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
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.
~~~ MC ~~~
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:
Fisherman’s Wharf, ca. 1936. Clicking on image will open a 13 MB, 8134 pixel-wide image with super detail.
Ernie W. just shared this fantastic image, scanned from a recently acquired negative. The negative came from Moulin Studios of San Francisco. Ernie had it scanned at high resolution, and the detail is wondrous.
Ernie thought the image might be from 1938… but looking closely at upper portion, one can just make out the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, and a cable– but no bridge deck. This means the image is likely to be from early to mid 1936.
Click on the image to open it full size– 13MB, 8134 pixels wide.
Scampo, a 1915 Monterey boat
The Benicia Historical Museum, which owns Scampo, a 1915 Monterey that worked the Delta, is making a decision as soon as tomorrow night (Weds 1/25/17) on accepting one of several bids on Scampo’s Hicks engine.
I don’t have the details, but I expect the winner will need to pull the engine with his own resources. This may require cutting up the boat, which the museum wants gone anyway. The boat is beyond repair, and has become a nuisance.
This is a marvelous and very complete engine and driveline, an early Hicks built at the original San Francisco factory (not a later Yuba Mfg version). I hope it all goes to a deserving soul!
See more pictures of Scampo here in the Real Boats Gallery: https://montereyclippers.wordpress.com/monterey-data/gallery-real-boats/scampo-benicia-ca/
Left high and dry, the boat has dried out and come apart. Other areas look even worse.
The very original and complete Hicks.
The nameplate (and other details) reveal this to be an early SF-built engine– not a Yuba.
Double-ender crossing the bar at Noyo. c. 1940’s?
Here’s a shot of another wall photo at Union Lumber in Fort Bragg, also via Mark M. The double-ender is an evolutionary step beyond the original Monterey Clipper form, but I’m sure a 1930’s Italian fisherman would be right at home aboard her.
Note the registration number, which makes the shot pre-60’s… and Mark notes a lack of aerials, so it’s likely pre-50’s. So we’ll say 1940’s.
Also note the small poles on the outriggers, which serve the same function as the more usual coil springs on the taglines: They cushion a hard hit, and act as visible tell-tales.
Thanks again, Mark!
Detail- What a ride!
Mosaic made from Mark M’s video (below).
Mark M. forwarded the video pan (below) of a wall photo-mural found in Fort Bragg, at the Union Lumber Company store. A number of Monterey boats can be seen in the scene. Thanks Mark, and Happy New Year!
The Union Lumber Company store, Fort Bragg