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  1. Alex, Yes, 'clamping' is a bit of a black art in my opinion. There are some real gurus on this website ...just Search 'clamps' etc and you will see some amazing solutions. Some are quite complex but most are simple and effective. I guess experience and figuring things out before hand are two main 'clamping' skills. Richard
  2. Alex, Looking good and a fine commentary as well. Yes, this hobby can be addictive, as can delving in to the multitude of builds and shared info on MSW 🙂 Richard
  3. Ron, I had a Google for the model you mention but no luck...it sounds exquisite though. I did find this YT video on how museums actually built models of the day down to very fine detail ... https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/stories/science-and-technology/corliss-engine/ That would be a very pleasant job, working in the museum caring for those models. Richard Edit: I wonder if this might be the model you refer to Ron?... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXOJ1UEfikI
  4. Hi Roger, I hope that you get to run it, at least on compressed air. I'll post a short report when I do - a compressor is on order. Just done a quick read-up on the Corliss engine ...very impressive, and 30% more efficient than any other competitor, which is a huge advantage. Here is a model version which looks superb .... https://www.1stdibs.co.uk/furniture/more-furniture-collectibles/collectibles-curiosities/models-miniatures/complex-working-corliss-steam-engine-model/id-f_6868103/ No info though on the builder that I can see. Richard
  5. Popeye, Thanks. It was a fun build. These little engines and their full sized cousins produce a lot of power ...some say a can of spinach is added to their boiler tanks at the start of each day 😉 This gentleman runs a professional steam powered workshop using no equipment made later than 1925* .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WXHNBMLZZM He deserves a medal for doing this. Interestingly, steam still provides most of the power we use today. Richard *He does admit to using some modern measuring equipment but tries to keep it out of sight.
  6. Clive, She looks ready to get to work. Well done. What a good lloking model. Richard
  7. Hi all, I think I've now got most of the workforce back in the shipyard, after them disappearing off to enjoy the Summer. So just a short post to get the ball rolling, again. I had previously done some initial work on the masts eg turning diameters etc in my little lathe. So I will continue with the two masts. Below - I glued the Bolsters to the 'trees'. Then I sat and stared at the Mast Drawing plan (Sheet 5) for quite a while, and realised that there is a lot going on with these two similar masts. So proper parts organisation seems a good idea, as did much more staring at Sheet 5. Below - the two Topmasts had the 4mm square (Edit: My mistake, should be 3mm square, darn...so sanding down to 3mm) section milled on the end. This turned out fine - the starting size was a 6mm diameter, so I tentatively took a 1mm deep cut, gently holding the protruding section in the Proxxon vice. I thought it might start to flex as I got to the 4th side but by going slowly all was fine. I have a dividing head, but instead used a set square resting on the bed and the freshly cut side to ensure 90 deg rotation - that worked OK. As I mentioned, there is a lot of detail on Sheet 5 that I need to reassimilate. It wasn't a good idea to leave Flirt for months...I should have tried to do a little each week. Ah well, live and learn. Richard
  8. Just started watching his Yellow Lambo Miura build.... that's my afternoon gone! But it's great to have another YT channel with top notch content to watch....who needs TV these days? Thanks Kurt for the link. Richard
  9. I would be interesting to know what specialist delivery companies do different. Do they control the shipping environment completely from A to B? Here is only one stage in the delivery of 'normal' packages ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF_w7uSnOj0 From what I've seen and know, marking normal packages with Fragile and/or This Way Up makes no difference whatsoever, unless the item is mounted on a pallet and moved by forklift so improving it's survival chances somewhat. If a valuable three masted ship with lots of rigging, say, was being shipped around the world then what is the optimum solution?... - Design the hull (the part with most mass) so that it can be rigidly fixed to a base plate, and leave the masts/rigging mounted and in free space. - Remove parts from the ship that might work loose in transit and put them is a separate box rather than them becoming missiles. - Securely mount the base plate in an extremely tough box that always maintains a gap of at least 150mm from any part of the ship. - Do not use peanut type packing, or any for that matter, that can contact any parts of the ship. - One of the flaws with the above is that the masts, if suddenly accelerated back and forth (and upside down), may not be able to take shock loading. - Do 'insured' packages have a big 'Insurance' label on them that the handlers see so know that their employers will not be happy if those particular goods get damaged? Just thinking aloud. Richard
  10. Ron, Yes, I've watched a lot of his videos especially his one on the Stuart Engine ... 'MAKE A STUART STEAM ENGINE pt 1 of 9 tubalcain' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WZykfoKIsA&list=PL6HIFled82YUVmxw4RysNJron441QhyFO He's very helpful. Another one is BlondieHacks...she's quirky but likeable and is good at explaining things. And, as you say, there are a load of videos on sorting out mini lathes. I've lost track of how many I've watched 😉 I got my lathe from ArcEuroTrade (AET) in the UK - these lathes all seem to come from one or two companies in China that make the raw castings, then Seig and others buy those castings, machine them up to their desired specs and add USP features. I believe AET actually spend time in the Sieg factory explaining what they want and the desired quality level that must be met. There's 3 or 4 distributers in the UK of the lathes; they're all pretty good. I wouldn't buy direct from China or eBay since it is a bit of a pig in a poke purchase. At least with a local distributer you have someone you can phone up and discuss things with. Also these distributers stock all the lathe add-ons/tools that one could ever wish ...I'm suspecting it's a bit like the old Gillette safety razor...the handle was sold at a loss and the profit made on the blades! Richard
  11. Thanks Mark. All the pics were taken with my Moto G phone, which tends to be nearby most of the time, so they're not the best and some parts are slightly out of focus (...there's probably a setting/optimum distance to reduce that). But the phone's 'convenience factor' is high...especially when I'm in the workshop and I just need a quick pic for reference, and then later attach the phone by USB cable to the computer to save the pic. I have better cameras but they are bagged away...laziness rules. As I mentioned earlier, the engine was a pleasure to build and made a good summer better. After surfing many YT and blogger websites picking up tips, I can see that there are a lot of hobbyists (amateur engineers/scientists) who follow more than one interest which can only help improve their overall competence. Yes, it's a great way to spend one's time, learn new things and 'meet' interesting helpful people. Richard
  12. Hi all, So here is my final post (for the moment*) on this build of the Stuart 10V completely assembled and with a minimalist paint job. I know most industrial and model versions of the engine generally have a predominately Green paint finish with touches of Red, but I really like the way it looks at the moment - leaving most of the metalwork bare let's one see how the parts were machined. The kit came with a Black anodised Cylinder surround and I used that as my colour cue - I added Satin Black to the Flywheel spokes and inner rim, and also to the backdrop for the letter 'S'. Well, that's it ...a short Build Log and thanks to all for popping in and the Comments and Likes. Richard * The Reversing Gear will be added to the Build over the next 12 months, but now back to HMS Alert....oops, HMS Flirt, it's been a long time.
  13. 'More tape?' Bruce, there was more tape used than you could shake a stick at 😉 ....and it was actual Duck tape....no expense spared! I think that having proven the engine moves properly, when connected to my hand drill, I should consider doing a thorough investigation in to compressors and air tanks. I will be adding the Reversing Gear kit to it sometime in the next 12 months so the engine will deserve a decent power source to prove it's functionality., even if it's not an actual boiler...yet. Richard
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