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    (Other) The African Queen
    AQ has taken 2 years to build, she is built on a grp hull from Kingston mouldings. Materials used were Beech, Oak, Mahogany and Brass, no ply or plastic used at all. Steam generation is by a Maccsteam 3.5 inch vertical boiler, there is a feed pump fitted so she can steam about as long as the gas tank lasts.. Radio is Futaba 6EX 2.4 gig, 3 channels used, steering, regulator and reverser. She also has a removable sound system which plays sound clips from the film. (Motor: TVR 1A BB twin cylinder, double acting slide valve with Hackworth reversing gear.) (ESC: N/A) (10/10)
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    (Other) Victoria
    Victoria is built from a Krick kit, and has a Maccsteam 3.5 inch horizontal boiler fired by Propane/butane mix. The engine is a 10mm bore x 12 mm stroke SVS oscillator. Radio is Futaba 6EX 2.4 ghz. (Motor: SVS 10mm x 12mm) (ESC: Maccsteam Boiler) (8/10)
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    ๐Ÿ“ In Halifax, NS
    14 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Nice photos! I have toured this vessel 'virtually' so to speak. Handy when you are an ocean away. ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Steam power advice?
    14 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    It would make a good paddle engine....
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    ๐Ÿ“ JOHN HEMMENS LADY JANE
    14 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I meant the ceramic it's self. It might just be the way my phone is displaying the photo but it looks like there is evidence of soot there..
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    ๐Ÿ“ JOHN HEMMENS LADY JANE
    14 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looking at the burner photo, it looks a bit sooty, which suggests too much air. Have you blown the jet out? Don't try and poke anything in the tiny hole unless you have a proper pricker...
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    ๐Ÿ“ JOHN HEMMENS LADY JANE
    14 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The jet should still be adjustable somehow. Have you undone the locking nut and tried moving the jet assembly? A photo would help. Easily done, click the add photos button, select photos and upload....
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    ๐Ÿ“ JOHN HEMMENS LADY JANE
    14 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    RE the 'water tank' it is more likely to be an oil/water seperator. The engine exhaust feeds in to the seperator tank, the oil condenses out of the steam along with a little water, allowing clean exhaust steam to be piped up the chimney. It is also a good idea to get your gas tank hydraulically tested at the same time as the boiler, that way you will be starting with a clean slate..
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    ๐Ÿ“ JOHN HEMMENS LADY JANE
    14 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Re burner. The jet will be mounted on a tbne that slides in and out of the main burner, (the jet is missing from the photo, I just dropped it and it is now under my bench somewhere!๐Ÿคฃ) you need to aim for little blue flames dancing around just above the ceramic. If the flame is yellow, the gas/air mix is too rich (in air). Moving the jet in and out alters the gas/air ratio. N B do not be tempted to adjust jet when the burner is alight, let it cool down, make a small adjustment the try again until you get a flame as shown in the photo.
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    ๐Ÿ“ JOHN HEMMENS LADY JANE
    14 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I never do air testing, Hydraulic test every time! there is little stored energy so if you get a failure all you get is a leak, no sudden release of energy etc. Re the burner, do you have a nice blue flame? Have you tried adjusting the position of the jet in the burner tube?
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    ๐Ÿ“ JOHN HEMMENS LADY JANE
    14 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    First off I would get a hydraulic test done on the boiler. Remove the burner and give it a good visual inspection, check gor loose unions and make sure the jets are tight. Turn on the gas and check for leaks and if all good light it to check the flame is correct. If I remember correctly, the Hemmens boilers use poker type burners as opposed to ceramic. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT PRESSURE VESSELS CAN BE DANGEROUS, so get that test done before attempting to raise steam, especially if you do not know the boilers history. Safety first at all times. Re the engine, if it has been laid up for years chances are the gland packing will have dried or 'O' rings will have perished. Give everythinf s good dousing with oil and try and turn it over by hand, if it is stiff, find out why, don't force it. Only after doing all the above you can then try and run it. Photos/video would help...
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    ๐Ÿ“ Free to a good home.
    17 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    All gone to a good home now. Thanks Dave...๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    20 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have aproimately 150 copies of Model Boats magazine, most with free plans that mucst go as they are taking up valuable space. If anyone wants to collect from Wirral they can have them free of charge. I don't want to go fishing about for odd single magazines and messing about with post. If you want 'em come and get 'em...
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    ๐Ÿ“ RN Island Class Patrol Vessel
    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    From the outside shot they look like large roller fairleads on the inside possible fuel can racks for the ribs. I have sent the photos to some of my ex Sea Cadets who were in the navy, on small ships...
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    ๐Ÿ“ Cheddar Puffin Paddle engine
    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have sent you a pm...
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    2 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Evening folks, I have done a few hours today, the modified 5mm ply keel has been made and the shaft threaded. The photos show the basic layout,(see drawing earlier in the thread). I can now finalise the position of the outer bearing bracket and crack on making that. I aim to make a brass lower bearing for the rudder from the length of 3/8" square brass shown in the photo, I will machine the width to 5/16" then run a 5mm slot up the center of the bar so there will be a decent length running forward to reinforce the rather narrow ply. The shaft support/bearing will be silver soldered to the brass keel reinforcement and with luck I will end up with a nice strong structure. Once I have finished the cylinder boring job that is occupying the mill I will set to with the keel piece and shaft support. I hope the above notes are understandable, all will be revealed soon..
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    2 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have just noticed, there is no reference to any form of engine cover either on the plans or in the instruction sheet. Is it a case of research/modelers licence?
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    2 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Success! All working now...
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    2 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Success! Many thanks. Now, how do I caption them?
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    2 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Aha! I guess that would explain the problem...
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    2 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I am having the exact same problem, onlt blank boxes appear...
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    2 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    A little progress has been made! I haven't started properly yet due to lack of space, there is no room in my workshop for a boat this size. I have now created a workspace in an unused airing cupboard so battle can commence. I will attend to the rest of the brass fabrication work once the basic hull shape is formed as I need the whole drivetrain in place to be able to take accurate measurements. I have an Mtronics Hydra 30 1000kv motor and esc and will be using a 40mm 3 blade prop. This evening I got the box structure cut out, assembly tomorrow. Job should move along now I have a work area.. First photo shows my workshop, absolutely no room! The second and third show the converted airing cupboard and the 4th, Let battle commence!
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    3 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks, it will be getting a few coats of paint...
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    3 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have finally managed to make a start! I have had nearly 8 weeks of sickness, a bout of prostate trouble followed by a heavy chest infection topped off with a dose of covid. Better now except for the lingering post covid cough.
    Anyway, first job, the rudder, fabricated from 1/16" brass sheet and 5/32 brass rod. Once cut out, the two slots were milled 2mm from the edge, leaving enough space for a good strong joint. Next a 1/16" slot the length of the rudder blank was milled into the 5/32" rod, due to my goggy eyesight it is slightly off center but not enough to make any difference. I can't silver solder them together yet as I need some soft iron wire to bind them together whilst being soldered. For those that didn't know silver solder will not bond to soft iron wire. I have a roll somewhere but can't find it, so Amazon to the rescue!
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    4 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Rob. As far as shaft angle goes, nothing will be set in stone until all is assembled and lined up. I am going to use the 1000 kv brushless set up from Mtronics which uses an outrunner motor which I think are a bit shorter than brushed/ inrunners so hoping ai will all sit naturally before gluing.....
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    4 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have some bronze bar for the bearing and 2mm brass sheet for the supports and rudder so it won't be a problem. The 3D printed one was for 'doing the sums' with....
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    4 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Afternoon folks. Today I worked up my alterations needed for a scale appearance. All worked out well and a little tweking on assembly will see it right. I will need to make a new 5mm ply keel piece, brass keel strip, rudder and shaft support bearing. I was going to get the shaft support cast in brass or bronze but I think it will be a bit chunky so I will fabricate one.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fitting the balsa block
    5 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Nice work! The bow blocks are the parts I an dreading most, I hate carving I can never attain true symmetry. I seem to have been built wonky in the first place!๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    5 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hello Robbob, nice work I notice from your photo that you seem to have the original plans. Mine is drawn full size but is in two parts so will need joining...
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    5 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Many thanks for the replies. First job is a bit of research, I want to give the running gear a more scale appearence, Make a rudder of the correct shape and add a skeg/shaft support, as per the photocopied ga drawing that came with the kit. I have been searching for more scale drawings but have so far drawn a blank. I do a bit of 3d printed patternmaking for a mate in the Midlands so I can mess about with skeg designs by 3D printing them ans once correct I will get it cast in bronze. I have a lathe and a mill so machining up the casting will be no problem..
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    5 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi all, not posted for a while so here's a little peek at my latest project, delivered by the nice man from Parcel Force only this morning. It is the Vintage Model Works Thames Police launch. This kit is a re worked Veron 26" police launch, upscaled to 36" with the collaboration of Colin Smith, the son of Phil Smith of Veron fame. All parts are laser cut in good quality birch ply and balsawood and is built in the traditional 1950s/60s modelling style. This is a quality kit and I am looking forward to setting to. First job will be to make a shaft rudder and P frame. Can't promise a blow by blow account of the build but I will post milestones as the job progresses. I can find little info on the internet about these boats in full size so any suggestions would be welcome.
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    ๐Ÿ“ New member - Boiler ID needed
    3 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    It looks like a Yarrow or a Backstaffe type, a peek under the cladding would be a help.
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