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Steam Launch ‘RIVER SPRITE’

This exhibition quality model of a Victorian steam launch is 4ft long and is at the pinnacle of Mr.R Roebuck of Guildford’s modelling ability.

Fitted with a horizontal boiler, which is gas fired by Butane, steam is provided to a twin oscillating cylinder engine providing power to the single propeller. A dual channel radio control system provides control for the rudder and regulator on the steam plant. Water feed is provided by a hand pump directly from the river/pond or water source that the model is on via a submersible pick up hose fitted along side the pump with a lead weight on the end to hold it into the water.  Cylinder lubrication by a displacement lubricator and there is a condenser fitted for oil collection from the exhaust.

I believe that the hull is a fibreglass molding which has been beautifully clad with planking to both the outside and inside of the hull to simulate a wooden hull. This work and the other woodwork on the upper parts, it done to an exceptional standard. A lot of detail like the passenger,captain, wood burning stove and the additions to the cabin interior all add to the quality of this model. I do hope the pictures do the model justice but would suggest that personal viewing would be advised to be able to  assess the quality of this model. Displayed on the stand are some of the  awards this model has received at exhibitions and these are back up by certificates that are with the model.                                                                                                                                                                                £1200.00IMG_1230IMG_1231IMG_1213 IMG_1214 IMG_1215 IMG_1217 IMG_1218IMG_1271IMG_1272IMG_1221 IMG_1223 IMG_1224 IMG_1225 IMG_1226 IMG_1227 IMG_1228 IMG_1229IMG_1232 IMG_1233 IMG_1234 IMG_1235 IMG_1236 IMG_1237 IMG_1238 IMG_1239