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"How to Build a Model Steam Launch"

* 3 DVD SET *

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Probably the most comprehensive DVD set available - 3 DVDs showing in great detail, the building process of a 1/6th scale Working Model Live Steam Launch.

Over 5 hours of Quality Video instructions - very easy to understand - designed for beginners to the hobby

The instructions can be applied to any type of Model Steam Boat using a glassfibre (GRP) hull.

Available in both PAL & NTSC (USA) Formats

includes FREE Download of the CAD Drawings for the Launch

Used Models For Sale

 

A COLLECTION OF MICRO WORKING MODEL STEAM ENGINES

Price: Offers

This is a collection of very small working models of Stuart Models Steam Engines

PLEASE NOTE:

These are not actually Stuart Models Steam Engines - they are very small copies that were expertly made by the late Mr. Bernard Walker.

The current owner is open to offers for the entire set or as individual items.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME ABOUT THIS SALE AS THEY ARE NOT MY ENGINES.

Please contact the current owner Mr. Michael De Freitas

THE EMAIL ADDRESS TO USE IS:

mikedef@talktalk.net

Please watch the Youtube Video below for more details:

 

 

A PAIR OF "SVS" TWIN OSCILLATING

CYLINDER MODEL STEAM ENGINES

COMPLETE WITH COPPER BOILERS

SOLD

This pair of identical model steam engines complete with copper boilers have a built in reversing/regulator valve and also have an inline displacement lubricator in the steam feed line.

Both of the engines run very well and would be very suitable for a twin propeller model boat or alternatively as power plants for two small steam boats.

The boiler do not have burners with them, but they could be either fired with a pair of small gas burners or just by using a "Mamod" type solid fuel tray.

These are the Third engines featured in the video below:

 

 

STUART MODELS DOUBLE 10V STEAM ENGINE

BUILT FROM A FACTORY MACHINED KIT

SOLD

A great example of this very popular Stuart Steam Engine, built originally from a Stuart Models machined kit.

Specifications and details of this type of engine are available from the Stuart Models website.

The Stuart Double 10V is the second model shown running on compressed air in the video below.

Postage to UK is always by "Next Day Special Delivery"

International Postageis always fully insured, tracked and has to be signed for.

VINTAGE STUART MODELS

10V STEAM ENGINE

SOLD

An old and well made example of this very popular Stuart Steam Engine.

Specifications and details of this type of engine are available from the Stuart Models website.

The Stuart 10V is the first model shown running on compressed air in the video below.

NON WORKING SMALL MODEL OF A

DUPLEX STEAM BOILER WATER FEED PUMP

THIS MODEL PUMP NEEDS A LITTLE WORK TO MAKE IT RUN PROPERLY

SOLD

This beautiful model of a Duplex Steam Boiler Feed Pump which is very well engineered but needs some adjustment and work to make it run properly - as described in the video.

This model steam pump is one inch taller than the other small pump shown above (at just under 4 1/2 inches tall) which makes it more of a practical proposition to be used as a model boiler feed pump than the other very tiny pump shown above.

This beautiful little pump is the Fourth model shown ans described in the video below.

Please Note:

This model is for sale on the understanding that it is in a non-working condition and is reflected in the price.

 

SOUTHWORTH ENGINES 12 INCH DOUBLE ACTING

STEAM BOILER FEED WATER PUMP

SOLD

THIS PUMP IS FROM MY PERSONAL COLLECTION AND WAS BUILT BY A VERY EXPERIENCED AND PROFICIENT ENGINEER

This Classic Pump has a Gunmetal Steam Cylinder and the lower Water Cylinder casting is also Gunmetal. Being double acting it moves a lot of water.

The pump runs very well on Live Steam as can be seen in the Video below.

The lubricator oil reservoir unit is for compressed air running only - it is not a Displacement Lubricator.

Please watch the Videos

 

 

 

SOUTHWORTH ENGINES LARGE DOUBLE ACTING

DUPLEX STEAM BOILER FEED PUMP

SOLD

This is another item from my personal collection. Made by a very experienced Model Engineer, this is an excellent example of a "Southworth Engines" Large Duplex (Twin Cylinder) Steam Pump. The pump is double acting & will move a good volume of water and is therefore suitable for feeding a large boiler. The lubricator on the engine is for compressed air running only, it is not a Displacement Lubricator.

The Video below shows the Pump running on Compressed Air

STUART MODELS

NUMBER 10V MODEL STEAM ENGINE

SOLD

This is an exceptionally well built example of the popular Stuart Models 10V Vertical Steam Engine. Once again this is one of the engines in my personal collection. Please take a look at the detail on the photographs, the engine even has a keyed flywheel as per full size. This is a beautiful piece of model engineering and would be a great addition to a high quality engine collection. It runs very sweetly and is very powerful for its small size.

As shown in the video it can be powered using Lung pressure

(provided that the lubricant is not steam oil)

Please watch the Video below

 

 

 

SOUTHWORTH ENGINES LARGE DOUBLE ACTING

STEAM BOILER FEED PUMP

Originally supplied factory built by Peter Southworth at Southworth Engines

SOLD

This pump has been designed for full size steam boats and similar applications.

This Large Southworth Boiler Feed Pump has a Cast Iron Steam Cylinder (ideal for superheated steam) and a Gunmetal Water Cylinder. The pump has a mechanical lubricator fitted, plus a displacement lubricator just in case the main oil feed fails (which is very unlikely - but it looks good).

Also the pump has an exhaust valve fitted to allow for smoother running & prevent high speed runaway if the water supply runs out.

This is a beautiful steam boiler feed pump.

 

Video of the first steam test.

Stuart Models "James Coombes" Steam Engine

 

 

Stuart Models James Coombes Steam Engine

This engine, from my collection has been recently rebuilt & painted.

Here is a YouTube Video on my channel of the Engine Running PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO

Dimensions:

Height: 14 1/2 inches

Flywheel Diameter 7 inches

Cylinder Bore 1 inch

Stroke 2 inches

The engine is mounted on a wooden display base.

Stuart Models Double 10V Steam Engine, Boiler, Hand Pump & Condenser with Mainsteam Reversing Gearbox

Stuart Models Double 10V

Marine Steam Plant

This Steam Plant is suitable for powering a Large Model Steam Launch up to 6 feet in length. Please have a look in the MainSteam website gallery to see how my steam plants look when fitted into steam launches. The Plant has a well made gas fired (ceramic burner) vertical copper boiler which is approximately 4 inches in diameter and is a centre flue cross water tube type, with a superheater coil around the gas burner for very hot steam - providing plenty of steam to run the Double 10V steam engine.

The Plant is fitted with: A Stuart Models Double 10V twin cylinder steam engine (3/4 inch bore cylinders) with R/C (Radio Control Ready) steam regulator, R/C steam whistle, "MainSteam" condenser/oil trap, Boiler Feed Hand Pump and has a "MainSteam" R/C reversing gearbox with commercial splined propshaft fittings.

 

 

Stuart Turner 504

Steam Boiler Plant

This is a "One Off" from my personal collection. (assembled by Keith Appleton)

Fitted with MainSteam "LARGE" Condenser/Oil Trap & matching Water Tank.

This superb Plant features a Hand Pump with a 1/2 inch diameter ram for quick refilling of the boiler. The Hand Pump has a detachable Brass Handle.

The plant also has a Twin Steam Turret that I made for it, complete with 5/16" x 32TPI unions (for 3/16" pipe)

The Condenser exhaust inlet has a 3/8" x 32 TPI union nut for 1/4" pipe. The Exhaust from the chimney is routed up the Chimney.

Everything is securely mounted on a Mahogany Display Plinth.

Watch a video of this Superb Boiler Plant in Steam.

 

 

Vintage Stuart S50

Mill Engine

(Built from a Factory Machined Kit)

This is the earlier type of Stuart S50 - with a Gunmetal Cylinder.

Complete with a Stuart Dynamo & working street lamp - also from Stuart Models. The engine runs very smoothly & is fitted with a genuine Stuart Displacement Lubricator. The engine main bearings are fitted with nice "glass" type Brass oilers with a needle valve. The Engine & Dynamo are mounted on a varnished Mahogany Display Plinth.

Altogether a very nice looking Steam Engine generating plant that runs as well as it looks.

 

Model Steam Boiler

Hydraulic Test Rig

This neat & compact test rig allows hydraulic testing of model steam boilers. The pressure gauge is 0 to 400psi. Recently built with a NEW hand pump fitted. All unions are 1/4" x 40tpi. All pipe joints are Silver Soldered.

 

Stuart Turner 504 Model Steam Boiler - Late Model

Dimensions:

Boiler Diameter: 3 1/2 inches

Overall Length including Burner: 14 inches

Height to top of chimney: 14 inches

Width: 4 3/4 inches

This is another Stuart 504 "Babcock" type steam boiler from my collection. This 504 boiler appears to be a later model - when I bought it, the boiler had never been steamed & I have only steamed it a couple of times. The safety valve is slightly different in design & locates in the threaded boiler bush with an "O" ring to seal it.

 

Vintage Stuart Turner 504

Model Steam Boiler

Dimensions:

Boiler Diameter: 3 1/2 inches

Overall Length including Burner: 14 inches

Height to top of chimney: 14 3/4 inches

Width: 4 3/4 inches

This is a Stuart 504 "Babcock" type steam boiler from my collection. It steams very well and I have used it several times to provide steam for my model steam engines. I have recently polished the boiler barrel & given the casing a coat of black paint.

 

6 inch "Southworth" Live Steam Boiler Feed Pump - USED

Made from "Southworth Engines" Gunmetal Castings & Steel. The pump runs very well and in common with all the range of "Southworth Engines" pumps, it moves a good volume of water for its size. Engineering standard is OK and the pump should give years of use. 1/4" x 40tpi unions throughout for 5/32" pipe.

 

 

See this engine in Steam on YouTube

This is a Large "Southworh" Steam Boiler Feed pump. Built to a very high standard by Don English of "Jubilee Fittings".

It runs beautifully - really well - please watch the video. The pump is shown unpainted as can be seen in the photograph.

The model features an inbuilt mechanical lubricator too. Altogether a truly wonderful model live steam pump. Even though it is listed here as a "Model", this pump would easily feed a boiler on a full size steam launch.

 

See this engine in Steam on YouTube

This is a good example of a "Southworth Engines" Large Duplex (Twin Cylinder) Steam Pump.

Model Steam Engine Boiler Plant

Copper/gunmetal silver soldered construction. This boiler is of the wet firebox water tube type, having several water tubes curving up from the base of the firebox to the main upper part of the boiler.

Large Duplex Steam Boiler Feed Pump

This is an item from my collection. Made by a well known model engineer, this is an excellent example of a "Southworth Engines" Large Duplex (Twin Cylinder) Steam Pump. The pump is double acting & will move a good volume of water and is therefore suitable for feeding a large boiler.

 

Nicely made example of a Vintage Stuart Turner Number One Steam Engine.

The engineering standard is quite good, and it is a very old collectable engine.

This is a large & powerful impressive steam engine capable of useful work.

This example runs extremely well on steam or compressed air, owing to the fact that I have recently rebuild it.

New Graham Industries TVR1A - Twin Cylinder Slide Valve Live Steam Engine with "Hackworth" Reversing Gear.

Stuart Turner Double 10 Steam Engine.

In good condition, well made & runs well too - very powerful engine for its size.

Coal Fired Model Steam Plant

The plant consists of a "GLR" copper, silver soldered, wet firebox type, coal fired live steam boiler. It is very efficient & easy to use. The boiler has a Southern Federation hydraulic boiler test certificate, issued in 2007. The plant has a MainSteam condenser/oil trap & a MainSteam boiler feed hand pump.

Gas Fired "Scotch Return Tube" Boiler - well made from copper & silver soldered throughout with a current test certificate. The boiler plant features a MainSteam manual hand pump and a "Southworth" Weir type steam powered boiler feed pump, complete with ceramic burner, displacement lubricator & regulator.
Live Steam Boiler Plant with Current Boiler Test Certificate - Gas Fired - with "Bix" Ceramic Gas Burner, "MainSteam" Displacement Lubricator, MainSteam Boiler Feed Pump and MainSteam Condenser/Oil Trap.
Vintage Steam Pond Launch - Currently without steam plant, over 4 feet long. Suitable for a Stuart Turner 10V or Double 10V steam plant. The boat is mainly of wooden construction.

Vintage Stuart Turner Number 10 "BB" High Speed Steam Engine

Gas or coal fired boiler plant with water reservoir, a MainSteam exhaust condenser/oil trap & MainSteam hand pump
Live steam working model of a rotative boiler water feed pump - new build by a very talented precision engineer

 

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