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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #210 on: January 05, 2022, 03:26:21 PM »
That's beautiful!  You have every right to be well pleased!  :cheers:

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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #211 on: January 07, 2022, 09:34:03 AM »
Definitely the last picture before I strip it down and make a new base. My green workshop coat brings out the colours in the beast!
Cheers
John



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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #212 on: January 07, 2022, 11:38:37 AM »
Another one to be proud of John.

I'm trying to remember if it was a Britannia locomotive you were working on , on another site a few years ago. If I remember, that was coming along a treat as well.
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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #213 on: January 07, 2022, 11:49:45 AM »
Another one to be proud of John.

I'm trying to remember if it was a Britannia locomotive you were working on , on another site a few years ago. If I remember, that was coming along a treat as well.

This one 'ere. Too many distractions preventing me finish painting the tender!



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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #214 on: January 07, 2022, 12:51:58 PM »
That's the one! Always liked this engine.
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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #215 on: January 10, 2022, 04:57:25 PM »
Cylinder Lubricator

This thing would not be complete without the oilers, which I had largely forgotten about. The main one fits on the cylinder, and the top gland has to have a flat machined on it to make room for it. I also had to spot face the rim to provide a flat surface for it to sit on! Here's a few pics.

A full days work in this! I made a 3/8" dia. form tool for the ball shape out of 5/32" gauge plate.



Machining the gland and spot facing the rim.



It's the details that maketh a model! 🙂


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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #216 on: January 13, 2022, 02:27:49 PM »
Air/Steam Connector
I'm not going to run this on steam, but I am going to make a compressed air connection, using a modern push fit connector. I'll also show how I do the lagging.
Here's a few pics.

First you need some lagging tape left over from work in 1975! The conical gadget is normally used for winding springs in the lathe, but this time it is used to wind the tape.



Threading the tape was bit tricky, but some superglue and some thin wire did the trick!



I set the thread pitch to 1.5mm, the same width as the tape, and just reversed the feed a few times until I had the desired diameter.



I made a simple support bracket from stainless steel.



All done, oilers in place, apart from some missing studs! I will be making a new base but that can wait for the warmer weather. Phew!


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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #217 on: January 13, 2022, 03:18:57 PM »
Those little details just add so much! And that's a slick trick for getting the wrapping on neat and tidy.  Beautiful model! :ThumbsUp:
Regards,
Ron

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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #218 on: January 18, 2022, 06:38:57 PM »
I mentioned that I was going to make a new plinth and veneer it. Well, I've changed my mind as I found a new colour (Manhattan Mist) from the Plastikote range which should go well with the black/bright scheme and I've used it on the beast.

I stripped the old surface, reprimed it, and did the business with the imm masking tape. Now its dried off a bit I conclude that it is an improvement on the white plinth! Well pleased. The thing is now in bits being touched up, polished, and gaskets fitted in anticipation of running on compressed air.





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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #219 on: January 18, 2022, 06:44:58 PM »
That does give a great stone look! Excellent result.

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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #220 on: January 18, 2022, 09:27:40 PM »
That looks rather convincing as a Masonry Foundation  :praise2:

Still  :popcorn:   :cheers:

Per

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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #221 on: January 19, 2022, 12:12:43 AM »
That looks great!  How'd you get that wonderful speckly look?  I love it!

Kim

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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #222 on: January 19, 2022, 01:12:06 AM »
That looks great!  How'd you get that wonderful speckly look?  I love it!

Kim


Thats how the paint sprays out of the can. Here in the US the nearest equivalent is the Krylon Stone line. I used a different shade on a base once. Wild stuff, larger particle size and varying colors of pigment in one spray can.

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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #223 on: January 19, 2022, 11:11:56 AM »
That certainly looks the part! Quite a difference.
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Re: Yet Another Stuart Major Beam Engine
« Reply #224 on: January 21, 2022, 04:45:07 PM »
Finish Painting the Beast!

The machine was looking a bit the worse for wear after a year of handling, so today I repainted the thing!
I have a Kite mini spray gun fitted with a 0.4mm nozzle. Run at about 50 psi, 66/33/25 paint/hardener/thinners 2k mix. Airbrushes were designed for inks and thin lacquers and do not deliver (IMV) a thick enough mix to achieve good results. This paint touch dries in about 20 minutes!




I'll leave this lot for a couple of days to harden off completely before I remove the paint from the odd shiny bits! The paint job has certainly refreshed the beast!