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Wilesco D70 steam boat
« on: June 23, 2021, 09:29:41 pm »
Does anyone here have one & what do you think of it ? I'm intrigued by it.🤔

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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2021, 03:45:11 am »
From a pure collector perspective it naturally is interesting, being their only complete launch offered, which also often is reflected in the pricetags.
Personally i find it too simple with itīs D3 boiler/D15 engine, and from a launch perspective on par with a well built Midwest Heritage kit.
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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2021, 07:04:22 am »
From a pure collector perspective it naturally is interesting, being their only complete launch offered, which also often is reflected in the pricetags.
Personally i find it too simple with itīs D3 boiler/D15 engine, and from a launch perspective on par with a well built Midwest Heritage kit.
I much agree Jan , the D3 boiler with its minuscule capacity & its impossible to view  water level sight glass bubbles.
I do fancy making an "African Queen " type steam vessel though.
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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2021, 11:47:48 am »
It seems like if you found a D70 for a great price and upgrade the boiler would be an option.

I found this built model of African Queen on ebay, I believe it is plastic hull with wood decking and non functional steam engine. Plastic models are often converted to RC but I suppose some extra care would be needed to protect from the heat of steam power, a wooden boat is better suited to take some heat.
  The model in the ad is built, the kit can be had for less $
  Just throwing out ideas 8)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/264949837369?_trkparms=ispr%3D1&amdata=enc%3AAQAGAAAAkM8QNXBvFUaJT3tZrf3mjkPXGEZ3cNIV0TzTCEcZ6o8mKkYcCFbm%2BjHV9HIqZa8PJFdHVcQ5%2FoqVpQO2nLa2uPkrlWKZCOiOdPmB3Vv3zUfoYNcPvGNmDAX2aNVssVYl8QUnUqfxpI2b75QAdIU02x79O3si3DbU14rZ%2FWj0yQXQNwIpLXl1ssAIvCmfpzP0AA%3D%3D&chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=264949837369&targetid=1262407448300&device=m&mktype=pla&googleloc=9017440&poi=&campaignid=12873932325&mkgroupid=116682574250&rlsatarget=pla-1262407448300&abcId=9300536&merchantid=113689133&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIt5mu7NWw8QIVqf_ICh2NgAwdEAQYBSABEgI9bfD_BwE


Update: the ebay ad "claims" hand built wood hull, however I have found kits that say ABS hull with wood decking so I do not know if the ebay ad is correct?

Here is a photo if the ebay ad goes away

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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2021, 12:42:16 pm »
Thanks Ben ,I have already had this on my radar & have contacted the seller yesterday & inquired if it was indeed "seaworthy " or just a model , he replied back to me but never answered my question. If it is seaworthy that would put me ahead of the game & all I would need to do is rig it with the proper equipment.
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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2021, 12:54:07 pm »
Maybe I need to build a Jensen powered boat....hummm what could we call her ...?
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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2021, 03:23:31 pm »
Maybe I need to build a Jensen powered boat....hummm what could we call her ...?

-Pennsylvania Queen?

-Jeannette River Queen?

-Saint Paul Steamer?

just my very first thoughts...

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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2021, 04:17:36 pm »
Maybe I need to build a Jensen powered boat....hummm what could we call her ...?

-Pennsylvania Queen?

-Jeannette River Queen?

-Saint Paul Steamer?

just my very first thoughts...
Good ideas Ben.  Here I go...

Jen-Psaki (😚)

Jenny 1

The "Tom Jensen Sr."

Jen-Yan (one for Bill W)

Jenny 0' (probably be a Turkey)

Jen-liner

Anyone else...?




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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2021, 11:17:02 pm »
It seems like all the name-callers have gone to bed, I have noticed the forum is less active now the summer weather is here(not surprising)

 Of all the ones listed (so far) I like Jenny 1 or some variation, I like how southern gals sometimes have 2 names like Jenny-May or Jenny-Sue, seems like a term of endearment like one might call a favorite wife/girlfriend 8)
   Perhaps some good ones will yet show up?
   Have you decided on a Hull yet?

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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2021, 11:32:37 pm »
I made a steam powered skiff but I admit I'm not exactly satisfied with the Heritage powered contraption. I'm looking for a reasonable set up for playing with in a lake with my son. The nearby lake is perfect for it as the beach is very shallow area and the water is crystal clear.

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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2022, 11:33:29 pm »
I have one that is similar, subtle differences.

The one I have is numbered 0745 they produced 1000 of them.

If you want one better to look for the collectable version they produced.


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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2022, 09:08:53 am »
Steam boats, steam locos,steam cars... Is there no end to this steam collecting hobby LOL!
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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2022, 11:20:55 pm »
Only when we end up shovelling for the big tender in the sky.

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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2022, 07:05:21 am »
I suggest that it should be named the "Dorita".

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Re: Wilesco D70 steam boat
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2022, 02:33:13 pm »
Money Pit.
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