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Thread: Who has built the Sophie beam engine from Bengs (Germany) ?
16/04/2014 06:47:38

Has anybody built the Sophie beam engine from Bengs (Germany) ?

**LINK**

I have never used a lathe before and I was thinking of making this my first project on my new Sieg C2 lathe (once I get it out of the box). Does anybody have any thoughts on the suitability of this as a first time project for the lathe ?

Thread: How do I set up a Sieg C2 lathe ?
16/04/2014 06:42:55

I have recently purchased a Sieg C2 lathe ; it is still sitting in its box on the living room floor as I have not yet purchased a suitable workbench for it. It is much heavier than I thought it would be !

Once I get it on the workbench, can I use it straight away ? Are there certain things I have to do before using a new lathe ? I have never used a lathe before and the local TAFE college does not have a lathe course so I will have to learn from books and youtube.

Thread: BA, ME, Metric Coarse or Imperial : which taps and dies to buy ?
12/04/2014 13:15:12

It was my intention to buy the taper tap (1st) and bottom tap (3rd) ; I was not going to buy the intermediate tap (2nd). Is it necessary ? Most sets only have the first and third taps.

12/04/2014 10:44:32

So the gerund is dying :'' I am dying this piece of copper tube''. That sounds strange !

How do you not pay full price from a dealer ?

I would assume that the carbon steel taps from both Tracy Tools and Chronos Engineering are of good quality but I am now inclined to buy HSS.

Metric : coarse or fine ? It seems that coarse is the most commonly used but all opinions are welcome.

 

 

 

 

Edited By Brian John on 12/04/2014 10:52:55

12/04/2014 04:55:01

I will not be tapping under power. It is my intention to tap in my Sieg C2 lathe, turning it by hand. But I have to get it set up first ; it is still sittting in the box on the floor. It is much heavier than I thought it would be ! My first lathe job will be to make a spindle handle so that I can turn the lathe by hand for tapping. I thought all lathes came with a spindle handle as it seems such a useful accessory.

I will buy my taps from either Tracy Tools or Chronos Engineering.

What is the verb for using a die ?

 

 

Edited By Brian John on 12/04/2014 04:55:45

Edited By Brian John on 12/04/2014 04:57:08

11/04/2014 13:54:26

I live in Cairns, Australia and I purchase from both the UK and the US.

11/04/2014 10:44:16

I have already bought carbon steel ME taps for the 1/8-40, 3/16-40 and 1/4-40 (Tracy Tools) but these will be used on copper and brass for pipe work and boilers so they should be okay for that.

I will follow the above advice and just buy what is needed and only buy HSS taps and dies from now on. Thanks.

11/04/2014 05:48:11

I am new to model engineering and I am wondering what nuts, bolts, taps and dies most people use when building model stationary steam engines. Is it BA, ME, Metric Coarse or Imperial ? Are there a few sizes which keep cropping up ?

Thread: Midwest Steam Vertical Boiler
10/04/2014 17:47:38

The PMR boilers are quite expensive but I must admit they are very good..

The ebay ad does say '''Boiler includes a pressure relief valve''.

Some of the youtube videos of the completed PMR engines have them running at very low PSI (about 5 PSI) which is why I thought I might get away with using the Midwest Steam boiler.

I have never built a boiler before and I was not really keen on having something that runs at 30 to 40 PSI on the bench. I thought it might be safer to have my first boiler run at less than 10 PSI

Edited By Brian John on 10/04/2014 17:51:41

Thread: Painting Model Steam Engines
10/04/2014 14:17:47

Thanks, I had done a search but I was not coming up with anything much.

Thread: Midwest Steam Vertical Boiler
10/04/2014 14:04:37

I live in Cairns, Australia and I am pretty sure that it has a safety valve.

Edited By Brian John on 10/04/2014 14:05:02

10/04/2014 06:44:08

Has anybody built the Midwest Steam engine and vertical boiler kit ? I want to use this boiler to power the PM Research model stationary engines 3BIM and 7BIM.

1. How many PSI does this boiler generate ?

2. Could I use a methylated spirits burner in this boiler ? Midwest Steam recommend sterno but I want to use something else if possible.

3. Is the boiler made of copper ?

Edited By Brian John on 10/04/2014 06:44:52

Thread: Painting Model Steam Engines
10/04/2014 05:13:07

I am currently building two fully machined kits by PM Research : 3BIM and 7BIM. I have a few questions relating to painting these machines.

1. Does etch primer go off ? I have a 4 year old tin of Wattyl Killrust etch primer suitable for brass, aluminium, copper and other non ferrous metals.

2. Could this etch primer be used on the cast iron base ? Yes, I know cast iron is a ferrous metal

3. What sort of primer should be used on cast iron ? I have spoken to the major paint manufacturers here and none of them have a product specifically for cast iron. It sounds like they are wary of it and do not want to put their name to any product used on cast iron.

Thread: Who has one of these tapping fixture tools ?
05/04/2014 10:47:42

Okay, I will give this tool a miss. I have not bought a drill press yet but I do have a Sieg C2 lathe. It is still sitting in its box on the living room floor. It is much bigger and heavier than I thought it would be I have to buy a suitable workbench before I set it up.

I thought all lathes came with a spindle handle but apparently not so it looks like this will be my first job on the lathe, then I can use the lathe for tapping.

05/04/2014 04:34:44

Who has used one of these tapping fixture tools ?

**LINK**

1. Are they any good ?

2. Who makes a vice small enough to fit (60mm centre to centre) ? Chronos say that they do not have any vices that small.

I am new to model engineering and I think that tapping without the right tools will cause problems.

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