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Offline crueby

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Re: Developing a Small Steam Plant
« Reply #135 on: February 26, 2020, 09:24:11 PM »
So that's how you do it...!
Helps to have Galifreyan elves...

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« Reply #136 on: February 26, 2020, 09:34:12 PM »
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Workshop in a time machine - explains a lot of progress...  :Lol:

Wonder if it's also bigger inside that outside  :noidea:

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« Reply #137 on: February 27, 2020, 07:00:55 AM »
Mine is the opposite - huge presence in the back yard, but inside no room to move.

It's a Reverse-dimensional Tardis Workstation (RDTW).

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« Reply #138 on: February 27, 2020, 11:43:23 AM »
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It's a Reverse-dimensional Tardis Workstation (RDTW).

 :lolb:   :lolb:   - that I really can relate to - I work in such an environment professionally.

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« Reply #139 on: March 09, 2020, 10:02:49 PM »
Commiserations, Admiral. However, it's better than being lost in the trans-dimensional flux. Or being incarcerated by the Judoon on a prison asteroid until the 2021 season airs....

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Re: Developing a Small Steam Plant
« Reply #140 on: March 09, 2020, 10:18:41 PM »
Forgive this shameless digression.

Just when I was about to put the final finishing touches on to the steam plant, this fell into my lap (though not literally, I'm glad to say):



So I had to get a big lump of oak to mount it on. And a ladder to slide it up to get it on to the stand.

Then something had to be done about about that relentless blue:



And if you have an anvil you need one of these:



Once it's all done I'll finish the plant and then move on to my next engine...

State of my shop at the moment though. For shame...


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Re: Developing a Small Steam Plant
« Reply #141 on: March 09, 2020, 10:44:41 PM »
An anvil fell into your yard (or lap, whatever). I'd check for Wile E Coyote on your roof. And stop reading the Acme catalog, maybe they sent you a complementary anvil to lob at roadrunners!   :Lol:   The anvil I use is about the size of the rectangular bit at the base of the horn on yours!

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« Reply #142 on: March 09, 2020, 11:00:53 PM »
 :)

Yeah, this thing is big - two hundred and sixty-something pounds.

I have no blacksmithing skills that I am aware of but I'm looking forward to having a go...

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« Reply #143 on: April 07, 2020, 09:58:33 AM »
Well, despite having been pulled away from this project by one thing and another(!), I am now calling the plant complete. All I have to do is put the finishing touches to the alcohol burner.

Meanwhile, however, here's the celebratory video:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmSF6UXGunI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmSF6UXGunI</a>

Hope you are all safe and keeping well in these challenging times.

gary

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Re: Developing a Small Steam Plant
« Reply #144 on: April 07, 2020, 01:01:43 PM »
Well done Gary, and beautifully presented.  That’s one to be really proud of.

I have enjoyed following your progress along the way.  It has been a big learning curve for you, and you succeeded at every challenge.  And your artistic ability and imagination shows through, giving the whole model a unique character.

I quite like the look of the red pipe insulation.

So now, what is the next project?

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The more I learn, the more I find that I still have to learn!

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Re: Developing a Small Steam Plant
« Reply #145 on: April 07, 2020, 05:30:53 PM »
Thank you MJM.

A learning curve it certainly has been, and it would have been much harder without the invaluable input I had from you and various other mentors on this forum.  :LittleAngel:

The next project? Well, there's the flash steam generator, although that's really a kind of ongoing side project to accompany others. But I have a notion of building an engine to run on it, which is likely I think to be a scaled-up version of Stan Bray's 'Clarence' 'clapper valve' engine, which I understand to be a simple uniflow design. That's my current plan, anyway...