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BERT ASHTON04/07/2017 12:55:53
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What as happened to Anthony Mount's construction series on the

Ferrabee Engine, it started in the ME in issue No 4558, followed

by 4560 and then 4562. I was expecting the series to continue

in the latest edition of ME No 4564 but nothing, is there any reason for this?.

Bert Ashton.

JasonB04/07/2017 13:01:56
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And not even listed for the next issuesad

BERT ASHTON04/07/2017 16:49:32
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Maybe our esteemed editor Dianne Carney can answer this question.

Diane Carney04/07/2017 23:47:35
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It returns in 4566.

It usually follows - but not necessarily always - that a series will be in every other issue but a long series will sometimes miss occasionally. Fear not - this one has quite a way to go yet. It's only missed one.

The Next Issue panel cannot include everything and tends to focus on the 'new' items rather than the series items.

Are you building it, Bert?

Hope that helps.
Diane

Diane Carney04/07/2017 23:59:46
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I should add, by the way, that there are two further cylinder drawings in the next instalment. It's been a bit tricky getting it all in these early parts so unfortunately the three had to be split up. It will all make sense in the end wink

Diane

JasonB05/07/2017 07:28:53
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Thanks Diane

I spent quite a bit of time at Guildford playing with demonstrating Tony Boxhall's little versions of AM's engines, they run every bit as good as they look and he is keen to build this one, . He says that he likes to get to the end of the build articles and see what is the smallest part he will have to make and then work back from there to get his scale.

Must admit it is also about the only thing I have read in the mag recently. Might even go onto my to do list if I can just find where I left that 6" dia bit of pipewink

J

BERT ASHTON05/07/2017 08:00:50
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Thanks Dianne and no I am not building it, due to age, health and eyesight problems

I am now just a armchair model engineer bur I can spend hours studying drawings.

This beats Coronation St or Eastenders every time.

Jason, I don't know if you are aware that Polly Engineering can now supply a full

set of drawing and casting and I believe they are sourcing the steel pipe.

JasonB05/07/2017 08:13:06
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Thanks Bert, yes I know Polly have had this engine listed for some time and they do just drawings for all of Anthony's designs.

You missed the 6" in my post as I tend to build his engines larger than original which is 4" in this case so it would all be fabricated.

Ian Hewson03/11/2017 18:35:57
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Just a couple of points on the Ferrabee, the plans are only in metric, not imperial as on Poly’s site

The steam chest slot is very close to the walls and can break through [dont ask] and the hole for the valve gland should be at 8.5mm from the valve face not 10mm as on the plans.

An interesting build so far though.

Ian

Ian Hewson17/11/2017 21:06:02
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Issue 4574 is missing the Ferrabee again, it would be nice to be able to follow the build as the plans tend not to be too helpful as to how it goes together.

Point in case is the cross head guides, shown as 3mm thick and angle fitted to locate the crosshead, the supplied laser cut guides are 8mm thick so it looks as though they may need milling nearly all over to make them fit.

No info is given as to fixing them to the column, and a strange wooden construction is shown to cut column flutes in drawing 33, but again no info on usage.

At this rate it will be a very long build, but at £250 for the few parts in the kit you do not want to spoil the base casting and top casting, plus the column tube.

JasonB18/11/2017 07:43:24
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It's starts on page 774 of my copy of 4574, seems to be running in alternate issues most of the time.

It is quite common for Anthony to show built up parts in the articles as that is how he makes the part but both Cotswold and Polly supply some of these parts as laser/water jet cut or lost wax castings.

Part 3 covers both the machining (from 8mm material) and fixing of the supports

Part 2 shows and describes the wooden jig to hold and index the column

Anthony's builds can easily go to 12 or more parts depending on the complexity of the model so it may be a year or more until all items have been covered but I find that if you read the articles then the build goes faster!

Ian Hewson18/11/2017 09:25:10
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Hi Jason

Thanks for the info, I seem to be having more senior moments than usual.

I had looked and better looked for the build using pocket mags, as I could not find copies of ME when I wanted them.

You are correct as usual, saved the day again, many thanks once again.

Ian

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