Traditional tin-plate toy powered by the World’s smallest steam engine.
The two tubes seen in the base of the hull are filled with water. The small frying-pan like gadget then has a piece of candle wax placed in it which is melted over a flame and a small wick (cut from the ‘string’) inserted and lit. The flame is then placed under the small metal boiler (the small grey bit) and the resultant expansion as the water in the tubes turns to steam and subsequent contraction as more water is drawn in, propels the boat. The distinctive sound of the expansion and contraction gives the toy its name.
This one was purchased at the London Model Engineer exhibition at Alexandra Palace in January. The chap that makes them uses the proceeds to restore an old water-mill in Cumbria.
Missed two visits to the toyfair (bit poorly) but managed to get to it on July 1st; possibly the warmest day I can remember. Still quite well attended by both sellers and buyers.
So a Hornby 0-6-0 Great Western pannier tank and a Ford 105E van for not much money. The loco needed a bit of TLC and a new copper ring for the top of the chimney. The Anglia van is I think supposed to be in British Relay livery but the graphics are very poor. Might have expected better from Oxford Die-casts. Also needed some fettling as the baseplate was loose.
The next visit was towards the end of August. Much cooler, thankfully and reasonably well-attended.
Which yielded a couple of bargain bin items and a quite nice (Corgi) BET single-deck bus in Oxford livery, for no money at all.
The ‘random’ bag of bits,
was once a Matchbox “Models of Yesteryear” series, Model T BP petrol tanker.
…it is again.
Lastly in October…chillier and really quite Autumnal…
Harrington Grenadier by EFE in (local firm) Timpson’s livery. Common sight on the roads to the West Country ‘back in the day’. Plus a 1950s Karrier Bantam dustcart by Matchbox in very poor condition but a ‘fun’ buy. Lastly a 1960s Dinky Toys Jaaaaag Mk X. Nice original, slightly playworn, condition and a steal at just £1. Needed tyres….not a problem. Poorly attended but was different in that a researcher for a publishing company was interested in talking to people about possible toy-related magazine ideas. It is unusual to see a lady at these, pretty much, male-oriented events.😛