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Vamoose II--A Cruiser for Model Builders (5411)

by H. B. Pickering

Complete design and instructions from which a smart forty-five-inch gasoline engined cruiser can be built.

The instructions and drawings which follow are entirely complete and no doubt many of these little boats will be built. In building this model the main thought was to keep to the drawings closely and at the same time produce a job which would be strong and substantial, following the same construction methods that would be used on the real boat. The result is a hull of great strength, with a total weight of slightly under five pounds, which permits a 5 to 7 pound allowance for motor, gas tank and equipment. The power used was a single cylinder gasoline motor of 11/8 inch bore by 13/16 inch stroke, air cooled, equipped with a regular carbureter, spark-plug and ignition coil.

16 pages, 4 plate(s)

Submarine in a Bottle, A (5475)

by Bill North

Sure to stump your friends as to how it was done, this intriguing novelty makes a neverending conversation piece for your mantel.

You needn't be an accomplished modelmaker or a salty old fo’c’sle hand to put a submarine into a bottle. A sub shortcuts much of the labor associated with ship-model building; it’s noticeably short on leech lines, clew cringles, buntline fairleads and other gewgaws that delight the traditional windjammer buff. Nevertheless, it produces a handsome result—in as little as a weekend. Our sub-in-a-bottle is hull-deep in other practical advantages: It is impervious to dust, weather, overzealous admirers and almost any accident short of a fall on a hard floor. And like any ship-in-a-bottle, it poses that question so puzzling to the beholder and satisfying to the builder: “How on earth did you get it into the bottle?” Unlike the more typical bottle boat which is made from the waterline up, this model has a full hull. To give a submerged effect, it stands above the ocean floor on two clear-plastic legs; a green-tinted bottle adds to the illusion.

8 pages, 2 plate(s)

Build this Model Walking-Beam engine (5481)

by Rudy Kouhoupt

Actual working model requires no castings, features semi-rotary, glandless valve.

As a prime mover, the steam engine came into existence over two centuries ago. From its humble beginnings, James Watt improved upon the operation of the steam engine until he raised it to the position of a great industrial and economic force. One of his innovations, the parallel link motion, functions in this captivating miniature just as Watt specified in his patent of 1784. Briefly, this is how it works: Steam, regulated by the valve, drives the piston up and down in the cylinder in a vertical, straight line. The piston rod, likewise, travels in a straight line but is connected to one end of the beam. This is where the parallel link motion comes in. It is interposed between the piston rod and the beam. There it converts the linear motion of the piston rod into the radial motion necessary for the beam to oscillate, or walk, about its midpoint. At the opposite end of the beam, the connecting rod drops to the crank to impart a rotary motion to the crankshaft. An eccentric mounted on the crankshaft controls the valve so that steam is admitted to and exhausted from the cylinder in the proper sequence of events. The cylinder is double action

11 pages, 1 plate(s)

How to Get "Finish" on Ship Models (5562)

Reprinted from Ships and Ship Models, February-March 1937

by "Jason".

Finishing, painting, decorating.

8 pages

Ship Model Mast Making (5563)

Reprinted from Ships and Ship Models, April 1937

by C.N. Millward

11 pages

Ship Model Building in Cardboard (5564)

Reprinted from Ships and Ship Models, May-July 1937

by Ian MacDougall

20 pages

Ship Modeler's Scrapbook, The (5567)

Reprinted from Ships and Ship Models, 1935-1937

Tips and Hints for Modelers.

32 pages

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