Welcome to the Web Pages of the
Canterbury Society of Model Engineers
The Canterbury Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Inc (CSMEE) is for all people in the Canterbury region who are interested in the design, construction and operation of models and machines. We are based at Halswell Domain. Come and see for yourself, we would love to see you. Why not become a member or supporter of CSMEE? Click here to check out our Facebook Page. Take advantage of our new Family Membership.
The Club Contact for making a booking for a group to visit our facilities is Cameron Bishop Ph 022 0799 811 or John Howie Ph 328-7459. See details under "About CSMEE / Meetings and Activities" for more details.
What's Coming Up?
General Meeting: Tuesday 4 March 2014. Clubrooms, Halswell Domain. 7.30pm
CSMEE welcomes sponsors. We appreciate their help.
One good way is to sponsor a trolley.
Thanks got to Curves who have recently renewed their Trolley sponsorship.
Club members (who are all volunteers) endeavor to run model trains at our site in the Halswell Domain on Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 4pm throughout the year - subject to weather.
Follow the signs at the main entrance to the domain - off Halswell Road
Special Boat Sailing days are held the 2nd Sunday of each month. Traction engines and other models will be operated from time to time.
Whilst every effort will be made to ensure that trains and other services run as advertised, CSMEE reserves the right to cancel any service without notice and no liability for any loss will be accepted by CSMEE.
Meetings will be held at 7.30pm at our Clubrooms at Halswell Domain
First Tuesday of the month - General Meeting often with a guest speaker
Second Tuesday of the month - Boat meeting
Third Tuesday of the month - Chat night
FEATURE MODELBeauty is in the eye of the beholder and who could resist the beautiful lines of a Victorian Steam Launch. Dave Pringle has created Time Lass, a fine example of the type.
FEATURE MODEL - Dave Pringle's Launch Time Lass
Dave Pringle has recently completed a lovely 1900's era steam launch. It is not a model of any particular craft but rather typical of a type that was popular on the lakes, rivers and canals in the early 1900’s.
Dave’s model is 4ft 2in long and took 2 ½ years to build (including a break attributed to the earthquake). It was the winner of the Harrison Cup for best boat at the 2013 CSMEE Awards.
The hull was made using plank on frame techniques using oregon and hempwood. Then all the frames were removed and the outside of the hull fibre glassed. Decks and gunwales are made of mahogany and hempwood. Marine epoxy glue was used in most areas.
The model is notable for the finish achieved and the fine level of interior detail from the woodwork to the miniature tool box and kettle for boiling the water for tea. The seat base is 3 ply with mahogany trim and the seat tops are oak.
The propulsion system comprises a Stuart Turner Double 10 engine driving a variable pitch propeller. Steam comes from a 4in Colonial boiler made in Australia certified to NZ and Australian codes. The boiler is fired by an 80/20 mix of butane and propane. The design of the variable pitch propeller came from an article published in Model Boats.