Sunday, June 07, 2009

Going green

Green boiler
Originally uploaded by Phil_Parker
Preparing some model boats for today's sailing, I discovered that the boiler of the fantail launch had gone green !

All the brasswork was covered in a slightly oily verdant substance. Looking at the areas around the air holes I can only assume that this is a residue of the solid fuel camping tablets I use to power the model. Why they should cause this is a mystery - the model has been stored in the dry out of season.

A quick rub with some Brasso wadding had things gleaming again. The a bit of water in the boiler and a touch of heat had the engine turning over like a good 'un. Mind you, if the rain doesn't stop, the boat stays in the box. The open hull will collect more water on top than underneath !

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