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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.
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
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.