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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. CSMEE provides train rides to the public on Sunday afternoons. See details below.
What's Coming Up?
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
Sunday's from 1pm to 4pm. Train rides $2.
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.
There are now two ways in. Use the car park off William Brittan Drive or 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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT CLOSED SHOES MUST BE WORN WHEN RIDING ON THE TRAINS
Andrew Sullivan has recently completed his scale model of a typical Windermere steam boat. She is built to a 1/6th scale resulting in a model that is 53 inches in length and 13 inch beam. The quality of the workmanship and attention to detail are of the highest order and won Andrew three awards for 2015; Moody Cup (Best Model Overall), Curry Cup (Best Workmanship) and Harrison Cup (Best Model Boat).
There is a lot of work in a model like this and she took Andrew approximately one year to build (Andrew says there was quite a bit of time before that “getting organised”). The model has a planked deck of mahogany and a mix of mahogany and kauri, all this ex Geoff's model and hobby shop in Wanganui
She is steam powdered with a 4 inch horizontal centre flue boiler, with ceramic burner fitted burning 70/30 butane/propane gas mix. This lasts about 20 minutes on a single charge, but longer on canisters. The boiler has a working pressure of 80 psi ( 6 bar) and a test pressure 160 psi. The boiler is fitted with a condenser / oil trap for exhaust steam.
The engine is a twin cylinder with 19 mm bore and 19 mm stroke and is fitted with reversing valve linkages. Water level is maintained by an engine driven water pump with hand pump available if required.
The engine drives a 68mm dia 5 bladed propeller.
Andrew looks forward to many hours pleasurable sailing of the new craft, just like the original that graced the waters of Lake Windermere in the Lakes District of England. Andrew does acknowledge the assistance from Keith Robson in doing the plumbing and advice from fellow boaties.
For details of previous Feature Models, look under Gallery Section