DE50 - HMAS Swan
Australian built Destroyer Escort - Vietnam War era.
Model is 1:48 scale 2,400 mm long. Hull is fibreglass laid up using an original plug mould from Williamstown Naval Dockyard, Melbourne. The author worked at the dockyard for several very interesting years - some might say, too interesting.
Wallup Generator Set
12cc Sidevalve engine driving DC dynamo into switchboard. Electric start. Inspired by the Ronaldson & Tippet Gensets that were made in Ballarat, Australia and used on outback farms and cattle stations for 32 volt lighting.
Early photo of a 25cc OHC four cylinder petrol engine as built in 1979. It was a very difficult motor to get to run, so sat in a box until found in 2010 and rebuilt.
Engine Names. The motors are all named after Australian Aboriginal place names:
-Murra Wurra V12 - A place with no water - the authors childhood home was on wheat farm located in Murra Wurra.
- Wallup - located north of Murra Wurra on Warracknabeal Road.
- Wimmera - the name given by the Jardwadjali people to the river of that name.
V8 OHV inspired by the classic American V8 motor that was also manufactured in Australia by GMH Holden.