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Oct 07, 2012, 04:43 AM
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Steam Drifter Resolute

New project, 1/24 scale wooden Steam Drifter Resolute built 1909.
History, Requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1914 and fitted with 6 pounder gun mounted on the fore deck, she was captured by UB 22 and sank by gunfire.

The fibre glass hull has been altered from a flat transom to a counter stern & the freeboard raised 1/2 Lenght 56 beam 22 draught 4.5 inches, deck planked in oak.
Total weight will be 44lbs and will need 11lbs of ballast

The forward hatch has been made to fit water tank, gas tank & electrics.

Resolute will be powered by an Edgar Westbury design twin oscillating Engine with Cheddar design vertical boiler with piezo ignition.
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Oct 07, 2012, 07:51 AM
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Hi Mick,

We look forward for this new project

Regards, Alain
Oct 07, 2012, 02:26 PM
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Hi Mick,
You've done it again, resurrected a tired old boat into a thing of beauty, your skills with wood and F/Glass are remarkable, look forward to the finished article.
Is it to be steam powered or electric ?
Oct 07, 2012, 02:55 PM
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Thanks George & Alain for your interest, it will be powered by Steam.

Regards Mick
Oct 07, 2012, 03:29 PM
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Man, this is going to be Great !

A steam powered steam drifter model !

Where did you ge the hull ?
Oct 08, 2012, 04:22 AM
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Hi Tim,
I got this fibreglass hull from someone attempting to build a Coaster but gave up, I liked the hull lines which suited a Steam Drifter apart from the transom, I completely stripped the hull raised the freeboard with a new deck and hatch openings added a counter stern which made it the correct length for 24th scale wooden Drifter Resolute which was 116 ft long & 23ft beam. I understand that only 4 hull mouldings where made.

Oct 09, 2012, 03:40 AM
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Hi Mick,

Can you point us to anything (drawing, characteristics...) about the planned E. Westbury engine ?
I believe this engine will be built from scratch ?

Regards, Alain
Oct 09, 2012, 10:40 AM
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Hi Alain,
The engine came with the boat but did not work, stripped and rebuilt now runs very well and will tickover on 5psi steam pressure it is also very powerfull, bore 1/2" stroke 3/4" and should
be just right for scale speed of the Drifter which was 9 knots
running at 25 to 30psi. The design is quite easy to build with no
castings needed I have not been able to find any plans for this
engine but I believe its a copy of Edgar Westbury single cylinder oscillator doubled as a twin

Oct 09, 2012, 11:28 AM
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Hi Mick,

thanks for your reply, I have searched on the net and found nothing !
Your engine is similar to the Stuart D10 for power available...

Just found these infos about Westbury engines on another ME site :

Regards, Alain
Oct 09, 2012, 03:14 PM
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Isn't that the Miranda steam engine?
Oct 09, 2012, 05:08 PM
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Oct 09, 2012, 05:52 PM
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Its very similar in appearance, but in know way matches performance, I built a Thames launch Miranda 6 years ago and the boiler all to Basil Hartley design, not only were the hull line plans wrong also the engine dimensions incorrect the engine and boiler were far to heavy for the displacement of the hull, it ended up a museum piece as it sat 1/2 below the waterline.
There is a video of Miranda on youtube running in a neighbours
swimming pool, when I find the link I will post it.

Oct 09, 2012, 06:00 PM
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Video Miranda.

Oct 09, 2012, 06:36 PM
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wow ~

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