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Offline J.L.

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U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« on: September 30, 2019, 01:15:50 PM »
The Picket Boat No. 1 has been built countless times and the construction threads posted often on the Nautical Research Guild's Ship World Forum.
But I wish to begin with the construction of the steam power machinery for the boat.  The engine was probably built by the Clute Bro's Co. of Schenectady, New York. The Clute brothers were one of the country's earliest manufacturers of steam power machinery. They built steam locomotion for marine use as well as railroad engines.

This engine is a single cylinder condensing type of approximately 7" stroke and a piston diameter of 8".

The scale is 1:24

The kit is offered by Model Shipways.


 
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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2019, 01:23:15 PM »
Great to see you back on another new project and this one looks to be a most interesting one!!

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2019, 01:27:22 PM »
Thanks Bill.

It's good to be back.

This steam launch was engaged in perhaps the most famous naval engagement of the Civil War.

More details on that later. You can actually read much of its history on the lid of the kit box in the first photo.

John

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2019, 01:38:05 PM »
Great looking boat, watching along!   :popcorn:

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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2019, 03:09:03 PM »
It's great to see you back, John.  I always follow your builds closely and this one promises to be great fun.  In my youth I built a number of ship models so your subject is close to my heart. 
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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2019, 06:52:30 PM »
Good to see you back  :) Your attention to detail is amazing  :ThumbsUp:  :ThumbsUp:
Best regards

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2019, 12:35:26 AM »
Welcome back John,
looking forward to following along with your new project.

Dave

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2019, 02:42:20 AM »
Having built a couple of plank on frame boats I can't wait to see this one develop. I'm sure it will be first rate as all your projects have been.
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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2019, 03:31:14 AM »
Great to see you back. Your build logs are an inspiration.

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2019, 03:35:02 AM »
Yes JL.......

Will look forward to your new/latest build......the words steam + plank on frame are sweet music to many.............. :bandrock:

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2019, 03:44:05 AM »
John,
I have to admit my ship building days in my youth included cutting off a fiber glass planter, aluminum bow and liberal application of sealing grout topped off with an electric motor. I will enjoy something a bit more sophisticated. Count me in.
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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2019, 03:48:19 AM »
John , Great to see you back.

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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2019, 12:44:20 PM »
Thank you gentlemen for the warm welcome back. In my absence I tried my hand at building a Royal Navy Longboat 'Medway'. Learned a alot about plank on frame.

This build begins rather modestly with wooden parts and a bit of aluminum tubing.  Many could turn up their noses at the concept of building a steam engine with wooden parts. But for me, it brings my model making full circle. My introduction to building metal engines began when I was paper modelling. To strengthen the paper parts, I wrapped the paper around wooden reinforcing cores. Here are some shots of Bertschy's vertical paper engine.

With this model, wooden parts are clad with card stock and photo etched brass.


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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2019, 12:58:18 PM »
Because I was woodturning at the time, reinforcing circular parts was easy.
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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2019, 03:49:17 PM »
This is going to be a great build John.

Which Medway Longboat kit did you build? I've been following the group builds over on the Nautical Research site of the kits from Syren Ship Model Company.

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