The 3 amigos, currently our active model boatmen, decided to call themselves the 'Steam Bandits'.
They can often be found on a sunny Sunday morning steaming their models on the lake and will be very happy to talk to you.
The model steam boat section is a recent revival bringing model boating back to the Exhibition Park lake after a number of years.
Currently a small group of members are sailing steam powered boats with others having boat projects underway.
Steam engines for these boats are available commercially ready to run, in fully machined kit form, as casting sets or they can be scratch built. The first thing to remember is that engines do not have to be large to push a boat ½” to 5/8” for a twin cylinder engine seems to be about ideal much bigger and the boats get bigger. Boilers too are commercially available.
Canton Borderer MB22
Unlike the steam locomotives running on the club track, raising steam is achieved using LPG (low pressure gas) rather than coal. Larger boats use gas direct from camping gas cans with smaller boats using commercial gas tanks.
The boats can be purchased as kits, fibreglass hulls and of course built using plans or to one’s own design.
One of the model boaters, Don is currently building a 1/12th scale steam launch making use of a fibreglass hull of uncertain origin.
Decks and cabin are made with Mahogany and as you can see Don has gone to town on the cabin detail.
Please click on this link to see a YouTube video of Don's boat on it's succesful maiden voyage Don
The links below will take you to some more steam bandit videos.