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  • #115816
    Fred Ellis 1
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      @fredellis1

      Hi One & All

      In 1997 I purchased the plans & a vac formed hull from Sarik (MM1410).

      Due to the bad weather we have been having on the south coast of late, I decided that now just may be the time to start to build this puffer, also it is just the right size so that I can work on it on the kitchen table, and not in the cold garage.

      Two week ago I joined the two hull halfs, fitted the shaft and motor along with the deck, now looking at it I think I should make some form of support for the shaft, will come back to that later, in the meantime I started to plank the rear deck with 2 X .05mm stripe, as for the clinkering I used .05mm thread.S7300474S7300475S7300476S7300477S7300478S7300497

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      #115820
      mmcp42
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        @mmcp42

        oooh another Puffer to follow

        looking good!

        #115826
        Len Morris 2
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          @lenmorris2

          I really don’t understand this Puffer Pandemic. ūüôā¬† Do post in ‘scratch build’ also, to make it easier for the unofficial Puffer club to follow.¬† Well done.¬† Looks good so far.

          Len

          #115829
          Fred Ellis 1
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            @fredellis1

            It was seeing the others that got me to start this one , I still have a 1/24 scale one that I got from Models by Design just before he closed.

            Fred

            #115835
            Richard Simpson
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              @richardsimpson88330

              Its a bit like gravy on your chips, there’s no such thing as too much!!

              #115838
              James Hill 5
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                @jameshill5

                 

                Going to be good watching your progress as well Fred.

                Looking good so far.

                Jim.

                #115840
                Colin Bishop
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                  @colinbishop34627

                  Nothing like a Puffer in it’s natural enviroment. Vital Spark from the TV series moored in Inverary in 2017

                  Colin

                  IMG_6151 Inverary

                  #115879
                  Fred Ellis 1
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                    @fredellis1

                    Hi One & All

                    Just a quick update, the rear deck is now planked and I have started on the foredeck.S7300499S7300498

                    #116062
                    Colin Bishop
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                      @colinbishop34627

                      During the changeover, Banjoman (Mattias) comprehensive topic on his Eilean Mor Puffer went missing. It is now visible again.

                      Eilean Mor

                      Colin

                      #116073
                      Len Morris 2
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                        @lenmorris2

                        Hi Colin,

                        Good to see any Puffer pictures but I doubt the boat in Inverary was the original Vital Spark unless she’s been modified over the years.¬† Vital Spark had the classic Puffer feature that makes them so endearing.¬† The funnel in front of the bridge cabin.

                        The Banjoman Mattias topic on his Eileen More was excellent.¬† Unless you’d posted the link I’d never have found it.¬† A lot of detail.¬† Well done.

                        Len

                        #116074
                        Colin Bishop
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                          @colinbishop34627

                          The puffer at Inveraray is registered as Vital Spark (name is on stern)

                          History:

                          1944 Built as VIC 72 by Brown’s Shipyard, Hull
                          1968 Sold out of naval service at Devonport Dockyard where she had been a stores carrier
                          1969 Motorised and renamed ELSEDA, based at Troon as cargo vessel
                          1972 Bought by owner based on Isle of Mull. Worked around islands dredging coal from sunken vessels
                          1984 Sold to new owner and renamed EILEAN EASDEAL to run inter-island cargo service around Western Isles
                          1994 Service withdrawn when Scottish Office withdrew subsidy for Scottish Shipping
                          2001 Bought to Inveraray Maritime Museum for public display
                          2006 Re-registered as VITAL SPARK, name of ficitional puffer in Para Handy books by Neil Munro

                          She may have appeared in one of th TV scenes but there have been other Vital Sparks in the several TV series. Quite a bit of info online,

                          Colin

                          Vital Spark

                           

                          #116075
                          Len Morris 2
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                            @lenmorris2

                            Sorry Collin, wasn’t having a poke.¬† Didn’t know there were that many Vital Sparks out there.

                            Len

                            #116076
                            Colin Bishop
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                              @colinbishop34627

                              Neither did I Len! I just saw this one and assumed it was the one on TV but things seem to be a bit more complicated.

                              Still, when all’s said and done, a puffer is a Puffer… Riveting stuff really.

                              Colin

                              #116527
                              Fred Ellis 1
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                                @fredellis1

                                Hi One & All

                                I decided to take a break from this build, (I became a Granddad again), so to get me back into the swing again I decided to make the forward companionway and the rudder.

                                I am thinking that I now need a new camera S7300552S7300551

                                #116528
                                Richard Simpson
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                                  @richardsimpson88330

                                  Great shot Fred, the background is in excellent focus!

                                  #116529
                                  Chris Fellows
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                                    @chrisfellows72943

                                    May be that you are too close for the camera to focus Fred?

                                    #116530
                                    James Hill 5
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                                      @jameshill5

                                      Youre doing well Fred, youre a lot farther along the build than I am. I`ve reached the point of rudder installation, making the swivel points. Yours look impressive.

                                      Hope to catch up with you soon.

                                      Jim.

                                      #116534
                                      Fred Ellis 1
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                                        @fredellis1

                                        Hi Chris

                                        I think you are right with regards to these photos, but I had the same problem when I went to Harry Potter world.

                                        Hi James

                                        Thank you for your comment, the rudder post is just some 3mm O/D tube and some split pins,

                                        Fred

                                        #116535
                                        Len Morris 2
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                                          @lenmorris2

                                          Looking good Fred.¬† What size is your hull?¬† I’ve still to do my rudder so I’m watching your build and Jim’s build with great interest.¬† The one thing I want to do on mine is to make the post and rudder removeable so I don’t have to dismantle half the innards to get the prop and shaft out.¬† No idea yet how I’m going to do it!

                                          Len

                                          #116539
                                          Fred Ellis 1
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                                            @fredellis1

                                            Hi Len

                                            Well I have just looked it up on the Sarik site and this is how they have described the model.

                                            An easily constructed two function Clyde Puffer at 1:48 scale, model length 17in by 4.5in beam. Plans include body lines, side elevation and plan view. For single screw electric propulsion.

                                            Could you not make the rudder and rudder post one piece so that you can remove it all as one?

                                            Fred

                                            #116540
                                            James Hill 5
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                                              @jameshill5

                                              Ive just had a look at pictuers of Auld Reekies stern and rudder and Im not sure how they would dis-assemble that section to be honest. There seems to be access to the retaining nut, but as for prop removal, i`m not sure. Some of the ex sailors on the forum might know.

                                              Jim.

                                              #116542
                                              Colin Bishop
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                                                @colinbishop34627

                                                If it was electrically powered then you could simply place the motor on one side with a belt drive and slide the shaft out inside the model with the prop unscrewing and removed from the side.

                                                Not so easy with a steam plant!

                                                #116543
                                                Len Morris 2
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                                                  @lenmorris2

                                                  Hi Fred, our Puffers are just about the same size!¬† Same scale at 1:48 or 1/4 inch to a foot as my old plans specify.¬† It’ll be interesting to compare your weights, displacement etc when your ready.

                                                  The rudder and post needs thinking out but it’s not a problem.¬† I’ll probably just attach it to the hull with countersunk M2 stainless cap screws. They are almost invisible when fitted.¬† Mi submarines are full of them and they are readily available from ‘Model Fixings.co.uk’.¬† As you say, one piece might be the way to go.

                                                  Len

                                                  #116676
                                                  bodach
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                                                    @bodach

                                                    Nice things these old puffers and last week I received plans from Sarik for the Raylight but it’s a slightly later diesel powered puffer.

                                                    #116724
                                                    James Hill 5
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                                                      @jameshill5

                                                      And another Puffer joins the list.

                                                      Is this an iminant build or to go on the waiting list? Be good to watch your build as well.

                                                      Welcome to the unofficial Puffer club, as Len calls it.

                                                      Jim.

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