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Started this as a steamboat 5 years ago then it went into storage. Now I think it going to be a towboat.
I turned the drive wheels today.
Not bad for not touching a lathe in a while.
The stock for the drive wheels came from a professional video tape machine. I needed the practice!
I think I'm going with 1/24th scale.
And buld a towboat like the Barbra H.
Single engine and drive.
May even build the diesel engine on the inside.
I like the looks of this boat.
Should be a fun build!
model of Donald B now renamed Barbara H
Pilothouse of Lady lois
Lois's wheel wash at slow speed
George m Verity
Wheelhouse of Verity.
shifted to port?
Offset by the width of the chain and cover.
Hard to tell?
My boat started out life as "going to be the Southern Belle" I've since decided not!
taken from the Historic Sternwheeler Preservation Society website.
Can't remember where on the web I got this picture of the Wild Goose.
My drive cog with protrude outside the main cabin. Picture from the Brabra H web site.
What is this? Is it structural? Part of the steering system?
We have the same problem at work. People never do what you tell them.
I think I may have to model the chair as is. Again it looks like something I'd find around my office.
Just held together with clamps.
Need to cut a grove for a belt now.
Reduction will also be belt driven.
Should look great.
Thank God for ShopVac!
Screwed down for ease of removal.
Belt on centerline.
Press fitted gears for now?
Ran fine for 10 mins testing.
Put a cover to cut down on grease splatter.
More clamps, need more clamps!
The cover will mount here on the inside. The top will be removable.
Starting out good so far.
Bootsie - 45" YTL tug.
Now lives at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.
Not on display yet. Soon in an planned expansion.
The Museum is located in Madisonville, La. It's northwest of New Orleans on the north Shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
Lots of wonderful things to see.
Old derelict tug. I think this was a live aboard before a Hurricane hit.
When I was there taking these pictures these guys had run aground - getting out of the channel too soon.
Yep, stuck on the muddy bottom.
I love spending time here.
I little fantasy PS picture I created with several shots I had taken.
Oh well time to quit highjacking my thread again and get back to building!
The top half of the cover will be attached to the bearing retainer and will be removed with it when needed.
Template looks just about right.
The main bearing will ride on metal retainers and bare the prunt of stress.
The bottom half will stay in place.
Add some detail and it sould look close.
Added 7" to the length of the boat.
Fits closer to the look of the Major.
At the other end I'm bending the deck and when dry will work at that end too.
Should look close.
The drive covers are actually a little wider than the original, but I needed that for the drive pulley.
Green = extention to rudder to improve turn performance
New longer outline
More shear to match closer to the Major.
I'll be adding back a cross beam to mount the Monkey rudders.
The drive cover still needs some work.
Business end of a paddlewheeler!
Old Dumas speed controler.
I think the two shorter green and white wires went to the motor. And the longer g/w wires went to the power side. I could be wrong?
Sliding door on the rear section.
Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, LA.
Sanded the decks.
I need to add the rub rails next.
And seal the wood.
Most of the sanding is done for now.
The shear is close to the Major, although the photo makes it look a little larger.
Soon a superstructure starts to grow!
The hull is a long way from where it started!
Still need to dress up the I Beams a little.
Pulley for the cable attached to the Monkey Rudders.
The sliding doors will hide the gap when the foward section is in place.
The pink string - Iíd like to say is for photographic clarity, but actually it was the only string I could find to do some test. The cable will run from the Monkey Rudders to the pulley. Then turn into the cabin and to the main rudders.
On the Major they run trough a pipe and Iíll be adding that as well when I get a little more done.
Inside it runs to the arm controlling the main rudders.
I still have a lot to clean up. Right now pulling on the string moves the rudder post very easily. With connecting rods and the servo connected at the lower starboard side it should work fine.
The rudder post on the left will be attached to servo at the bottom with another control arm not attached yet.
This is just a test setup. The rudder post will run from the bottom of the boat to the upper control platform. There will be a connecting rod between the control arms at the top.
SS Nenana on the Yukon river in Alaska
There be KNEES!
It's actually starting to look like a towboat now and not a barge.
They look tall, but the real ones are around 10 feet tall.
cleaned up the beams for the paddlewheel a little as well.
Yep, the're tall.
Started working on deck detail too. Still need to clean this up as well.
The knees still need hand rails, hooks, and some minor detail added. I'll also add non-slip detail to the steps later.
Still can't wait until I start the main cabin.
As noted above by Stu some paddlewheelers have a problem with water entering from the rear. I don't think this will be a problem with the Major and it's center drive. The drive cover, not shown here, should (I hope) keep most of the water out.
Far from perfect, but perfect from afar!
The sliding door is just placed there for this picture.
The entire forward section will be removable.
The gap between sections will be covered by the sliding door.
Once I have the handrails on top and the cover around the edge it will be very stiff over the aft section of the roof.
I though I might have built the knees a little too tall, but after seeing this boat downtown today I think Iím right on. Nice color donít you think?
I ran out of wood, and since it was a beautiful day I decided to drive over to LSU and take the little girl to watch some baseball!
LSU swept the series to Cal State Fullerton. We only made it to the 4th inning before she fell asleep. Oh well, it sounded great on the radio on the drive home.
Attached the front cabin.
Again still need a lot of sanding and sealing.
The steps will attach here and stay with the cabin when removed.
All but the back section of the cabin will come off the main hull - very easy access!
Close to the Major, not very, but close!
Waiting for more wood to start on the Pilot house.
It's a monster - 60" long.
The wheel is just sat in place for now.
Should be fun to get her down to the lake.
Haven't figured out the displacement yet, but Iím sure it going to be more than a few lbs!
Lots of room inside for later goodies.
Iíll be putting down trim to cover the gap between the deck and cabin sides.
Of course as said the sliding door will cover this gap.
Just sitting on top for now
The roof still need the camper added.
Again just sitting on top for now.
The floor will come in from the bottom so it can be removed for repairs and adding detail.
The floor of the Pilothouse can be removed.
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