'The Brainman'!            

( Nicked from his home page http://www.geocities.com/brainman900/eng/eng.html
- Thanks Brianman )


See Brianman's latest project - www.geocities.com/Baja/Cliffs/9121/projectsY.html~

Here are some pics of a small steam powered paddle boat under construction and now finished  too!                          ( click on photos to enlarge )
I started this project several years ago and until I acquired the engine (in kit form) it just sat on a shelf collecting dust. The engine is powered by a small copper vertical boiler fuelled with "Sterno". The piston is only 5/16" in diameter.


A close up of the drive set up shows a reduction shaft with roller bearings. The engine is quite small & I figured this might be necessary to power the paddle wheel

Here is a view of the engine side. You can see that it is a vertical copper  boiler. I made this engine from a kit and it is powered with sterno. It runs for about 15 minutes.
This is a view of the starboard side. As you can see there is still more work to be done. Kind of looks like a "tug boat" eh?
The Finished Model...

Well here they are........ and to my surprise....... well I'm sure you'll get a laugh too!!


This is a view of the finished boat as viewed from the port side. I added a copper splash guard to keep water from the burner.

From this view you can see the drive set-up with the delrin paddle wheel bearings. I thought a brass hand rail would add a nice touch.

From the stern...well a picture's worth a thousand words......  almost...........!

Well in all my efforts to make a realistic looking model steam powered 'tug' boat with a working paddle wheel (which looks quite neat when it runs), I neglected to see if it would even float. I just had to laugh . I had just built my first steam powered submarine! Still looks pretty neat though.