells me the boat is Japanese from the 1980's made by Gunze Sangyo . it has the original Mitsubishi motor and mechanical speed wiper controller [gets very hot ! ] . The hull is fine glass fibre not plastic.

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    πŸ’¬ Clyde Puffer
    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    If you go to page 11 video blog and half way down there are 2 better videos of the Schumschimmer taken last year on its first voyage [ for Gordon that is ] I think he bought it on ebay . its very light made of thin plastic carries a brush-less motor and modern batteries both of which i dont know the details but could find out if you wish.The smallest leaf or twig causes it to come off the foils which is why in the video you see it reversing to clear them. Les

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    πŸ’¬ Clyde Puffer
    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    My friend Gordon has made all the drawings for the frames from the original builders blue prints. The boiler he designed sort of based on the Cochran original and i made it, tig welding the copper bits {3mm } and tig welding the stainless smoke box.It took a year to make [ part time of course ] and Gordon steam tested it last weekend as you can see in the the photo [ we previously hydraulic tested it to 300lb ] . I will mig weld the frames to the keel and probably braze the stringers as i will only use 3mm square steel and welding may not be suitable. Plating the outside with copper will be a challenge !!! Gordon wants the plates to look lifelike so i need to punch imitation rivets along the edges. Might take another year or two !! Materials for the boiler came to Β£300 and the laser cutting frames Β£1000 for four sets so this project does not come cheap !! Will post pictures as the boat progresses. Les Breame

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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    At Illfracombe pond last week . Have made an automatic feed water system for my coal fired Puffer and went to the pond to try it out. I think it needs bigger capacity pump as there was very little water in the boiler after 3/4 hour running. Gordons hydro is beating me up as usual !!! Les Breame
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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
    7 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Members might be interested in the preliminary construction details of our Puffer . Shown is the steel laser cut keel with frames slotted in position . I have to make a jig to hold the whole lot in place while i weld it up. The boiler i made earlier and Gordon already has a beautiful compound engine ready to go. He tested the boiler under steam recently to 80lb and all is well.Will post more pictures as and when. Les Breame

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    πŸ’¬ Clyde Puffer
    9 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    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 !!!

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    πŸ’¬ Clyde Puffer
    9 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer
    9 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Clyde Puffer project showing new water filling pump and electronic level control as yet untested !! Fingers crossed !!
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    πŸ’¬ Tugboat Brooklyn!
    9 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    very nice but if you got into live steam you could have smoke and a steam whistle for free !!!

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    πŸ’¬ JANE
    9 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    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!!

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    πŸ“ JANE
    9 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Duncan steaming his live steam Chart Steam Toys paddle steamer at Landacre Bridge Devon
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    πŸ’¬ Perkasa
    12 months ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    lovely and beautiful boating pond.

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    πŸ“ explorer
    1 year ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    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
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    1 year ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    yes and i have not blown myself up yet!!!! insurance people please note.

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    1 year ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    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
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    πŸ’¬ Christmas Greetings
    1 year ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    nice video and makes me want to get out there boating but its snowing !!! have good Christmas !!

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    πŸ“ Fast Patrol Boat
    2 years ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    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 !!!
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    πŸ’¬ Bob the Duck
    2 years ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    brilliant !!!les
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    2 years ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    lovely, but the weed looks a bit of a risk in such a big pond !!!
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    πŸ“ Sea Cadet
    2 years ago by lesliebreame ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    We had a brilliant though exhausting day at Winterbourne house and gardens on Saturday with lots of steaming and BBQ bacon!! Here is a superb Marten Howes Balis in aluminium owned by John Esher.
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