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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“ Questions on identifying the make of the engine, make of boiler and the make of the fuel tank. And w
    7 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The red device in the gas line is an attenuator valve. When the boiler reaches a pre set pressure the attenuator turns the burner down to more or less a 'pilot' flame. As soon as a load is applied and the boiler pressure drops, it opens up again and the burner flame increases to maintain the pre set boiler pressure. I may have an instruction sheet somewhere. I would recommend a hydraulic test is carried out on the boiler before steaming, you can't be too careful. A local model boat club or model engineering society should have the required facilities for such a test...
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    ๐Ÿ“ Questions on identifying the make of the engine, make of boiler and the make of the fuel tank. And w
    9 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The feed pump was an optional extra and the boiler was fired by a ceramic burner. Jeremy at Clevedon Steam will be able to supply parts and info...
    http://clevedonsteam.co.uk/
    http://clevedonsteam.co.uk/
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    ๐Ÿ“ Questions on identifying the make of the engine, make of boiler and the make of the fuel tank. And w
    9 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looks like a Cheddar Models Puffin plant. Clevedon Steam is run by an ex Cheddar engineer and carries plenty of spare parts.
    https://youtu.be/z0xp9cNVcWU
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    ๐Ÿ“ Model Boats & Thanksgiving
    14 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    And a Happy Thanksgiving to you from Wirral UK!
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    ๐Ÿ“ re vintage model workshop
    23 days ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Yes they are still going
    http://www.vintagemodelworks.co.uk/
    http://www.vintagemodelworks.co.uk/
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    ๐Ÿ“ Building the Highlander Clyde Puffer.
    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Gary, I did want the Highlander orginally, but was about 15 quid short, I got it at Haydock about 8 years ago. I wanted to build it as The Maggie but Sealight is of a slightly larger vessel, hence it being 1/32 scale wheras Highlander is 1/24th scale. I shouldn't have bought the Proxxon saw before going to Mountfleet's stand, oh well...
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    ๐Ÿ“ Building the Highlander Clyde Puffer.
    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi, I am building Sealight, also from Mountfleet, although it had been stalled for several years now. I dug it out a few weeks ago with a view to resuming the build. It is powered by an SVS 10mm bore/stroke engine and a home built boiler based on a Tubal Cain design. I have managed to squeeze both engine and boiler into the engine/boiler room space. As the boiler is quite small I have made a servo driven boiler feed pump.
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    1 month ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Evenin folks, more progress on the police launch. I have made the propellor shaft, 4mm stainless shaft, 8mm thick walled brass tube and bronxe bushes. The lower bracket, for want of a better word, to anchor the skeg and pivot the rudder, is made from 1/8 x 1/4 brass, fixing holes will be finalised on assembly. Still to do is to make the brass reinforcing strips for the keel where it carries the rudder and skeg. And cut the skeg to size. It will sit in a slot milled into the lower bracket and be secured with 7ba screws. The weather is getting nastier now so more modelling will be on the cards!
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    2 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Finally managed to find a bit of time for the police launch. Spent most of the summer flagging the back garden and building fences, which hasn't done my poor bones any good. I 3d printed a pattern fot the shaft support and had it cast in brass, I actually ended up with 2 in brass and 1 in pewter. Machining was a bit tricky as I failed to add a chucking piece but my 3D printer came to the rescue and I printed off a fixture to hold the job securely, light cuts were needed. I drilled through at 3mm then used a micro boring bar to make sure the hole was straight (drills can wander) before finishing with a 4mm reamer. Now that is done the legs just need cutting to size and assembly can continue. I have 1 brass and 1 pewter one left if anyone wants one.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Washers...
    2 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    These any good?
    sourcingmap M4 x 10mm x 1mm Nylon Flat Insulating Washers Gaskets Spacers Fastener for Faucet Pipe Water Hose White 100PCS https://amzn.eu/d/6pEdA8v
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    ๐Ÿ“ Unknown engine
    2 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi, I would say that is a one off engine for which there was probably no drawings as such, maybe a few sketches on the back of a Woodbine packet but otherwise a design from the mind of the builder...
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    ๐Ÿ“ I'm looking for a good liberty ship kit
    3 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    As well as the kit shown in previous reply, Deans also sell a grp hull and plans fo a liberty ship. The will also sell most of the fittings leaving the builder to make the decks, superstructure etc...
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoraation of 24 ft HMS Prince of Wales model
    4 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I used Napiers Bones! Well a calculator actually. It's 1/32 scale.๐Ÿคฃ
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoraation of 24 ft HMS Prince of Wales model
    4 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Not sure of the scale, bit o maths should establish that...
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoraation of 24 ft HMS Prince of Wales model
    4 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Evening all. Although retired, I am a volunteer at Fort Perch Rock, a Napoleonic fort sitting on the Mersey Estuary at New Brighton. One of the exibits is a 24ft long model of HMS Prince of Wales. It is in need of some tlc to bring it back to a suitable condition for display once more. A bit of a task, apart from quite a few minor repairs it is needs a damned good clean. I have attached some photos to illustrate the size of the task. If anyone lives near Wirral and is willing to help I will be working on the task on Tuesdays, all assistance will be greatfully recieved.
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    ๐Ÿ“ In Halifax, NS
    4 months 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?
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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.
    4 months 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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    5 months 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
    5 months 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
    5 months ago by Nickthesteam ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have sent you a pm...
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    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    5 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.
    6 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?
    Cheers
    Nick
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