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« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2013, 11:56:28 AM »
Tell me more  :naughty:  What are you thinking about making for your Cowells ;D.

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« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2013, 12:38:00 PM »
Welcome Alan.

A Corliss engine is a great idea!  There are plans available on this forum for a very nice engine that a couple of members have going in various stages.  I have taken a slightly different direction to suit my own equipment and personal preferences.  With your equipment and experience with locomotives, you will very likely bring your own slant on this subject.  I have only one bit of advice to offer.  Go as big as you can.  My own engine has a 7" flywheel due to limitations of material and equipment and that sets the scale for the whole project.  When it got down to the very small parts, I found that I had to deal with fasteners of #0-80 size which is territory I would rather not enter.  If I had it to do over again, I would have worked harder as a young man and retired with more resources so that I would have a 14" lathe.

I look forward to your contributions to the forum.

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« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2013, 05:04:02 PM »
Welcome Alan!

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« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2013, 05:17:58 PM »
Hello again Alan, to save you from a bit of searching, here is a link that features what is being called the MEM Corliss engine drawings and is a very nice model that our administrators devised and drew up for the members. It is/has been the subject of a couple of threads here that outlines to a certain degree of detail the machining of it. Best of luck and be sure to take pictures and post up your build as we all would really enjoy seeing another one come to life.

http://www.modelenginemaker.com/index.php/topic,1285.0.html


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« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2013, 09:24:42 PM »
I don't know anyone with 14 tool holders :noidea:, I have 18  but my excuse is I also have two Cowells lathes  :naughty:

I have one of the expensive Cowells tail stock holders and to be honest I prefer my own which slide on a 3/8" arbor fitted into the tailstock rather than the original Cowells which fit over the tailstock barrel. The problem being you need a little bit more length to get over the saddle width.

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« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2013, 08:49:00 PM »
Hi Alan
I went to the Guildford show as well and thought it was great, what part of kent do you live in? i'm  near maidstone and have just finished Elmers #17 pumping engine with plans from the Tom Tom site.
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2013, 01:45:12 PM »
Hi Geoff, I hail from Hythe near Folkestone. I am just starting to build a Corliss engine but an enforced break, extra baby-sitting duties as my grand-daughter has chicken-pox, Be back soon

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« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2013, 06:49:04 PM »
Hi  Jo, a photo of my Cowells lathe as requested: a couple of questions, is the MEM Corliss engine design from a prototype of freelance? I am looking for material for the fly-wheel, any ideas. Just found a nice lump for the cylinder. I am acting on your suggestion as far as the die holder for the Cowells is concerned.
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« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2013, 07:01:09 PM »
hi Alan,

I have added a smaller photo of your lathe to your post for our members .

The MEM Corliss was designed by Maryak, it is loosly based on the engine we use as a logo. If you go to Vince's ( http://www.modelenginemaker.com/index.php/topic,1526.0.html ) or Arnold's (  http://www.modelenginemaker.com/index.php/topic,1333.0.html ) threads where they are building the engine they have ideas that may help you.

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« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2013, 05:46:38 PM »
Hi everyone, I'm back, due to some glitch I was deleted from the site, it wasn't painful!
Since I've been off I have found a lump of steel for my cylinder and a large lump of cast iron for my fly-wheel.
I would like to embed a photo of my Cowells lathe in my next post, can anyone tell me how I can do this?.
Alan

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« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2013, 05:48:43 PM »
Hi Alan

Have you discussed the deletion with the mods or Admins?.....I'd like to know why you were "deleted"....

Welcome back!

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« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2013, 06:05:48 PM »
The account has not been deleted. Only Alan's original introduction thread and posts which for some reason shows he deleted it himself.

Alan: would you like me to reinstate them?

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« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2013, 07:25:51 PM »
Hi Jo, yes please, I would like to be reinstated, however, please don't reinstate my last post with the attachment as that's what caused my problem.
I do apologise, I must have had a senior moment!.
Would also be good if you could help me on the other item I mentioned.
Thank you
Alan

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« Reply #28 on: August 31, 2013, 07:39:13 PM »
There you go.. and I have merged the new thread  ;)

Welcome back  :cartwheel:

If you want to embed a photo it has to be hosted somewhere else and you add [ img ] ...web address [ /img ]     removing the gaps infront and behind the "img" and adding a real web address in between, again no gaps.

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« Reply #29 on: August 31, 2013, 07:46:48 PM »
Thank you Jo