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Vehicles & Models / Re: Chris's Marion 91 Steam Shovel
« Last post by crueby on Today at 04:18:32 AM »
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Vehicles & Models / Re: Chris's Marion 91 Steam Shovel
« Last post by cnr6400 on Today at 04:05:27 AM »
 :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: oh, and here's some for you Chris... :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Before you swipe borrow the elve's boots for footprints / stuck boot detail, better sweep up the chips on the shop floor, or there could be an elf strike.

(especially since that RC sub surfaced in the birdbath while they were waterskiing last week and scared the c^@p out of them....)  :Lol:  :cheers:

Maybe the base holes could be said to be for the elves' beer empties (in addition to dynamite holes). I see you cleared out the stack under the ash chute..... :naughty:
Your Own Design / Re: Vertical hit and miss engine
« Last post by Ian S C on Today at 03:58:26 AM »
The op is a grat help, when dad got his done, he wa able to go without glasses for everything except reading, first time without glasses since he was a teenager(17 I think). He thought the cataracts were the result of his war time work on Radar, who knows1
Ian S C
From Plans / Re: Easton and Andersom beam engine at Bressingham.
« Last post by steam guy willy on Today at 02:43:08 AM »
More work on the steam chest attaching it to a block to hold it in the milling vice.....then cutting out the slots to receive the blocks to bolt the  simpling  adjusting valve assy to...
Oddball / Re: Not a model engine!
« Last post by crueby on Today at 12:27:22 AM »
I needed knobs like that for my car roof racks, the originals were cracking from being in the sun so many years. Found ones online, plastic knobs with steel threaded inserts. Much easier than making them. The woodworking catalogs have them for making fixtures and clamping rigs.
Your Own Design / Re: S. Charlesworth slide valve mill engine
« Last post by crueby on Today at 12:23:15 AM »
Great job on the flywheel hub and that con rod bearing, looking terrific!
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Vehicles & Models / Re: Chris's Marion 91 Steam Shovel
« Last post by crueby on Today at 12:13:29 AM »
Not much done on the steering engine this weekend, all I got cut was one pair of notches, for the center of the bearing caps on the crankshaft - the center of the shaft is recessed down and the caps have projections to match, which help lock it all in place.

One thing that has come together is the work on the display/transport base, which has been going in the background up in the wood shop the last couple weeks. It is a 2' x 5' piece of 1/2" thick birch plywood with a poplar wood rim notched to fit it. The base is tapered in the back half to make it a little smaller behind the tracks, and the top was coated (roughly) in Bondo to smooth over the joints and to make it look more like a quarry floor. I want to get some small scale boots, make some footprints and maybe have one stuck in the mud off to one side...

On the underside of the plywood are some reinforcing chunks of plywood with blind T-nuts that take the screws that hold the handles and track holders in place. Those all unscrew easily and can be removed for display, but make it possible for two people to lift this beast and carry it. I also have a large-wheeled hand truck (like for moving boxes and appliances) for trundling it out the house. Next up will be to add some velcro straps to the blocks around the tracks to keep it from shifting in the car, also a strap to keep the bucket from swinging.

Closer view of the block locking in the rear tracks, straps will go over the tracks to keep them from bouncing up.

All those blocks, around the tracks and the ones for the handles, bolt through to the t-nuts underneath so they are quite strong. When removed, all that shows are small holes, that are, um, drill holes for dynamite, yeah!
Closeup of the surface - I found some rattle-can spray paint from Rustoleum that comes in several shades, and it comes out in multiple colors and with grit to give a faux-stone look. That saved a lot of time with airbrushing and dry-stippling on paint, looks pretty good. All those dark bits are from the paint - it comes in different shades, from light sandy to darker grey and black. It does not go as far as a normal can of spray paint, since it is a thicker mix with a larger bore nozzle, and it takes several hours to cure up, but it does a nice job for this purpose.

So, will start attaching straps to the top blocks, and continue work on the steering engine. This base needs to be done for its trip out to the quarry in a couple weeks for its big photo shoot. With the handles at each end, it is now possible to pick up the model and move it safely, with two people. The handles will be, um, 'handy' for lashing it to the tie-down rings in the back of the car so the whole thing doesnt slide around.

As Kvom said, getting close!!

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Your Own Design / Re: S. Charlesworth slide valve mill engine
« Last post by Johnmcc69 on Today at 12:12:35 AM »
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 I like that flywheel. Nice work!

Your Own Design / Re: Vertical hit and miss engine
« Last post by crueby on July 15, 2019, 11:50:22 PM »
Glad it went well Brian!  Going by what family members went through, your experience is typical. It takes a few weeks after the second eye is done for things to settle down so they can fit you for glasses, if they are needed. Just take it easy, put in all the bazillion different eyedrops they tell you to, and try not to get bored! Its a whole lot easier getting it done now than what it used to be like years ago.
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Your Own Design / Re: Vertical hit and miss engine
« Last post by Ye-Ole Steam Dude on July 15, 2019, 11:48:02 PM »
Hello Brian,

So glad to hear you are doing A-OK. Just cool it and let things heal and in no time you will be back in the shop. Take care,

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