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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
Steam powered submarines eh? just some tinkering here,its the motor for my next tin boat. The K class killed more of our side than the Germans! The motor took 2days to build from scrap. just got to figure a way to clutch in the clockmotor for diving. Boringly enough,the earliest subs were steam and so are modern nukes! ahhh the irony. Ohhh it runs like squit off a shiny shovel.
Thank you, i genuinely didnt know that,there was a 1958 movie called USS Seahawk but that was deffo a frictional sludgemarine. I was going to call it USS Penguin, but I just couldnt get the nose to look like a chocolate biscuit!
Its 24" long all tins n clocks, totally fictitious boat totally not to scale and the bow is unclipperyfied for a gato! but what the hell im using tinsmithery licence. www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com
Ahoy! Just got home from the bnb sale! very well staged shindig well worth the effort lots of top gear. Big plus is now Im in the Guinness Book of world Records for being amongst the largest number of people and chandlery to fit in one room! 👍
The ball is actually a door knob,got two of them from a charity shop for a quid its ferrous because its magnetic. The "meccano" is the poor mans variation called "X Tech" the hole spacings are different and its dirt cheap, once again courtesy of Marie Curie cancer charity shop. I presume you still have a full compliment of digits and bits! older brothers! mine was exactly the same.
Ahoy Mateys, Bit of fun ive knocked up its a compressed air submarine motor in place of a clockwork one for one of my tin can sludgemarines. It is charged with a bicycle pump and runs for about a minute,not built the boat yet. I call it my Hitler engine because its only got one ball. www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com Cheers MacT.
Thanks Doug much appreciated, Ex stoker from back in the day, Marg Thatcher was on the throne so thats an inkling of timescale.From Y100s to cogog then flukes, however my skimming canoe of choice was type22, HMS Brilliant to be precise clipper bow and concord engines! cracking ride. shes still at it I believe in Brazil. Es nostra Vocamus , "Leave gets up our noses" . Cheers Neil.
No probs, its only a basic single ballast tank and motor setup some of my other stuff ends up looking like the engine room of a type 21. theres lots more detail on my site but heres a few internals of different boats ive done. cheers Neil
Hello MBWs U37 is made from 3 recycled Go system butane gas cans, clockwork as usual and about half way through the build. Im also trying to embrace new technology but its not easy because im a Luddite. The boat will end up 22" long and will dynamic dive or surface run. Total build time so far around 40 hours.
Hi mark lordy that is old school! Ive not used irons like that since the seventies! all I use now are the cheapo propane pencil torches off ebay they are so much easier and more accurate and dont need kilowatts of heat. The Go System stuff is brill and available from BnQ youd probably get quite a few quid weighing in all that copper! cheers Neil
Hi Mark, yes fully nailed up with solder,the key is a long thing that goes down the funnel. this particular hull is made from go system gas cans (empty of course) but if any tins do have any form of coating I leave it on and paint over it. the only bit that needs to be sanded is the bit you are soft soldering. Theres a construction bit on my site www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com cheers Neil
Hi mbws, Latest recycled tin effort,looking forward to boaty thing in Heywood Grt Manchester in September, I literally live ten mins away! www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com The boats 20" long and made entirely from tinplate the clockwork motor was a Big Ben alarm clock. cheers Neil.
Praise indeed sir, and I thank you.Yes the design certainly has its problems,long before the cylinder is flooded it shorts out the HT spark plug,I have made a new deflector piston which cants to a small aperture in the cylinder wall which syphons to an expansion tank.Building prototypes is great because you can make most of your mistakes in the MK1 version. Im already tinkering the MK2 into existence with the required modifications.
Hi Edward, Its a fine balancing act of electrolysis to hydroide gas, compression then ignition but utillising vacuum formation as an assisting force to the power stroke so effectively making it a one stroke which sounds odd.still in development ive tried turbine,oscillator pistons and hydraulic recoil as end movers but the best seems to be the straight reciprocator. Its scary,how the hell can they tax water??? cheers Neil.
hello MBWs A little project im currently working on which may possibly change everything its a non aspirating zero emissions adjacent combustion two stroke submarine propulsion system its self sustaining and its fuel is good old H2O! yes I know you probably think im mental and youre probably right but ive had the test bedder running.
U35... Finally done! 2 Months this one took! 3 Ballast Tanks Clockwork Timer for the compressed air system clockwork motor for the coaxial contra rotating tandem props. Maximum time on the bottom 1 hour. clockwork tinplate submarines are great fun!
Hi MBW,s Tinplate clockwork torpedo/submarine propulsion is twin coaxial contra rotating props totally scratch built handmade. Its about half way through the build at the moment just doing the clockwork ballast timer and compressed air system. Cant wait to chuck it in the oggin.
hi Mark, I honestly wouldnt know how to go about doing an article but anyone has permission to use any of my site images and commentary. It amazes me just how much gear can be got from stuff people chuck away,im not a mad environmentalist or anything its just that its either dirt cheap or free! really glad you like my stuff. thanks neil
Hi Dave, honestly mate you can do it easily enough with a bit of messing around and practice,i dont use any presses or machines its all done by hand, get yourself some good sharp scissors,a scriber and a steel rule and some old tin cans. start by just getting flat sheets,practice with paper first and form your shapes, then do exactly the same with tin using your paper as a template. just have a play with it you,ll be surprised at what you can do. cheers neil
Hi Mark The motor duration depends upon gearing,prop size,submerged mass etc.. but i try to get about 2-3minutes its a balancing act between duration versus torque, but they all dynamic dive and surface when the motor runs down, with the 28"U30 that one can also static dive with its clockwork timed compressed air tank. you can set the timer for 5mins to 2hours then it will blow ballast and surface. glad you like them matey. cheers neil
Hi, not sure if my hobby is of interest but it keeps me happy. I build tinplate clockwork submarines and boats from recycled tins and busted clocks. They sail and dive its a million miles from all the modern stuff but great fun. Have a look at www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com cheers neil.