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
Gordon bought this hydro from Ebay and fiddled with it lots to get it going. So we went to Ilfracombe pond for a test. It went jolly well to begin with until a large input of water through the windows made it unstable and the result you can see !!! After we recovered it and dried it out it went lovely as you will see from a later video. Les Breame
Unfortunately all my designs are in the old brain box and sketches made on an A4 note pad drawn in the pub.However if there was anything that you wanted in particular im sure i could fix it. I have 6 builds on the go at the moment but all the designs are in my head or copies of what i have already.Regards
In old money Edward it is 28" long and weighs 11lb , full with water. Its a bit on the heavy side of course but then i am more interested in the working and making of the thing and the individual components rather than blistering speed. If i wanted that i would use a brushless motor and modern batteries! Each to his own. What do you make ? Les Breame
Have installed my coal fired stainless boiler[home made and tested to 200lb] into the steam turbine launch to see how it goes!! The boiler is fan assisted [ computer fan ] and controlled by rheostat to limit draught .If you saw my video in VIDEO GALLERY a few weeks back you will see what too much draught does !!! As soon as it stops raining i will shoot some video so you can see if it worked or not !! Les Breame
nice lathe and tidy workshop....better than mine !!! the pulse jet sounds fun, i had better have a go at that when my other projects are finished [never probably !! how can anyone ever be bored !!]. Regards Les Breame
there are 2 domes. the former you can see is for the firebox dome . Ibeat the copper over the former with a mallet because spinning 3mm copper even when annealed is very difficult for an amateur who doesnt have very powerful lathe. However i did spin it when finished to take out the wrinkles.!! I had to anneal it about 40 times !!!! Same with the top dome , which was slightly easier because it has no flange at the bottom. The 2 pictures are different boilers, the left one has no domes as i wanted to make it quickly. The flue is the fire hole as well and the boiler is the same design as in my experimental coal fired outboard turbine boat which you can view on VIDEO GALLERY. Scroll down till you find it. Regards Les
Parts for my new boiler project which is to be coal fired and is a practice tig welding exercise for further work [ Gordons Clyde Puffer ] . Its mostly 1/8 material so will need plenty of amps although i am using Helium which will make it somewhat easier. The boiler will probably be going in a paddle steamer like the Medway Queen but we shall see later. I have so many projects on the go at once that it might be some time !! Les Breame