Re: New member intro
- Hi Ed,
Thanks for your introduction to the group. You have experience and
talent that we need, and I am delighted to have you as a member of the
pop-pop-steamboats group. The lack of experience with pop-pop boats
doesn't matter, because it can be described as follows: You fill a
little tin boat's boiler and propulsion tubes with water and keep it
from running out while the boat is put into a body of water larger
than a bucket and smaller than an ocean. Then you ignite the wick of a
candle or burner and wait for something to happen. The last times I
did this were before WW2 and what usually happened was that my boats
would pop-pop around in circles until they got stuck in weeds or moss
on the far side of Duck Creek and sink when I tried to retrieve them
with a throw line tied to a three prong fishhook.
I didn't play with pop-pop boats long enough to learn that diaphragm
boilers eventually burn out, in contrast with coiled tube boilers that
might last forever if they are in boats that don't sink. Our member
Richard Jenkins has pictures of an unsinkable boat with an engine that
might last forever in the photos section a "Popflea and Firefly" album
in the photos section. Richard's boats look like real boats, instead
of recycled tin cans, and set a pattern for the development of boats
that might eventually be equipped for radio control.
There are also albums in the photos section titled "Matts Clermont"
and "The North River Project" that are related to goals for using kits
for paper boat models as sources of "inspiration. Matt Sparks is one
of our members and another designer of paper models is our official
adviser. Go to the links section to click on a link titled: "DAVID
HATHAWAY, THE PAPER SHIPWRIGHT" to see models assembled from some of
his kits. David's kits are for waterline models that might be
converted to working models by printing them on waterproof materials
and providing them with hulls that extend below the waterline. You
might notice a degree of similarity between your kits for waterline
models which have pieces cut with lasers, and David Hathaway's kits
which have pieces for his customers to cut out, using scissors and
X-Acto knives. The best feature of kits for paper boat models is that
there are so many of them. Go to <http://www.papermodels.net/> to look
for a sampling ship and boat kits in the Paper Models International
catalog if you haven't already done so.
Best wishes, old Frank
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Ed Fillion"
> Hi Group,
> I want to introduce myself to the group. I don't have any experience
> with Pop Pop boats so I had to read the stuff Frank sent to
> understand what they were. I do have a small laser cutting business
> and we do some boats in O scale for the model railroaders. At the
> moment we have a 48 foot 1887 tugboat and an 88 foot rail barge. Both
> are waterline models. In the planning are a 48 foot fishing boat, a
> lobster boat, a paddle boat, a salvage barge and a VIC 56 style
> freighter. All are planned to be waterline boats at this time.
> Another boat I've cut, and helped design, was RDA's O and HO scale
> paddle boat, Wildwood.
> My company is Deerfield River Laser and we also make O scale narrow
> gauge engine houses, freight and passenger cars and cabooses in On3
> and On30. Many of our kits come from a modeler asking if we would
> make the item. Our 2 stall enginehouse was requested by Ted B., our
> fishing cabin and new, large, 1 stall enginehouse by Jason S. and our
> newest small engine house by Jeff L. in New Zealand. So we do listen
> to the customers and let them help create (design) new kits.
> Have a look at our web site and I'll keep full hull boats in mind
> when designing new kits. Who knows where we might be able to work
> Thank you, Ed Fillion, Deerfield River Laser, West Springfield. MA