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Offline rjconway

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Hello from Victoria Australia
« on: December 31, 2018, 05:53:11 AM »
Hi,
I have found machining again after 40 years.  As I studied as a Instrument Maker (1980) this profession soon died and that too meant leaving machining for the world of electronics and software.  So Ive come full circle and have done many software/electronic projects for maker spaces for the last 10 years.    I have now access to a lathe and mill so what better items to make than a steam plant.  I've worked in Oil & Gas, Power generation on the automation side so I plan to build a model steam plant with a couple of engines, boiler and a good level of automation.

I have committed the build on the first engine Stuart S50 and will start a build log.  I really wanted to build my own boiler as I have now received the Australian Boiler standards.  It looks however likely I will have to buy a local boiler that is certified to australian standards  which I can run in public places.  Seems  difficult to find a boiler inspector close by...

Rob


Offline Kim

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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2018, 06:08:55 AM »
Hi Rob,
Welcome to the forum!  Looks like you've made a good start on you're S50 there.  Hope you start a build log on it!
Kim

Offline MJM460

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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018, 07:08:57 AM »
Hi Rob, welcome from another Victorian.  This is a great place to hang around with like minded folk from around the world to complement your machining hobby. 

I know what you mean about finding an inspector.  As I understand it, insurance considerations effectively means you need to be a club member.  Posts by other members suggest it is a worldwide issue.  I have bought a commercial boiler for that reason, though not yet tested whether it would be acceptable.  I build boilers for my own use (with experienced help for the inspection and soldering).

Simple answer is to run on air when necessary.

Looking forward to that build log.

MJM460
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Offline rjconway

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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018, 08:45:57 AM »
I have been talking to a local Victorian  manufacturer of model boilers who provides certification and insurances.  At around AUD$600 for a 3" boiler c/w gas burner it probably not too far off the costs of building it myself.

oh..  Thanks for the welcome :)

Offline deltatango

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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 12:48:38 PM »
Hi Rob,
Welcome to the MEM forum from another Melbourne member.

Regards, David

Offline b.lindsey

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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2018, 01:33:03 PM »
Hi and welcome to the forum Rob. Glad you found us and decided to join!


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Offline Dave Otto

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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2019, 04:35:41 PM »
Welcome to MEM Rob!

Dave