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Thread: Huxtable Hot Air Engine Running a Fairground with my Granddaughter Ruby
14/04/2021 05:46:42

Huxtable Hot Air Engine Running a Fairground with my Granddaughter Ruby

Thread: Printer useful parts
13/04/2021 08:24:12

I just love getting printers!

Thread: BA screws and nuts
13/04/2021 08:22:21

In Australia alas my only source is eBay.

Thread: Home made screws
13/04/2021 08:20:45

Great job on those small screws.

Thread: Huxtable Hot Air Engine
13/04/2021 08:15:09
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 13/04/2021 08:12:21:

That looks like a decent power output from a little hot air engine yes


Thanks Michael, really impressed with the Baker Fan and how well they are working on small stirling and steam engines, these were originally designed by a Mr. A.D. Baker to test steam engines and run them in as they left the factory the Baker Company Factory. From Google "A Baker Fan is a simple air-resistance device used run off an engine via a belt and the faster its turned, the harder it is to turn and puts a load on the engine".
They are very good for putting a load on small model steam engines to get them to run at more realistic speeds (not racing) and to get a nicer sound from them from running under a load.

13/04/2021 05:01:40

Huxtable Hot Air Engine Operating a Baker Fan

Thread: Model Turbines
10/04/2021 03:27:43

Very interesting thread to read through, this is a DIY Steam Turbine that i built recently and its first test on steam -

Thread: Little nuts.......big fingers.
10/04/2021 03:09:12

Some good tips

Thread: Old Engine Ads from a bygone era
10/04/2021 03:05:07
Posted by derek hall 1 on 08/04/2021 08:47:15:

Good video....and no annoying background music!



Thanks Derek.

09/04/2021 11:01:37
Posted by robjon44 on 09/04/2021 09:47:34:

Hi all, a very long time ago my friend Jeff was given a Mamod steam engine by a workmate, as his son was pretty mechanically minded we set about giving the little engine a job of work, cue large wooden box to give it some height when standing on the dining table, followed by constructing a crane from Meccano before securing engine & crane on top of the box giving about 4 feet of lift from floor level, drive train by the beautifully crafted Meccano chain sprockets & chain, the little engine gave the young lad many happy hours & a lifetime later he still harks back to it even though he is approaching retiring age & I of course am older than dirt, happy times.


Thanks Bob for that anecdote enjoyed reading it.

09/04/2021 00:34:53

Thanks all and thanks for the links Michael.

I have the majority of these old ads framed and up on the walls of the room where my steam engine collection resides. The ephemera really ads a touch of nostalgia.

Cheers all,


08/04/2021 06:24:25

Old Engine Ads from a bygone era

Here's a collection at 10 second intervals of Old Engine Ads from a bygone era, there should be something for everyone here in this mix. Make yourself a cup of coffee sit back and relax and get transported back into this wonderful era that we all still enjoy to this day with our engine collections and collecting.

Thread: Belting options for running Steam Engine Accessories
01/04/2021 06:11:32

Belting options for running Steam Engine Accessories -

Thread: My easy solution to No More Clogged Spray Paint Rattle Cans
31/03/2021 00:07:24
Posted by Morty on 31/03/2021 00:00:40:

Hi there!

I just pop My nozzles in a jar of thinners after use, fish them out when needed,give them a quick wipe with paper towel.

Pop them back on the can and spray a little paint through before starting the job proper.

Cheers, Pete

G'day I like my idea better wink

I have so many different brands of cans and nearly every nozzle is different, this was I know the right nozzle is with the right can. And did you notice that each time I blew the turps out the nozzle it went further as the paint cleared internally? But whatever works best for you....its better than full cans of paint that are blocked!

30/03/2021 22:41:41
Posted by IanT on 30/03/2021 10:54:37:

Good idea - I'll try that next time around.

Thank you.


Cheers Ian hope it works as easy for you as it does for me.

30/03/2021 08:01:09
Posted by Hopper on 30/03/2021 06:45:21:

My usual method is poking a bristle from a wire brush down the small spray hole and swearing a lot.

G'day Hopper, been there mate as well. My swearing came from the next time I went to spray something though because of the big droplets coming out because I'd deformed the nozzle outlet with the wire blush

29/03/2021 23:59:04
Posted by not done it yet on 29/03/2021 08:40:39:

Isn’t the nozzle cleared by a quick press with the can inverted?

As explained in the video I spray lots of small parts. There's no way there's going to be enough propellent in the can to keep cleaning the nozzle by inverting it each time I spray something.

29/03/2021 05:47:36

My easy solution to No More Clogged Spray Paint Rattle Cans

Thread: Work Shop Talk - Cleaning Sanding Belts & Sanding Discs Easily
26/03/2021 05:44:07
Posted by Roderick Jenkins on 25/03/2021 11:16:43:

I've got one of the Axminster ones which I bought for use on my drum sander. I believe it is made from raw (un-vulcanised) rubber.


Yes it just crumbles up and doesn't get stuck to the belt grit.

25/03/2021 00:40:37

Cleaning Sanding Belts & Sanding Discs, Belt Sanders etc etc Easily refresh all your belts literally in seconds and also even refresh diamond stones like Ezy-Laps -

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