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Old 08-29-2011, 09:04 PM
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Default W.T. Preston Build Log entry #2

Here are the next 12 photos of the build.

Photo #1 Planking the forward work deck with Alaska cedar
#2 Building the paddle wheel deck
#3 Completed planking and decking on hull. Preston sat on a wood barge that was later exchanged for a steel barge hull
#4 Building soldering jig for paddle wheel. Paddle wheel is 6.5 inches in diameter with 48 paddle blades
#5 Aft splash bulkhead, made from light ply and strips of Alaska cedar. Pitman and valving arms run through slots on each side of bulkhead. These prevented excess water from entering the boat
#6 Paddle wheel crank shaft. Made from brass hex rod turned on ends to accept 1/4" sealed bearings that will sit in bearing blocks. Cranks were scrounged from broken Traxxas 2.5cc nitro engines off RC dirt buggies. They are connecting rods that just happened to be the right throw of 2.25"
#7 The heart of the Preston was the steam donkey on the bow. Here I've started building the donkey. In front is the A frame which is part of the crane. the donkey will operate just like the real thing
#8 Bending and steaming the main cabin overhead joices to put the proper camber on the roof
#9 I used a little steam cleaning machine to steam the roof joices into shape. It worked great
#10 Main equipment and cabin deck walls cut and glued together. Cedar was used to build frames. All windows and doors were individually framed with small strips of Alaska cedar
#11 General view of roughed in main, cabin and pilothouse decks. A frame and boom showing position they will have when completed
#12 Cutting styrene for pilot house and captain's office

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Old 08-30-2011, 05:35 AM
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