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Old Mar 19, 2008, 01:21 PM
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Live Steam Powered Brooklyn Tug

Well thanks to several people on rc groups I was able to find a fiber glass Brooklyn tug by Dumas. I chose this model because it was steam powered, and large enough to accommodate the boiler and steam engine. I also love the round smoke stack and shape of the hull.

The engine will be a Graham TVR1A 2 cylinder engine. I chose this engine because the kit does not need any machining and it has the ability to reverse. The kit was allot of fun to build only requiring polishing and lapping of some critical surfaces. The rest was just screwing it all together carefully... lots of small screws, bushings and levers.

Graham was a pleasure to deal with. During the build I lost a tiny bushing and a replacement was sent right away free of charge.

The Dumas Kit is another story. the quality of the wood in the kit is just like I had been warned... marginal. Its a very tedious kit to build, since the deck and superstructure are made out of wood ribbing that doesnt necessary fit well together. In contrast, the Dumas Jersey City Tug, which has far less wood and more expanded PVC goes together much better.

This is only my 3rd boat. I started with the Tito Neri which is also posted on this board.

Here are some pictures... more to come.

Please be sure to post any suggestions, comments or criticisms. Thanks to all.

Fernando
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Old Mar 19, 2008, 01:28 PM
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Here are the pictures of the boat
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Old Mar 19, 2008, 01:32 PM
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Here are the pictures of the engine.
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Old Mar 19, 2008, 02:20 PM
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Looks like you're diving right in and making progress!
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Old Mar 19, 2008, 02:36 PM
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Looks good Fernando I know you will do it justice.
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Old Mar 19, 2008, 07:32 PM
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Steam Plant

I have not found a boiler yet that will fit just right. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old Mar 19, 2008, 07:54 PM
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Fernando. I used a Cheddar Models Puffin horizontal Vll boiler, p/n 10156 with the identical hull - engine setup. Plenty of power, adequate steaming time (20 - 25 min.)The boiler in mine is installed with the stack opening towards the stern, or sight glass forward. It's good to see you're underway with this project...
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Old Mar 20, 2008, 05:09 AM
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If possabil go for a horizontal boiler, as there is a lot of weight high up on that tug and if you can keep the weight down it will help stop roll, there was a nice version that sailed at the cheddar club and it sailed and looked the part.

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Old Mar 20, 2008, 07:42 AM
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My personal preference would be to build one, failing that one of ACS engineering's boilers.
http://www.acs-engineering.co.uk/index.htm
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Old Mar 21, 2008, 08:13 AM
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How would I go about purchasing an ACS or Cheddar boiler. I cant seem to find them on the net.
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Old Mar 21, 2008, 08:20 AM
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ACS used to be be reached through this link http://www.acs-engineering.co.uk/index.htm I will try to find out what is wrong with it. Cheddar went out of business a number of year ago.
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Old Mar 21, 2008, 08:26 AM
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you could try http://www.yesteryeartoys.com
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Old Mar 22, 2008, 10:01 PM
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When I last talked to Sandy Campbell of ACS, last spring, he was having trouble shipping his metal bits to the US. If I remember right, homeland security was tearing up his packages, then either dumping them or sending them back to him, at his cost. He was discouraged, needless to say.

If you can get product from him, his work is superb. I have a vertical boiler he made for my Krick Patricia, and it's a beautiful piece of work (plus steams very well).
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Old Mar 23, 2008, 09:53 AM
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More progress on hull and superstructure

Here are some more pictures detailing the progress.
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Old Mar 23, 2008, 10:35 AM
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EVERGLADES- I have a stupid question after viewing you pictures. Why do you have a right angle bell crank hooked up with will be a drag link to the tiller arm. Could you not just put the tiller a 90 degrees and be done with it ? There would be less chance of slop or any thing coming loose.
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