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Re: Introduction and steel cans

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  • Pete
    Hi Wade, Thanks for you message and introduction. Much success with your endeavors. Pete ... 8 months now. I have never posted before, but thought I would
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 12 2:43 AM
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      Hi Wade,

      Thanks for you message and introduction. Much success with your endeavors.

      Pete


      --- In pop-pop-steamboats@yahoogroups.com, "wade_francis71" <kellyandwade@...> wrote:
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      > Hi all, My name is Wade and I've been a member of this group for about 8 months now. I have never posted before, but thought I would after Zoomcat asked the question about steel can pop pops.
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      > I live in Perth, Western Australia. I bought few pop pops last year. When I was a lot younger, I remember guys selling them at our big fair, the Royal Show. I searched for and found some on ebay and purchased them. I would have about 10 all up. I have a few of the Indian ones, the pursuit one from ebay seller in Taiwan (?), the Titanic and a few vintage ones from Japan from the 60's still in their original packaging. I was in Bali (Indonesia) at the beginning of May and picked up 2 of the Indonesian pop pops. My sister in law went to Bali last year and bought one back for me. When I tried it, a seam leaked. It slowly filled with water and just as the engine started popping, down she went. I am yet to try out the ones I bought.
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      > As well as the pop pops, I collect wind up tin toys. I had this idea to make my own tin toy with a wind up motor taken from a cheap Chinese toy. So, I started collecting cans. I worked with a lot of Filipinas and they would buy this juice imported from home in a steel can. I grabbed a few there. All of the soft drink (soda/pop) cans in Australia are made of aluminium. We would also use this spray paint. Every empty can I would take home. They are made of steel. I'm currently working as a stringer for a grader and can use up to 3 of these cans a day. I'm stockpiling them at a great rate, much to my wife's annoyance. The domed bottom is 6.3cm (2.5") in diameter and approximately 1.5cm (5/8") deep. I'm thinking the dome could be cut out, tubes attached and thin brass sheeting soldered in place to make the diaphragm. I'll try and attach a photo of the can with magnet attached.
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      > Eventually I would like to make my own pop pop boat. I have saved all of the info people have offered up on making pop pops and watched videos on youtube. I have an 8 month old son so time is limited. I changed a pooey nappy while typing this out!
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      > I like getting all the updates/questions and reading about what people are doing. I really liked all the different pop pop ideas in that internet competition/group a few months back. Daryl Canada makes some truly amazing pop pops.
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      > I'm hoping to take some photos of my collection sometime which I will post on the forum.
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