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Author Topic: Hi from the Isle of Wight  (Read 1865 times)

Offline Burrell8

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Hi from the Isle of Wight
« on: February 03, 2020, 09:56:11 AM »
Hi, I'm Tom, from the Isle of Wight.

I've long since been a fan of the Waverley and have always wanted to build a large scale model of her.

My main hobby is Traction engines both full size and miniature and i'm building a half scale model of one. Many years ago i started building a paddle engine with parts from a part built 5" Gauge steam loco with the intention to put it in a Waverley model with a gas boiler (although i had considered coal fired!).

I have just had a sort out of my large collection of steam and model boat drawings and found my MM Waverley drawings and it reignited my desire. I have been following (and supporting) the re-boilering so it only seems appropriate at this time!

I'm not promising a speedy build, my traction engine has been in build for about 15 years! I will get there. She may start life as electric to get her going as i'll have to make a boiler and that will have to wait.

I'm keen to recreate accurate paddles and i'm hoping someone has works drawings of Waverley's paddles?

I look forward to reading through the forum!

Offline Walter Snowdon

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Re: Hi from the Isle of Wight
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2020, 08:18:36 PM »
Hello tom and welcome. The Waverley is a beautiful ship and will be well worth your efforts. The thing to watch as with most paddlers is WEIGHT.   Remember traction engines DONT SINK. Paddlers are mainly very narrow in the hull and shallow drafted so saving the odd ounce of weight in the engine and boiler is a must. PSPS at one time  sold a little booklet on paddle steamer engines (focused on Waverley) and I am pretty certain there was a drawing and explanation of how the feathering mechanism worked This appears quite often on advertising sites and a search of ABEBOOKS might turn up a copy. Also Model Boats did a two part article (some time ago) on building a paddle tug CHIEFTAIN with an excellent explanation on making a set of working paddles (Proper model engineering stuff) with detailed drawings and construction. I am Pretty certain  that I posted the full article in the downloads section of paddleducks. (It will be under Eddy Matthews name  as anything to do with IT brings me out in a rash which can only be stopped with an application of real ale and a sanity injection). Keep posting your efforts and requests. All the Best, Walter.

Offline Mike

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Re: Hi from the Isle of Wight
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2020, 04:15:58 AM »

  Hi Tom.

 Welcome to the forum. Have a look at my " construction of " Jeanie Deans " The Waverly sister ship. On page 2 of Construction. There are a lot of similarities. Good advice from Walter. Mine was 1 / 48 scale and was about 5' 6" long. Electric motor.
 I added about 1" to depth of hull, I can only sail it in light winds otherwise it leans to one side or other. With a lot more weight of boiler and water you will maybe need to add a lot extra. Need to weigh all extras against weight of water to get extra depth of hull plus some for safety.
 The narrow hull is the problem.



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