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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2013, 05:01:45 AM »
Cool Stan

You should have done an excavation in the vacant block. Never know what you might find  :naughty:

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2013, 11:27:57 AM »
Cool Stan

You should have done an excavation in the vacant block. Never know what you might find  :naughty:

Steve


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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2013, 11:39:42 AM »
Hi Stan,

Sad photo another iconic factory turned to dust.

The road could do with a facelift as well. Or is that all the old castings edging their way to daylight.

Have a safe trip, a great weekend, (don't get Dave too drunk); and remember Photos please.

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2013, 11:41:28 AM »
YUP

Bridgeport CT is the former home of Bridgeport  and still the home of Moore Tool......neither is in a good neighborhood.

Those days are looooong gone

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2013, 09:07:46 PM »
Road Trip - 3

I setup my engines early. Next, to the museum.
Amazing. Not large but the collection is excellent.






It's in this factory building















For some reason, I was magnetically attracted to this.




Nice serial number




And a few details.














Some of the other machines





The original factory was water-wheel powered and, apparently, *it wasn't a union shop or they had a toilet paper shortage.




The museum is having a reception for exhibitors tonight along with a "behind the scenes" tour. Apparently they have much more machinery in storage and in various stages of restoration that we're going to see.

Show tomorrow. Post to follow.
Best,
Stan

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2013, 09:21:02 PM »
Great so far Stan. Same time, same channel, I'm watching. Told Dave to bring you a metal detector to use on the trip back thru Bridgeport. I bet a magnet would stick to that piece of dirt. Y'all have fun.

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2013, 10:50:01 PM »
Stan,
Good going.
You are to make the Starrett tour on your way home, and Steamer will put you up I'm sure.

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #22 on: October 12, 2013, 12:20:34 AM »
Wow! Stan it's just like being there, awesome photos. Love it so far and will be waiting for more this weekend.

Don

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2013, 12:27:36 AM »
I am jealous... I have to work this w/e otherwise it would be a trip to Vermont! I am just a few hours away...

Tom in MA, who will spend his w/e in RI... :(
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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2013, 12:28:59 AM »
Sorry to hear Tom....I think I'll bring some scraping stuff too.....

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2013, 12:43:14 AM »
Loving the photos Stan, fantastic thread

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2013, 03:08:35 AM »
Road Trip - 4

The museum had a very nice reception for exhibitors: Vermont chesses, wine and local craft beers. In addition, we got the tour of the "attic"

The first stop was the library where they have nearly every issue of "American Machinist" which began publishing shortly after the American Civil War.

Then, perhaps one of the most fascinating collections of rare machinery and tools I've ever seen. They have about 100 machines on display and rotate others in and out. The total collection numbers over 4,000 pieces including very early examples of devices with interchangeable parts: typewriters, sewing machines and machinery. Lots of machinery. When it was built not just for function, but also for beauty.




The watt-hour meter from Thomas Edison's lab.




A Norden bombsight from WW2




An indexing engraver to produce machinist's scales.




I didn't get a shot of the logarithmic indexing engraver used by Keuffel and Esser to manufacture slide rules. They also have a horizontal rotary indexing engraver used in the manufacture of surveyor's transits.

Of particular interest is the collection of miniature tools by  
 John Aschauer. This steam plant was started when he was an apprentice at age 14 and completed 4 years later. Everything runs.







And one for Brian




They have a 155 pound bench micrometer made by Brown and Sharpe in 1878 to measure their gauge blocks. It's accurate to 1/100,000"

Much of this and more is on the website. Worth a look.

http://www.americanprecision.org/



Best,
Stan

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2013, 08:37:42 AM »
A great museum there Stan, and what a beautifully worded sign. I wonder if they had 'closet inspectors'?

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2013, 11:55:29 AM »
Stan I've got some personal things that have come up that I need to address at home, so unfortunately I won't be able to attend today.

Sorry man.  Next time.

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Re: American Precision Museum Model Engineering Show
« Reply #29 on: October 12, 2013, 12:31:22 PM »
Dave
Home stuff always comes first. Sorry we couldn't get together.
Cabin Fever?
Best,
Stan