Re: Horizontal Gurgle engine
- Hi Pete,
It might be simpler to build models with conventional diaphragm type
pop-pop engines. The largest commercially available engine is reported
to be the one used in Rattandeep Enterprise's 15-inch long "Titanic,"
which is available in kit form. The engine and a burner or candle
holder could be hidden under a hollow tin thing designed to resemble
the boiler, firebox and smokestack.
The current home page image was based on dimensions provided by the
Popular Mechanics PDF file with instructions for building a small
model of the Clermont. You might scale the dimensions up for a wooden
model that would probably look more like the real boat than a copper
or brass model would. Another advantage of wood is that it doesn't
sink the way that little tin boats do.
Check with Richard Jenkins for information about the tubing he used to
build "Popflea" if you decide to build a radio controllable engine
with four boilers.
best wishes, Frank