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From Plans / Re: Easton and Andersom beam engine at Bressingham.
« Last post by crueby on Today at 03:14:27 AM »
Check the labels, they may have been made by NASCAR Tool Works, will only turn left...   :Lol:
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From Plans / Re: Easton and Andersom beam engine at Bressingham.
« Last post by steam guy willy on Today at 03:08:55 AM »
Certainly a Buyers Market when you consider only about 15% of all model machinists in the World are Left Handed   :naughty:...

So would this not mean that 85% of model machinist would have no use for them?   :lolb:

I do have quite a few left handed tools....scibers.  rulers. drill-bits. etc.  :ROFL:

I think they are made by the Southpaw tool works in Leftington, California  ??

Willy
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  I worked many years with mic6 tooling plate where I worked. The stuff will gaul up easy so you need to keep tools well lubed and only leave about .004 per side for reaming. I would also double drill holes drill with undersized drill leaving about .015 and then with a drill about .008 undersized for holes to be reamed. I use TRIM coolant and it seems to work well. Will not use kerosene or wd40 because of the stink.
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Chatterbox / What is it?
« Last post by Art K on Today at 01:53:29 AM »
Hi every one,
I think I could use a bit of help here. A gentleman in my local club passed away. Some of his casting sets were  sold by his son to members of the club. There was one left after all the others were gone, so I bid on it and won. Originally I just thought it was some castings obviously a steam engine but there'd been a mistake all this other stuff goes with it. So here's the whole kit.

Among the prints was this one.

I have to admit I got more than I bargained for. And to top it off other than knowing that it's a Pennsylvania Railroad 0-4-0. It was used as a switching engine. They made A1-5's although the only one labeled #4 didn't look anything like the blueprint. :facepalm2:
I just looked up Friends Models and the first one under locomotives 0-4-0 was Dinky, that's it. The prints are dated between 1949-50. What have I got myself into? Obviously lots of silver soldering, that's assuming I decide to take this on. Sorry in writing this post I answered half my questions. Any information, corrections in the print or advise is appreciated.
Art
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Tooling & Machines / Re: Ingar-RT618 Surface Grinder (Boyar Schultz clone)
« Last post by Joco on Today at 01:05:54 AM »
In between other jobs I managed to squeese some shop time to do a test piece on the newly surfaced mag-chuck.  This is just a mild steel block 40x80mm  which I have been using.   Wasn't shooting for any particular thickness in this test, more to see how consistently across the part it was grinding the thickness.

The overall  thickness ended up being 13.278mm.  The corner that is showing 13.277mm is just on the cusp of being 13.278 as depending on which way I hold my tongue I get 277 or 278.

Upshot is the old girl looks to be delivering within 1um, which for the type of work I get into is awesome.   :pinkelephant:

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From Kits/Castings / Re: Tug's Corliss Tandem Compound Project
« Last post by pgp001 on October 25, 2020, 11:15:39 PM »
Tug

Just remove the LP piston, no one would ever know  >:D

Phil


Ah so that's what youre going to do with Agnes is it - never fear your secret's safe with me ;)


Seriously Tug, I am pretty envious of how your engine is coming along, you are making a super job of it and it does look very smart in that colour scheme with no cleading.

I can only hope that when I finally get retired I will be able to make some real progress on Agnes.
Unfortunately I have another 5 months to go even if I decide to chuck the towel in early at 65, but I will have to wait until 66 to get my state pension, so its looking like 17 months.

Due  to a massive downturn in orders at work due to Covid, I actually got made redundant one Monday in August at 4pm................. the phone rang at 9am on the Tuesday morning with the MD begging me to come back and run the department as my boss had handed his notice in the same day.
Having been there for 32 years I seem to be the only one left who knows how we do things. Its probably just as well because we are on the point of accepting an order for four million pounds worth of bespoke machinery in the next couple of weeks. Guess who will be designing it.  :)

So I had a 17 hour taste of being out of work (I quite liked it actually) but I have at least been working from home since March so am getting used to no travelling.
I still get no extra workshop time though.  :ThumbsDown:

Phil
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Vehicles & Models / Re: Chris's Mann Wagon Build
« Last post by cnr6400 on October 25, 2020, 10:55:59 PM »
 :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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From Kits/Castings / Re: Tug's Corliss Tandem Compound Project
« Last post by tangler on October 25, 2020, 10:45:19 PM »
Just magnificent  :NotWorthy:

Stay well,
Rod
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From Kits/Castings / Re: Tug's Corliss Tandem Compound Project
« Last post by Ramon on October 25, 2020, 10:37:35 PM »
Tug

Just remove the LP piston, no one would ever know  >:D

Phil


Ah so that's what youre going to do with Agnes is it - never fear your secret's safe with me ;)

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Your Own Design / Re: 3rd Generation Otto Langen
« Last post by Brian Rupnow on October 25, 2020, 10:22:03 PM »
Very impressive Craig. The engines you post that utilize a rack and pinion---I've never seen nor heard of them before.---Brian
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