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Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« on: April 21, 2016, 11:09:03 AM »
Here I am at the start of a new build.  Ever since Julius kindly made available the plans, it immediately caught my eye.  I am a person who only works on one project at a time so I had to wait until the Corliss and the Worden were finished before I could start on the Monitor.  With Chris's version already finished and Carl's and Bruce's ones still a work in progress, I hope that this fourth version will not create a lot of confusion.

For those that have followed my previous projects, it will not come as a surprise that this is going to be a slow build.  I will be using the metric plans but also comparing dimensions with the imperial plans.  In fact I have already decided that I will be reducing some of the 4mm holes in the metric plans to 3mm.  This will be also my first project where I intend to use a lot of aluminium.  Don't ask what grade I am using because I do not know and I don't want to get a blank stare from my usual supplier.

I have a habit of going into a lot of detail when doing the write-up because I like to keep it as a diary.  If I am over-doing it please say so.

I like to start a project with something simple which does not have to fit with something else.  Item 4 was a good candidate for this.  It is the outrigger top plate and two are required.  I am using 6mm thick and 50mm wide flat bar for these.  Started by getting the length to size.



Started getting the width down from 50mm to 45mm by milling both sides.



Vince

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2016, 11:29:59 AM »
Vince, this will be a nice project.
I will follow your build as usual.

  Tjark.

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2016, 11:53:14 AM »
Good to see you on a new project Vince, I am following your inspirational Corliss build as I make my own version.  Please keep the detail in your log, it helps me and I am sure a lot of other people even if we don't comment directly.
Jim
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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2016, 12:54:16 PM »
Thanks Tjark and Jim.  Hope I don't bore you to death.

Vince

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2016, 01:07:19 PM »
There can never be too many build logs or too much detail Vince. Go for it!!  I will be following along as always with your projects.

Bill

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2016, 01:40:54 PM »
 :pinkelephant: :pinkelephant:

And what Bill said.

Now there's another thread I can refer people to in hopes of distracting them from mine.  :Lol:

Hm...gives me an idea. I wonder if there's a way to steal images from you Monitor builders and put in mine.
Nah. I'm lousy at photoshop.
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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2016, 02:55:02 PM »
Glad to see this thread start, Vince.  I have been following all of the Monitor builds and have been thinking about doing one myself.  Your detailed and and methodical approach will be well worth following.  I suspect that there are many other Monitor builds in progress because of the availability of these detailed plans. 

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2016, 02:58:43 PM »
I'll be watching along on this one too.   :popcorn:

Your corliss build is one that I have been referring to during my build. Thanks!

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2016, 04:45:25 PM »
Thanks Bill, Carl, Jerry and Chris for your comments.

Chris, I will be also referring to your Monitor build for inspiration.  I will also be studying Carl's and Bruce's builds as they progress.

This evening continued on the two parts by drilling all the holes.



These should have been 4mm holes but I made them 3mm.  I think if I made them 4mm then the bolt heads would have been too close to the edge.  I still need to round off the corners and I also need to countersink one of the holes.  Cleaned up the top and bottom surfaces with sandpaper.



Looking at this photo is already giving me an idea of the size of this model.  It looks larger than I imagined.  Next time I will decide which surface is going to be the top surface and then countersink the hole.

Vince

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2016, 05:42:13 PM »
It looks larger than I imagined.

Yes. It looks like you're going by plans. Frames are 14" (355mm) long.  :o
Please do your referencing of other builds in the following order:
1) Chris...completed and well made.
2) Bruce...in progress and will be well made.
3) Carl...if you need to know how not to.

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2016, 06:50:30 PM »
Hi Vince

Good to see you starting on a new project! I will be pulling up a chair and following along with your build.

Dave

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2016, 08:36:44 PM »
Hi Vince, good to see a new engine project in your shop. I will following along.
Kind Regards
Achim

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2016, 08:41:18 PM »
It looks larger than I imagined.

Yes. It looks like you're going by plans. Frames are 14" (355mm) long.  :o
Please do your referencing of other builds in the following order:
1) Chris...completed and well made.
2) Bruce...in progress and will be well made.
3) Carl...if you need to know how not to.

 :Lol:

Hope you were not judging it from the pictures of mine, which I made at 80% of the size on the plans! 

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2016, 08:44:11 PM »
Woohoo another Monitor build to compare notes with.

It looks larger than I imagined.

Yes. It looks like you're going by plans. Frames are 14" (355mm) long.  :o
Please do your referencing of other builds in the following order:
1) Chris...completed and well made.
2) Bruce...in progress and will be well made.
3) Carl...if you need to know how not to.

 :Lol:

Mine -well made??? Not sure about that Zee. But we are all on this journey together now.

Can't wait to compare notes!

Bruce

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Re: Vince's version of the Monitor Steam Engine
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2016, 12:53:14 AM »
Good to see you on another build Vince and are we going to have as much banter as Zee's thread..... :lolb:
Just don't let him get started on food are he'll fill you thread with it........ :lolb:

Don  8)