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    πŸ“ Mclaren Clockwork Submarines U50
    4 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I dare say that with the necessary computer skills it probably would be easier,however it would be quite difficult for me to hold cardboard templates against a monitor screen. The whole ethos of what I do is somewhat Luddite in nature,to use basic tools,free materials and as little technology as possible. As we spiral towards a total reliability on technology and computers I want to demonstrate what can be achieved with basic inexpensive stuff that most people throw away. Am I living in the past? dreaming of days when things were simpler? absolutely,I exhibited at Makers Fair in Newcastle in 2018, of over 300 other stalls there was only a hand full of us that actually made anything, everything else was technology based and made in China.
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    πŸ“ Mclaren Clockwork Submarines U50
    4 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    yes, drawings are much easier to work with as opposed to cad they are not formal engineering drawings in the traditional sense but more like a" Kiel Kraft plans" type shorthand showing all the bits on one page.

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    πŸ“ Mclaren Clockwork Submarines U50
    4 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ahoy Mateys, U50 under construction. its got twin contra rotating props. I made the chassis for the gearbox and motor from an old gas fire that some kind person dumped at the end of my street.I don't mind anything metal but I can do without the mattresses! Cheers.

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    πŸ“ U49 Mclaren Clockwork Submarines.
    5 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Colin, Thank you,very much appreciated. As for tinsmithery its not something iv'e ever been trained to do but for my sins I was an RN stoker many years ago.
    Cheers Neil.

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    πŸ“ U49 Mclaren Clockwork Submarines.
    5 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ahoy Mateys,17 inch, U49 has a 3 plate hull made from an old Panettone tin,it has two ballast tanks and a powerful single spring clockwork motor. The diving planes are a through hull type and quite large because its bit of a lump to dynamic dive, to assist diving it has 350g of lead trim in the bilge.

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    πŸ“ U49 mclaren clockwork submarines.
    6 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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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.

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    πŸ“ U49 mclaren clockwork submarines.
    6 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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

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    πŸ“ U49 mclaren clockwork submarines.
    6 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ U48 Tinplate Clockwork Diving Submarine
    7 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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

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    πŸ“ MK5 14" Skimmer Tinplate Clockwork Battleship
    7 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I'd genuinely love to do that but I havnt got a clue how to do it, Iv'e only just got to grips with a touch screen phone! seriously! but Ill have a bash. www.youtube U19 U33.com

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    πŸ“ MK5 14" Skimmer Tinplate Clockwork Battleship
    7 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ MK5 14" Skimmer Tinplate Clockwork Battleship
    7 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ B-25. 11" Bing 1918 Tin Submarine Restoration
    8 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ B-25. 11" Bing 1918 Tin Submarine Restoration
    8 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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

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    πŸ“ U47 Tinplate clockwork submarine
    9 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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

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    πŸ“ U47 Tinplate clockwork submarine
    9 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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

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    πŸ“ U47 Tinplate clockwork submarine
    9 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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

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    πŸ“ U46 Tin Clockwork Submarine
    10 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ U45 Tinplate Diving Clockwork Submarine
    10 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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 Β£2.00! This recycling lark can get expensive!
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    πŸ“ U44 Tinplate Clockwork Diving Submarine
    12 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Its in the sixty odd range now,and thats just the subs! plus the skimmers its a lot! it helps to suffer from OCD!
    Neil.

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    πŸ“ U44 Tinplate Clockwork Diving Submarine
    12 months ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Avast Mateys, U44 finished, 18" long 40ml ballast tank in the bow hand beaten and rolled from a 50p cereal tin from a charity shop www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com
    cheers.

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    πŸ“ U44 Tinplate Clockwork Diving Submarine.
    1 year ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ U42.
    1 year ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ahoy mateys, U42. aka an old Cadburys Roses tin. This is what happens when Gerry Andersons Stingray meets Harper Goffs Nautilus! www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com

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    πŸ“ Its Spring again!
    1 year ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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!
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    πŸ“ Its Spring again!
    1 year ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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 Β£1.99) I think there ex Christmas stock! www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com

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    πŸ“ U40 Tinplate clockwork submarine.
    1 year ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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!

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    πŸ“ U40 Tinplate clockwork submarine.
    1 year ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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.
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    πŸ“ MK4 Finished(ish)
    2 years ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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

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    πŸ“ Ebay old wood
    2 years ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This "wood" stuff is almost impossible to solder.

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    πŸ“ Ebay old wood and giant clockwork motors
    2 years ago by mactin ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Haha, most excellent comments my friend! Thats the spirit!

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