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Old Jun 21, 2009, 12:36 AM
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paddlewheel boats

I am brand new to this forum anybody out there into stern wheel boats?
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Wayne
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 12:45 AM
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Big time, I'm a huge fan of stern wheelers, but I spend most of my time with 1:1 scale boats such as the Delta Queen. I have gathered up lots of plans and photos over the years and plan to build a model of her using Hartman's hull, now available through Loyalhannah. "Towboatjoe" on here has some excellent information on his site about model stern wheelers and the way to make mechanisms for using pitman arms! Also several good build threads on here for the Dumas Creole Queen.
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 06:55 AM
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Hey guys: I'm a big fan of paddlewheel boats too. If you haven't already done so, check out http://www.paddleducks.co.uk. Great English site with many beautiful Brit & Aussie sidewheelers and American boats too. Some very good modelers post there. I've learned some great techniques reading that site.
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 07:06 AM
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A few links you might find interesting:

http://modelplans.steamboats.org/
http://matthewsmodelmarine.wordpress...amboat-museum/
http://www.towboatjoe.com/
http://www.stlouisadmirals.com/fleet-workboats.html
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 09:10 AM
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Another link, Alan Bates, steamboat historian.
http://alan-bates.steamboats.org/

His 2 books on real steamboats are great:
The Western Rivers Steamboat Cyclopoedium
The Western Rivers Engineroom Cyclopoedium

Way's Packet Directory is full of photos and specs.

The books can be obtained from Howard Steamboat Museum. Nice people.
http://www.steamboatmuseum.org/books/
From their website:
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 09:17 AM
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Sternwheeler

Thanks for the info.I just got started on a build. I got the plans off ebay for a 40 in. sternwheeler called the dixie belle. Originally designed for steam engine. I am going to power with elec. and chain drive for the wheel. Good to see there are other people out there into this type of boat.
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 10:35 AM
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wjr63. You might think of using a belt or O-ring drive, they are much quieter than the chain. Jerryj98501
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 11:23 AM
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sternwheeler

jerryj98501 isnt there a problem with tension with the o ring. I read in another forum that they use the carriage belt drive out of a computer printerI havent taken a printer apart so I am not familiar with this. I am considering the chain drive from Harbor Models metal chain nylon sprockets. I guess if it is to loud could install a steam sound system to hide the chain noise.
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 11:34 AM
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Check for the build thread on the Myrtle Corey, a Dumas kit, a stern wheel tow boat.
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 12:07 PM
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I am e challenged can you tell me how to find this build thread.
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 12:50 PM
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Go back to "Boats", click on "Search this Forum" (not just "Search"), and type in anything. You may get a long list of hits, so sift patiently.
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 12:53 PM
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And heck, who needs chains or belts? Make a real crosshead and con-rods!

Actually, this one from Tom Pratt uses a belt from motor to the scotch yoke, but it's "scale" after that...
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 03:13 PM
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Hey Pat Thanks for the input ,the crosshead looks interesting but I want to keep things simple, this is my first attempt at this type of boat. are there any drawings and info to build the crosshead mechanism.
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 03:28 PM
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Must be some somewhere... but that picture should be pretty helpful, along with a handful of inventiveness. I think Tom used modified drawer slides in part of his mechanism...
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Old Jun 22, 2009, 07:10 PM
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A drawing and pictures of the pitman arm setup for a sternwheeler can be found on Towboatjoe's website, click the link below and scroll down just a little bit and you'll see it. This is the same setup he uses on the Geo M Verty and it works really well. Doesn't seem all that difficult to construct either.

http://www.towboatjoe.com/mscl_.htm
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