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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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    Trafalgar is a Second hand Sheerline example that I am getting back into the water, I am in the process of replacing the seals, so it is in bits at the moment..... Now sold to a foreign power in Manchester....... (Motor: MFA365 geared 6 to 1) (ESC: Mtronics 40 amp) (8/10)
    (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“ CNC boat kits...?
    16 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    PSU has 3 x 24V 10A outputs. I had most of the bits kicking around, just had to print off the plastic case. Just kept checking for square as everything was tightened up.
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    16 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Quick progress report on 'The Beast'. Now at the rolling chassis stage, got to fit GT3 pulleys and belts, progress made on electronics and psu.โšกโšกโšก
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    28 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I abandoned the job yesterday. Just come back to it now, I shut down all the open windows, restarted my PC, plugged everything in and away it went. I just tried 1 motor at a time and all is good. I can now wire the rest of the drivers up, make some new stepper motor leads up to the correct length, draw a nice box up with DSM and print it out, Happy days!

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    28 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    VICTORY IS MINE!!! It lives, it lives!
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    28 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    'How did you get on? We are all agog here...!' Well, everything lit up as it should, but zilch as regards motion. I have an idea it is a software issue I am having. GRBL uploaded without a hitch. When I try and connect Universal G Code Sender, it says 'can't connect, COM 8 ( Where Arduino is connected ) is already in use, access is denied. I am assuming that the Arduino needs to be on the same com port as UGS... Getting splinters in me fingers from scratching me bonce now...

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    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Current is set via DIP switches from 0.2 to 5 amps, mine are set to 2.5Amps to match the current rating of the motors. Microstepping is also set via DIP switches, I have set mine to 1/8. Each driver has it's own 24V input so higher current is handled by the driver and not the CNC shield. I will try and video the results when I fire it all up (not literally I hope), I only have my phone camera, which isn't very good should be good for a laugh....
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    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I don't get 100 grubscrews at a time, I meant all sorts of screws. I have been fiddling about with wiring this afternoon, getting the drivers hooked up to the CNC shield. Just got to connect PSU to driver and CNC shield and it will be either Whoopee!! it works or a look at my on line banking for funds for more circuitry.... I am going to prove the wiring with just 1 motor/driver set up first....
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    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Cable managment all sorted. Electrics mounted on base, drag chains on X and Y axes part of the design, I will print them myself. I always get a shipping order for screws, usually a few hundred at a time, postage still the same. I have 20mm MDF and 20mm ply to hand for the spoil board and loads of milling clamps to go toward work holding kit, clamping arrangements will depend on what I am doing. I have also built a little platform for me to jump off in case I have to jump up and down on it in a rage when it won't work. I have several DTI's, Dial gauges, Depth gauges, and Height gauges lying around so have all I need to get her clocked in when the time comes. I am looking forward to seeing it burst into life. Many thanks for the tips...

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    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Oak or Mahogany for stable signs, I do plan on fitting limit switches at first anyway. I am on a bitof a learning curve at the moment. Once I have the machine up and running I will no doubt get the hang of it.
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    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I guess I could make mounts for small spindle motors on the 3D printer. How is the cutting tool held in place? Do you use just a rigid coupler with grubscrews or a minature collet system?

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    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    My plan is to trace PDF files into DSM and output as DXF, or work up my own drawings. I have DXF to G code so I guess I could deal with your files. When finished, my OX will be used for all sorts, cutting aluminium is a must, Daughter has demanded name plaques for her horses stable, she reckons her horsey pals will pay for nice carved name plaques so who am I to argue! ply and balsa cutting will be essential and possibly light brass sheet, hence my first choice of the 900 Watt DeWalt router. I may well end up with an arsenal of spindles/routers and eventually a laser head. I am using the CNC shield for now but the intention is to use a Rumba board, a versatile Arduino mega 2560 based board with loads of output options more commonly used on 3D printers, I have upgraded 2 of my printers with them already. Like 3D printers, the options for modifying/tweaking are endless. I will be fitting endstops, but I may use TMC 2130 drivers, which do not need endstops, as soon as they detect a substancial increase in current they switch off. My Mk3 Prusa has them, certainly reduces the ammount of wiring! I have a notion to draw up some plans for a series of warship boats at rc able size, ie, 47ft Whaler, Skimming Dish FML Cheverton Launch etc, interesting boats but rarely seen actually on the water as working models. I have a milling machine so a plentiful supply of milling cutters is available for a range of jobs.

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    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi. This machine is called the Ox, a full set of plates, anodised in black, is on sale at Oozenest at half price, I am building it bit by bit as I do not have funds for a kit. All parts are sourced in the UK, either from Oozenest, plates, extrusion some bolts and other Ox specific parts, Arduino Uno and CNC shield, the rest, Nema 23s, Toshiba motor drivers, bolts, some extrusions, 30 wheels, spacers etc from WE Do 3D Printing in Sheffield. Control will be via Arduino Uno and CNC shield, with Toshiba 5 amp drivers on a 24 volt PSU. This machine can be made as big as you want just by increasing the length of the extrusions, which consist of 20 x 80, 20 x 60, and 20 x 40 V slot. Mine will have a footprint of 750mm x 550mm, which will give me a build area of around 380mm x 650mm. Big enough for me, I have very little space and I am going to have to sell a couple of 3D printers to make room. I will be using GRBL firmware, Designspark Mechanical for design, DXF2Gcode for converting and Universal G code sender to cut. I don't anticipate needing a bigger machine as I cannot lift big models any more so 600 mm long will do me. I have not thought about work holding and my designs, If I manage to get ant sorted that work, will be there for anyone to use.I have not fully mastered the art of CAD yet, I learned Tech Drawing on a drawing board with T square and compass. This weekend will be a laugh as I am going to get the electrics sorted, I have mastered Marlin, used in 3D printing, and I have been laboring on the misapprehension that CNC would be the same, so it's teach meself GRBL time!
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    Please note, I have nothing to do with the suppliers I have linked to other than as a satisfied customer...
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    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi, I am in the process of building an Openbuilds Ox machine. So far I have built the gantry and Z axis. The drivers for the Nema 23 motors should arrive on Saturday so I can spend the bank holiday weekend fiddling about with the electrics. I will use a Dewalt 900Watt router for the spindle so there will be enough power to cut aluminium sheet. I have been using 3D printers tobuild a minesweeper with great success so a CNC router will add to mt arsenal...

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ 105ft Motor Minesweeper
    8 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The majority of the parts were made on a Prusa i3 MK2S. Made from PLA and printed at 0.075 mm layer height at 200^C hot end temp and 60^C bed temp. A few were done on my TronXY X5S at the same temperatures but with a layer height of 0.15mm.

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    ๐Ÿ“ 105ft Motor Minesweeper
    8 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I am currently fiddling about with 3D printers and as it is high time I built another boat I am going to combine the two hobbies and make the decks superstructure and some fittings on my 3D printers, a Prusa i3 Mk2S and a Tronxy X5S. So far the results are encouraging. The model is based on a 105ft Motor Minesweeper, a wooden harbour/coastal sweeper. About 300 were built and saw service throughout WW2. My example carries the LL magnetic influence sweep but proved under powered for the task and many were converted to carry an acoustic 'kango' hammer for dealing with acoustic mines.

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    4 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I watched video of the Key Largo boat and followed it's restoration...

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ The Main Engine of the Cervia
    4 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Outstanding!

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    4 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Wallasey Model Boat society and Hoylake Model Boat club are holding a display of their models at Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton. Entrance ยฃ3, children free. The ยฃ3 entrance fee Includes access to all the Fort's exhibits, Including Luftwaffe over the Mersey exhibition, Thetis Exhibition, Aircraft Archaeology Museum, Merseybeat Exhibition, Merchant Navy Radio and Radar Exhibition, full size Titanic Radio room reconstruction and 18 ft long model of Prince of Wales.....

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    ๐Ÿ“ Victoria
    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This is Victoria, she was built from a Krick kit about 4 years ago, steam powered with a Maccsteam boiler and an SVS 10mm bore x 11mm stroke oscillator. She is currently taking a well earned rest after 3 years hard work, out 3 days a week, weather permitting. Undergoing boiler cleaning, engine overhaul and a bit of patching up of the woodwork.
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    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ African Queen at New Brighton
    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi, don't know how that happened, maybe Admins sorted it....
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    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Completed (nearly, still a few more crates needed) in July after a 2 year build on a Kingston Moldings hull. Not a scrap of plywood has been used, all made from Oak, Mahogany, Beech and brass. All fittings scratch built, boiler from Maccsteam in Macclesfield, engine TVR 1 A BB from Macclesfield model engineering supplies. Runs on 60/40 butane propane mix. Radio 3 channels used on Futaba 6EX 2.4 ghz set, 1 fo1 for fwd/reverse, I for steering.
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    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have decided to take a little break from engine building and carry on with the torpedo boat. I have connected the motor to the shaft with a rigid coupling, glued In place with loctite bearing fit, the A frame Is now fettled up and In place, the shaft and prop Installed and the speed controller made from a servo circuit board. Tomorrow I will slosh a load of epoxy around the shaft tube to permanently fix It In place.

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    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Finally, painted and Installed..

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    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The winch is now finished and painted and is now installed. I will let the pictures tell the tale.

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    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    HI there, having trouble posting a video to the video gallery, tried a you tube link with the text, tells me to upload a video, try uploading video from my computer, gets all the way to 100% then says cant post, error and a load of symbols and numbers appear In the box. It will not let me copy It as an example. Is there a limit on file size? does It need to be a particular format? Tried as windows media file and flash video, but get same result.
    Here Is the youtube link and text If someone can post It for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ0Un_nwnTQ

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    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi, winch completed, I will post some photos later today. I tried to post a video of the finished African Queen but it kept failing. I did email admins but got no reply.......

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    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    HI all, I have just started a build blog for a 125ft torpedo boat. Can anyone explain how to add to It? There does not seem to be provision to add more photographs.....

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ 125ft 1st Class Torpedo Boat, 1885
    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Fitted deck supports and cut out deck today....
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    ๐Ÿ“ 125ft 1st Class Torpedo Boat, 1885
    5 years ago by Nickthesteam ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Off we go again on another build, this time a Victorian 125ft First Class Steam Torpedo Boat. HMTB 75 was built by Yarrows on the Thames in 1885. these vessels carried 4 single tubes designed to handle the new Whitehead Locomotive Torpedo, designed by Robert Whitehead in 1866.
    They were 125ft in length and 13 ft in the beam and only 8 ft draught, these little vessels could maintain a speed of 19 knots for up to two hours, steam being provided by a locomotive type boiler with refinements by Yarrows. total heating area was 1200 sqft with a grate area of 30 sqft, producing steam at 123psi. Engine was of the compound type, and produced top speed at 376 revolutions. they originally carried 5 torpedo guns, one in the bow and two either side, but the bow tube was eventually removed, They also carried a Hotchkiss 6pdr quick firing deck gun and 2 Nordenfeldt double barrelled machine guns, also removed. The lack of the distinctive 'turtle' fo'castle made these boats both wet and uncomfortable, their crews of 16 (mostly stokers) certainly earned their 'hard lying' money.
    The model is based on a glassfibre hull, plan and some fittings from Chylds Hall Model Shipyard, 870mm long and 85mm beam, electric powered on six volts.
    So, lets make a start. First job is to sort out the shaft, this requires a 150mm tube and a 220mm shaft, so an 8 inch x 4 mm shaft was altered to suit. Cut the tube to length, minus the thickness of the bush, knock out the bush from the off cut and refit into the tube. Cut the shaft to 220mm and replace in tube. Also needed is an A frame, this was made from a 1/2 inch length of brass rod, drilled and reamed 4mm for the shaft and reduced slightly in diameter make the bearing part. two 'legs' were then silver soldered into slots cut in the bearing.

    The hull is now drilled to take the stern tube, which is lined up and tacked in place with superglue. The A frame legs need cutting to size and fitting into slots in the hull. That is the progress so far for day 1, more to follow.
    Today I fitted deck supports and cut deck from 1.5mm plastic.

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