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Offline steamboatmodel

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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #285 on: May 17, 2019, 11:58:29 PM »
Gary the fuel bottle has to be horizontal for it to work best. You want it so it is picking up the fuel as a liquid.
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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #286 on: May 18, 2019, 08:13:32 AM »
Ah - ok. Thanks for the tip Gerald. I had the idea that it would be ok either way but I'll certainly try it on its side.

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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #287 on: May 20, 2019, 12:11:03 AM »
Gary,
Make sure you get it on the side where the tube inside the tank is down in the fuel, if you get it wrong it draws vapor and may go out.
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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #288 on: May 20, 2019, 06:15:14 PM »
Yeah, I will Gerald. I think there's a kind of stand thing that ensures it's the right way up.

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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #289 on: June 18, 2019, 11:12:53 PM »
Sorry that there has been very little development here recently. I am slowly working on a stand for the boiler (which will hopefully be quite nice when it's done) but progress is slow as I have resigned from my workplace and am busy setting up a new business venture which is taking up most of my time. Needs must. That said, I did take some time out to visit my daughter recently, and we went to see the Kempton Park Steam Engines - two massive triple expansion engines that used to pump water from the Thames into London:



I arranged the trip months ago, not realising that it coincided with Father's Day  :)

Pleased to report that she enjoyed it much more than she expected to, even if not quite as much as I did. This youtube video (not shot by me) gives a better impression of just how formidable these engines are:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhlJp1VZMB8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhlJp1VZMB8</a>

Well worth a visit if and when you are anywhere near London.

Back to the boiler soon I hope...

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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #290 on: July 21, 2019, 10:25:48 PM »
Finally got a few days of shop time, during which I built a stand for the boiler.

It looks like a tiny Greek temple:



Setup for fluting the columns:



Family shot of all of the parts:



The finished stand:



The boiler on the stand:



Progress to date (more or less):



The next job will be lagging the boiler, but not for a while as I'm going on holiday for three weeks...

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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #291 on: July 21, 2019, 11:50:01 PM »
Hello Gary,

Beautiful job :ThumbsUp:

Have a great day,
Thomas

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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #292 on: July 22, 2019, 12:14:31 AM »
Excellent proportions, the fluted columns are great!

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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #293 on: July 22, 2019, 05:39:28 AM »
Gary, that's a nice boiler, with a very fancy boiler stand!
Can't wait to see it all make steam. :)
Kim

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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #294 on: July 22, 2019, 09:42:38 AM »
Many thanks, Gentlemen!

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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #295 on: July 22, 2019, 12:58:11 PM »
Looks great Gary :-)

Bet it will be an eyecatcher once it is fired up  :pinkelephant:

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Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Reply #296 on: July 22, 2019, 02:12:12 PM »
Thanks Peter.

On to the insulation next...

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