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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


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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!
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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.

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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 :)

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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

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

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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2019, 01:32:29 PM »
Dont really know what section to create a build log however looks like its been 6 months and Im a little bit closer.  Had issues with access to a lathe however now have bought one for home so no excuses.   Anyway I am building a steam plant (so much for a simply base board for my little S50  :facepalm: and here is where I am up to...   OK still a long way to go.  I have nearly completed the platform and will paint the aluminium frame (dark grey)  and plan to spray the upper boiler floor plate in smoke grey "anodise" paint.     The rear has a 5" LCD raspberrypi -more on that later .    Room for a dynamo, lights, water tank and in 2020 a stuart V10 with feed pump
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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2019, 01:56:28 PM »
RJ, I have moved it here since there is more to your build than just the boiler. Nice looking work so far though, looking forward to more updates.

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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2019, 01:57:55 PM »
Hi RJ,

and I moved it back to introductions ::)

Looking forward to seeing a more details (separate) thread about your exploits later.  ;)

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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2019, 10:39:28 AM »
Welcome Rob  :cheers:
Another Victorian (I won't hold that against you, :))
I,m wondering how you are finding the Stuart build, it looks like it is coming along fine, I would love to see a build thread.
Cheers.
Gary
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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2019, 01:24:27 PM »
Which section do build threads belong for steam plants

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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2019, 01:39:55 PM »
If it is more than the engine build then engine ancillaries covers all the stuff the engines power: http://www.modelenginemaker.com/index.php/board,6.0.html

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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2019, 01:51:44 AM »
Nice pictures and welcome to the forum.   :)  :ThumbsUp:
Thanks for the visit !
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Re: Hello from Victoria Australia
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2019, 11:57:42 AM »
Thanks for the welcome...  Well after 7 months about time I go off on a build log

http://www.modelenginemaker.com/index.php/topic,9190.0.html