Marklin 33 cm (including rudder) clockwork battleship. Key included but the top needs to be taken off to wind it.. This is the only one of this size I've seen. In contrast I have seen 3 of its larger 37 cm sisters as shown in the third picture above. HMS Alexandra appearing in 2012.
Panther appearing in 2018 and HMS Rosario. They are distinguished from this one by there 2 side turrets and small turret in the bow, The motor in this one is the same as the motors in those boats. This one has been repainted - but is the only example I can find.
The flags are also none original. The mast appears to have been replaced. 1890 Clockwork Germany Bing works. Notice in the video that the boat rolls quite drastically.
Moreso than later Marklin boats - due to its greater height / width ratio and higher center of gravity. The superstructure is only a push -'spring' fit on the deck between two 5mm protuberances - one on the deck at either end.
Moreover the fit is not that positive as it is only due to friction and the superstructure can easily be knocked off - or the superstructure falls off if the boat is held on its side. This combined with the top heavy superstructure would account for the fact that very few of these boats still exist - and that of those that do survive - the masts are replaced. Later Marklin boats had more positive means of fixing the superstructure to the boat. One can imagine - having seen the video that the boat could quite easily sink in anything but the flattest calm due to the superstructure falling off.
I will experiment with a few waves to see if the boat's roll resonates to the point of danger and report. (it might be noted that the Bing tugboat is rare for similar reasons as I show in another video in which I show it sinking).
Motor works well and lasts a long time as can be seen in the video.. This is the only Marklin battleship of this particular size and series that I've seen. The 37cm boats are distinguished from this one by their 2 side (rotating) turrets on each side of the superstructure, 4 as opposed to 2 air-vent cowls, and an additional small turret in the bow - whilst also - they are wound through the deck wheel-house - whereas this one - with a long enough key is designed to be wound through the forward funnel. The steering wheel on the rudder post, appears different to other Marklin boats but the similarity between the one on this boat and the 37cms' and the fact that the lever on the deck meshes exactly with both it and the propeller at the other end indicates that this is original - and the lack of railings on these boats exposes this as a distinctive feature of this boat. Indeed unlike on the larger 37cm boats.
The lever on the deck next to the steering wheel on this boat serves a double purpose, both to stop and lock the propeller at its lower end and locking the rudder in direction at its top end by engaging accurately with the steering wheel as though it were a cog - in fact the rudder is loose and flaps as the boat moves through the water without the deck lever locking it in position. The paint on the steering wheel looks original. The on/off lever is tricky to use in conjunction with the steering wheel. I used my hand to stop the propeller from spinning whilst winding the motor for the video. The motor winds easily without a great deal of resistance compared with either, other Marklin motors, or those of Bing.And yet it lasts a long time on relatively few turns. The motor in this one is the same as the motors used in the larger boats - being fixed in the hull by 2 slotted screws.
(only 1 boat is for sale here) as shown in the last picture above - where also the similarities between this smaller boat and the larger 37cm version is manifestly clear. The output drive from the motor to the propeller on this boat is different to the 37cm boats being direct whereas the 37cm boats have a spring connecting the output drive shaft to the propeller shaft. This - together with the fact that the motor winding shaft is directly below the forward funnel (so it can be wound through the funnel) in this boat suggests the smaller boat was designed and produced first and being smaller and with the same motor, this boat would have a longer running time for the same number of winds. This boat has been re-painted - but contrasting with the 3 larger ones shown, - (which all appear different - so must have themselves been restored to some extent at some time [The original old fissured paint - as seen on PANTHER and Rosario can be seen beneath the paint on this boat - but the 2012 37cm boat had no such fissures])... The currently presented boat is the only example I can find of this size and from this series.
So there is no other example to compare it to. (the re-painting should make it good for another 130 years) - The flags are also none original. The mast appears to have been replaced on this boat....[as also noted on Panther - that boat also appears to have its side turret mountings altered]. Perhaps this 33cm Alexandra is a'must-have' for owners of the larger versions as they are distinctly related. More-so given that it is difficult to tell what has been restored / repainted on the larger boats. Of simpler construction than later Marklin boats - the main turrets on all these boats are fixed in position. And so as PANTHER would not have British flags, although a British name. As an after thought - I was thinking that the 2012 boat HMS Alexandra might itself be a restored version of HMS Rosario as shown (Possibly belonging to Dick Claus).
Also at this time it was not so unusual to find British made ships with German / Prussian flags as they predated any conflict between the two countries. Get Supersized Images & Free Image Hosting. Create your brand with Auctiva's. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. The item "VIDEO Marklin Clockwork gun boat battleship H.
Alexandra 1890 Bing Germany" is in sale since Saturday, January 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Toys & Games\Vintage & Classic Toys\Clockwork/Wind-Up". The seller is "greenergates" and is located in Stockport.
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