The Monterey Clipper fishing boats have long had a cult following among boat modelers on the West coast. My hope for this site is to introduce the boats to a wider audience, and to help modelers find the details which are so important in constructing their creations.
The boats make appealing subjects, especially for the R/C modeler. As with tugboats, one can make a large model of a small boat, allowing for all sorts of character and charm. The Continue reading
Here’s a rare opportunity! RC Groups member BLA1 has an original 1:6 scale Hicks model from the hands of Leon Embry (Nostalgia Engineering) for sale… along with an Embry 1:6 Monterey hull and a passel of fittings from Ken Valk’s “Wet Goose” operation. All are out of production.
Leon’s engine (seen in the header above, as well) is what inspired me to build a 1:8 scale version, as seen in the posts below. But in 1:6, you get a BIG engine to put in a bigger hull.
To see the full listing, go to RC Groups:
To contact BLA1, you’ll need to register, and send him a PM (private message) by clicking on his name in the ad.
Note: BLA1 knows what he has, and none of it came cheaply! I’ll leave the negotiations to you…
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Ships in Scale, Summer 2017 issue
My article on researching and building the Hicks engine model (Part 1) is in the current issue of “Ships in Scale” magazine… even made the cover, woo-hoo!
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Commercial image of Fisherman’s Wharf. Click to open large format copy (6652 pixels wide)
Many vintage post cards showing the wharf are available. This is an example of a commercial image sold as a regular photographic print, in this case a bit larger than 3×5 inch. It has no date or creator marks on the back side, only the legend “Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco California”. It could easily date to the 1920’s. Clearly visible are the early boat registration numbers, such as “B.289”. This system later changed to a format like “28K398”, which in turn was replaced with the current numbering system, around 1960.
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Here it is, mounted on it’s display stand with sound system installed. A few more details to attend to before I can go off on my next project…
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1:8 scale model Hicks engine nearing completion
All the parts are painted and assembled, and all the mechanisms work. Many more pictures in my build thread at RC Groups.
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All the parts of the model Hicks engine
Getting near to the end of the model Hicks project. All the major parts are in hand to build the 1:8 scale model, just some fitting and painting to complete.
Below, I’ve made cylinders suitable for earlier Hicks, with the short exhaust outlet; and the later Yuba-Hicks with the long exhaust stub, as seen on the Hyde Street Pier engine. The long water-cooled outlet supports a cast muffler assembly.
As usual, the detailed build can be followed in my postings at RC Groups.
Long and short exhaust outlets.
Port side view of 1:8 scale Hicks engine, showing Manzel oiler and magneto in place.
I’ve reached an important milestone in building the model Hicks engine: This is the first time I’ve had the valve gear, including the crossed-helical gear drive off the main shaft, all assembled and operating. It’s a wonderful Rube Goldbergy contraption, and it’s a relief to see it all functioning smoothly.
Starboard view, with camshaft and valve gear visible.
Close-up of the camshaft and followers.
Follow the build in detail at RC Groups.
Here’s a short video of the valve gear being exercised by hand: