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David Auld live steam launch
« on: May 12, 2019, 09:12:34 am »
after a nice vacation to the Great Smokie mountains area, Ang & I were fortunate to happen upon a peddle car show (her idea...she found it) , the venders also had many vintage tin toy cars & trucks & just a few steam type items. here is one of the 2 items that I was fortunate enough to land.
I would like to know what the red tube handle thingy is though....any help in this application please.









https://youtu.be/u64LKeOUDTQ

Charlie helped me with the ID
here we have vintage steam powered launch, designed & manufactured by David A. Auld of Greymouth, N.Z.
This model Steam Launch was produced by David Auld in 1988/1989 according to Bruce Macdonald the author of the book "Spring, Spark & Steam, An illustrated guide to Australasian toy & model trains". (thanks Charlie M.)
it is in unfired near mint condition, she is 33" long & the beam is
5. 1/2" across, 4. 1/2" tall at the boiler & 7. 1/4" tall at the smoke stack, she weighs 5.4 lbs. it has a very nicely laid fiberglass hull & she cuts a handsome shape. I can tell she's unfired from the Lilly white insulation around the firebox, the new looking & unfired burner & the safety valve, the prior owner also told me it was unfired (I always prove this to myself though) she has very few blemish's ....a few scratches on the cabin roof , a couple of tiny smudges on the hull , but probably the most "sound" unfired vessels of this type that I will ever have the pleasure of owning again. she has a red apparatus  that I am not sure of the use, but firmly believe it belongs with this vessel.
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Re: David Auld live steam launch
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2019, 09:45:19 am »
She's a beauty! Congrats!
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Re: David Auld live steam launch
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 09:46:43 am »
Bruce, that is a wonderful find...such perfect lines and like you, I admire the nice fiberglass hull.  Kind of nice that Ang found the place that had it for sale...that is practically an invitation to buy!!!

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Re: David Auld live steam launch
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2019, 10:01:23 am »
What a find Bruce!!!!

Many of our Kiwi/Aussie Friends that worship David Auld will be very jealous.

I found one example that sold in 2011 on my Worthpoint Subscription Database.  It was sold out of Mexico for $299.00 on eBay (a steal IMHO).  They claimed in the write-up that there were only 30 made. 

Here is a thread on the Mamod Forum from February 2017:

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/modelsteam/gold-coast-auction-and-david-auld-steam-launch-t93937.html

At that auction in 2017, a David Auld Steam Launch sold for $1300 AU which is $1033.06 USD today.

Scalex (Andrew) also has one of these and he has steamed his.  You might reach out to him.  I posted a link to your video on your YouTube page in the link above noting that now there is a 7th known one.




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Re: David Auld live steam launch
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2019, 10:07:45 am »
Bruce, does your in-line oiler have a bottom drain valve?

Does the red receptacle fit under that oiler in any convenient way?

Perhaps it is for draining the oiler of condensed steam and residual oil without messing up the interior of that most beautiful steam Launch?

Perhaps also, you'd better name that beauty Ang !?!?

Super score there Bruce ... she's a thing of beauty for certain and for sure ... more than a little envious here!!!
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Re: David Auld live steam launch
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2019, 10:44:34 am »
That's a really good looking boat - would love to see it under power but can understand you wanting to keep it unfired.
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Re: David Auld live steam launch
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2019, 11:37:35 am »
Bruce a very nice purchase, she is a thing of beauty.
Keep on steaming

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Re: David Auld live steam launch
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2019, 01:47:09 pm »
Bruce, does your in-line oiler have a bottom drain valve?

Does the red receptacle fit under that oiler in any convenient way?


No...I just checked Daniel , but I did notice in the link Charlie provided that the fellow seamed to like it sticking out of his smokestack ( I have no idea why you would do that ? ) , I also noticed several plunger syringes .I also received 3 with this model (not pictured) .
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Re: David Auld live steam launch
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2019, 01:50:37 pm »
What a find Bruce!!!!

Many of our Kiwi/Aussie Friends that worship David Auld will be very jealous.

I found one example that sold in 2011 on my Worthpoint Subscription Database.  It was sold out of Mexico for $299.00 on eBay (a steal IMHO).  They claimed in the write-up that there were only 30 made. 

Here is a thread on the Mamod Forum from February 2017:

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/modelsteam/gold-coast-auction-and-david-auld-steam-launch-t93937.html

At that auction in 2017, a David Auld Steam Launch sold for $1300 AU which is $1033.06 USD today.

Scalex (Andrew) also has one of these and he has steamed his.  You might reach out to him.  I posted a link to your video on your YouTube page in the link above noting that now there is a 7th known one.
You are a wealth of information Charlie, I believe I have something even more special than I thought ,mine is in much better condition than the one in the link,  to bad I'm not a boat person...lol (yet)
Bruce
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Re: David Auld live steam launch
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2019, 02:14:31 pm »
This rarity appears to be in an amazing condition, congrats and well done Bruce !

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Re: David Auld live steam launch
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2019, 07:27:17 pm »
Bruce what an incredible find to stumble over in the Great Smokie Mountains!
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« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2019, 08:04:55 pm »
Bruce what an incredible find to stumble over in the Great Smokie Mountains!
here she was at the peddle car show...
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Re: David Auld live steam launch
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2019, 08:09:43 pm »
You two were meant to collide Bruce.

What a find!
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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2019, 04:34:21 pm »
You two were meant to collide Bruce.

What a find!

I second the motion!