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Offline crueby

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Re: Chris's Ship Steering Engine Complete
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2023, 06:48:19 PM »
Thanks if you do that with the magazine.

And what's next?
Will a new curtain rise tomorrow?

Michael
Very possible. Or not. Tune in and see!   :Lol:
Next project is about to start (after some workshop updates like the hangers for the QCTP holders and such). It is going to be a project I've wanted to do for a really long time, one of the Stuart Turner steam hammers. I remember seeing them in the ST catalog (remember catalogs?) back when I was just getting into machining, but never built one. A year or so ago I found out the ST sells the pland sheets seperately from the kits, so I picked up the one for their steam hammer. The price for the kit seemed too high, since I can make just about everything from bar stock, but the main curved column would take a lot of time/material to make, so I ordered just one of those from their replacement parts list, and I'll make the rest myself. The current owners of ST said they didn't have any in stock, and hadn't cast any of that kit since taking over, they are currently updating the pattern to work with their new process (don't know what that is, just repeating what they said) and they should have it cast around the end of the month. They have been very responsive to emails, hoping that is a good sign.

In the meantime, the shop elves have been studying the plans and plotting out how to make things. Hope I can read their handwritten notes, their writing is really small!  :Lol:

The cylinder will probably be first, I did a little doodling in Fusion to sketch out how to make it from bar stock, and given the size of bar I have on hand it will likely turn out to be a slightly larger bore than the original but the same general shape. The one change I am going to make is to make the valve be a D-type slide valve rather than the spool valve, I like the D valves a lot better, much easier to get a good seal.
Look for that thread to start in the next couple days!
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Offline derekwarner

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Re: Chris's Ship Steering Engine Complete
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2023, 08:06:44 PM »
On an ocean voyage, and fair weather....one may be suprised how little the number of rudder movements over the miles of ocean covered

Many older grumpy :old: Captains judged the Helmsan by this number of turns to maintain a set compass direction

Still lovely to see this superb model in action.....thanks Chris

Derek 
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Offline RReid

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Re: Chris's Ship Steering Engine Complete
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2023, 08:34:26 PM »
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On an ocean voyage, and fair weather....one may be suprised how little the number of rudder movements over the miles of ocean covered
Maybe, but I think a lot would depend on the particular ship. My late father used to tells us how it was nearly impossible to steer a straight course on a WWII American Navy escort carrier. He was glad they usually had to zig zag to try to confuse the submarines, but still, with the Skipper looking over his shoulder it made him so nervous he requested a transfer to the flight deck (where he nearly lost his arm, due to someone else's accident).
Regards,
Ron

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Re: Chris's Ship Steering Engine Complete
« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2023, 03:59:01 AM »
Another unusual beautiful model completed. Excellent work, Chris,  congratulations! And good entertainment for all your followers, thank you!  :cheers:
Kind regards, Horst

 

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