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Hi the fitting that connects the boom to the mast is a gooseneck. Hope this helps I can be as simple as a Y on the and of the boom with the top opening around the mast and twine tied across the arms to hold it in place roger
Hi Edward, you do realise that you will cause a world shoftage of lead,Great Britain will have to leave the E.U. because of the increase of World lead prices and gas shortages caused by the melt! By the way I have posted a short video of the engine and boiler running if you are interesred, sadly runs on gas and not Welsh Steam Coal Roger
Finished my first boiler with home made engine and reversing valve small leak on main steam valve still to cure but other than that all is well. Am I a happy bunny! just got to fit it in boat and its off to the pond Roger
Hi all, not quite to your scale Edward, my mini keel weighs 500g and is held on by 3mm stainless stud with home made brass thumb screws for easy removal. Thanks for all the ideas sits in the water a treat. Just a few steam leaks to cure and I should be there, says me tempting fate again! Roger
Hi Laurie, since my last post I have filled a short length of 15mm copper pipe with lead and tied it under the keel. What a difference, now sits in water better and very stable Cant believe the difference moving the weight under the keel makes. Thonk I will bolt it through the keel so I can remove it for display, thanks for your help good sailing Roger
Filled a length of copper tube with lead, tied it on Amazing! Sits at the right height and all stability problems solved. Incredible how moving the weight under the hull transforms the stability. All I have to do now is work out how to fix it preferably so it is removeable, come on guys any bright ideas? Roger
Thought you might like to see my hobby room, the floor area is 8 x 4 ft, same as a sheet of ply! Anyway made a cheap and nasty test tank from offcut of sterling board and old airbed! No expense spared. Added lead but still very tender, am wondering if a tube filled wirh lead under the keel might be the answer but dont think it would look right. Any ideas? Roger
Cenbeth, must be the air in Wales makes time pass slowly! So she went into the tank today and wanted to roll over! All my fears about too heavy and she sat high in the water and is going to need quite a bit of lead to settle down. Gas burner worked well but only took it to 20 psi as there were leaks at the gauge and the main steam valve was not seating properly. oh well back to the shed ....it is quite dark out there Jarvo! Figtree cant take breaks, if I stop her indoors always has a list starting with clear your junk fron the kitchen table Roger
Just to let you know tomorrow she hits the water in a friends test tank and gets properly steamed up to test the forward reverse valve. Thank you for all your compliments, must finish soon as I feel a steam lorry coming on, possibly with trailer for boat, must start taking the normal tablets! Roger
Final pics are of the stern, the table acts as a cover for the prop shaft lubricator tube and the rear of the seat slides up for accss to the rudder shaft. The servo for the rudder is in the bow and is connected with nylon aircraft bits. Radio gear is located under the seats in the cabin as will be the f/r servo when fitted. I have tried hard to hide all the electronics. Oh forgot to say it was pointed out today I had forgot to fit any flag masts! If you would like any more info please let me know Roger
Gentlemen photos as requested, went well at lifeboat station dont know how much we raised yet but buckets were heavy,pic 1 shows replanked deck pic 2 front of boiler, made all fittings except gauge! pic 3 shows twin double acting wobbler with piston type reversing valve Allwill be tested tomorrow. Have never tried piston valve before. more coming Roger