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Edwardian Steam Launch

An attempt to scratch build a steam launch

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Redpiperbob04/08/2020 11:44:33
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Hi all I have decided to start a new boat build. I thought some of you out there may be interested in the build.

This will not be a regular blow by blow build (Unless you ask it to be) as I am sure there are many out there that can do a better job than me. But it is more of a “have I done this right” build. I would welcome any help or advise on this adventure.

I am going to attempt to model a steam launch something like the Osprey, Branksome, Kittywake type that sail the lakes in north England.

This will be my first scratch build. This will be my first real live steam model. Although I did build the Graupner Glasgow with live steam that was with a readymade engine, boiler ETC.

Here are some of the bits I have that I want to use in the build.

I have an Orion Mouldings Edwardian steam launch hull that is 1.2 metres long and 23 CM wide and 12 CM deep.

I also have a Stuart horizontal Boiler, a hand pump, a condenser, a steam valve (servo operated) and a refillable gas tank.

Many years ago my late wife bought me the DVD set that Keith Appleton recorded on How to Build a Model Steam Launch. So this has given me some idea on how to go about the build.

I also bought and have just finished building the Graham Industries TVR1A BB twin engine.

I am very impressed with the quality of this little engine. I have just had it running on air for the first time. Here is a video of the TVR1A.




I hope this will be a little entertaining build.

and as I say I will be glad of any advise or help.



Edited By Redpiperbob on 04/08/2020 11:45:36

Redpiperbob04/08/2020 12:44:16
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I have created an album for the pictures I will upload for this build

Here are the first pictures.

whistle and steam valve_s.jpg

staurt boiler_s.jpgorion mouldings hull 2_s.jpgorion mouldings hull 1_s.jpggas tank and lubricator_s.jpg

condenser and water hand pump_s.jpg

Edited By Redpiperbob on 04/08/2020 12:45:47

Ray Wood 204/08/2020 15:41:38
1982 forum posts
707 photos

Hi Bob,

You have all the expensive bits

Nice to see I'm not the only person who has a model railway round the workshop

Regards Ray

Redpiperbob04/08/2020 17:06:43
31 forum posts
36 photos

Hi Ray yeh

Its taken me a year to acumilate the "expensive bits".

The railway... well thats for the winter months



Brian Dickinson 104/08/2020 18:58:49
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Hi Bob,


That's a nice large hull to get everything in. I would be interested in seeing how the model progresses. I am a fan of steam (road and rail) and would like to combine a boat with steam. Its somewhere on my bucket list.

The SL Branksome that you mention was in MB in the 80's it was a fine model, all varnished and looked great. I am sure someone on here will have a picture of it. I was in my early years and there was no way i had the skills to make such a beauty - probably still have not all the skills required.

Good luck with the build and keep us all in on the build.






Edited By Brian Dickinson 1 on 04/08/2020 19:00:31

Redpiperbob05/08/2020 08:47:28
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hi Brian

Thanks for looking in I will keep you all informed. I too have a liking for rail steam I have a 16 mm NG railway in the garden and have built asteam loco sand i am building an "Ellie" tram.

I will keep you all up to date.


Redpiperbob05/08/2020 11:02:26
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OK ladies and gentlemen

I have what I am sure is to be the first in many questions i will be asking.

Below is a line drawing of the hull I have . I have arranged the major items on what will be the deck as you can see I have a 40 mm difference in the height of the prop haft to crankshaft. The question is do I tilt engine and propshaft at an angle to meet or do I use gears or belt drive for the distance or is there another way around this problem?


What do you all think?thanks


Colin Bishop05/08/2020 11:48:11
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Well that's opened up a can of worms!


Redpiperbob05/08/2020 12:05:35
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Hi Colin

You know me!!


Ray Wood 205/08/2020 14:08:29
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Hi Bob,

Here's my starter for 10

Angle the prop shaft up & the engine down, hopefully they should meet

Regards Ray

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