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Offline kenhsilver

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New Starter from Buckinghamshire England
« on: March 12, 2020, 08:38:32 PM »
I was kindly given the link by Derek Warner after asking a question on Paddle Boats on another model boat forum.
My interest in model boat building came after putting together the Aeronaut Queen kit. It did not sink and it goes quite well. Having a background in Garden Rail pushes my interest in steam. The Murray River Paddle Boats are attractive, specifically the PS Adelaide.
Ambition always exceeds ability so I am starting on a learning curve which I trust will be extremely rewarding. Your forum is fantastic and the expertise just oozes!


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Re: New Starter from Buckinghamshire England
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2020, 09:50:20 PM »
Welcome Ken.

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Re: New Starter from Buckinghamshire England
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2020, 07:48:03 AM »

Welcome Ken......good you made it across  :beer.......if you go to the search box to the lower left of page, type in PS Adelaide & you will find 200+ postings.....I will paste the other images from MBM......

If you manage get from UK to OZ in a note after you have visited Float a Boat........Adrian [Principal] will not mind me posting snippits of his plans here


Whilst you did not ask, the Australian Company....."Float a Boat" produces a 2 plan building set of plans in 1:24 scale of PS Adelaide.....

The plans were drawn [as measured on the original vessel - including every timber size & section] by the Principal and are in an excellent layout format suitable for the building of the model

As you note, Adelaide has a twin cylinder horizontal engine direct drive to the paddle shaft, so from this steam models could use gear or a chain reduction dependent on the model steam engine chosen

Derek Warner

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Offline kenhsilver

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Re: New Starter from Buckinghamshire England
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2020, 09:02:32 AM »
Thank you both.  A bit touch and go on the trip to Melbourne. Bumped off my original flight and ended up on a better airline. Now facing a 2 week self isolation so my visits to Floataboat and  Miniature Steam Models will be in the latter part of my holiday. Will report back after visit. Provided the dreaded virus doesn’t stop me!

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Re: New Starter from Buckinghamshire England
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2020, 07:17:08 PM »
I was hoping to be in Australia now but like most of the world now in lock down. Have used the time to build the Krick Alexandra and fit it with a Clevedon boiler and engine. Maiden voyage was in my granddaughter's paddling pool. Not impressive as the pool is about 6 inches bigger than the length of the boat. Just waiting for a delivery of shot lead for ballast. Engine runs well with the RC. I have added a steam whistle and internal lights which also work remotely.

Having run garden steam locos for sometime, I realise that a lab (paddling pool) tested anything may not work quite as well in a real environment. How do you recover a boat that has and engine stopped or defies RC commands in a bigger pond? What if it capsizes and sinks? Should I fit a buoy on a string?  When a garden loco stops, it is not hard to retrieve as one follows the rails. Sure to be in the tunnel!

While in lock down, can someone please inform an ignorant newby with no practical knowledge on model boating sailing etiquette.


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