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Old Jan 06, 2011, 11:39 AM
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Scratch Drake Tail Steam Launch

Hello, fellow scratch builders! It's nearing the dead of winter, an ideal time to begin a new build here in the NE. This one will center around a Gage VR1A kit which I recently put together. As the Drake tail stern is something I have never tried before, I thought it prudent to draw up some plans. So here we go, your basic box with one pointy end and one round one...
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Old Jan 06, 2011, 12:46 PM
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it looks to be a nice and interesting project to follow...
Ok... i take seat
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Old Jan 06, 2011, 01:02 PM
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Triple boilers!! Oh, you are a devil!!
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Old Jan 06, 2011, 10:48 PM
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This thread added to WOODIES: Wooden Pleasure Craft Build Logs listing.

Looking forward to following along!!

Path: RCGroups -> Boats -> Scale Boats ->"WOODIES..."
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Old Jan 07, 2011, 02:10 AM
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I'm watching.
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Old Jan 07, 2011, 11:27 AM
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Looks great!
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Old Jan 07, 2011, 07:04 PM
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Hi, and thank you for commenting. Today I was able to rip the keel in half on the old Sears table saw. The next step was to measure and accurately cut out the 7 cardboard templates for the bulkheads; they're rectangles as only the tops matter for now. The elliptical bottom section gives a little definition to that area for now.
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Old Jan 07, 2011, 08:36 PM
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checking in to keep track!

I'm also getting ready to order that engine. but I must ask.. why 2/3 midwest boilers? why not just one good sized boiler from macsteam or something?
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Old Jan 08, 2011, 08:37 AM
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Triple boilers!! Oh, you are a devil!!
hahaha yea really iv been tring to get a hold of just one for my launch and hes got 3
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Old Jan 08, 2011, 09:21 AM
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Watching for sure as I am still working on installing the Gage VR1A in my Borkum hull.
That is a great little engine for a great price.
Fun to build too!! Your builds are always interesting. Dave.
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Old Jan 08, 2011, 09:25 AM
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bboarder, it may take all three to produce enough steam for this engine.. I'll try a board test using 2, and then 3 of the Midwest boilers and see where we are- I'm not expecting too much volume. I do have a Cheddar boiler from another boat that I might use in plan "B"...
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Old Jan 08, 2011, 04:32 PM
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Did you draw the boat plan yourself? The shape looks very nice.

Why aren't you getting a better/larger boiler?
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Old Jan 08, 2011, 06:47 PM
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no worries I just picked up a model vi
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Old Jan 09, 2011, 02:43 AM
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Good luck Peco--Though you will not need it- your boats are always so curvy and fresh. I love how you build what you feel!

That single is destined for a boat in my future soon -----I know
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Old Jan 09, 2011, 07:29 PM
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no worries I just picked up a model vi
finely get yer self a steam plant? and whats a model 6? or did you typo a 4?

just a little snarky, but generally curious if there is a need for correction.


I'm actually hoping to have enough left over in the paycheck to pick up a VR1 the holidays have played hell with my paychecks over the last few weeks. Free days off mess with the overtime
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