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Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello everyone
« Last post by Jo on Today at 04:43:28 PM »
:hi: Matt,

Have you thought about what sort of model you would like to make first?

Jo
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Hints, Tips & Tricks / Re: How does this clutch work?
« Last post by Brian Rupnow on Today at 04:38:41 PM »
Here are a couple of borderline awful pictures of drilling the appropriate holes in the stack of comma plates, and the final shape marked out on the drilled stack. Now it's cutter, file,  and grinder time.

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Boilers / Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Last post by gary.a.ayres on Today at 04:33:14 PM »
With a suitable O ring or a twist of PTFE tape your gauge glass nuts need only be finger tightened or a very little over, to tight will damage the O ring any little weep will probably self seal when the boiler is in steam, this is the method I used on my gauge glass when I was running my traction engines. 


Mike

That is very useful information.  Overtightenng the nuts was definitely one of my errors last night.

 Thanks Mike.

gary
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Boilers / Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Last post by gary.a.ayres on Today at 04:31:46 PM »
Well they say education is expensive no matter how you get it  :facepalm: 
Whiskey

Very well put, Whiskey, and so true  :Lol:

Thank you Sir.

I have in fact watched Keith Appleton on installing a water gauge, but somehow I didn't take on board just how carefully the alignment needs to be checked. Or maybe it was something else that I didn't get right, like the adjustment of the various screws...

In any case - lesson learned!

It's getting there overall, but the devil is in the detail...  :mischief:
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Boilers / Re: 3 inch boiler build
« Last post by michaelr on Today at 04:26:25 PM »
With a suitable O ring or a twist of PTFE tape your gauge glass nuts need only be finger tightened or a very little over, to tight will damage the O ring any little weep will probably self seal when the boiler is in steam, this is the method I used on my gauge glass when I was running my traction engines. 


Mike
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Hi Dave,
 Stunning piece of work. Art in motion!

Likes been said what’s next? What ever you decide I’ll be along for the ride

Cheers Kerrin
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Introduce Yourself / Hello everyone
« Last post by oltrucks39 on Today at 04:12:32 PM »
I have been on this excellent forum for awhile and have failed to introduce myself. My name is Matt Hanson and I live in Galesburg IL. I recently have aquired some machine tools and am pursuing the model engineering hobby as I have wanted to for many years. I am a journeyman industrial electrician for the John Deere harvester works in East Moline IL. Including two degrees in industrial technology I collectively have 36 years in manufacturing of various types.
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Chatterbox / Re: So now what ???
« Last post by Bluechip on Today at 04:04:47 PM »
The house spiders we get down south are GIANT house spiders just ask my ex  :ROFL:


Jo

P.S. They grow up to 120mm across  :naughty:

Hi Jo

Oh yes .. you're right ..  as ever ....  ;D  I've never heard of them   :thinking:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_house_spider#Distribution_and_habitat

Never seen one myself. I wonder what the UK distribution is ?  The map seems to suggest all of it.  Hmmmm.

Biggest I've ever seen are the Raft Spiders in the Fens  ( ONCE ! )  and those Cardinal wotsits .

Interesting ...

They seem to be fairly harmless, can't see why your ex is/was so aggrieved by them :headscratch:  Unless one got in bed with eight cold feet. That would be a bit of an annoyance ..  :shrug:

Anyway, I have to report my little friend has popped off. A goner   :(  A small puff of compressed air detached him. He landed up against the wall, his legs folded up.  Maybe the solvent got at him.  :noidea:

Our meeting was brief but strangely memorable.

I shall raise a glass to his memory tonight.

Can I ask that you do the same   :wine1:

Dave

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Your Own Design / Re: By Jupiter
« Last post by Jo on Today at 03:55:23 PM »
I have just tried posting the Wilton Show on the Calendar but it does not seem to have shown up  :headscratch:

My list is: Alley Palley (Jan), Wilton (March), Guildford (July), Bristol (Aug), Midlands (Oct). It used to have the ME show but that was abandoned  :wallbang: and Doncaster is too far.

For traction engine enthusiasts the Southern Counties Model Traction Engine group is very good to drop in on, they are having their next steam up on the 13th October with a presentation on 24th November on ‘Ericsson’ and hot air stirling cycle engines which I am hoping to take my Robinson along to  8)

Jo
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Vehicles & Models / Re: Steam Tractor 3/4" (Rudy K)
« Last post by Don1966 on Today at 03:41:33 PM »
Very nice Brown work Kim!  :ThumbsUp:


 :cheers:
Don
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