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The soldered edge along the keel is originally the outer edge of the elipse,after rolling out the dents whilst its still a bowl,I place it upside down on a flat surface and mark all the high spots and gradually trim down untill it sits perfectly flat. Then carefully cut the thing in half,this flat outer edge becomes the keel and the cut edge becomes the gunwale.The keel edge is simply bent using flat pliers to give two flat mating surfaces,after soldering any overlaps are filed away. It sounds complicated but its quite easy to do hope this gives you an idea.Cheers Neil.
No mate,just an old brass caster off an old sofa. Its fitted to a file handle, then you just roll the tin on a rubber mat on the bench it takes a bit of pressure initially but once you're away its easy after practice. No special tools involved and its disgustingly cheap to do! Cheers Neil
Ahoy Mateys, Just a little insight into constructing tin hulls from scratch.Having spent the outrageous sum of 50p for the tin from a charity shop carefully de-construct,flatten and mark out the template. Cut out the elipse then work on a sandbag untill its sufficiently hollowed.Roll and smooth out the planishing marks then cut the bowl right down the center.Reverse the two pieces then solder together. All done by hand and takes a couple of hours Cheers Neil. mclaren clockwork submarines.
Ahoy Mateys, U48,this ones taken me ages due to a brief hiatus brought on by a touch of black death I caught. Anyway another bin salvaged effort made entirely from scrap tin and alarm clocks. No ballast tank in this one,the smaller boats don't need them and dynamic dive on planes alone,or just surface run. Cheers Neil www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com
Hi Doug, There's a youtube vid under tinplate submarines I did a while ago its U19 and U33, its hardly Ridley Scott but you get the idea I'd like to do a better one but I need someone that knows a lot more about doing this sort of thing to give me a lift editing and the like. cheers Neil.
Ahoy Mateys, Definitely not a submarine, been raiding my recycling bin again with this one. Its an idea I had to mimic a riveted hull the tin plates are dotted with a hand awl prior to soldering I think its sort of worked??? Cheers Neil mclaren clockwork submarines.
Hi alan, the only pic I could find of the boat was this, there are no planes on the rudder of fwd? so either they've been broken off or they were never there? I know they did make just surface runners. Neil.
Ahoy Mateys, 1918 Bing tinplate clockwork submarine restoration. Only got the hull, no motor,superstructure or rudder so all that had to be made plus hole filling and dent removing its been an interesting project,much easier building my own from scratch! I'd say it was 70% original and that's good enough for me. Cheers. www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com
Indeed, the whole history of tinplate toys mirrors the last 100 years, Bassett originally used the German stuff but after ww1 it all went anti jerry that's how Hornby,Triang and Meccano all got going and now we don't make anything, hats off to Mamod though,they're still plugging away. cheers Neil
Hi Doug, Been onto the freinsheim museum, they thought the conning tower was not original but an American collector of Bing thought it was original and sent me this pic from a book. If you look at B-25 the tower is very similar? cheers Neil
Ahoy mateys, U47 11" tinplate clockwork diving submarine as usual made from landfill (despite what the government says about recycling!?). Anyway, the last pics Iv'e posted are of a Bing Werke 1920s submarine Iv'e acquired which I'm going to restore, the problem is identifying the original model. I think its B-25,so if anyone can shed any light it would be very much appreciated. Thanks Neil. www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com
Ahoy Mateys, U46, 7 inches long, 2 plate hull, screw cap tinplate clockwork diving submarine. The fin on this was made from an old brass light fitting. Its mental in the water and impossible to steer in a straight line but hilarious to watch. Smallest spring motor iv'e ever built and as usual made from the contents of the light green wheelie bin. cheers MacTin.
Ahoy Mateys, U45 11" long made from an old aerosol can,the donor clock for the motor was an old Westclox made in Scotland in the 60s, got it from Todmorden flea market for £2.00! This recycling lark can get expensive! mclaren clockwork submarines Cheers mactin.
Ahoy Mateys! Take one cereal tin,a hammer and a sandbag a caster off an old sofa with a file handle attached a couple of days and voila! U44 two plate hull single spring motor clockwork sub. www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com Cheers mactin.
Hi Don, The hulls take about an hour to make just with a sandbag and various hammers,they are finished off with the mini wheeling machine in the last pic (I made it from an old button press from a car boot!) The motor duration varies depending upon the gearing and the size of the busted old clock I got the spring from! cheers Neil
Ahoy Mateys, U41 with a triple spring clockwork motor Ive designed, the hull is made from a tin of deluxe continental chocolate biscuits (available from Aldi £1.99) I think there ex Christmas stock! www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com
Haha, not 20 feet down mate! 20 feet along, it dives to about 8 inches then when the motor runs down it surfaces. Ive had a look at the electronic wizzardry you guys make its incredible and way beyond me.Hats off to you all! brilliant stuff!
Designed and hand built from scratch in three weeks (including the clockwork motor). Its only 11" long equipped with a 20ml trim tank midships,it can run on the surface or dive for about 20 feet.The hull is made from recycled tin cans hand beaten and wheeled smoothish in three parts. www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com
Ahoy mateys, still could put loads of bits on it but the bare bones are done.By the by,I am quite proud to announce that I have been fortunate enough to be selected as an exhibitor at the Makers Fair in Newcastle 28th/29th of April this year. If anyones going stop by and say Hi,its at the Life Science Centre and should be quite good. Ill have my models and be doing demos of tinsmithery and general metalworkery. www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com
Bought this 27" boat off ebay for £11, it had more warps than star trek but came in a cracking purpose made box so... not too bad. Anywho, stripped it and put this ridiculously huge clockwork motor I built last year in it. Ive tested the twin prop output in Irish stout beer for added viscosity, got to be some kind of Guinness world record. www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com
Ahoy mateys, finally done.. its a 23" tinplate steam torpedo suicide semi submersible contraband smuggling canoe ship boat type thing. The only proprietary part is an old Mammod flywheel everything else is built from scrap including the motor.The meth burner empties before the boiler and it runs for about ten minutes, its rather fast and the Egyptian theme on the fin gives it a Nile type feel. www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com
Avast mateys, Old tin is not the most versatile material to work with so experimenting with forming this unbendy stuff is 90% of the job.Whilst tinkering with hull forms,Ive come up with this experimental hull albeit in the early stages. What if there was a hull that could be a ship,motor boat,yacht or even a submarine??? I leave myself wide open to ridicule most of the time! www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com